Biz The Magazine - February 2020

A Family Affair

Imagine a small 3-year-old girl full of hope and endless possibilities. Now, imagine that same child, due to hard luck and unforeseen circumstances, sleeping in a car and living on the streets of New Orleans. Statistics show she’ll be sick…

February Calendar

4 New Orleans Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast 8 to 9:30 a.m. 1515 Poydras St. 5th Floor Auditorium NewOrleansChamber.org 5 The Funding Seed Engaging Your Board Members in Fundraising Work 3 to 4:30 p.m. Ashe Power House Theater 1731 Baronne…

Industry News

NOMA Awarded $1 Million Grant The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) a $1 million grant to support the establishment of the only photography conservation program for much of the Southeastern United States.…

Publisher's Note: 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…

My Toughest Case | Frank P. Tranchina Jr.

In his 40 years practicing family law, Frank P. Tranchina Jr. has not only been a litigator in contentious matters related to divorce, marital property division and child custody, he has also taken pride in his role as a counselor…

But Wait, There’s More!

  Portraits by Greg Miles LOG ON to the website of any airline and you’ll find more than just flights; you’ll have the opportunity to book a whole vacation with just a few clicks. Need a rental car? They’ve got…

Good Things Come in Threes

A native New Orleanian, 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!…

Recent Openings

Eustis Mortgage Company Eustis Mortgage has moved its headquarters into The Standard at South Market at 798 S. Rampart St. in New Orleans. The company worked with building contractor Perrier Esquerré Contractors, LLC, to create an open, ground floor workplace…

Best Lawyers

  About the List CREDIT The Best Lawyers in America© is published by BL Rankings, LLC d/b/a Best Lawyers and Co., LLC, Augusta, GA. and can be ordered directly from the publisher. For information call 803-648-0300; write 801 Broad Street…

Editor's Note: It’s Finally Back

February is here and, really, how can anyone think about anything but Carnival? You can’t. So, let’s just go with it. When Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde and I sit down to talk about this issue, it can be kind of a…

The Ultimate Balancing Act

Kimberley Singletary is the managing editor of Biz New Orleans magazine. A 20-year Southern California veteran, she has been surrounded by the film industry for most of her life.   Two years…

Unwanted Advances

Melanie Warner Spencer is editor of New Orleans Bride and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and managing editor of Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile. Spencer’s ever-expanding library of etiquette books is rivaled…

Startup Status

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,…

My Toughest Case | Kelly E. Theard

Growing up with a father who practiced law, Kelly Theard always knew she wanted to be a lawyer too. She had worked in broadcast journalism as an assignment editor for several years before deciding to obtain her law degree with…

The Royal Touch

In the boisterous world of Carnival parades, Royal Artists Inc. is perhaps the biggest player you’ve never heard of, but it hasn’t slowed them down one bit. This season, the 45-year-old firm realizes its highest-profile role yet: float builder for…

My Toughest Case | Madeleine Fischer

Madeleine Fischer has notched several successes over the course of her career: She has deftly handled cases involving class actions, toxic torts, products liability and insurance litigation. Fischer has authored more than a dozen articles on insurance coverage and has…

My Toughest Case | Wayne J. Lee

Most lawyers can recall a specific case or court ruling that set the tone for them as litigators. For Wayne Lee, that case came early in his career while working as an associate at Stone Pigman. The St. Augustine High…

Home Brew

Dixie Brewing Company was founded in New Orleans in 1907 and brewed locally on Tulane Avenue until 2005 (except during a period in the 1920s after Prohibition-era raids uncovered “a little rule breaking,” according to dixiebeer.com). After Hurricane Katrina destroyed…

Brees’ Last Handoff

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. Price also authors the Friday…

High River

The height of the Mississippi River in New Orleans is always a concern when it reaches the high water line of 8 feet, but whenever it nears the flood stage line of 17 feet, that concern rightfully grows into an…

Tradition Meets 2020

Southeast Louisiana is home to a number of colleges and universities that have been in operation for a century — or longer. These institutions of higher education boast a rich history and deep traditions. But while time-honored traditions may not…

My Toughest Case | Danielle Trostorff

The conversation around healthcare and the healthcare industry has always been a hot topic. Thanks to ever-changing laws, it has become particularly tricky for hospitals over recent years. Danielle Trostorff has practiced healthcare law for over 40 years and currently…

Adorning Dixie

Owner and chief creative officer of Crystal Clear Creative, Kellie Mathas (left), worked alongside her lead project designer, Jared Carroll, and Tanya Birch, head of Dixie Retail Operations, to craft the new Dixie Brewery Museum. Located on the second floor…