Attendance: 35
May 15, 2012



Our program on Tuesday featured our member Charlie Eshleman, Vice President and Douglass Mills, Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer, both with Gillis, Ellis & Baker.

Charlie Eshleman joined GEB in 1994 and prior to joining the agency, Charlie was President of the Bryer Insurance Agency in Metairie, LA. Charlie obtained an undergraduate degree from Tulane University and in 1987, Charlie an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane.

Douglass Mills joined the agency in 2001. He graduated from Jesuit High School and received an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Gillis, Ellis & Baker was founded in 1933 by Gary Gillis. The company is in its third generation of providing for the insurance and risk management needs of the families and businesses of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Under the current leadership of Parke Ellis and Anderson Baker, GEB has seen tremendous growth and expansion of its capabilities.

Today’s program was a questions and answer session on general insurance. Some of the topics covered were how to save on insurance premiums, the value of getting to know your underwriters, and how captive insurance really works.



Timothy Scott, Fisher & Phillips is currently going through our membership process. If approved, he will share a dual membership with Michael Mitchell, Fisher & Phillips under the classification of “Attorney/Labor”.



The Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, May 22nd, immediately following the breakfast meeting at the Ralph’s on the Park. All Board Members and Committee Chairman should attend. All members are welcome.



Some of our members have expressed an interest in joining a Business Group, therefore we are asking anyone that is interested in joining a group, or if you are a Business Group that is already established and would welcome a new member or if your Business Group is not willing to take another member into your group, but is willing to help develop a start-up group, then please contact Robert Ramsey at



If you know of someone who is the owner, principal, or upper management (national companies only) of one or more of these Open Classifications, please give that name to the Membership Committee or invite them to a Tuesday morning breakfast. If you invite them to a breakfast meeting, please give the name and other information to either the President or Susan prior meeting.

Below please find a list of open classifications:

Air Conditioning
Aircraft Sales & Service
Appliance Sales and Service
Audiologist & Hearing
Automobile Dealership
Coffee Shop/Service
Commercial Window Treatment
Country Club / Golf Course
Courier Service
General Dentist
Direct Mail Advertising
Drug Store
Dry Cleaners
Equipment – Rental
Furniture Store
Glass Company
Interior Designer
Internet Search Engine Optimization
Janitorial/Cleaning Service
Medical Facility
Painting, Residential / Light Commercial
PEO/Workman’s Compensation
Physical Therapy
Plastic Surgeon
Property Management
Real Estate – Commercial
Sign & Banner
Sporting Goods
Supermarket Retail
Wine & Liquors



May 22, 2012     William H. Costelloe, Ph.D., President, Costelloe & Associates Inc., – Conducts pre-employment assessments, team building workshops and employee opinion survey research. – Ralph’s on the Park.

                                  Board of Director’s Meeting – Ralph’s on the Park.

May 29, 2012     Memorial Day Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting
June 5, 2012      Visitation – Charlotte Binnings, Town & Country Travel
June 12, 2012    Vince Gremillion, Restech Information Service, Inc. – Ralph’s on the Park