Attendance: 39
October 30, 2012


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 and passed hors d’oeuvres. Parking is available on South Peters and Lafayette Street or in the Harrah’s parking garage.

If you plan on attending this function, please email me at [email protected] 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, Bruce Wilkinson, guest of John Kohl, Glacier H2O.


Recently, GNOEA has gained a new member into our association, Robert Weinmann, Veterans Ford and his Classification is “Automotive Dealer”. Please, let us all take a few minutes to welcome him!


Brian David, Garrity Print Solution is currently going through our membership process. If approved, he will share a dual membership with Kevin Alker, Garrity Print Solution under the classification of “Printer”.

Also, Kenny Knobloch, Help! Air Conditioning & Heating was proposed for membership by Rene Dupaquier under the classification of “A/C & Heating”, David Bourgeois, My IT was proposed for membership by Allan Bissinger under the classification of “Computer Network Consultant” and Stoney Ware, APYXX Technologies was proposed for membership by Joe Azzarello under the classification of “Document Imaging”.

So please take a few minutes at the next breakfast meeting to meet with them.


Today we had the pleasure of having as our speakers Charlie Eshleman and Randy Roth, both with Gillis, Ellis & Baker speaking on Health Care Reform. Some of the highlights of their program were explaining what has happened so far concerning health care coverage, what was the Health Care Timeline, what are the big 2012-2013 requirements going into effect and what will happen in year 2014.

One of the new policies that applies to all firms or control groups that regularly use more than 50 FTE’s of labor are as follows:

They have three options to choose:

1) Must offer “affordable”, “essential” health coverage to employees.

2) If an employer does not offer health care at all or offers “sub-standard” non-QHP coverage, then the Employer will be fined $250 per month per employee who “leaks” to the Exchange. Maximum fine is total fine computed under “3” below.

3) May choose not to offer coverage at all, employer must pay $2,000 per year per uncovered employee minus first 30 lives.

There is also an “Individual Mandate” which will go into effect by January 1, 2014, stating that individuals must enroll in coverage or pay a penalty.

Also, Employers will have to report certain information to the government
– Whether employer offers health coverage to full-time employees and dependents
– Whether the plan imposes a waiting period
– Lowest-cost option in each enrollment category
– Employer’s share of cost of benefits
– Names and number of employees receiving health coverage

For more information concerning these issues, please contact Charlie Eshleman at [email protected]


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 at the Chicory – 7 pm to 10 pm

December 18, 2012 Representative Nicholas J. Lorusso
Held at Ralph’s on the Park


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.


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