Alumni News

Katherine Sutton (C17) of the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum discusses the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the museum.

Christy Valentine (C2) of Valentine Medical Center was named President of Healthy Blue.

Dr. Peter Cho (C10) of Delgado Community College discusses how Delgado Community College’s West Bank Campus will soon open a new Advanced Technology Center.

Estralita Soniat (C7) of Estralita’s Café was featured in JEDCO's Spend Local Spotlight for Black History Month.  

Geoffrey Meeker (C13) of French Truck Coffee discusses the coffee shop business during the pandemic.

Nenette Gray (C16) of Lemonade Creative Marketing was mentioned in article in Promo Marketing magazine about teaching clients about hosting virtual events. 

Eric Laborde (C26) of A-1 Discount Pharmacy of Metairie was featured on Fox 8 News live and in an article as one of the Jefferson Parish pharmacies on the list to administer COVID19 vaccine to seniors.

Polly Watts (C15) of The Avenue Pub was featured on the NBC Nightly News live “Pandemic Hits Tourism Industry Especially Hard" story. Watts used her own savings to pay for her employees' health insurance. 

Krista Pouncy-Dyson (C19) of Performance First Digital was elected as a new board member for the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce.

Philip Moseley (C12) of Blue Oak BBQ is donating a portion of proceeds from the cult-favorite Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich toward the Blue Oak Son of a Saint Fund.

Lauren Myerscough (C18) of Cocktail and Sons was featured in describing how business pivot has become a lifeline during the pandemic.

Ben Marcel (C19) of Torapath Technologies was named one of Greater Baton Rouge Business Report's Forty under 40 class of 2020.

Barret Wiley (C12) of Cleaning Concierge discusses in a Biz New Orleans magazine article the 100% increase in demand for electrostatic cleaning since the pandemic.

Diane Lyons (C2) of ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc. discusses the impact of the event planning industry since COVID-19.

Christa Cotton (C23) of New Orleans Beverage Group, LLC was featured in Biz New Orleans Magazine about how business model changes last April helped sales skyrocket to 822% over the same month.

Andrew Dafoe (C24) of Traduccio NOLA, was featured in Biz New Orleans Magazine about finding a growing niche market.

Camille Manning-Broome (C22), Center For Planning Excellence, discussed her new book with NPR Baton Rouge. 

Ruby Slipper Co-founder/CEO Jennifer Weishaupt, wife of Eric Weishaupt (C6), talks with Biz New Orleans about how COVID-19 may change restaurants forever and how she’s managed to keep her business moving forward despite all the challenges.

Craig K. Mirambell Jr. (C10) of Mirambell Realty and Katie Witry (C24) of Witry Collective were named among Biz New Orleans' 12 Top Real Estate Influencers.

Arthur Boisfontaine (C16) of Crystal Clear Imaging, details his success story during the pandemic.

Candice Marie (C22) of RENEE MARIE Jewelry & Accessories was featured in First Lady Donna Edwards' blog.

Erich Weishaupt (C6) of The Ruby Slipper Café established an emergency relief fund

Mayor Cantrell issued a statement in support of Curtis Doucette's (C13) Iris Development for affordable housing plan for HANO sites.

Julie Neill (C17) of Julie Neill Designs was listed as one of the best home décor stores in America in the Architectural Digest.

Kristi Givens (C2) of Kids of Excellence, Inc. is being honored as a Woman of the Month for August 2020 by P.O.W.E.R. (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized) for her outstanding contributions and success in the field of childcare.

The businesses of Cleveland Spears (C1), Chad Perez (C21), and Brandon Smith (C16) make Inc. Magazine's 2020 list of the 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.

Flynn Zaiger (C12) of Online Optimism was named a finalist for the Inspiring Culture Award in the first ever 2020 North American Inspiring Workplaces Awards.

Lola Lass (C16) of ADEETA Corporate Staffing is a newly elected board member to the Greater New Orleans Executives Association. 

Camille Manning-Broome (C22) of the Center for Planning Excellence discusses potential impact of suspending emergency rent assistance program

Norisha Kirts (C22) of NRK Construction, discusses burnout

Joaquin Rodas (C13) of Bacchanal is using Tulane medical students to assist with pandemic issues. 

