August 2018, Founders Forum

Founders Forum

Founders Forum, Scott Gaspard, As for Me and My House….

The Gaspard Team, Mary DiBenedetto, Scott Gaspard, Linda Gaspard, and Cindy Carroll

It’s fitting that Scott Gaspard and his wife Jessica have a plaque in their home informing guests and visitors that … As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. The scripture takes on an even deeper meaning when you consider that as a realtor, Gaspard is in the business of matching people and homes, and he views his profession as another way to serve the Lord.
The search for a realtor is often tied to a life-changing event such as a divorce, a move to a new city, the death of a parent, a new marriage, or a financial setback. The reasons to buy or sell a home can be happy or sad, Gaspard said, but there is usually an opportunity to connect spiritually. Gaspard doesn’t advertise his faith when he’s with clients, but neither does he hide it.
“Guiding people through big decisions gives me an opportunity to get to know them over time. People tell you about their family, their finances, their dreams. Sometimes, this leads to a deeper relationship that happens naturally. There have been occasions when I’ve prayed with my clients on a very personal level. But even if we never connect in that way, I know that my work is still a blessing to them.”

Gaspard understands that faith is sometimes a long and winding process. He attended church growing up, but pulled away from religion during his high school and college years. At one point, he went to live with his brother, who had given his life to God. “I saw how it absolutely changed his life,” Gaspard said. “It created a lot of conversations between us, and eventually I professed my faith as well. My wife, Jessica, also drew me closer to God. She knew that she wanted a God-centered marriage, and I knew that I wanted her to be my wife. I was blessed tremendously that she came into my life.”

Today, the Gaspards have 12 children — yes, 12. “We sleep very little, we work very hard, and we love a lot,” he says. “It’s not as difficult as it might seem. We didn’t have them all at the same time, you know. Managing such a big family works for us because everyone contributes and we live our lives according to our family motto: God-centered, others-focused, seriously fun!”

Gaspard works with his mother Linda, who has been in the real estate business for more than 30 years. The Gaspard Team also includes Mary DiBenedetto and Cindy Carroll, and the firm has been a supporter of Christian Life Magazine since its beginning.

“I think it’s important to share our faith when we can,” Gaspard said, “and it’s good to know that Christian Life Magazine is shining a light on our city and showing people what God is doing here in Baton Rouge day in and day out as he moves through our community. We need to hear those kind of stories.”

Founders Forum, July 2018

Founders Forum, With Karl Weber

PBC Industrial supply,

Back in 1978, Karl Weber and his partner John Mouton were trying to come up with a name for their new industrial supply company, and nothing sounded right. Karl’s wife Carolyn asked, “Well, who will your customers be?” “Plants, builders and contractors,” Karl said. “Then that should be your name,” Carolyn replied. “PBC.”

Simple as that.

Forty years later, PBC is a successful family company with 20 employees and satisfied customers throughout the city and in the chemical plants located up and down the Mississippi River. Mouton passed away in 2005, but the partners’ families have remained close and Mouton’s children operate a sister company called Drillco.

Probably the first key to PBC’s success is that the company was founded on friendship. The most important key, however, is God. Weber is a man of faith who credits God for his good fortune and says he has been blessed with great employees. “Without faith, I couldn’t operate this business,” he said. “Over the years, the Lord has led people to me, employees and customers, who had an impact on my life. He has also given me opportunities on a daily basis to help others and set a good example.”

Weber says his staff occasionally prays together, and he has been known to pass out inspirational books that encourage his staff to demonstrate their Christian faith through their actions. “It all comes down to this. You’ve got to treat others the way you want to be treated,” Weber said. “And even though none of us are perfect, we can try to choose a Christian path as often as possible. We just need to let the Lord guide us.”

Weber was an early advertiser and supporter of Christian Life Magazine, and says he’s grateful for the positive stories it publishes. “It’s a reminder that there are a lot of good people out there who want to share their faith, tell positive stories, and make the world a better place.”

PBC Industrial Pipe is a supplier of industrial, welding, safety, marine and janitorial equipment. The company is proud of its 24/7 customer service and 150-mile radius delivery service. The business is located at 12649 S. Choctaw Drive. For more information, call (225) 272-5680