OUR COMPANY

EATEL Business  is a regional leader in telecommunications and data center services, operating as a solutions provider to businesses of all sizes.

About Us

EATEL Business is a Louisiana-based provider of data-center solutions, telecommunications, and managed IT. Our focus is to provide comprehensive business solutions all under one brand, so businesses can operate more efficiently. Over the years, we have expanded to 38 states, and will continue to help businesses prosper through innovation.

We deliver our solutions with the highest focus on customer service. Our business partners can rest easy knowing their critical data and systems are in great hands with people they like and trust. White glove service, along with in-house support, helps ensure the partnership and success of our clients.

EATEL Business operates three high-tech data centers in Louisiana, including the State's only Tier III facility in Shreveport. With decades of experience, a customer-focused service philosophy, and an extensive product portfolio to meet any business need, EATEL Business is MORE THAN A PROVIDER.

Our Mission

One Mission

Inspired by Connection. Powered by Commitment.

One Vision

To become the regional leader in digital communication and data services for home and businesses.

Our Core Values

  • Commitment: We stay the course in the face of adversity.
  • Accessible: We are easy to approach internally & externally.
  • Responsive: We adapt to customer needs & market changes.
  • Energized: We inspire others with our energy & thirst for excellence.
  • Selfless: We seek what is best for the entire company rather than ourselves.

Leadership Team

​Arthur “Smokey” Scanlan
Chairman

Arthur "Smokey" Scanlan is the chairman of EATELCORP and its subsidiaries. As a third generation owner of EATEL, Smokey became acquainted with the telecommunications industry at a early age. Working part-time at EATEL during his college years, he joined the firm on a full-time basis in May 1984. Over the years he has held various positions within the company, and has worked as an installer, repair technician, outside plant engineer, and personnel director.

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​John D. Scanlan
Chief Executive Officer

John D. Scanlan is the chief executive officer of EATELCORP and its subsidiary companies. As a third generation owner of the company, John has deep roots in the telecommunications industry. He began his career at EATEL as a teenager in 1979 and worked through college as an installer, repairman/ wireman. In 1989, John was promoted to marketing products manager; four years later he was made responsible for the overall sales and marketing of EATEL's long distance, business communications systems, and telephone services. In 1994, John was promoted to executive president of EATEL and its subsidiaries. In 2011, Scanlan was named both president and vice chairman. In 2015, he was named chief executive officer.

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Josh Descant
President

Josh Descant brings more than two decades of leadership experience to EATEL. As the President of EATEL and its subsidiaries, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company in all of its operations by working with senior management to establish long-range goals, strategies and continued growth as a leader in the industry. Josh’s notable leadership as President of Sunshine Media and Upperline Media, as well as Executive Vice President of Product Development and Marketing at EATEL, has uniquely positioned him for his current role. His prior experiences include serving as V.P. of Operations for Local Matters (a local search technology company) and serving in the United States Marine Corps. Josh received his bachelor of arts from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has previously served as a long-term board member for the Association of Directory Publishers, and currently serves on the board of the Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington, LA. Josh is active on social media, and frequently shares his observations about the industry, leadership and marketing on his twitter account.

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​Peter Louviere
Chief Financial Officer

Peter Louviere is the company's Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Peter is responsible for planning, implementing and managing all aspects of the company's financial and treasury functions including taxation, forecasting, risk management and long range strategic planning. Peter has over 22 years of telecommunications experience with the company. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Telecommunications Association. He also currently serves on several Boards including Special Eductation District No. 1 of Lafourche Parish as President and Chairman, the ALS Association of Louisiana/Mississippi as Treasurer, Restore or Retreat and the Golden Meadow LIONS Club. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a NASD Series 6 securities license. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting and the Louisiana CPA Society. Peter holds both a bachelor of science degree in accounting and masters of business administration degree from Nicholls State University.

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Janet Britton
General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Human Resources

As General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Janet Britton is responsible for providing strategic leadership and guiding EATEL through a complex myriad of legal and regulatory issues. Janet has been in the telecommunications sector for over two decades and with EATELCORP for 19 years. Prior to joining EATEL, she was a staff attorney with the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Janet is past chairman of the Louisiana Telecommunications Association (LTA) and is currently a board member. She is also a former OPASTCO board member and former chairman of the NTCA Membership Committee. Currently, Janet is on the NTCA Board of Directors representing the Southwest Region. Janet is also a member of the Greater Baton Rouge SHRM, a board member of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, a member of the City of Gonzales Industrial Development Board, and past Chairman of the East Ascension East Iberville School Partnership. Janet holds a bachelors of arts degree, a Juris Doctorate and a masters of business administration from Louisiana State University.

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NOAH BOUDREAUX
Executive Vice President of Business Operations

Noah Boudreaux is the Executive Vice President of Business Operations for EATEL Business. In his more than 20 years of IT experience, Boudreaux has lead several prominent technology firms in the Baton Rouge area. His longest tenure of almost 10 years was at Sparkhound, where, in 2008, Noah accepted the role of Vice President of Operations. Eventually, he became the company’s Chief Operating Officer in 2013.

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Tressy Leindecker
Executive Vice President, Business Sales and Marketing

Tressy Leindecker serves as EATEL's Executive Vice President, Business Sales and Marketing. As a sales leader with more than 20 years of management experience, she has led teams in several telecommunications organizations -- with a focus in cable, data, transport and telephony. Tressy has been responsible for the successful transformation of sales organizations, drastically increasing monthly performance and overall team bench strength. Tressy holds a bachelor of arts degree and often volunteers her time to give back to the communities she serves.