Heather Riccobono (C22) of Café Navarre discusses her free meal plan for community through the City of New Orleans and FEMA COVID-19 meal assistance program.  

Todd Murphy (C17) of the Jefferson Chamber comments on the effects of the mandatory mask requirement in Jefferson Parish.  

Ann Gerald (C13) of the General Paper Company was featured in Greater Baton Rouge Business Report on her family-owned business. 

Krista Pouncy-Dyson (C19) of Performance First Digital discusses her diversity recruiting portal in Biz New Orleans Magazine

Cleveland Spears (C1) of The Spears Group authors a guest column in The Advocate: "Is this the moment when America finally reckons with race?"

Polly Watts (C15) of The Avenue Pub discusses New Orleans bars reopening with limited capacity in Gambit.

Lakeisha Robichaux (C16) of Chief of Minds served as a panelist for the "Motivating Your Employees" Chamber of Commerce webinar event.

Daniel Victory (C8) of Victory NOLA was mentioned in article regarding black owned businesses.

Candace Tujague (C19) of Tujague’s, the second-oldest restaurant in New Orleans, has been closed since the coronavirus shutdown.  Plans were announced to reopen for a farewell dinner series at that location before moving up river a few blocks to 429 Decatur St. slated to open in September.

Robert Arceneaux (C14) of Orleans Coffee mentioned in a article.

Rashida Ferdinand (C14) ofthe Sankofa Community Development Corporation discusses Sankofa's food pantry, community gardens, and Fresh Stock Market project.

Jay Nix (C1) of Parkway Bakery & Tavern, Jason Goodenough (C15) of Carrollton Market, and Erich Weishaupt (C6) of The Ruby Slipper Café discuss sticking to a take out model after Phase 1.

Mindy Nunez Airhart (C16) of Southern Services and Equipment Company discusses successfully pivoting business during the pandemic.

Camille Manning Broome (C22) of Center for Planning Excellence discusses food insecurities among Louisiana residents.

Sandra Lindquist (C14) of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce received the Top Female Achiever 2020 award.

Sophie Nord (C15) of The Chimney was able to open for Mother’s Day with dine in customers.

Teresa Lawrence (C2) of Delta Personnel, Inc. was featured in VIVA NOLA, New Orleans Premier Multicultural Magazine (article in Spanish).

Lauren Myerscough (C18) of Cocktail and Sons added online purchases to her business.

Joe Spitale (C12) of Atomic Burger discusses getting his business back to normal.

Jan Ramsey (C11) of Offbeat Inc. Magazine, set up a GoFundMe account to support employees during the pandemic.

Patricia-Ann Donohue (C7) of Maple Street Patisserie honors health workers after mother lost to coronavirus and other acts of kindness.

Kathy Anderson (C1) of Kathy Anderson Photography documents how families are finding joy during the pandemic crisis.

Darren Darby (C9) of Creole Bagelry delivers sandwiches for medical workers at Slidell Memorial Hospital.

Iam Tucker (C5) of Integrated Logistical Support, Inc. created the #localheroeschallenge, which provides meals to local first responders.  She was thanked, along with Emeril's New Orleans, in a video on Good Morning America by the medical crew at Tulane Medical Center. Tucker was also featured in Where Y'at online magazine.

Rhonda Findley (C7) of Funrock'n & Pop City launched Mask Dat, a new business to help fight COVID19 by producing locally made masks and helping to put New Orleanians back to work amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Flynn Zaiger (C12) of Online Optimism LLC discussed using eBay to increase sales during COVID-19 times in an E-Commerce Times article.

Todd Murphy (C16) of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, participated in a COVID-19 video update with Biz New Orleans.

Holis Hannan (C25) of Floor Thirteen was featured in a WWL News video and article: “Jefferson Parish artists turns salvaged school desks into works of art for students.”

Jason Goodenough (C15), owner of Carrollton Market, discusses changes to his restaurant and the entire industry because of coronavirus in an interview with WWL News.

Carlo Clesi (C20), owner of Clesi’s Restaurant and Catering, discusses his business with WDSU. 

Daniel Victory (C8) of Victory NOLA hosted a virtual happy hour to support local bartenders.  

Leslie Henderson (C11) of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, discusses safety during COVID-19. 

Stephanie Knott (C13) of Bayou Teche Brewing Company offers free hand sanitizer.