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
Pres Kabacoff and his company HRI Properties have had an enormous impact on the city of New Orleans - as diverse as building Beau Chene on the Northshore, pioneering inner city living by bringing back the Warehouse District, converting the Blue Plate Maynonaise factory to artist lofts and creating The Healing Center in Bywater.
Pres also has a vision for the big-picture development of the city. Exclusively here on Out to Lunch, check out Pres's personal take on The Transformation of Iberville and Downtown New Orleans.
Rick Haase has shepherded Latter and Blum into the number one spot not just in New Orleans, but he's made the company the biggest real estate player in the Gulf South - quite a feat when you consider the enormous swaths of multi-million dollar real estate along the gulf to our east, in Florida.
In the Pay It Forward part of the show, Peter gets Pres and Rick to use their vast real estate and property development expertise to weight in on a non profit, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.
That's Rick Haase on the left and Pres Kabacaoff on the right, recorded over lunch in the wine room at Commander's Palace.