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Everyone’s story is different. The specific influences, motivations, and support networks a leader accesses on his or her way to the top not only mold a person’s leadership style, they also tell the story of who that leader is.

New Orleans is home to a diverse and active business community, and much of its energy comes from the top, the executives whose actions and decisions move companies forward despite some of the most challenging economic times in history. Biz New Orleans is diving into what drives those decisions and actions with this exclusive section, which asks local executives about how they arrived where they are today and what they believe drives company success.

Darlene Lockhart

Darlene Lockhart CPA, CEO | Xplore Federal Credit Union Fun Fact Although I have absolutely no musical talent, I serve of the Board of a community ministry that encourages youths to individually grow and flourish through music lessons.  What initially…

John P. LeBlanc

John P. LeBlanc CEO | Metairie Bank Fun Fact This is actually my second dream job; my first dream job was to be a record store owner. I worked in a record store all throughout college. Considering what happened to…

Michael A. Roussel Jr.

Michael A. Roussel Jr. VP of Marketing | Xplore Federal Credit Union Fun Fact My father had a lot of good quotes, and if he didn’t say this every day, he didn’t say it at all: “Work to live; don’t…

Brittany R. Major

Brittany R. Major President/CEO | Major Servicesp Fun Fact My favorite book is Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. This enlightening book has had an enormous impact on my life and my ability to be present in each moment while…

Shirley “Toni” McCord

Shirley “Toni” McCord CPA, APAC | A Professional Accounting Corp Fun Fact The best piece of advice I ever received was from a former boss who told me to save something every month. This is often the best piece of…

D. Scott Crabtree

D. Scott Crabtree President and CEO | Lambeth House Fun Fact My favorite advice is appropriate for current times. It’s a quote from Einstein: “Whoever is careless with truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”   What…

Shelby Russ

Shelby Russ President and CEO | AOS Interior Environments Fun Fact The best piece of advice I’ve received? “Shut up and listen!”   What have been some of your biggest challenges and biggest successes? Hands down, my biggest challenges have…

Jessica Brandt

Jessica Brandt CEO | Ray Brandt Auto Group Fun Fact The best piece of advice I ever received is, “A bad decision is better than no decision at all. Most decisions can be undone, but you have to learn to…

Chris Ferris

Chris Ferris President and CEO | Fidelity Bank & NOLA Lending Group Fun Fact My favorite productivity tool/app is One Note. I receive so much information daily that it’s hard to retain it and often fully understand it’s applicable use.…