Member Accolades

2017 Business Leadership Awards Luncheon

The 2017 Business Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel was a great success! Held on May 10th, the sold-out luncheon featured keynote speakers Thomas Jacobs of The Big Cheezy and Aaron Vogel of District Donuts Sliders Brew, as well as a selection of distinguished award recipients.


Entrepreneur of the Year
Joe Coates, Title Management
Small Business of the Year
Merchants Security Services
Women Owned Business of the Year
Beary Cherry Tree
Family Owned Business of the Year
Riccobono’s Peppermill
Innovator of the Year:
Large Business of the Year
Zito Companies
Business Progress Award
Buisson Creative
Joseph Rault Community Leader of the Year
Carol Solomon (posthumous award)
Community Advancement Award
Laurel Outdoor
Healthy Business Award Large Sized Company
Laitram, LLC
Healthy Business Award Medium Sized Company
Delta Personnel

Company: Gillis, Ellis & Baker
Award: #1 Top Workplace in the Small Employer category in the Greater New Orleans area by | The Times Picayune
Description: Gillis, Ellis & Baker is honored to have been named the 2017 #1 Top Workplace in the Small Employer category in the Greater New Orleans area by | The Times Picayune! | The Times Picayune partners with Workplace Dynamics to produce the list based entirely on employee feedback. Employees of participating companies are invited to complete a comprehensive work satisfaction survey. The criteria measured include the following: Alignment, Effectiveness, Connection, Employee Engagement, Leadership and The Basics

Company: VPG Enterprise | Michael Merideth & Andre Lewis
Award: New Orleans Top 10 Influencers by Biz New Orleans
Description: In its third-annual real estate issue, Biz brought together some of the area’s key players in a wide array of real estate specialties. VPG Enterprise is a real estate development, construction and management group with a portfolio that includes over $12 million in residential real estate assets. One of VPG Enterprise’s projects in 2017 was 37 Hundred, a luxury townhome development in Mid-City.

Company: Universal Data, Inc.
Award: CRN Triple Crown Award
Description: Universal Data, Inc. is honored to be included in the CRN Triple Crown Award 2017 list, a distinguished list of organizations awarded for excellence in an extensive range of consulting and managed services. The list is comprised of 40 technology solutions providers accomplishing optimum technological prowess combined with flawless customer support.

Company: The University of New Orleans
Award: College of Distinction
Description: The University of New Orleans was recognized as the only public College of Distinction in the state of Louisiana for 2017-18. Selection for the list is based on excellence in four areas: engagement, teaching, community and outcomes. To be designated a College of Distinction, a school’s curriculum must emphasize critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research and global perspectives. They must also offer dynamic out-of-classroom learning and study abroad programs.

Company: Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
Award: American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines Neonatal Resuscitation Silver Achievement Award
Description: The recognition signifies that Tulane Lakeside Hospital has reached the highest possible goal in using guidelines-based care to improve patient outcomes following cardiac arrests in the neonatal intensive care unit. The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program aims to help hospital teams save lives of babies threatened by cardiac arrest by consistently following the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for treatment.