Attendance:  43


September 27, 2011


 It with a sadden heart that I must inform all of you of the passing of Dr. Paul Poissenot this past weekend.  He was a respected member of GNOEA since 1987 and has served on the board of directors many times, along with various committees.   His kindness and friendship will be missed!

As soon as I have any information concerning the funeral arrangements, I will pass them on to you.



Remember to mark your calendars; GNOEA will start holding our breakfast meetings at Ralph’s on the Park beginning October 4th through the end of December.



GNOEA received a thank you card from GNOEA President, Bill Ello expressing his gratitude for everyone’s thoughts, prayers and the plant that we sent him during his recent hospital stay.



Today we were pleased to have as our guest speaker Ken Berthelot, Director of Sports Programming & Account Executive at LeSEA Broadcasting of New Orleans: WHNO-TV-20.  Ken is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and has a Master’s Degree from Tulane.  He is responsible for developing sports and special programming that fits the mission of the family, Christian, and sports oriented station.

Prior to WHNO-TV, Ken spent time in college athletics at both Tulane and Nicholls State. At Nicholls, he was the Associate Director of Athletics and was the radio and television voice of Colonels.  He spent 15 years at Tulane University as an Assistant Athletics Director and was the radio “Voice of the Green Wave”. 

As the Director of Training for Dale Carnegie in most of Louisiana and Mississippi. Ken developed trainers and personally instructed the Leadership Training for Managers® Class, the Dale Carnegie Course®, and customized courses for major corporations. 

You may remember Ken as a local television sportscaster anchoring Live-at-Five for WVUE-TV, channel 8 where he worked with both Buddy “D” Diliberto and Major League Baseball’s Miracle Met, Ron Swoboda. 

We wish to thank him for visiting our association and sharing his knowledge of the sports industry!




It was with regret that we accepted the resignations of Michael Fredrick, point2point Innovations with the classification of “Web Design/Web Hosting” and Andre’ Savoie, WSI with the classification of “Internet Search Engine Optimization”.  

The classification of “Web Design/Web Hosting” and “Internet Search Engine Optimization” are now open.



The Board of Directors, the Classification and Membership Committees have approved the company name changes and dual membership for the following firms in GNOEA.  Members have five days to voice any objections.

Philip Rebowe from Rebowe & Company to Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC

Classification:  CPA 


First Dual Membership Approved:

Jim Hudson & Tom Tappan from OMNI Bank to Iberiabank

Classification:  Bank



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  Board of Director’s Meeting Held at Ralph’s on the Park 
November 1, 2011 Chris Hosch, WJS and John O’Sullivan, Lexmark Held at Ralph’s on the Park. 
November 8, 2011 MG David Mize of Federal City – Held at Ralph’s on the Park.
November 15, 2011 Christopher Stelley, Louisiana Film Institute Board of Director’s Meeting Held at Ralph’s on the Park 
November 22, 2011 Thanksgiving Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting
November 29, 2011 Nighttime Visitation – Denise Berthiaume, LeMieux Galleries – No Morning Breakfast Meeting. 
December 6, 2011 Robert Ramsey Visitation, 5700 Veterans Blvd, Metairie, LA from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm – No Morning Breakfast Meeting 
December 13, 2011 Holiday Party – No Morning Breakfast Meeting
December 20, 2011 Board of Directors Meeting – Held at Ralph’s on the Park 
December 27, 2011 Christmas Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting