Darrin Guidry became a small business owner at the age of 16, when he and his brother opened their own sno-ball stand. His father worked in the oilfield and grandfather was a shrimper before starting a successful boat company. They were the first to teach him the value of hard work.
While in school be became the editor of his school newspaper while working part-time as a disc-jockey for a local radio station.
In 1985 he became news director of KFXY 96.7 FM in Morgan City, and within 18 months became sales manager of the station. His hard work was noticed by Guaranty Broadcasting, the new owners of KCIL (C-107 FM) and KJIN AM radio stations in Houma, who offered Guidry the top job of station manager, a position he held from 1989-92 until he was lured away by cross-town rival KHOM 104.1FM. His leadership through Hurricane Andrew in 1992 resulted in KCIL being the only radio station in the Tri-Parish area to remain on the air before, during and after the storm, broadcasting vital information to the sheltered and shut-in residents of Terrebonne Parish.
"That was the highlight of my professional career," explained Guidry.
"My father taught me the value of hard work. This has shaped my life as a businessman and will help me be the Parish President you deserve."
- Darrin Guidry
He later went on to manage KHOM radio station until 1997 when he and his wife founded the weekly Tri-Parish Times newspaper and the monthly Gumbo Entertainment Guide. During his years as owner/publisher, Tri-Parish Times was recognized with hundreds of awards from the Louisiana Press Association, including its coveted "Newspaper of the Year" award for seven years in a row. In 2014, the couple sold its publishing business, and today they own and operate a successful real estate investment company.
Guidry has been a member of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce and the Houma Rotary Club since 1989, and he served on the Board of Directors for both organizations. In 2003, he served as President of the Houma Rotary Club and later became the Assistant District Governor over five clubs in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.
In 2007, the Chamber nominated Guidry to serve as its representative on the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority's Board of Directors. Within a year, he became secretary of the Authority and later served as vice-president and president.
Darrin Guidry in 2013 with numerous awards from the Louisiana Press Association, including the coveted Newspaper of the Year Award for the 7th year in a row.
"One of the highlights of my tenure at TEDA was when the TEDA director, Mike Ferdinand, and I worked together to help preserve hundreds of Weatherford jobs," explained Guidry. "Company executives planned to relocate the Weatherford-Gemoco plant to Texas after the East Houma facility was flooded during Hurricane Rita. TEDA secured infrastructure grants to relocate Weatherford to Gray — keeping those jobs in Terrebonne Parish."
His work on TEDA was notice by the incoming Parish President Michel Claudet, who asked Guidry to serve as his appointment to the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District Board of Commissioners, a position Guidry held for 8 years.
In 2015, Guidry was elected to represent District 6 on the Terrebonne Parish Council, a position he holds to this day. He also held the position of Council Chairman for previous two years (2021 & 2022), filling in for the Parish President during his absence.
“In the radio business you serve listeners, in the newspaper business you serve readers and as a Councilman you serve voters. I have been blessed to serve so many people over my career,” said Guidry.
Darrin Guidry served on the Terrebonne Levee Conservation District Board from 2008 - 2015
Guidry also serves as chairman of the Terrebonne Parish Republican Party. He was a founding board member and past officer of the Terrebonne General Medical Center Foundation, Vice-chairman of Projects and Planning for the Terrebonne Levee District, a representative on the Sales Tax Advisory Board and a member of the Election Board of Supervisors.
He is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Terrebonne.
Darrin Guidry resides in Houma with his wife of 30 years, the former Pamela Matherne. They have a son, Darrin "D.J." Guidry, Jr; a daughter, Brooke DeRoche Spiers; and granddaughters, Anna Deroche and Adyn Falgoust. They are members of Maria Immacolata Catholic Church in Houma and Guidry is a member and past financial secretary of the Immacolata Knights of Columbus.
How can I Help You?
You never know when you will need something from Parish Government. When you do, I will answer the call.
- Darrin Guidry
Over and above his experience and leadership, Darrin Guidry cares and will make you his top priority. He is committed to being available to you now and in the years to come. Please feel free to call Darrin on his personal cell phone, 985-688-6632, about the campaign or whenever there is something you need from Parish Government. He will be there for YOU!