The Dominant Dozen
This issue celebrates our fifth class of New & Notable honorees and I’m so excited to share them with you!
We’ve never had a set number of honorees for these awards, and I like that. It means we can look over the past year and truly just choose the people we feel are the real standouts. Inevitably, the list will include names you may know who are taking on new roles and projects, as well as those whose names you may not know, but we think you should because they’re doing some exciting new things.
I think the list of honorees always says a lot about the past year, and this time is no exception. As the biggest thing on everyone’s mind right now is trying to navigate a move out of a global pandemic, it’s no surprise that half our honorees are being celebrated for the work they’ve been doing — and continue to do — on this front, whether that’s going above the call of duty to get out the vaccine, or jumping in to lead a hospital, or a restaurant group, through one of the most trying times in recent history for both these industries. We celebrate the first paid director of a foundation dedicated to bringing government, business and community together in Jefferson Parish — an especially important task at the moment — and the co-owner of a craft brewery launched during the pandemic that’s pivoted to help the community in multiple ways.
Our next biggest category this year was construction/development. Here, we found some obvious standouts that include the developer of two upcoming projects with the biggest buzz right now — Elmwood Center and the convention center’s planned River District Development — the new CEO of a company known as a leader in environmentally-friendly construction that is now moving to tackle our affordable housing crisis, a husband and wife team whose only two-year-old business is already taking on the largest stormwater management program of its kind in our region, and the man chosen to fill a newly-created position as the innovation leader of one of our top construction companies.
Finally, we honor two leaders whose work is bound to affect us all — the new CEO of the company that provides us all with power every day, and the person behind what will be a first-of-its-kind STEM innovation hub designed to create the next generation of professionals that will undoubtedly be a part of powering our workforce into the future.
Please join me in congratulating all our 2021 New & Notables for a truly remarkable year.