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Lou LaPorta

President, CEO

Lou LaPorta

Lou LaPorta, President, CEO

Louis (Lou) F. La Porta has lived in Henderson since his honorable discharge in 1945 from the US Air Force where he served as an Air Force Bombardier during World War II. At the time, he and wife Elayne lived off base at the Henderson Townsite. At the end of the war, the newlyweds decided to remain in Henderson and the small community of 3,500 people, mostly young families, became their lifelong home.

Lou’s dedication to family and community made living in Henderson and watching it grow from a tiny federal enclave in 1945 to a thriving municipal incorporated city in June of 1953, is at the heart of his passion for the Henderson Historical Society. Part of the original team that steered the town into cityhood, Lou served as a Henderson Councilman from 1953 to 1959, served on the Clark County Commission from 1960 to 1969, was President of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, and Board Chairman/Trustee of St. Rose Dominical Hospital.

Lou holds an MBA from the University of Las Vegas and worked in Henderson as a professional commercial insurance agent, CPCU, ARM. He and his wife Elayne raised three children in Henderson, including Valerie who joins her father as a founding member of the Henderson Historical Society. Lou is President/CEO of the Henderson Historical Society.