Attendance: 31
September 25, 2012



GNOEA will not have a breakfast meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.
Our next breakfast meeting will be on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Ralph’s on the Park and our speaker will be Louis Capo with the Orleans Levee District.



Please make a note that it is time again for us to switch our meeting locations from the Rose Garden of Jefferson to Ralph’s on the Park. We will be at Ralph’s on the Park for the months of October, November and December.



Our first speaker, Philip Rebowe with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC shared some updated information on the BP Claims process and clarified some deadline dates for claims as April 1, 2014. Another deadline to opt out of the class action settlement would be November 1, 2012.

Our second speaker was Rene Dupaquier with Crane Builders of New Orleans. Rene explained that the majority of his business is renovations and his preferred job would be historic renovations. He mainly renovates in the Metairie and New Orleans area, but has on occasion ventured out in the surrounding areas. His business has been up with a steady growth. He has noticed that many of his clients are returning New Orleanais, moving back after Hurricane Katrina. What has changed in his business is the trust between his business partners by knowing each other’s strengths. A good lead would be a referral on a residential historic type of structure and his tip of the day would be to hire the correct licensed contractor for the project, such as hire a dry wall contractor for a dry wall project.

Our third and final speaker was Bill Dalton with Firefly Digital which is a website development company based in Lafayette, Louisiana. They were founded in 1998 and most of their clients (over 400) are from across southern Louisiana area, but a few dozen throughout the country. One recent change in his business is the sale of software for the charter school lottery systems which sets parameters for selection of students. A good lead would be anyone looking to start-up or change their website.

We wish to thank all of speakers for a very informative program.


As most of you know, some of our members have been trying to join a GNOEA Business Group for some time, but have been unsuccessful due to the fact that most of the Business Groups are content with their current membership. Robbie Ventura has graciously agreed to help organize a new Business Group with the help of Michael Mitchell and Robert Ramsey acting as mentors for the group. Here are some of the members that have already signed up to join this business group; Robbie Ventura, Stanton Murray, Kevin Alker, Bryon Hatrel, and Charlie Eshleman.

If you would like to find our more information about joining a Business Group or would like to join one, then please email me at



Recently, GNOEA has gained a new member into our association, Dr. Troy Patterson with Oak Family Dental and his Classification is “Dentist, General”.

Please, let us all take a few minutes to welcome him!



GNOEA is currently working on filling some of our open classification. We will be concentrating on two open classifications each month and would like for you to think about who you know in these fields that would be a good fit for us. Please be prepared with their name & company name at a breakfast meeting.

This month we would like to fill the open classification of Computer Network Consultant and Chiropractor.

Also, we currently have the following prospective members going through the membership process.

Todd Clower                                                  Proposer: Rudy Smith
Harbor Towing & Fleeting, Inc.            Classification: Marine Towing & Fleeting
Metairie, LA 70002

Robert Weinmann                                       Proposer: Charlie Eshleman & John Benton
Veterans Ford                                              Classification: Automotive Sales & Service
Metairie, LA 70002



October 2, 2012 No Breakfast Meeting

October 9, 2012 Louis Capo – Orleans Levee District
Held at Ralph’s on the Park

October 23, 2012 Charles Rice – Entergy New Orleans
Held at Ralph’s on the Park



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:

Advertising Specialists
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
Direct Mail Advertising
Drug Store
Dry Cleaners
Equipment – Rental
Furniture Store
Glass Company
Interior Designer
Internet Search Engine Optimization
Janitorial/Cleaning Service
Medical Facility
Computer Network Consultant
Painting, Residential / Light Commercial
PEO/Workman’s Compensation
Physical Therapy
Plastic Surgeon
Property Management
Real Estate – Commercial
Sign & Banner
Sporting Goods
Supermarket Retail
Wine & Liquor