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Problem Solvers & Connectors

Meet Our Team

Our experience cuts across a diverse array of industries and issues — from Hollywood to the environment and transportation to real estate, we are your partners. Our clients believe in our teamwork approach and stay with us - so our experience isn’t just client-consultant based, it’s a long-lasting commitment. Whether you need help moving a piece of legislation, navigating through regulatory red tape, or developing a new business,

Magnolia Strategic Consultants offers a fresh and effective approach to public affairs.

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Paula Ates

Legal Counsel

Lenny Kopowski


Strategic Partners


The Magnolia Companies of Louisiana, L.L.C., is a twenty company conglomerate based in the Louisiana River Parishes.

For over 50 years, The Magnolia Companies, with the leadership of the Smith family, (Father, the late Henry A. Smith, Brothers Glen D. Smith and Gary L. Smith, Sr.) have developed an excellent reputation in the many business endeavors and relationships, being known for their integrity, expertise and a strong emphasis on productivity.

The development of The Magnolia Companies was initiated by the Late Henry A. Smith, Glen and Gary's father, who began a heavy equipment and construction business in the late 1950s. Since 1957, the Smith Family has been proactive in not only serving the River Parishes but also national and international agencies and enterprises.

Whether it has been aiding industry in keeping the river channel of the Mississippi and Mobile Rivers free of deposits of silt; supplying housing for the marine industry; providing a superior natural base material for all industries to use in the construction of their commercial operations; providing emergency response to local, state, and federal governments; providing consulting to assist clients in their federal legislation needs; providing commercial real estate properties; developing luxury motorsport equipment; developing new and inventive ways to protect information and operations in the field of cybersecurity; developing the river parishes first full movie studio; or providing hydraulic crane operations, the Magnolia Companies continues to provide endless services for the River Parishes and surrounding areas.


Established in 1990, the Potomac Group is a Washington, D.C. area client/agency relations firm that fills an important need for corporate marketing and communications professionals.

Most clients of advertising, PR, direct marketing, promotion, interactive, branding and integrated marketing agencies have no idea how profitable their account is to their agencies. Are you one of them? That depends. Are you overpaying your agencies? Are they operating as efficiently and effectively as they can on your business? Are they providing you with the level of staffing and management commitment you deserve?

At the Potomac Group we’re proud of our proven track record of developing cost-saving, performance-based agency contracts for more than 100 major advertisers. We can do so because each contract we develop is based on two underlying principles: first, fair, but reasonable.

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