mr-iberia-brandedMR. IBERIA 2019 | RICKY GONSOULIN


Ricky Gonsoulin grew up in Iberia Parish and to this day still calls it home. He is a graduate of New Iberia Senior High School’s Class of 1985 and the University of Southwestern Louisiana’s Class of 1990. It was during his college years that he grew to understand the importance of public service. He is a graduate of Leadership Iberia IV and LSU’s Leadership/Development Program. He was named the 2003 Outstanding Young Farmer by the New Iberia Jaycees, a finalist for Louisiana Farmer of the Year in 2004-2005, Owner/Managing Partner of Gonsoulin Farms, LLC, Owner of Gonsoulin Holding Company, LLC, and Owner of 5R Holdings Rental Properties. He has served on the Iberia Parish Council  since 2011, the Iberia Parish Farm Bureau President since 2001, a member of the New Iberia Chamber of Commerce, New Iberia Kiwanis, Past Board of Directors member of Iberia Industrial Foundation, a lector at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, an active volunteer at Catholic High School, and a Past Board of Director/Coach for the Evangeline Little League.

Ricky is a family man whose main devotions are his faith, his beautiful wife of twenty-nine years, Ronilaine Boutte Gonsoulin, their three children, Ridge, Rhett, and Riley, his daughter-in-law Brittany, and his two granddaughters, Sloan and Palmer. He enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing, running, college sports, and being involved in a community he loves. In the winter months you can find this fifth-generation sugar cane producer in the fields harvesting his crop. As an agriculture producer he is constantly thriving to improve environmental stewardship while producing safe and affordable food supplies. Farming is a passion for Ricky and it has instilled in him a work ethic that is deeply rooted in his desire to make Iberia Parish a remarkable place to raise his family.