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
What do you think when someone you’re doing business with tells you, “I’m not in it for the money”? You assume they’re in it for the money, right? I mean, why else would they say that?
Well, once in a while you meet people in business who genuinely are in it for reasons other than money. Like Mike Kantor and Andy Kopplin.
Mike is the interim director of the Grow Dat Youth Farm - a working urban farm in City Park that teaches kids about agriculture.
Andy Kopplin is President and CEO of The Greater New Orleans Foundation, where they match up generosity with genuine need.
Andy comes from a background of years of experience in state and local politics. And Mike is a young guy who has turned his back on a traditional career path to work in the community. Both Mike and Andy are heading up businesses, but they’re not business as usual.