His other awards include the Distinguished Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Bronze Star with “V” Device (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters);Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters); four Air Medals, one with “V”
Device; the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge; Combat Infantryman Badge; Parachutist Badge, and Pathfinder Badge.
After his retirement, LaBoa went to work at
CIBA Vision Corporation in Johns Creek, GA. As Director of Dailies Contact Lens Manufacturing he was responsible for the contracting, building, organization and transfer of the Dailies lens manufacturing technology from Germany to the manufacturing site in Johns Creek. He developed the first “Greenfield” manufacturing site and design guide for Ciba Vision. He designed and implemented an equipment component flow program that coordinated 27 components from 3 different countries in Europe. This program was recognized at the Lufthansa Freight Forwarders World Wide Conference as a model of efficiency.
His role at Ciba Vision provided him with an in-depth experience in contracting, employee recruitment and management, detailed budgeting of a $10 million operational and $ 186 million capital budget and compliance with EPA, OSHA and FDA regulations. The Ciba operation started with 3 personnel and when he left the organization had 250 trained manufacturing teams.
His experience as a Dahlonega city councilmember has provided opportunities in achieving solutions to complex issues, conflict resolution, detailed budget planning, contract negotiations and consensus team building to accomplish difficult tasks within the city, and for the city with our county government.
The experience as an adjunct instructor teaching leadership at North Georgia College provided him an opportunity to study in detail leadership theories and the practical application of business leadership through lecture and case studies. This was a great experience teaching the future leaders of our state and country.
His recent experience was as Principle Program Manager of the Army’s LOGCAP III contract in the Middle East. This was a complex and diverse assignment because of the span of control and the diversity of operations found in Iraq, Kuwait, Dubai, and Afghanistan. This $ 4.2 B contract encompassed 23 thousand direct hire and 30 thousand subcontract employees, who provided the full range of support services to 65 bases in Iraq and 45 bases in Afghanistan, and 7 faculties in Kuwait. At the height of military operations support was provided to 200 thousand military forces plus other contractors. The scope of the operation was construction of facilities and management of the infrastructure on the Army Base camps…everything from beds and food service to laundry, sanitation, utilities, postal operation and trucking supplies to various locations within Iraq. This was a leadership and logistical challenge of a life time.
Community service is one of his priorities. He has within the last 6 years served on the Northeast Regional Boy Scouts Executive Committee, the Chestatee Regional Hospital Board, and the Board of Directors of the Dahlonega Rotary Club. He is currently a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
Guy has a Master of Science in Public Administration from Shippensburg State University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Marketing from Northwestern State College and University, Natchitoches, La.
Guy LaBoa has been married for forty-four years to his wife, Pat. They have three children and six grandchildren. Guy and Pat are members of the Lakewood Baptist Church, in Gainesville, Georgia.