Ben Berthelot took over as the Executive Director of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission in June of 2012.
He began his career in the private sector, working for Lafayette Coca-Cola Bottling, where he started as Business Analyst before being promoted to Youth Market Manager in 2000.
In 2004, Berthelot was appointed Assistant to City-Parish President Joey Durel, and spent 8 years in local government, serving for six years as Durel’s assistant, and two years as Director of Community Development.
Berthelot is very active in the community and currently serves on numerous boards and commissions, including: United Way of Acadiana, Leadership Institute of Acadiana Board of Directors and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited (DLU). He is a founding member of the705 and served as the organization’s charter President. Berthelot is a past board member of Junior Achievement, Faith House, Acadiana Regional Development District Board, the Junior League Advisory Board and the Juvenile Justice Children & Youth Planning Board.
In 2005 he was named one of Chase Bank & The Daily Advertiser’s 20 Under 40.
Berthelot is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette and Council for a Better Louisiana’s (CABL) Leadership Louisiana program, and was a charter member of the Acadiana Regional Board of CABL. He has also coached basketball at Our Lady of Fatima School since 1994.
Berthelot is a graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic High School and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.
He is married to the former Ashley Bertand.