Frank M. Auer is a founder of Praeses. As CEO, he leads the company’s Executive Team and is actively involved in the development and implementation of corporate strategy. Prior to founding Praeses, Frank practiced law in Shreveport, leading his firm in growth from two attorneys to ten over a ten-year span. He was an officer in the Shreveport Bar Association. Frank founded Praeses with a former client in 1987.
Frank holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech, a Juris Doctorate degree from LSU, and an MBA from Wharton.
Kempten L. Schwab is President of Praeses. His high energy approach to business, innovative leadership, and creative development strategies have been key to success for both Praeses and the company’s clients. Prior to his current role, Kempten served as Praeses’ Vice President of Marketing and Sales, a position in which he was responsible for corporate, strategic, and direct marketing, internal and external business development, company wide sales consistency, and employee recruitment.
Kempten holds degrees in both International Studies and German from the University of South Carolina.
Scott J. Auer, CPA, CMA, and CIA, is Chief Financial Officer at Praeses. As CFO, he is accountable for all aspects of the financial functions of the company, including accounting, corporate controllership, treasury, tax, financial operations, and the financial aspects of strategic planning and analysis. Prior to accepting his role as CFO, Scott acted as Controller for Praeses.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Centenary College in Accounting and Business with a minor in Economics. He then attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport, studying Computer Science at the graduate level. In 2003, he became a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Louisiana. In 2007, he earned the Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor credentials.
Chris Costakis is the Vice President of Information Technology of Praeses. Chris is responsible for the daily operations and oversight of Praeses’ technology infrastructure and personnel. He was also responsible for leading the team which provides support and technical guidance to local, national, and global business customers. Chris joined Praeses in 2007 and served as the company’s IT Director. He came to Praeses from IBM where he was an IT Specialist, responsible for business consulting with a focus on solution implementation on Microsoft and Linux platforms.
Chris holds a degree in Computer Technology from Purdue University.
Praeses began in 1987 as an independent sales organization aggregating telecommunications services on behalf of major telecom carriers. To effectively support this business model, Praeses was required to track millions of data points created from hundreds of thousands of telephone calls. Over time, Praeses’ management of the telecom data became more valuable to telecom users than its sales services to the carriers.
As Praeses grew, it built the strength and depth of its information technology capacity to support internal requirements while validating the accuracy of the data managed for its clients. The development and growth of this technology team afforded Praeses the opportunity to offer consultative technology solutions beyond telecommunications. Initial clients were local and regional in nature, but by the turn of the century, Praeses had consistent success delivering services across North America.
By 2000, the Praeses technology team not only delivered valuable services but also began to build information technology products that deliver breakthrough value. Praeses’ approach to solving industry-wide problems while focusing on clients’ needs has been well received. Praeses now creates, licenses, installs and supports multiple information technology products delivered globally.
Praeses maintains an atmosphere in which employees achieve their potential and realize continual growth opportunities. By allowing an open door policy for innovative ideas and solutions, setting goals for future career paths, and providing long term incentives, Praeses empowers each employee to be a valuable, hands-on owner and contributor to the success of the company.
Through the pursuit, acquisition, and retention of highly talented employees who fit Praeses’ culture, the company maintains a work environment that is comprised of intelligent, hard-working, honest, friendly people. Praeses’ goal to hire individuals encompassing talent, ability, and character has produced a dynamic and proactive company ready for ever-changing business environments.
Praeses realizes the needed balance between career and personal satisfaction and provides a lively atmosphere that supports both. From the ping pong room, where interns play alongside executive team members, to monthly employee recognition parties, employees remain our chief priority. This family-based, friendly atmosphere yields the satisfaction which enables our continued growth.
Community involvement has become an integral part of the lives of our employees — on both a business and individual level. Praeses takes an equally passionate interest in the local community and the regional area, including event and philanthropic participation.
When searching for a place to call home and start or enhance your career, look no further than Shreveport-Bossier City. Praeses is proud to call this community home and serves as a good corporate citizen.
With hospitality overflowing, Northwest Louisiana citizens do their part to give the area the reputation of being "America’s Caring Community". There is always plenty to see and do — from dining out on Louisiana’s famous cuisine to stopping to smell the roses at the American Rose Center. Festivals are never hard to find, including the Red River Revel, ArtBreak, Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, Mudbug Madness, and Let the Good Times Roll. Pick from one of the five riverfront casinos for a chance to roll the dice or cheer for a favorite horse at Louisiana Downs. The Sci-Port Discovery Center and its IMAX Theatre provide fun for all ages. Sports fans enjoy college and professional baseball, football, hockey and golf.
Shreveport-Bossier City have a full scope of opportunities in business, education, and entertainment for everyone from children to adults. The unmatched lifestyle that can only be found in the sister cities is reason enough to call Shreveport and Bossier City your home.
330 Marshall Street, Suite 800
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
Toll Free: 800.333.8856
Praeses is an Equal Opportunity Employer