MR. IBERIA 2016 | Jim Simon
Jim Simon, a resident of New Iberia, LA, possesses a genuine interest in agriculture and
its people. His family has been in the sugar business for several generations. His grandfather
was a sugar cane producer in St. James Parish, his father served as County Agent in St. Mary
Parish and his brother farmed cane in St. Mary Parish. He received his Bachelor of Science
degree in Agricultural Mechanization in 1983 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
He successfully completed LSU’s Agricultural Leadership Development Program in 2003 and
the Leadership Louisiana Program in 2007.
Jim is a former Senior Vice-President of Hibernia National Bank in New Iberia where he
was active in agricultural and commercial lending.
He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Director, and chaired numerous
committees on many civic organizations such as the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, the
Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, the Louisiana Sugarcane Fair & Festival Association
and Shadows on the Teche – National Trust Property.
He has served as the Chairman of the Board and is currently on the Board of Directors of
the Sugar Association, the national organization that promotes the consumption of sugar as part
of a healthy diet and lifestyle through the use of sound science and research.
In June 2005, Jim accepted the position of the General Manager of the American Sugar
Cane League where he manages the day to day operations of the sugar industry’s trade
association. His is responsible for coordinating the federal and state lobbying activities,
monitoring research activities, is the editor of The Sugar Bulletin, (the Louisiana industry’s
monthly magazine), and deals with environmental, trade, and other industry issues, as well as
social and cultural issues which have a daily impact on the Louisiana sugar industry.
Jim, his wife (the former Nancy Rougeou), and their four children reside in
New Iberia, LA.