Our Team

Al LaPorte President & CEO

Al LaPorte Jr. is responsible for the overall goal-setting, strategic-planning, and general administration of CMC. He manages all scheduling to ensure timely and efficient completion of contract requirements. He works in conjunction with all key personnel via weekly project status meetings to ensure that project specifications are meeting and exceeding project expectations.


Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. State of Louisiana Boiler Licensure. State of Louisiana Mechanical Licensure. Over 25 years of mechanical HVAC installation, maintenance, and design.

Work Experience:

Former President and Chief Operating Officer at CMC who held the responsibility of overseeing and managing all aspects of the Service Division at CMC. His responsibilities included directing CMC strategy for growth and customer relationships, while developing new business markets.

Current Chief Executive Officer at CMC providing key leadership over bidding & proposals, project management of active jobs, and effective fiscal authority over the finances of each division. He also creates and enforces company policy to ensure efficiency, safety, and ethical business practice throughout the entire business.

Paul Gosserand Vice President & CFO

Paul Gosserand turned his accounting education, audit experience, and Dale Carnegie training into his business passion of team building and process implementation. With twenty years of experience in managing a successful commercial air conditioning company, Paul is teaming with his new business partner as they focus their efforts on gazelle growth results for their striving service business.

Paul graduated with Cum Laude honors from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a degree in Accounting. Following his graduation in 1987, he began his auditing career and successfully passed the CPA exam in 1989. Joining CMC in 1994, Paul moved out of his comfort zone of accounting to learn the mechanical business. With twenty years experience in the mechanical business as an Estimator, Project Manager, and Department Manager, Paul has come full circle in his most recent role as CFO and General Manager of CMC Corporate Solutions.

He Holds a Mechanical Contractors License in the state of Louisiana. Aside from successfully passing the CPA exam, Paul’s most valued accomplishment was receiving several awards and the class outstanding award in completing the Dale Carnegie course.

Paul is an avid LSU football fan who holds his Indian Mounds parking pass in high regards. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and boating on the lake, but his true desire is to pursue his interest in horses.

John Edwards VP of Business Development

In his current role, John is managing CMC’s business activities while creating and implementing strategies and coordinating cross business growth initiatives. John is also responsible for managing and strengthening relations with existing customers in order to maximize CMC’s delivery of service and solutions with a vast array of customers from schools to hospitals and from financial institutions to restaurants and food services.

John has enjoyed a career in the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning industry, starting in 2003 as a Sales Engineer for Carrier Corporation. While at Carrier, John was awarded the 2003 Carrier Sales Boot Camp Winner and was also awarded the Carrier Global Sales Award in 2004. During his tenure at Carrier Corporation, John had the opportunity of rebuilding New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina into a much stronger and energy efficient manner which he also received local awards for his partnerships with the community and the City of New Orleans. Most recently, John joined Corporate Mechanical Contractors, Inc. d/b/a (CMC Corporate Solutions) in 2008. With a business motto taken from Booker T. Washington, “It’s better to serve, then be served”, John strives every day to deliver and serve the very best results to the demanding issues in our society.

John is also a School Board Member for Algiers Charter School Association which is the largest charter school association in Louisiana. He is also a member of International Facility Management Association (IFMA), a global organization aimed at promoting smart technology and building practices in the 21st century.

John received a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Science Engineering from Tuskegee University in 2003 and a Masters in Public Administration from Louisiana State University in 2010.