Attendance: 32


September 13, 2011


It is with regret that I must inform all of you of the recent resignation of Jerry Groetsch with Crown Buick Pontiac GMAC, Inc. due to family issues. Jerry has been an outstanding member of GNOEA since 1988 and I am sure all of you will agree that he will be greatly missed at our meetings.

We wish him the best!



President-Elect, Joey DiMaggio, Rose Garden of Jefferson would like to hear your suggestions on programs. If you have a program in mind that would be of interest to you or to the association, please contact Susan at



Jim Hudson, Executive Vice-President, Chairman Southeast Region of Iberiabank is currently going through our membership process. Tom Tappan and Jim Hudson are both with Iberiabank and are applying for our first Dual Membership. Dual Membership will give them both membership with each paying dues, but they will be sharing the attendance requirements. Jim has attended two meetings, but still needs to attend one more before the board of directors will take a vote.

If you see him at a meeting, please take a moment to introduce yourself.



Today we were pleased to have as our guest speaker Anthony V. “Tony” Ligi, Jr., a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 79 since 2008, located on the populous south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Representative Ligi received his Juris Doctor degree from the Loyola University School of Law, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.

We wish to thank him for taking the time to speak to our association.




The International Executives Association will be holding its 2011 Leadership Conference on September 19th through September 21st in Ottawa, Canada. For more details, please visit their website at



September 20, 2011          Jerry Brodnax, Senior Vice President, Treasury Management, Whitney National Bank – Held at the Rose Garden of Jefferson

September 27, 2011         Ken Berthelot, Director of Sports Programs, WGNO – Held at the Rose Garden of Jefferson

October 4, 2011               Claudia Smith, Toast Master Club – Held at Ralph’s on the Park

October 11, 2011             Joey O’Connor, President-Elect, Independent Insurance Agents of Greater New Orleans – Held at Ralph’s on the Park

October 18, 2011             No Breakfast Meeting

October 25, 2011            Joseph Azzarello, Franklynn Pest Control – Held at Ralph’s on the Park

November 15, 2011       Christopher Stelley, Louisiana Film Institute – Held at Ralph’s on the Park

November 22, 2011      No Breakfast Meeting

November 29, 2011 Nighttime Visitation – Denise Berthiaume, LeMieux Galleries

December 27, 2011 Christmas Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting