Biz The Magazine - February 2021

Chris Ferris

Chris Ferris President and CEO | Fidelity Bank & NOLA Lending Group Fun Fact My favorite productivity tool/app is One Note. I receive so much information daily that it’s hard to retain it and often fully understand it’s applicable use.…

Elizabeth Haecker Ryan

Specialty General Civic Litigation Company Coats Rose Experience 30 years in practice Education BA Tulane University; JD Tulane University School of Law For Elizabeth Haecker Ryan, the path to her profession was not a direct one. Born and raised in…

DINING | Oyster Innovators

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!…

Popular Programs Help with Quick Career Changes

  Victoria Adams Phipps Chief Strategy Officer New Orleans Business Alliance Nonprofits like Operation Spark and the New Orleans Career Center provide hands-on training for immediate opportunities, and higher-educatioinstitutions like Loyola, Delgado and UNO offer continuing education programs that offer credentials…

Publisher’s Note

Last February my publisher’s note was all about annual meetings and the number of working days in February — an acknowledgment of the distraction of Carnival on business. Every year until this one, companies had to balance the celebration of…

Home Sweet Float

For over 30 years, Rene and Inez Pierre have been building Carnival floats, but never like this. On Dec. 26, they received their first order for a house float, and less than…

2021 Best Lawyers

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Walter J. Leger Jr.

Specialty Maritime, Admiralty, Class Actions Company Leger & Shaw Experience 45 years in practice Education BA Louisiana State University; JD Tulane University School of Law Walter Leger Jr. is a larger-than-life legal legend who has been at the helm of…

Determined to find the Sweet Spot

Two of Brennan’s inaugural king cake offerings — the Chocolate “Black and Gold” Cake and “Pink Parade King Cake. The restaurant also offers a traditional king cake. All are available at Ralph Brennan restaurants, as well…

Christopher J. Kane

Specialty Economic development, transportation, construction and government relations Company Adams & Reese Experience 17 years in practice Education BA and MBA Christian Brothers University; JD Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Chris Kane, a partner at Adams and Reese,…

Editor’s Note

Everyone in the world has now experienced the COVID-19 version of a holiday season, and — for those that heeded the scientific and medical advice — that has meant much smaller gatherings, much simpler versions of honoring traditions, or even…

Greg Latham

Specialty Intellectual Property Company Intellectual Property Consulting Experience 22 years in practice Education BS University of Illinois; JD Tulane University School of Law Greg Latham, founder and managing director of Intellectual Property Consulting LLC, said one of his toughest cases…

Maritime Looks Ahead

We remain optimistic that the business will return to a much more profitable place, but as for the balance of 2021, I think the best we can hope for is that it remains flat. Lee Jackson, CEO of Jackson Offshore…

Employee Mental Health?

Jeremy Fischbach launched the emotional wellness app Happy in 2018, with the goal of bringing 24-7 mental health outreach to peer groups across the United States. Created in New Orleans, the company recently earned recognition from…

Celeste Coco-Ewing

Specialty product liability and toxic tort cases Company Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver Experience 21 years in practice Education BA Tulane University; JD Tulane University Law School The intersection of policy, legislation and the law has long fascinated Celeste…

ENTREPRENEUR | Leaping Over a Low Bar

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,…

SPORTS | Adieu, Drew

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…