Biz The Magazine - July 2021

New & Notables

It’s been an unprecedented year for us all — a year full of challenges, but also new opportunities. In our fifth annual class of New & Notables, we honor 12 individuals that have spent the last year taking on the…

New & Notable: Deanna Rodriguez

Deanna Rodriguez has gone home again — and again. After many years working with Entergy New Orleans, Rodriguez returned to her native Texas and a position with Entergy there. On May 9, however, she returned to the Crescent City, taking…

Buy Online, Pick Up In Store

“Consumers are doing more product research on brand websites, search engines and social media. But this type of engagement was completely disconnected from inventory that’s down the street. Unlike restaurants, movie theaters or big box retailers, you couldn’t look online…

Legal Ease

Now, I can even make appearances and take down depositions remotely, whereas I would have been locked into being in my office or in Louisiana. So, for me it’s a great thing, but it’s even more important for young mothers…

New & Notable: Greg and Nicole Nixon

Advocacy, education and construction might seem like an odd mix for a single firm, but for Ubuntu Construction, all of these things make up both a business model and a way to contribute to community improvement. Founded and owned by…

Sake to Me

Wetlands Sake owners (left to right) Nan Wallis and Lindsey Brower brew up unique canned sake using Louisiana short grain rice at their distillery in the Lower Garden District. A taproom is scheduled to open to…

New & Notable: Dr. Calvin Mackie

When your brother is Captain America (actor Anthony Mackie), but you’re the real superhero in the family, you are obviously doing great things. Dr. Calvin Mackie, founder and CEO of STEM NOLA, fits that bill. His current project will benefit…

New & Notable: Dr. Stacy Greene

“We’re all in this together.” This is the message Dr. Stacy Greene, infectious disease lead for DePaul Community Health Centers, wants everyone to hear in relation to getting the COVID-19 vaccination. Formerly known as Daughters of Charity Health Centers, DCHC…

Ice Cream Underground

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!…

Whom Do You Trust?

Choosing a wealth management partner, the person with whom to trust your money and investments, is one of the most important financial decisions you will make in your adult life. It is crucial to work with a financial advisor who is…

New & Notable: Joshua Webb

Some of the world’s most famous buildings have been around for thousands of years — and so have some construction methods. Joshua Webb is out to change that. On Jan. 27, 2021, Webb took on the newly created role of…

Opening/Reopening Realities

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,…

New & Notable: Christine Briede

“If we want to get better — not just grow, but get better — we have to work smarter.” For Christine Briede, executive director of the Jefferson Community Foundation, this means bringing parish government, business interests and the general community…

New & Notable: Louis Lauricella

Louis Lauricella’s company was among the principal developers of Harahan’s Elmwood Shopping Center when it opened in 1975. Twenty years later, the company acquired sole ownership of the tract, and as of 2018, is in the midst of transforming the…

Rites of Summer

Jennifer Gibson Schecter was once a tourist in New Orleans herself and is now proud to call NOLA home. She also writes the Wednesday Tourism Blog on BizNewOrleans.com.   The humidity was…

New & Notable: Meagen Moreland-Taliancich

When many think of the distilling industry, the general impression is it’s mostly a man’s world and we’re all just living and imbibing in it. Local rum distilling company Happy Raptor Distilling bucks this myth. Distillery co-founder, chief brand officer…

New & Notable: Jackie Dadakis

While Green Coast Enterprises is renowned as a leader in environmentally friendly construction — with local projects including the Pythian Building and Pythian Market — the company is much more than just a builder and developer. “My top priority is…

New & Notable: Richard Tanzella

Becoming CEO of a hospital during a pandemic is challenging enough. Stepping in when the hospital was just sold and is integrating into a new system is even more so. Despite the challenges, however, Richard Tanzella is quick to call…

Editor’s Note

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…

New & Notable: Michael DiSimone

Who moves to New Orleans to head a restaurant group in the middle of a global pandemic? Michael DiSimone. When COVID-19 closed the hotel DiSimone was working for in his home state of Michigan, he was offered the chance to…

Finishing Touches

Mary Kelly — chair of this year’s Parade of Homes and builder outside sales for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery — looks over lighting choices for this year’s 19 homes at Ferguson’s Metairie showroom to ensure only the best…

Buisson Creative

Merging influential media and government relations, award-winning creative advertising, and effective public relations into one powerhouse firm,…

Jefferson Financial Federal Credit Union

Jefferson Financial Federal Credit Union was first chartered in 1966 and—today, five decades later, Jefferson Financial continues to serve and advance the community from 14 branches across Louisiana. The member-owned, not-for-profit credit…