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James Martin

Education: Tulane University (MBA), University of Plymouth (BS) Hidden Gem: Nomiya on Magazine for their awesome Kuro On the Horizon: Our technology footprint at Avondale is...

Evan Holmes

Education: Ohio University (BA, MBA, MSA) Hidden Gem: Deutsches Haus Advice: Always give credit to, and advocate for, your people. Oh, and learn how to use...

Scott Whittaker

Education: Tulane University (JD, BA) Go-to Restaurant: The Steak Knife. My wife Wendy and I have been going since we were dating back in high...

Philip Gunn

Education: University of New Orleans (BS) Advice: Exceed expectations; both in your professional and your personal life. Go-to Restaurant: I like Commander’s Palace for special occasions...

Vince Hayward

Education: The Thayer Institute (MA), University of Louisiana at Lafayette (BBA) First Job: Store manager at K&B Advice: If all you ever do is to teach...

Tara Hernandez

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS), Loyola Univeristy (IBS) Best Fest: Jazz Fest Go-to Restaurant: GW Fins Hobby/Passion: Music and art Advice: Never be afraid to be your true self. Hidden Gem: I love...

Jerry Reyes

Education: University of New Orleans (MBA) Hidden Gems: Jacques-Imos and the Rum House On the Horizon: Highgate is growing reapiudly. Most exciting is the recent transition of...

John LeBlanc

Education: University of New Orleans (BS) Go-to Restaurant: Katie’s Best Fest: French Quarter Fest Hidden Gem: The Midway on Freret Advice: “Be honest. Be sincere. Be genuine.” Best Part...

Thomas E. Richards

Education: Loyola University (JD), Louisiana State University (BA) Hidden Gem: Mo’s Chalet Advice: There are no excuses. All that matters is if you got it done. Who...

Pat Gallagher

Education: University of Louisiana at Lafayette Nonprofit Causes: The Humane Society and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Who’d Play You in a Movie? Danny McBride Fave Jazz...

Aimee Brown

“I love creating relationships with chefs, restaurateurs and winemakers,” she said. “Supporting their brands and mission is a huge passion of mine and I...

Kelisha Garrett

Education: University of Phoenix (MBA) What’s your favorite New Orleans restaurant? Clesi’s What’s your favorite festival? Jazz Festival What’s your favorite “hidden gem” bar, restaurant, or business?...

Marv Ammari

Did you know? In 1989, Marv Ammari began his hospitality career by taking over a daiquiri shop in St. Bernard Parish. With help from his...

Monique Doucette

Did you know? In 2009, Doucette co-founded the local office of a labor and employment law firm that now includes more than 1,000 attorneys and...

Todd McDonald

Education: Northwestern University (MBA), Morehouse College (BA) Best Fest: Jazz Fest Hidden Gem: Barrel Proof On the Horizon: Our 50th anniversary! Advice: Always ask yourself, if you won...

Mayra Piñeda

Did you know? Piñeda is a local businesswoman who has earned accolades for her efforts to support the Hispanic business community and increase trade between...

Vance Vaucresson

Did you know? In 1969, the Vaucresson Sausage Company started selling sausages at Jazz Fest. After almost 50 years, the company is one of the...

Jacquelyn Dadakis

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Master of City Planning); Claremont McKenna College (BA in Economics) Fave New Orleans restaurant? The Franklin Fave festival? Blackpot Festival, which...

Jim Cook

Education Johnson & Wales College (AOS/BS) Louisiana State University in Shreveport (MBA)   What’s your favorite festival? Jazz Fest What’s your favorite “hidden gem” bar, restaurant or business? Bourrée Cajun Smokehouse...

Chris Reade

Reade founded Carrollton Enterprise Services in 2004 and LookFar in 2015. Under his leadership, the companies have emerged as leading technology development firms. Carrollton...

Justin Hartenstein

Located in Metairie, Oracle Lighting has been designing lighting products for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle and marine markets since 1999. In 2021, the company...

Chris Combs

Who would play you in a movie? Will Ferrell. No one else has the hair. What’s your favorite nonprofit cause? We support Catholic Charities, The...

Mayra Pineda

  Did you know? A native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Pineda served as Consul General of Honduras from 1990-1994 — years after moving to New Orleans. In...

Adrinda Kelly

Education: New York University (MA), Harvard University (BA)   Did you know? Adrinda Kelly is committed to transforming structural relationships of inequity affecting marginalized populations. In her...

Gregoire Tillery

  Did you know? Tillery started We Dat’s Chicken & Shrimp in 2013, when he cashed in his 401(k) to buy a food truck. Almost a...

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