Sandra McQuain

Sandra McQuain is the co-host of “Talkback” on KSYL weekday mornings from 7 to 9 a.m.

A motivational speaker, professional emcee and freelance journalist, Sandra is also the Founder and CEO of The McQuain Group, LLC. The firm provides private and public sector clients with guidance on business development, economic development, public relations, media relations, coalition building and public-private partnerships.

Prior to establishing the McQuain Group, Sandra was Executive Director for the England Economic and Industrial Development District (EEIDD), a base redevelopment entity which includes Alexandria International Airport among its four operating divisions. Before leading the England Authority, Sandra worked in the private sector as Chief Operating Officer for Baker Manufacturing Company, a national commercial furniture manufacturer located in Pineville, Louisiana, and as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations for Zephyr Associates, a software development company located in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

In 1999, she was a founding member of Memphis-based Howell McQuain Strategies, where she provided business, marketing and public relations counsel to professional service firms and corporations including the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, Pinnacle Airlines, Baptist Hospital and Kemmons Wilson Companies (founder of Holiday Inn).

In addition to the England Authority, her government-related experience includes service to a Tennessee Governor, leading six offices across Tennessee as State Director to a US Senator, and managing the Office of Press for a United States Attorney (WD-TN).

In 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Sandra to the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry. That same year, Sandra was selected by Global Trade magazine as one of the Top 11 Women in Logistics. In 2020, Sandra served on the Resilient Louisiana Commission – Transportation and Infrastructure Task Force, an entity established by Gov. Edwards to address Louisiana’s response to the COVID crisis.


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