Meet the facilitators

Julio Melara

Founder and CEO of the Business Report Leadership Academy

Julio Melara is President & Chief Executive Officer of Melara Enterprises, a multimedia company which publishes several magazines and digital products such as the Baton Rouge Business Report, Daily Report, InRegister Magazine, 225 Magazine, 10/12 Industry Report Magazine and several more. He is passionate about helping people and organizations seize their full potential. He has been training and helping individuals grow since 1996. He is the author of several books, Do You Have Time for Success?, It Only Takes Everything You’ve Got!, Keys to Performance, and Mental Snacks – Nourishment for Your Mind and Fuel for Your Life!

Christel Slaughter


Dr. Christel Slaughter is a partner at SSA Consultants, and for nearly 30 years, she has led organizational change and planning efforts for hundreds of clients across the United States in the private and public sectors.

Some of her work includes leading the cultural organization transformation of a publicly traded community bank; designing and implementing an award-winning customer service program for a large health care institution; leading an ongoing organizational development, design and build-out of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network; and designing integration strategies for the State of Louisiana’s multibillion-dollar coastal protection and restoration efforts.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a doctorate degree in systems management and organizational design from LSU, and while preparing for her doctorate, the Academy of Management Doctoral Consortium selected Christel as one of the top 35 doctoral students in the nation.

Maurice velasquez


Maurice develops leaders, managers, and supervisors in their respective areas of their companies and helps them become more collaborative, better aligned, and more effective so they can in turn grow their team leaders and have their frontline teams become high performing.

With over 20 years of experience working with companies and organizations across the country of all sizes and in various industries,Maurice has developed a proven, practical, and effective Leadership AlignmentProgram with long-lasting tools, disciplines, and habits.

Henry hays


Henry Hays is an accomplished businessman, consultant and speaker. Henry spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, most notably building the commercial team at Avanir Pharmaceuticals, where he reached peak sales of $110 million a year. Avanir was then purchased for 35times multiple ($3.5 billion in cash). Henry pivoted to Disrupt himself at that point, with his new mission being spreading the power of Disruption coming to all aspects of business around the world. Henry graduated from LSU and holds an altMBA. He's also taken Technology and Innovation courses at Harvard and Stanford University.

Guy barone


Guy oversees the day-to-day management of Melara Enterprises. His extensive corporate experience includes president of a manufacturing and global marketing firm and senior communications manager for The Dow Chemical Company. Past leadership positions include board chairperson of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s District Export Council, St. Joseph’s Academy, Manufacturing Partnership of Louisiana, the Iberville Chamber of Commerce; he currently is a board member and strategic planning chair for St. Vincent DePaul Baton Rouge.