Attendance: 37
December 11, 2012


There has been another change in our breakfast meeting locations. The Rose Garden of Jefferson informed us that they will not be able to accommodate us on January 15th due to a previous scheduled event. It was then decided by our officers to remain at Ralph’s on the Park for the January 8th and January 15th breakfast meetings. Therefore, GNOEA will not begin holding its breakfast meetings at the Rose Garden of Jefferson until January 22, 2013.


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.

Stoney Ware Proposer: Joe Azzarello
APYXX Technologies
Metairie, LA Classification: Document Imaging


Today we were pleased to have as our speakers Ron Blitch with Blitch/Knevel Architects and Hank Tatje with Argote, Derbes, Graham, Shufield &Tatje. Their program informed us on the progress being made with the new Louisiana State University (LSU) Academic Medical Center, which is designed to replace the 68-year-old Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (MCLNO). The projected $1.2 billion facility is part of a medical district which includes a new United States Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, currently under design.

Project Scope: new academic medical center, including 424 patient beds, five trauma rooms, 76 emergency department stations, 26 Behavioral Health stations , 23 operating rooms, eight interventional suites, 186 clinical exam rooms, 31 treatment rooms, eight CT and four MR scan rooms, 68 conference/class rooms.

Hank Tatje stated that the value of the surrounding properties has not changed yet, but he expected a big increase in value with surrounding properties when the hospital is closer to completion.

Thank you to both Ron & Hank for a very informative program.


Today we held an induction ceremony for new members Todd Clower, Harbor Towing & Fleeting and Robert Weinmann, Veterans Ford.

Also, GNOEA has recently gained three other new members into our association Kenny Knobloch with Help! Air Conditioning & Heating under the classification of “Air Conditioning”, David Bourgeois with My IT, LLC under the classification of “Computer Networking Consultant”, and Brian David with Garrity Print Solutions under the classification of “Printer” sharing a dual membership with Kevin Alker.

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


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

December 25, 2012 Christmas Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting

January 1, 2013 New Year’s Holiday – No Breakfast Meeting


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
Aircraft Sales & Service
Appliance Sales and Service
Audiologist & Hearing
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
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