2017 Festival Honoree | Nannette Bourgeois


Nannette Bourgeois, a native of Vacherie, La., is a graduate of Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville, La., and received her Associate of Science Degree in General Business in 1987 from Nicholls State University.

In October 1989, she began a career in the Louisiana sugar industry as Administrative Assistant for the American Sugar Cane League. The mission of the League is to sustain success through effective research, positive legislation, public relations/promotion, and education. She is the publisher of The Sugar Bulletin. Additionally, she serves as the coordinator for all the Leagues meetings and events, and plans all business travel for staff and members. She is heavily depended upon for her excellent organizational skills and abilities to effectively multi-task.

She is a mainstay at the annual Sweetener Symposium hosted by the American Sugar Alliance. She helps to manage the symposium office. With these responsibilities, she has traveled to many areas of the U.S. and she is well known by all the of the U.S. Sugar industry leaders, families and friends. Louisiana’s cane farmers, millers, researchers and supporting industries recognize her as the “go to” person to get things done in the League office.

She works closely with the Louisiana Sugar Cane Foundation as the event planner for their annual Louisiana Congressional Staff Tour. Arranging for congressional staffers to tour and learn about the sugarcane industry for 2 1⁄2 days each November.

Nannette has attended the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival every year since 1990. She has assisted the King Sucrose Society, the group of past Kings, in planning the Top of The Stalk Reception each year. She has served as a parish director finding young ladies to represent Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes since 2001. In 2012, she was elected and served on the Board of Directors and as the Secretary of the festival association for 3 years.

Nannette resides in Thibodaux, La. with her son, Spencer Nickens and daughter, Jenna Nickens.