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
For the past few years with all the Hollywood folks in town it’s not unusual for someone at Whole Foods in New Orleans to whisper, “Do you know who that is?” It’s usually a celebrity who looks quite different in the cereal aisle from how she looks like on screen.
Today on Out to Lunch Peter's playing a business version of "Do you know who that is?"
Do you know who Jay Hakes is?
Or Rob Lalka?
Unless you’re familiar with the highest levels of federal government, private-public entrepreneurship, and international energy policy, there’s a good chance you don’t recognize their names. You could Google them. Or you could stick around for 30 minutes and get to meet two of the most impressive New Orleans business celebrities this side of Canal Street.
Rob Lalka is one the driving forces at business incubator Propeller, and he worked in Hilary Clinton’s State Department. Jay Hakes was President Obama’s adviser on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and has just gotten back from talking about drilling in Cuba.