Meet the People Behind the Community
Twenty Years. Forty Successful Communities.
Southern Lifestyle Development creates communities that change the way people live. In two decades, we have built more than forty communities with active town centers, scenic parks, and safe, walkable streets. For our residents in Louisiana and Mississippi, the name Southern Lifestyle Development means home.
A History of Promises Kept
Our first development, the Village of River Ranch, started as a soybean field in Lafayette, Louisiana. It is now among the Top 20 most successful traditional neighborhood developments in the country, complete with mixed commercial and residential spaces, active parks and numerous events, from live music to art shows.
Preserving Traditional Neighborhood Values
Southern Lifestyle Development was one of the first to bring traditional neighborhood values to the states of Louisiana and Mississippi. We continue to build traditional neighborhood developments like River Ranch, and we have taken what we have learned and applied it
to conventional neighborhoods as well. We know that your home is your family’s most important investment and we strive to preserve that value over time.
Robert Daigle is the managing partner and co-founder of Southern Lifestyle Development.
Daigle was the visionary behind the award-winning River Ranch neighborhood and has continued that success with Southern Lifestyle Development. A former attorney, Daigle lectures frequently on construction, land use, and development issues.
Daigle was named the Hibernia National Bank Business Person of the Year for 2001 and received the 2004 Patron of
Architecture Award from the Louisiana Architectural Foundation. He was also
named one of the twentyfive most powerful people on the I-10/12 corridor by 1012 Magazine.
Robert Gagnard is a founding partner in RR Company of America and Southern Lifestyle Development.
His background is in medical technology and business management and he is responsible for developing and operating more than 125 blood plasma collection centers throughout the United States, through several companies. After several company sales, in 2010 Robert retired from active participation in plasma center businesses.
He is actively involved in creating developments, marketing and management. He continues to seek new opportunities for RR Company and its affiliates.
Rodney Savoy is a managing member of Southern Lifestyle Development and managing partner of RR Company of America, LLC, which is the parent company of Southern Lifestyle Development. RR Company is a diverse holding company with majority ownership interests in real estate development, commercial and multi-family residential rental real estate, property management, a restaurant development company, and other various smaller business investments.
Rodney has been involved in the financial management and development of River Ranch and Southern Lifestyle Development from the beginning. Savoy practiced as a CPA for 25 years.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Kevin Blanchard manages daily oversight and provides leadership for Southern Lifestyle Development projects. He is an attorney and former journalist.
Blanchard served as Public Works Director and Chief Development Officer for Lafayette Consolidated Government, where he helped shape the comprehensive plan and a new unified development code for the parish. Kevin sits on the board for One Acadiana, Recover Acadiana, the Evangeline Throughway Redevelopment Team, and is chairman of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana.
In 2014 Blanchard was named Outstanding Young Lawyer for Lafayette Parish.