Out to Lunch

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

Community and Crime March 22, 2018

We’ve all seen those lists that appear from time to time that say New Orleans is the most crime-ridden city in the country that nobody in their right mind would want to live in. On the other hand, those of us who live here not only enjoy an enviable quality of life, we’re also one of the places that people from other cities above us on the list most want to visit.

It’s in this unique climate - where community and crime are strange bedfellows - that we’re simultaneously growing businesses as different as Inhab and WatchSystems.

Inhab is designing, selling, and building houses – including a complete new community in Algiers, called Patterson Point. WatchSystems is a north shore based business that tracks sex offenders. Not just in New Orleans, but nation-wide.

 Mike Bertel

On this edition of Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti is joined by the owner of Inhab, Mike Bertel.

Mike Cormaci 

And co-founder and President of Watch Systems, Mike Cormaci.

Peter Ricchiuti 

Mike Cormaci, Mike Bertel

Photos taken over lunch in the wine room at Commander's Palace by Alison Moon.

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