Author: Keith Twitchell

The Power of Parkway

  Jay Nix never planned to own the most iconic po’boy shop in the universe. Back in the early 1990s, Nix, who was working in construction at the time, bought a nice little house on North Hagan Street right off…

Lessons Learned

This time the cavalry is not coming. We all need to do this ourselves. We need to find that well of patience and humanity and work through this.” Leslie Jacobs, co-founder and chair of YouthForce When Hurricane Katrina hit, New…

Don’t Be A Dilbert Business

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street,…

Higher Ed Check-in

Local institutions of higher learning are a tremendous, if sometimes underappreciated, asset for Southeast Louisiana. New Orleans alone boasts eight colleges and universities. Along with the community colleges, they comprise a major…

Adapt or Perish

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street,…

Entertainment With A Punch

  What began right after Hurricane Katrina, has been on hiatus during the pandemic, and celebrates its 50th anniversary tomorrow night? If you answered “Friday Night Fights”, treat yourself to a ringside seat! The brainchild of Mike Tata, the fights…

The Healing Power of Art

  “Art is like an antidote,” proclaimed Pamela Bryan, owner and founder of Octavia Art Gallery. “I feel that art has played a major role in taking out some of the anxiety and sadness that the pandemic has brought into…

A Tale of Five Hotels

While New Orleans has its share of major chain hotel operations with cookie-cutter rooms and standard amenities, the city has always offered much more in the way of accommodations. Options have ranged from French Quarter treasures like the Monteleone…

Introducing Go.Be.

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street,…

Spicing Up the Business

“The pandemic has forced everyone in the food service industry to get creative,” observed Vince Hayward, the fourth-generation owner and CEO of L.H. Hayward and Company. “We went from having a healthy amount of business to almost zero.” In a…

Making the Westbank the Best Bank

  For an organization celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Algiers Economic Development Foundation has a remarkably low profile – just like that often-overlooked area of the city that it serves. Executive Director Kelsey Foster is working to raise…

New & Notables

  It’s been an unprecedented year for us all — a year full of challenges, but also new opportunities. In our fifth annual class of New & Notables, we honor 12 individuals that have spent the last year taking on…

New & Notable: Deanna Rodriguez

Deanna Rodriguez has gone home again — and again. After many years working with Entergy New Orleans, Rodriguez returned to her native Texas and a position with Entergy there. On May 9, however, she returned to the Crescent City, taking…

New & Notable: Greg and Nicole Nixon

Advocacy, education and construction might seem like an odd mix for a single firm, but for Ubuntu Construction, all of these things make up both a business model and a way to contribute to community improvement. Founded and owned by…

New & Notable: Dr. Calvin Mackie

When your brother is Captain America (actor Anthony Mackie), but you’re the real superhero in the family, you are obviously doing great things. Dr. Calvin Mackie, founder and CEO of STEM NOLA, fits that bill. His current project will benefit…

New & Notable: Dr. Stacy Greene

“We’re all in this together.” This is the message Dr. Stacy Greene, infectious disease lead for DePaul Community Health Centers, wants everyone to hear in relation to getting the COVID-19 vaccination. Formerly known as Daughters of Charity Health Centers, DCHC…

New & Notable: Joshua Webb

Some of the world’s most famous buildings have been around for thousands of years — and so have some construction methods. Joshua Webb is out to change that. On Jan. 27, 2021, Webb took on the newly created role of…

Opening/Reopening Realities

Keith Twitchell spent 16 years running his own business before becoming president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He has observed, supported and participated in entrepreneurial ventures at the street,…

New & Notable: Christine Briede

“If we want to get better — not just grow, but get better — we have to work smarter.” For Christine Briede, executive director of the Jefferson Community Foundation, this means bringing parish government, business interests and the general community…

New & Notable: Louis Lauricella

Louis Lauricella’s company was among the principal developers of Harahan’s Elmwood Shopping Center when it opened in 1975. Twenty years later, the company acquired sole ownership of the tract, and as of 2018, is in the midst of transforming the…

New & Notable: Jackie Dadakis

While Green Coast Enterprises is renowned as a leader in environmentally friendly construction — with local projects including the Pythian Building and Pythian Market — the company is much more than just a builder and developer. “My top priority is…