Biz The Magazine - January 2022

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…

The Irishman

Chris Price is an award-winning journalist and public relations principal. When he’s not writing, he’s avid about music, the outdoors, and Saints, Ole Miss and Chelsea football. SU’s athletic department has made…

New Additions

As we welcome the New Year, I want to acknowledge some friends to new positions. This year, many business organizations are changing leaders and I am honored to serve on a few of these boards. The Jefferson Business Council welcomes…

A State of Mind

There needs to be greater access to care along with dispelling the myth that counseling is for ‘crazy’ people. Kertrina Watson Lewis, director of communication at DePaul Community Health Centers Even in the age of political correctness, the stigma associated…

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.…

Wellness Travel

  Jennifer Gibson Schecter was once a tourist in New Orleans herself and is now proud to call NOLA home. A vacation in New Orleans is hardly synonymous with healthy travel. Our…

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…

A New Look

When a new year arrives, the tendency is often to shake things up a bit, maybe offer a new product or change up the look of something. Here at Biz New Orleans, we’ve done both. If you haven’t seen it…

New Orleans 500 Close-Up: Michael Merideth

Taking a Big Swing After working for Chevron, this engineer and former baseball player partnered with Andre Lewis to establish a New Orleans-based real estate development, construction and property management company. VPG…

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…

Troy Henry

DEVELOPMENT Managing Partner at Henry Consulting Sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and left the Six Flags/Jazzland theme park in ruins, the city of New Orleans finalized a plan for redevelopment of the site when it chose to…

What was your toughest case?

Matthew Sherman Attorney Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Recile and Hayes The most challenging case I have handled involved representing a minority member/shareholder of a family business. My client and his wife started the company many years ago, and along the way,…

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…

Make Way for the Roaring 2022s

Poppy Tooker has spent her life devoted to the cultural essence that food brings to Louisiana, a topic she explores weekly on her NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! From farmers markets to…

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,…

The Great Resignation

Jack Duvernay is one of Louisiana’s leading employee benefits professionals with nearly 20 years of experience. Specializing in both small and large group employee benefits, Jack advises clients on all aspects of benefits selection, administration, managing open enrollment, employee education,…

Entrepreneurial Predictions for 2022

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,…