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
Sure, we all know New Orleans business is doing better than it ever has, but in your wildest imaginings of exactly what that means it's unlikely you've had any idea that "they sky's the limit" has in the last few years gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many of us are still evoking the credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two extraordinary local businessmen are giving us, literally, a whole new world to brag about.
Bobbie Savoie is CEO of Geocent, a technology and engineering firm whose clients range from the United States Government to the oil and gas industry. Among other extraordinary accomplishments Geocent’s contribution to the aerospace industry has earned Bobbie Savoie NASA’s highest honor - the Distinguished Public Service Medal. Past recipients have included Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Jay Monroe is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Globalstar. Globalstar has a constellation of orbiting satellites that supply over 120 countries with mobile voice and data services. Globalstar’s communication network covers 80% of the earth’s surface: the entire planet except for the polar ice caps. As Jay says, "We figure polar bears probably don't use a cell phone so we're okay with not covering the Pole."
In previous shows in the Pay It Forward segment of the show guests weigh in with various good ideas and advice for smaller or younger companies.
When Peter gets these two titans talking about a local security alarm installation and monitoring company, Gulf Coast Special Systems, they revolutionize alarm monitoring in a few unpredictably insightful, disarmingly (pardon the pun) simple suggestions.
Recorded in the wine room at Commander's Palace, this is an extraordinary opportunity to be (not literally of course, it's Commander's Palace after all) a fly on the wall of a lunch conversation with 3 extraordinary minds.