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Introducing the 2018 East NOLA BDD

Get to know each of the East NOLA BDD board members and discover why they’ve decided to get involved




 

 

Sean M. Bruno

Chairperson 2018 | Sean M. Bruno CPA

“I am a 1993 graduate of Morehouse College.  I am a Certified Public Accountant and operates my own accounting firm, specializing in audits of Colleges and Universities and nonprofit organizations. In addition to overseeing the operations of the accounting firm, I am also currently serving as the Chief Financial officer of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. My family and I are life-long residents of East New Orleans. My parents, my wife and two kids, three siblings and six nieces and nephews all reside in East New Orleans.  I remember the days when East New Orleans was a self-sustained community with every amenity being available to all residents.  I want that for not only my family but to all of the current residents, and through the East New Orleans Business Development District, I believe that we can get back to those days.”

 


 

Brian Egana

Vice-Chairperson | Circular Consulting

“I wanted to make sure I dedicated myself to volunteer my time, talents and treasury. As a business owner of New Orleans and resident of New Orleans East, I want to be able to contribute back to my community offering my 20 plus years of Government expertise as well as a business owner since 2007.”

 


 

Lynnette White-Colin

Secretary | New Orleans Business Alliance

Employed by the New Orleans Business Alliance as the Vice President of Small Business Ecosystem Development (SBED), I am involved in identifying gaps in the small business ecosystem and finding solutions to complex issues that hinder the growth of local small businesses. She has established partnerships with local, neighborhood business groups to assist in business and commercial services development in disinvested commercial districts. Formerly, Ms. White-Colin directed the Small Business and Contractors Centers at the Urban League of LA and led the corridor revitalization strategy on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. New Orleans East is one of our city’s premier communities; I am committed to working with the East NOLA BDD to attract the investment and business resources it deserves for the residents of The East.“

 


 

JC Celestin

Treasurer | Whitney Bank

“I’ve joined because I’m passionate about the East. I am a banker and a real estate investor, and I see the potential in the east. In addition, the people in the east are resilient and wonderful to be around.”

 


 

Bradley Pipes

Board Member | Cox Communications

“As Director of Sales for Cox Business, I have 29 years of experience in the technology sector with various companies. I am honored to be on the East NOLA BDD board and joined to help bring New Orleans East to its economic potential.”

 


 

Cyndi Nguyen

Board Member | VIET

“The East is a jewel and has potential growth for opportunities.  I joined the organization because we need an organization with a business mindset to serve as a strong voice for positive economic developments and to support current businesses.”

 


 

Dwight Barnes

Board Member | Crescent Crown Distributing

“As the Director of Public Relations/Government Affairs and Recruiter for Crescent Crown Distributing, I recognized the value and potential the East NOLA BDD played in recruiting and steering new businesses to New Orleans East which would assist in the development and growth of the community and knew he had to become a member. I touched base with the Executive Director and told him to sign me up.

 


 

Henry Coaxum

Board Member | Coaxum Enterprises, Inc.

“As president and CEO of Coaxum Enterprises, Inc., I am the owner/operator of three McDonald’s restaurants in the New Orleans area (two of which are in East New Orleans). I serve as chairman of the New Orleans Business Alliance and as treasurer of the city’s Hospital Service District Board that directed the redevelopment of New Orleans East Hospital. East New Orleans is where I live and work. I joined the East NOLA BDD to contribute to the renaissance that East New Orleans is experiencing. This renaissance is due to the direct fiscal commitment of government and charitable resources combined with the enthusiastic engagement of the residents of East New Orleans.”

 


 

Jerry Cook

Board Member | Folgers Coffee

“As a 22-year resident, small business owner (Jumpstart CDC), and Folgers Coffee employee in Eastern New Orleans, it’s important that we be a part of making our community a great place to live, work and play.  Business Development in The EAST is critical to our continual growth. Working on the East NOLA BDD Board allows me to contribute to making that happen.”

 


 

Larry Johnson

Board Member | Franklin Avenue Baptist (Ret.)

“Before my retirement as Church Administrator from the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, I worked many years in the banking and mortgage lending community. I became a Board member of the East NOLA BDD to represent the church in becoming an active participant in the revitalization of East New Orleans. I lived in the East for 30 years prior to Hurrican Katrina, and the passion I had then, still lives on within me.”

 


 

Marc LeuNissen

Board Member | Cox Media (Ret.)

“I joined East NOLA BDD as a representative of Cox Communications.  As a company, Cox and Cox Business recognized that New Orleans’ economy is equal to the sum of all of its parts.  New Orleans East has been and is an integral part of the New Orleans business community.  Now retired from Cox I have continued on as a board member.  I strongly believe that New Orleans East has not yet reached its full business potential.  The East NOLA BDD is proving itself to be an instrument of support to existing businesses and industries as well as functioning as a marketing resource to attract new business to the community.”

 


 

Mtumishi St. Julien

Board Member | The Finance Authority of N.O. (Ret.)

“I am the recently retired Executive Director of The Finance Authority of New Orleans. Under my leadership, The Finance Authority issued more than $300,000,000 in mortgage revenue bonds providing affordable housing for more than 3200 families. He also oversaw the issuance of $35,000,000 in capital improvement financing for Xavier University, the renovation financing of the 236 unit Willows Apartments and the $12,500,000 financing for the GCHP-MLK mixed-use senior housing and commercial development. As a resident of Eastern New Orleans since 1987, I joined the East NOLA BDD to use his experience in housing and business development to foster more growth in eastern New Orleans.”

 


 

Sheila Glass

Board Member | Franklin Avenue Baptist Church

“I have been a resident of New Orleans East for the past 25 years, and I have a passion for the City of New Orleans.  It is my belief and hopes that New Orleans East can and will thrive and the East NOLA BDD will be a catalyst for that endeavor.  I am an active member of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, and I am looking forward to the new worship center, for all to attend, in New Orleans East. I am a Certified Public Accountant with a BS in Accounting and MBA both from the University of New Orleans; employed as the Business Manager at Belle Chasse Academy, Inc.”

 


 

 

Troy Henry

Board Member | Henry Consulting, LLC

“As the founding member of the Fast Forward Initiative (FFI), the precursor to the East NOLA BDD, I recognized the need for post-Katrina businesses to have a resource to turn to for assistance in getting their businesses re-established.  New Orleans East businesses did not feel like they were receiving the proper focus and attention as the recovery and revitalization process commenced.

 I am a business owner.  I have extensive experience as a corporate executive with several major Fortune 500 companies.  My business Henry Consulting LLC provides Advisory Services, Business Services and Venture Management Services to external as well as its own businesses. East NOLA BDD is an organization that represents the business community without a political preference.  We are committed to ensuring that ENO business needs and positions are being properly addressed and represented.”

 


 

Anthony Bridges

Board Member | Fidelity Bank

 


 

Wade Verges

Board Member  | Wade T. Verges Construction Co.

 


 

Kelly Derbigny Warren

Executive Administrative Assistant