Publisher’s Note

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…

Ready for Change

Elected leaders need to be prepared from day one. Remember the 18th of November. It is the day we finalize our New Orleans governmental leadership team for the next four years.  All that’s left on the ballot to vote for…

Time to Give

As we roll into October and look back on the events of the past months, there is a great need for support for those who’ve lost so much. I find myself actively giving to charities and people more than ever.…

Three Cheers

Thirty years ago, in 1987, the leadership in Jefferson Parish had the foresight to create a separate economic driver to survive changes in administrations and lead business activity and growth throughout the parish. During this time frame, with JEDCO’s leadership,…

Safety is No. 1

Now that the qualifying is over, campaigning for the next mayor and city council of New Orleans is moving into high gear. It seems that every election these days is regarded as the most important election of our time. There…

39 and Feeling Fine

New Orleans media outlets compete every year for the distinction of being named among the best in the local industry. The Press Club of New Orleans awards various organizations and professionals for their impressive published work, including digital media, print…

Find Your Retreat

About a year ago, my wife and I started looking for a place to escape. Running a business takes a lot of time and energy, so having the opportunity to take a brief hiatus from deadlines goes a long way…

Beautifying the Community

If you’ve driven around Jefferson Parish over the last year, you’ve probably noticed some of the great developments being made on Veterans and Causeway boulevards. Jefferson Beautification, Inc. (JBI) has coordinated numerous projects since 1990, but its recent efforts are…

New Orleans Snow Day

Believe it or not, we are in the dead of winter. Up north, winter closely resembles an arctic ice tundra, with businesses sometimes forced to take off for a “snow day.” Snow is rare here in New Orleans, but we…

Civic Duty

Time and time again, I find people talking about how they dread receiving the letter in the mail calling them out for jury duty, and even worse, trying to wiggle their way out of it entirely. Last month I completed…