Attendance:  40


January 17, 2012



Today we were pleased to have as our guests, Charles Eshleman, Gillis, Ellis & Baker, Inc., guest of Lola Lass, ADEETA Corporate Staffing, Marnee Ogden, The Blues Jean Bar, guest of Charlotte Binnings, Town & Country Travel and Al Bourgeois, Al Bourgeois Plumbing, guest of Carl Bourgeois, Al Bourgeois Plumbing.




Today we were pleased to have as our guest Ann Tuennerman, founder of “Tales of the Cocktail”.  Tales of the Cocktail is an annual culinary festival celebrating the history of the cocktail in New Orleans.  Ms. Tuennerman has planned, implemented and promoted the event since its inception in 2003.  Tales of the Cocktail, through her leadership, has attracted thousands of visitors to New Orleans and has hosted culinary and cocktail professionals and celebrities as presenters at the event.  Top liquor brands and national magazines sponsor Tales of the Cocktail and the festival has garnered national media coverage all five years.

Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture. Held annually in New Orleans, this international event has something for cocktail professionals and enthusiasts alike with a spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions and tasting rooms where brands showcase their latest products.

We wish to thank Ms. Tuennerman for a very informative program and visiting with our association.


It is time again to update GNOEA’s roster.  Susan is placing photo copies of the roster on each table.  Please take a moment to look over your listing to see if changes are needed.  If there is a correction needed, then write the correction next to the listing.  If there are not any changes, then please initial by the side of the listing.



The board of directors will meet on January 24th immediately following the regular meeting at the Rose Garden of Jefferson.  All board members and committee members should attend.  All members are welcome. 



President, Joey DiMaggio announced at today’s meeting his appointments of the following Committee Chairs for the term of 1/1/12 through 6/30/12.

Attendance – Farrell Latour

Classification –  Lola Lass

Grievance – Ed McCloskey

Orientation – Stanton Murray

Leads – Don Chailland

Membership – Craig Clement

Program – Robert Ramsey

Budget & Finance – Philip Rebowe

Executive of the Year – Alexis Hocevar

House – Marc Beerman

Special Events/Visitation – Bill Ello

Re-Qualification – Charlotte Binnings


Thank you to all of them for serving GNOEA!



January 24, 2012

Round Table Discussion, Objective: Solicit Questions for Upcoming Leadership Program topic “Business Succession Plan”.

February 7, 2012

Ron Blitch, Blitch/Knevel Architects & Hank Tatje, Argote, Derbes, Graham, Shuffield & Tatje.  Progress with LSU Medical Center and Opptunines surrounding new Hospital

February 21, 2012

No Breakfast Meeting – Mardi Gras Holiday