Author: Portraits By Greg Miles

New Orleans 500 Close-Up: Mayra Pineda

  Did you know? A native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Pineda served as Consul General of Honduras from 1990-1994 — years after moving to New Orleans. In this capacity, she worked to promote international relations between Honduras and Louisiana.   What’s…

The Goal Guy

Doug Walner is used to splitting his time — both between coasts and between industries. Walner has built a bicoastal career running, and mostly growing, businesses in California and Louisiana and is currently involved with two very different local…

Tech Titans

While greater New Orleans was fortunate to avoid any major water events in 2021, it was nevertheless a watershed year for area tech entrepreneurs. Even amid the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic, three local tech startups were purchased during…

Larissa Littleton-Steib

  EDUCATION Chancellor, Delgado Larissa Littleton-Steib is chancellor of Delgado Community College, but she calls herself “the chancellor of crisis management.” “We’ve had one hit after another, but we have managed to rebound. We are resilient, and I am just…

Max Swetman

LAW Managing Partner at MG+M Max Swetman, a managing partner at MG+M The Law Firm, is one of only a handful of attorneys in the United States who has a law degree and a master’s in public health in epidemiology.…

Dan Real

ENTERTAINMENT Regional President for Caesars Entertainment Caesars Entertainment, parent company of Harrah’s New Orleans, announced in December 2020 a $325 million renovation and construction project of the downtown casino to be completed by 2024, and it’s been on a roll…

Executives of the Year

Each year, we face the difficult task of selecting our CEO and Executives of the Year. The task is difficult simply because New Orleans is so rich in leadership, innovation and ideas. This year was no different, except for the…

Dr. Trivia Frazier

BIOTECHNOLOGY President and CEO of Obatala Sciences Dr. Trivia Frazier, president and CEO of Obatala Sciences, entered 2021 on a wave of success that she’s continuing to ride today. Her biotech business received major licenses and investments from institutions such…

John R. Nickens

HEALTHCARE President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital made the national news when a COVID-19 spike in New Orleans began affecting kids at an unprecedented rate. Throw in a hurricane, and it’s not the summer that anyone at the…

Matt Wisdom

Founder and CEO TURBOSQUID While advances in 3D graphics technology in the later 1990s upgraded the quality of the various models that could be produced, getting those models into the hands of the game developers, news agencies, architects, visual effects…

Scott Wolfe Jr.

Founder and CEO LEVELSET Back in 2007, in the frontier-like landscape of post-Katrina New Orleans, construction attorney Scott Wolfe Jr. saw a big problem: Local contractors had all the work they could handle, but getting paid for that work had…

Patrick Comer

Founder and CEO LUCID When Lucid sold to Swedish tech firm the Cint Group in late October for $1.1 billion, the event capped an extraordinary year for the New Orleans tech scene. Following on the heels of earlier high-dollar merger/acquisitions,…

Growing on the River

"Bernard Parish is the best-kept secret in the region!” This enthusiastic comment, from Meaghan McCormack, executive director of the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation, is echoed by business people across the parish and supported by data from the recent U.S.…