Sandra McQuain

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Executive Director
England Economic & Industrial Development District

Sandra McQuain is the Executive Director of the England Economic and Industrial Development District (EEIDD), which includes Alexandria International Airport.   She joined EEIDD in December 2018.  Prior to joining EEIDD, Sandra served as the Chief Operating Officer of Baker Manufacturing Company (Pineville, LA) and served as the Senior Vice President of Operations and Marketing for Zephyr Associates, a software development company located in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  In 1999, she was a founding member of the Memphis-based public relations and business strategies firm, Howell McQuain Strategies.

She has over 25 years of experience working with businesses, government agencies and elected officials on a myriad of public relations, media relations, and operational strategies. Her government related experience includes service to a Tennessee Governor, serving as State Director to a United States Senator, and running the Office of Press for a United States Attorney (WD-TN).  While at Howell McQuain Strategies, Sandra provided public and media relations counsel to corporations including the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and Kemmons Wilson Companies (founder of Holiday Inn) as well as not-for-profit organizations including Memphis Area Legal Services, BRIDGES USA, and Ronald McDonald House.  In 1999, she was recognized by the Memphis Business Journal as one of the "Top 40 under 40" and in 2000 was recognized by Memphis Woman Magazine as one of "50 Women Who Make a Difference."

In June 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Sandra to the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry.  Sandra was selected by Global Trade magazine as one of the top 11 Women in Logistics for their May/June 2021 publication.  She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce (Chair-Elect, Executive Committee) and is a Past Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Central Louisiana.  She is also a Board Member of Fort Polk Progress and serves on the Transportation Policy Committee and Beltway Committee (Vice-Chair) for the Rapides Area Planning Commission.  She serves on the Louisiana ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) Research Advisory Council, which reviews and promotes research data related to the working poor in the state.  In March 2017, she was recognized as a Hometown Hero by WNTZ Fox 48 for her efforts to promote and develop strategies to support the United Way’s ALICE initiatives.  Sandra and her husband, John, are the proud parents of Stephanie, a freshman at Oklahoma City University, and Matthew, a sophomore at Pineville High School.

The 2022 Women In Business Conference Presenters:


Dr. Kim Hunter Reed


Stephanie Finley


Christy Pennison


Dr. Randall Dupont


Evelyn Jones


Dr. Mary Beth Palmer


Dr. Heather Spillers Poole

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Sandra McQuain


Julie Stokes