A New Look

Editor’s Note


When a new year arrives, the tendency is often to shake things up a bit, maybe offer a new product or change up the look of something. Here at Biz New Orleans, we’ve done both.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to get your hands on a copy of our newest product, the New Orleans 500, a new annual publication profiling top business leaders in the 10-parish business community. I’m excited to say that our focus on these changemakers will continue on the last page of Biz, where we’ll highlight one member of the New Orleans 500 every month in what used to be our “On the Job” feature. In this issue you’ll also find a fun new addition called “Word on the Street” where we survey the New Orleans 500 on a topic of interest.

Both of these changes are part of a redesign that our designer, Sarah George, has been working on for some time. The magazine has taken on a bit more of an edgy, “rock and roll” look that I think fits the excitement and hope we feel for the future of our region. I’m loving it and I hope you do too. Feel free to drop us a note at editor@bizneworleans.com and let us know what you think.

In this, our annual Executives of the Year issue, we’ve also switched things up a bit when it comes to our biggest honor — our CEO of the Year. For the past five years we’ve called attention to a single CEO whose work has benefited our region in a big way. This year, however, the biggest positive news came from our startup sector in the form of not one, not two, but THREE big exits, each one bigger than the last, culminating in our first unicorn! We are so excited to feature the three CEOs behind these startup superstars as our first-ever three-way tie for CEO of the Year — our “Tech Titans.” I hope you enjoy learning more about them and this year’s other top executives. This elite group is leading some incredible pandemic pivots, a business deal 16 years in the making, a completed $300 million healthcare expansion, a $325 million investment currently underway in our downtown, a workforce educational powerhouse celebrating its centennial and a biotech superstar innovating how drugs are tested.

There’s much to celebrate as we look ahead to a new year. May yours be filled with exciting endeavors.

Thanks for reading,

Kimberley Singletary
Managing Editor