Members Reunite at First Post-Covid Breakfast Meeting

GNOEA members gathered for the first socially distanced in-person breakfast meeting since early March. A special thanks to our gracious member / host – George Messina at Messina’s at the Terminal.   It was the perfect meeting space for the organization. Nearly 40 members spent the morning networking and providing business updates, as well as holding elections.

For the past 3 months, the organization met virtually on a regular basis with a mixture of member and guest speakers including:  U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise, Jefferson Parish Councilman Deano Bonano, LA Commissioner of Insurance, Jim Donelon, Home Bank N.O. Market President John Zollinger, Director of Burkenroad Reports and Economist Peter Ricchiuti, Labor Attorney Tim Scott, and PAR president Robert Travis Scott.  We appreciate all of the information we have gathered during these meetings to help us navigate our businesses during these unprecedented times.

GNOEA plans to continue a mix of virtual and in-person breakfast meetings until further notice. If you would like to recommend a speaker, please contact Brien Lundin.


Leadership Updates

GNOEA would like to extend a special thank you to Kevin Laborde for his unwavering leadership, especially during the organization’s pivot during Covid. Kevin worked tirelessly to keep the organization running. The members found GNOEA to be an important resource for information and networking.

  • The membership elected Lola Lass, Edward McCloskey, Catherine Shreves, and Tyler Hatrel to serve on the Board of Directors
  • Philip Rebowe was re-elected as Treasurer

Effective July 1, 2020 the leadership is as follows:

President – Jacquie Bonano
Past President – Kevin Laborde
President-Elect – Brien Lundin
Treasurer – Philip Rebowe

Board of Directors
Marcus Azzarello (12/31/20)
Kevin Nolan (12/31/20)
Robbie Ventura (12/31/20)
Kenny Knobloch (6/30/21)
Tyler Hatrel (6/30/21)
Tim Scott (6/30/21)
Lola Lass (12/31/21)
Edward McCloskey (12/31/21)
Catherine Shreves (12/31/21)


New Members

The organization welcomed three new members –

Richard Juge, President
RE/MAX Commercial Brokers, Inc.
Classification: Commercial Real Estate

Harry Kelleher, President
Harry Kelleher & Company
Classification: Insurance

John Zollinger, Senior Vice President & New Orleans Market President
Home Bank
Classification: Banker

Potential Members –

Meeting 1:
Darin Yuratich, Owner
Yur Event Party Rentals

The membership committee is currently reviewing additional applications of potential members interested in joining GNOEA.  These candidates will be introduced at upcoming meetings. If you have a prospect, please have them connect with Julie Couret at [email protected]


GNOEA Connections

GNOEA is constantly improving its communications.  Don’t forget to keep your profile updated on gnoea.com.  Check out the new Meeting Archive section under the Member Resources section for audio recordings of recent speakers. Don’t forget to connect with GNOEA on social media! The social links can be found on the website.


Upcoming Meeting Schedule

7/7 – No Meeting. Happy 4th of July!
7/14 – Virtual – Ty Angeron, NOLA Hotel Group
7/21 – Virtual – TBA
7/28 – Breakfast Meeting, Messina’s at the Terminal
Board of Directors Meeting