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Harris Miller
Executive Vice President, Technology and Innovation

As EATEL's Executive Vice President, Technology and Innovation, Harris drives the organization's technology and innovation strategy especially by helping to insert technology into existing programs as well as new business opportunities. Harris has been with the company for 17 years and has held several management positions including: Director of Network Services, Manager of Network Engineering, NOC Manager, and Manager of Customer Support.

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Kevin Phillips
Executive Vice President, I.T. & Project Management

Kevin Phillips has been with EATELCORP and its subsidiary companies for over 16 years and has held several positions within EATEL, including Operations Support Systems Manager and Provisioning Systems Manager. As Executive Vice President, I.T. & Project Management, Kevin focuses resources on the strategic alignment of projects within our company and assists with mitigating risks. Kevin also assists in executing each task in compliance with EATEL's project management methodology by mentoring and guiding project managers.

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Gerry Boudreaux
Vice President, Datacenter Design/Construction & WAN Strategy/Peering

Gerry Boudreaux leads the datacenter design strategy for EATEL as Vice President, Vice President, Datacenter Design/Construction & WAN Strategy/Peering. Prior to being named VP, Gerry oversaw the corporate network and virtualization infrastructure for Venyu’s datacenters and the team of network and systems engineers that support them. Gerry’s 20+ years in the IT industry include stops at US Robotics and Cox Communications, where he was manager of Data and Transport Engineering for their Greater Louisiana market. Gerry holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from LSU.

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Company History

In the 1920's and 30's, Ascension Parish was little more than a passing thought in the minds of the huge telecommunications companies of the day. Southern Bell and AT&T had little reason to invest in the region. Baton Rouge provided all the business they needed. Running telephone lines and building infrastructure for communities like Gonzales or French Settlement was too expensive and far too time consuming.

Fred Norris Banker and his wife, Anona Banker, moved to Ascension Parish in 1935 with their three children, Ruth, Fred Jr. and Buck. With a bit of "salvaging" discarded Southern Bell equipment, all the Bankers needed was a little iron wire and help from other notable families in the Gonzales area to get a phone company started. For only $1, Southern Bell sold the couple the "loop"—four simple crank telephones hooked up to a wire loop that traveled through Gonzales, French Settlement, Darrow and Geismar. 

For the first 15 years, the Bankers operated a switchboard out of their home to make and receive calls under the name The Gonzales Telephone Exchange. The area's very first phone book was nothing more than a scratch piece of paper and phone numbers were only two digits.

Today, the company has earned a reputation as a communications pioneer, remaining always on the leading edge of technology. EATEL offered the area's first car phones in the 1980s (predecessors to cell phones), and began offering dial-up Internet access in 1995. In 2004, EATEL started building one of the first 100% fiber-to-the-home networks in the country and later began offering its FiberEdge services on that network. Often referred to as "future proof" technology, FiberEdge services deliver unprecedented quality and reliability.

 

As technology has evolved and the company has grown, EATEL has maintained a clear commitment to the community, establishing numerous scholarships, grants and educational programs working in collaboration with area schools. The company is also a generous sponsor of community events and organizations such as the Jambalaya Festival, Sheriff's Christmas Crusade for Children, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Ascension Public Schools, River Parishes Community College, and many more.

For four generations now, the Banker/Scanlan family (Ruth Banker married Arthur Scanlan in 1948) has overseen the growth of EATEL, from the little telephone company that started in their living room, to the cutting-edge competitor that is EATEL today.

  • 1935

     

    Since 1935, EATEL has provided telecommunication services to businesses in Ascension Parish. 

  • 1950

     

    The company changed it's name to East Ascension Telephone Company - EATEL.

  • 1990-99

    1990

    EATEL installed a new state-of-the-art SS7 digital to improve the quality and reliability of it's network.

    1996

    EATEL brings fiber to Livingston Parish

    1999

    EATEL becomes Exclusive Telecommunications sponsor of LSU Athletics and develops LSU internet product with live streaming video of LSU fans.

  • 2000-05

    2000

    EATEL acquires TelAmerica Long Distance Services, a Baton Rouge-based company, along with 25,000 new long distance customers.

    2001

    EATEL acquires $12 million in telecommunications assets from Actel Integrated Communications and Connect South.

    2001

    EATEL becomes the Official Local and Long Distance Company of the New Orleans Saints and a Patron Sponsor of the organization.

    2003

    LA Economic Development and the LA Industrial Development Executives Association named EATEL a 2003 Lantern Award winner.

     

  • 2010-15

    2012

    EATEL acquires Vision Communications – Lafourche parish

    2013

    Fiber is laid in Baton Rouge - offering Voice, Data and Phone Services to local Businesses.

    2013

    EATEL acquires Venyu* – Now able to offer cloud-based business services, data center, and hosting solutions throughout Louisiana. At the time Venyu had two data centers (Baton Rouge and Bossier).

    2014

    BTR2 Data Center is built and launched

     

  • 2016

    2016

     Venyu is now an official product line and division of EATEL Business. Vision Business is officially EATEL Business

    2016

    Tier III Shreveport Data Center is launched.

  • 2017

    2017

    Venyu Solutions, LLC is now officially doing business as EATEL Business.

    2017

    Vision Business Communications is now officially doing business as EATEL Business.

    2017

    EATEL Acquires Clear Choice Communications in Plaquemine.