Publisher’s Note

Renewed Optimism

What a year this is turning out to be. Here we are at the midway point, and I’m betting your business forecast for the balance of 2020 doesn’t look anything like your original plan. When we entered 2020, it was…

Thank You

  THIS MONTH’S PUBLISHER’S NOTE IS ALL about gratitude and thanks. I want to first thank the medical community, and all those on the front lines helping to keep our region moving forward. You are true heroes. During this time, like…

No Stopping Love

What a time we are having! As I write this month’s publishers note (in early March) we are in an all-out virus crisis with events shutting down left and right. My hope is that by the time our April issue…

Back to Work

Mardi Gras is now behind us and French Quarter and Jazz Fest are up ahead, so March is the month things have to happen. This month Idea Village and the Tulane Freeman School of Business will again co-produce New Orleans…

12 Days

Have you noticed business organizations in the region are skipping January and squeezing in all their annual and first quarter meetings after the Super Bowl but before Mardi Gras? I’m not sure if their thinking was that the Saints would…

A Fresh Start

  Happy New Year and welcome to the 2020s. This month, we celebrate a fresh new set of numbers, and while writing my first column in this new decade, I can’t help but think of all the changes that have…

A Year of Celebrations

This year has been award-winning for us at Renaissance Publishing, with numerous awards across many categories from the Alliance for Area Business Publications (AABP), The New Orleans Press Club, International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) and the international MarCom (marketing and…

Two Anniversaries

Last month, Biz New Orleans Magazine celebrated its fifth anniversary and I want to thank everyone for your kind words of congratulations. This month, we take a look at some of the people and news we covered over the past five years,…

Five Flew By

Can you believe it has been five years? This month marks the fifth anniversary of Biz New Orleans and I am so proud of our company and Biz team for the excellent work they do to make this a nationally…

Back to the Dome

  It’s finally here. Since Jan. 20, I — along with all of the Who Dat Nation — have been waiting for September and another chance to battle for a Super Bowl. Do you know it has been 10 years…

A Winning Summer

Last month, the staff of Biz New Orleans went to Atlanta and took home gold. The Alliance of Area Business Publishers held its annual national conference and awards gala in June, during which our Biz team received two gold awards…

The Cost of Freedom

This month, we celebrate the nation’s birthday with picnics, barbeques and fireworks. Our family has always been a big celebrator of the Fourth of July. When Andréa and I were first married 30 years ago, we found the love of this…

A Political Month

  In April, Louisiana kicked off its legislative regular session and this month we are in the thick of lobbying, debates and compromise, which all ends on June 6. If you are not aware, this is an election year and…

Work Season

New Orleans has a lot of seasons, and I do not mean the weather. We have crawfish, Mardi Gras, music with French Quarter and Jazz Fest, football, and the list goes on. What I have learned in my career over…

Full Plate

When you are crazy busy you get more done. You know the saying, “Give something you need done to the busiest person and it will happen”? I feel like that person right now.   With the start of the New…

Wedding Bells

The holidays are upon us, and for the Matherne family it is an extra special time. During this time of year, people begin to focus on holiday parties, family gatherings and travel plans, but for our family we are focused…

Support for St. Elizabeth’s

This month, the St. Elizabeth’s Guild is celebrating it’s 48th Annual Volunteer Activist Awards, and I am truly humbled to have been chosen as one of the eight honorees.  St. Elizabeth’s Guild was founded in the 1950s with the St. Elizabeth…

Custom Built

I am sure you have seen the award-winning titles that Renaissance Publishing produces in addition to Biz New Orleans — New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, New Orleans Bride, St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile &…

Happy Hosts

Last month New Orleans Magazine, Biz New Orleans’ sister title hosted the City & Regional Magazine Association’s national conference here in New Orleans at the Marriott on Canal Street. We had over 375 attendees from over 75 cities from across…

It’s Time

For the past year, I have focused on getting healthy—well, as much as I can tolerate. In five months I will turn 50, and in six months I walk my first daughter down the aisle, so I have set goals…

Simple Beginnings

Last month I attended a presentation by the Federal Reserve Bank and United Way about Investing in America’s Workforce and the ALICE population — an acronym for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed — and you can visit this site for…

Digital Additions

A couple months back I wrote about our new MorningBiz newsletter — thousands of you have signed up to receive this new AI technology of delivering news content. This month, we are increasing our digital presence with two new items…

EO Louisiana

  I have written in the past about EO Louisiana, and as we start the New Year I will revisit this entrepreneur organization that means a lot to me. EO Louisiana is an excellent forum that gathers monthly to discuss…

RenPub Recognized in UNO25

This month, the University of New Orleans is launching a new initiative to recognize 25 businesses led by alumni. Executive Vice President Errol Laborde and I are both UNO alum, and we are proud to share that Renaissance Publishing is…