College of Business continues ‘Inside the C-Suite’ series with Assurance Financial CEO

Kenny Hodges, ’94, president and CEO of Assurance Financial, will deliver the third “Inside the C-Suite” lecture for Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business on Tuesday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in Davis Auditorium (College of Business 101). This free event is open to the public.

Hodges“The ‘Inside the C-Suite’ series really focuses on the College’s core academic themes of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship to complement what students are learning in the classroom,” said Dr. Chris Martin, dean of the College of Business. “I’m certain our students will benefit from hearing Kenny’s entrepreneurial journey—from discussing business ideas as a college student to founding a tremendously successful mortgage banker company.”

Hodges is the president and CEO of Assurance Financial, an independent, full-service residential mortgage banker. After working with Wells Fargo for seven years following college, he founded Assurance Financial in 2001 and has grown the company to 21 branch offices supported by two operations centers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Charlotte, North Carolina. The company has more than 200 employees and is currently originating mortgage loans in 28 states. 

He is an active member of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Louisiana Mortgage Lenders Association where he has served as board president. He is also a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves as the Louisiana Chapter learning officer.     

Hodges received his bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship management in 1994 from Louisiana Tech University, where he served as Student Government Association president. Today, he lives in Baton Rouge with his wife Danna, a 1994 Louisiana Tech alumna, and their three children.

“Inside the C-Suite” provides a forum for top corporate leaders from some of the nation’s most prominent companies to share their views on topics of societal, academic, and professional importance. The series strives to stimulate insightful conversation on current issues by providing a platform for high-level executives to speak about cutting-edge issues, elaborate on trends, share wisdom, and provide important career inspiration and advice for students. Topics cover a variety of themes in core business subjects such as economic climate, ethics, corporate responsibility, leadership, globalization, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, and diversity.

For more information on “Inside the C-Suite,” contact Mary Susan Britt, senior director of development for the College of Business, at or 318.257.3741.