Attendance: 35
October 23, 2012



Just a reminder that next week’s program will be Charlie Eshleman and Randy Roth, Head of the Benefits Department & an Owner of Gillis, Ellis and Baker and they will speak on Health Care Reform. They will speak on what has already happened, what is the health care timeline, what are the 2012-2013 requirements and what to do now!

If you plan on bringing a guest to this program, please send that information to me (name & company) at in order to have a badge ready for them.



Bill Ello, Special Events Committee Chairman has arranged for us to hold our Holiday Party at the “The Chicory” on South Peters Street in New Orleans on December 4, 2012 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm in the Lafayette Room.

The Lafayette Room overlooks Lafayette & Fulton Streets and includes a 2,000 square foot balcony. The “Chicory” will provide for us an unlimited open “Call Brand” bar of Absolut Vodka, Bacardi Light Rum, Bombay Gin, Jack Daniels Bourbon, Dewar’s Scotch, Sauza Tequila, Budweiser, Bud light, Miller light, one choice of either Abita Amber or Heineken, LeCrema Chardonnay and Ravenswood Merlot, Bottled water, coke, diet coke and sprite. They will also have passed hors d’oeuvres of assorted miniature po-boys, bacon wrapped shrimp, southern fried catfish, a Fruit & Cheese display and crab dip.

If you plan on attending this function, please email me at and let me know how many people will be in your party. Look forward to seeing all of you there!



Today we were pleased to have as our guests, Tom Riley, guest of William “Bill” Dalton, Firefly Digital, Inc.



Today GNOEA had an inductions ceremony for newest member Dr. Troy Patterson with Oak Family Dental under the Classification of “Dentist, General”. Proposer, Marc Beerman introduced Dr. Patterson and presented him with a GNOEA Gold Lapel Pin, a GNOEA binder and a framed Certificate of Membership.

Dr. Patterson thanked Marc and all of our memberships for making him feel welcome.



Our program for today was Mr. Charles Rice, President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, Inc., a $750 million a year electric and gas utility company. Mr. Rice is responsible for the company’s financial and operational performance, customer service, regulatory and governmental relations, economic development programs, external and internal communications, charitable contributions and environmental policy. At the core of his operational responsibilities is management of the company’s electric and gas distribution systems to New Orleans customers.

He spoke about the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), which is a program that provides money to help individuals with energy bills and other energy-related expenses.

Mr. Rice spoke about the ways you can make your home or business more energy efficient. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides methods that can be used to help estimate how much power and potential energy savings a solar system could produce and some simple steps you can do around the house such as adjusting your thermostat, caulking doors and windows, and adding insulation can make a big difference on your energy bill. Check out for more tips and online tools for energy savings.

We would like to thank Paul Cosma, Uptown Auto Specialist for arranging for Mr. Rice to speak to us and Mr. Rice for taking the time out of his business schedule.



It was with regret that we must inform you of the resignation of Bill Brakel, Bill’s Automotive Enterprises. The classification of “Auto Collision Repair” is now open.



It has been noticed that certain members are constantly tardy or leave early at our meetings. The board would like all members to know this behavior is disruptive to the meeting, so please in the future try to make the necessary allotment of time. The board does understand that occasionally emergencies may come up, but try not to make it a habit.



The Board of Directors, the Classification and Membership Committees have approved the following firm for membership into GNOEA. Members have five days to voice an objection to inviting them to become a member.

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 30, 3012 Charlie Eshleman, Gills, Ellis & Baker
Held at Ralph’s on the Park

November 6, 2012 Chef John Besh
Held at Ralph’s on the Park

November 13, 2012 Ricky Mathews, NOLA Media Group
Held at Ralph’s on the Park

November 20, 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting

December 4, 2012 Holiday Party – 7 pm to 10 pm
Held at the Chicory

December 18, 2012 Representative Nicholas J. Lorusso
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
Auto Collision Repair
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