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James W. Pellerin & Curtis A. PEllerin

James W. Pellerin is the President and CEO of Pellerin Milnor Corporation. After graduating with a
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, Mr. Pellerin began his
career in 1974 as a project engineer with Pellerin Milnor and worked his way up in the company. He
became general vice president in 1978 and president and CEO in 1983. He later added the title of
chairman of the board in 1987. Between 1976 and 1985, he also served as the president and CEO of
Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company, headquartered in Kenner, LA.

Under Mr. Pellerin's leadership, Pellerin Milnor Corp. has expanded its role as one of Louisiana's top
exporting companies. The U.S. Department of Commerce has recognized the company with both the "E" and "E Star" awards for export excellence.

Pellerin Milnor is one of the largest outbound shippers in metropolitan New Orleans, with exports accounting for approximately 25% of total sales. Milnor laundry equipment and parts are sold around the world through a global dealer network.

Dedicated to his community, Mr. Pellerin is a former member of both the Young President's
Organization and the World Presidents Organization LA Chapter board. He also served for ten years on
the New Orleans Board of Trade, a maritime organization. Mr. Pellerin was formerly a Director and
Trustee of the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL.

He also received the 1990 Humanitarian of the Year award from the Arthritis Foundation. He is a former member of the Board of the Lighthouse for the Blind and a current member of the Harry C. Tompson Center. He is a current member of LABI (Louisiana Association of Business & Industry) and also served on the Boards of Jefferson Guaranty Bank and Hibernia Savings Bank.

Nationally, Mr. Pellerin was awarded the TRSA (Textile Rental Services Association) Biggie/Maglin Award
in 2017, which recognizes lifetime achievements in service to the textile rental industry. Mr. Pellerin is a proud member of The Most Holy Name of Jesus choir. He also enjoys following the New Orleans Saints. He is married to the former Stacy Favre and is the proud father of six and grandfather of five.


Curtis A. Pellerin is the President of Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company, Inc. (PLMSCO)

He graduated from Tulane University in 1977 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He spent the next year in Paris, France working for Polymark, France, a major dealer in the laundry industry, and the subsequent two years in Bruxelles, Belgium working for Milnor Europa, B.V. He returned to the United States to pursue his M.B.A. at LSU.

He then returned overseas to Germany to become Geschäftsfüher (Executive Director) of Milnor GmbH, a distributor for Pellerin Milnor in Northern Germany, a position he held for the next 3.5 years.

In 1985 he returned to New Orleans to become General Manager of PLMSCO, becoming President and CEO in 1987. Through the diligent efforts and hard work of a great team, the company has grown into being one of the most dominant distributors in the industry, especially in terms of large automated laundry systems. It is frequently the #1 dealer in volume of its two major vendors, Pellerin Milnor and Chicago Dryer Corporation.

Mr. Pellerin is a member of Vistage, and has served on many Boards, The Boards include:

  • Odyssey House,
  • Methodist Home for Children (Former Chairman of the Board),
  • The Tulane Dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences Advisory Board,
  • The Tulane Dean of the School of Science & Engineering Advisory Board (Past Board President),
  • The Foundation for Science & Mathematics Education (locally known as Sci/High),
  • The WA & MW Pellerin Scholarship Foundation (Chairman of the Board)

Mr Pellerin and his wife Maria have been married for 35 years. They have two sons Jean-Marc (Melissa) and Henri. They have two grandchildren.

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