OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
There are a number of New Orleans businesses that are as much a part of the unique vocabulary of New Orleanians as “muffuletta” and “poboy.” Some of them – like K&B and Schwegmans – are in the “aint dere no more” category. One New Orleans institution that is still here is what we call either “Oxner” or “Oshner.” However you say it, everybody in New Orleans knows what you mean. Its real title is Ochsner Health System.
Ochsner is one of the largest independent academic health systems in the United States with 12 hospitals, more than 40 health centers, over 15,000 employees.
The President and CEO of the company, Warner Thomas, joins Peter on this edition of Out to Lunch.
Another local medical institution you may have heard of is the New Orleans Bio District. The Bio District was created in 2005 to develop businesses connected to bioscience and encourage them to start up or relocate to New Orleans.
Peter's also lunching today with the Bio District’s Chairman and Xavier University’s Senior Vice President for Resource Development, Dr. Gene D’Amour.