Acadian’s Richard Zuschlag Honored at Louisiana Legends Gala

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Acadian Cofounder and CEO Richard Zuschlag was honored at the 22nd annual Louisiana Legends Gala and Silent Auction held at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Acadian Cofounder and CEO Richard Zuschlag was honored last night at the 22nd annual Louisiana Legends Gala and Silent Auction held at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pictured are LPB Louisiana Legends Gala Co-host and Former Chairman of the Board for LPB Jim Nickel, Zuschlag, and LPB President and CEO Beth Courtney.

We emphasize the importance of reaching out, of giving back, but the Louisiana employees already know how to do that. It’s in the heart of our employees and in the heart of every person who calls Louisiana home.

Acadian Cofounder and CEO Richard Zuschlag was honored at the 22nd annual Louisiana Legends Gala and Silent Auction held at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This fundraising event is hosted by Friends of the Louisiana Public Broadcasting System (LPB) and honorary co-chairs Governor and First Lady Jindal, to raise public awareness and funds for LPB’s instructional, educational and cultural programming. The gala recognizes outstanding citizens of Louisiana who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines while honoring the state.

Along with Zuschlag, honorees for 2012 include: Dr. James Andrews, world-renowned orthopedic surgeon; Mickey Gilley, six-time Academy of Country Music Award winner; Gayle Hatch, US Olympic Weightlifting coach; and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States Ambassador to Liberia.

Proclamations for the honorees were issued by former President of the United States George W. Bush, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and Mayor-President of Baton Rouge Melvin “Kip” Holden. Bush’s words to the honorees were, “As you celebrate this milestone, I hope that you take pride in your remarkable life and your many contributions to our country. Thank you for your fine example of service and leadership to America. You’ve done a fine job of giving us a reason to be proud.”

Zuschlag came to Lafayette from Pennsylvania in 1970 as a communications engineer for Westinghouse. In 1971, Lafayette funeral homes-which were traditional providers of ambulance service-left the field due to new federal regulations. Rather than leave his new home without proper emergency care, he co-founded Acadian Ambulance. The past 41 years have seen Acadian Ambulance expand to six different divisions under the Acadian name, and grow from a company with only eight medics to one with over 3,600 employees.

Zuschlag has been acknowledged many times throughout his career, including:

  •     1980 Louisiana Businessman of the Year
  •     1988 Marketer of the Year
  •     1995 Golden Mike Award & Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award
  •     1996 Lafayette Civic Cup Award
  •     2005 King of Washington Mardi Gras
  •     2005 Inc. Magazine Honorable Mention Entrepreneur of the Year

As a giving member of the Lafayette, Louisiana, community Zuschlag has headed fundraising efforts for the Boy Scouts, United Way, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, St. Thomas More Catholic High School, Ascension Day School, St. Pius Church, Opus Christi Magnum, just to name a few.

“Hard work is one of the core values of our company,” said Zuschlag. “It comes naturally and is a byproduct of the Louisiana heritage. We emphasize the importance of reaching out, of giving back, but the Louisiana employees already know how to do that. It’s in the heart of our employees and in the heart of every person who calls Louisiana home. I am proud to be a part of this great state, and I will always strive to ensure that, as a company, we offer the absolute best service that we possibly can.”

Since 1971, Acadian has been committed to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade they have expanded to include a diverse suite of services designed to offer the very best support and education in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian’s six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.

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