Guest Speaker – Peter Ricchiuti, A.B. Freeman School of Business

By GNoEaRocks! | Published January 24th, 2018

Peter Ricchiuti is the business professor you wish you had back in college.  His humor and insight have twice made him the school’s top professor.  Peter’s teaching delivery was recognized as “best on the planet” by Reimagine Education, besting competition from nearly 500 universities representing 43 countries.

Guests Speakers – Special Panel – Lower Mississippi Port Authorities

By GNoEaRocks! | Published December 13th, 2017



























Today GNOEA was proud to a special panel of Port Directors from the Lower Mississippi River.  Together Making the Largest Port Complex in all of the World.   These Port Directors informed us on how they work together for the betterment of Louisiana. 


Distinguished Guests:

Michelle Ganon

Vice President, Public Affairs, Port of New Orleans







Jay Hardman

Executive Director, Port of Greater Baton Rouge






Paul Aucoin

Executive Director, Port of South Louisiana






Sandy Sanders

Executive Director, Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District

Guest Speaker – Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation, Louis Armstrong NO International Airport

By GNoEaRocks! | Published November 9th, 2017

Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, will provide an overview of the vital role the Airport plays in the economy and global connectivity as well as discuss progress of the new world-class terminal complex set to open in February 2019.

With over 40 years of experience in various facets of the aviation industry, Dolliole applies advanced, innovative approaches to air service development, customer service initiatives, and construction project management. He is involved in many organizations that are dedicated to the advancement of aviation and related industries. He recently served on the Board of Directors for Airports Consultants Council and has also served on the Board of Directors for Airports Council International-North America.

Guest Speaker – Dr. John Nicklow, President of UNO

By GNoEaRocks! | Published September 13th, 2017

Dr. John Nicklow is the seventh leader in the history of the University of New Orleans. He was selected President by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors on March 16, 2016. Prior to his ascent to the presidency, he spent nine months as the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. President Nicklow brings to the position nearly 18 years of higher education experience as a faculty member and administrator with extensive experience in research, enrollment management, student success initiatives, fundraising, campus-wide collaborations and academic program innovation.

Jacquie Bonano, JB Communications

By GNoEaRocks! | Published August 24th, 2017

Since 1994 clients have partnered with JB Communications to define their brands and reach their marketing goals. When contracting with JBC, businesses are assured to receive hands-on, cost-effective consultation from the principals, creative strategies, and unprecedented responsiveness.

JB Communications has a successful track record working with a number of industries on a retainer or project basis, including medical, financial, biotechnology, industrial, service-oriented, retail, professionals, real estate, special events, political, and hospitality.

We wish to thank Jacquie for her program!


Jacquie Bonano – Turn Your Brand Inside Out

Guest Speaker on August 15, 2017 – Professor Eric Smith

By GNoEaRocks! | Published August 16th, 2017

Eric Smith is a Professor of Practice at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Tulane Energy Institute. He works with various professors on interdisciplinary projects involving energy issues. He also works with Houston and New Orleans engineering firms and with various regional teams focused on economic development. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate energy courses.

He is a 1965 Chemical Engineering graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned an MBA, in 1967, from the A. B. Freeman School at Tulane University. In addition to twelve years of full time academic/advisory experience, he has thirty-six years of operational experience, first, in the downstream petrochemical industry, and since 1984, in the offshore drilling and construction sectors.

Rick Conway, Blue Water Business Advisors

By GNoEaRocks! | Published July 20th, 2017

Rick Conway
CEO | Blue Water Business Advisors

Rick Conway, CEO of Blue Water Business Advisors, offers invaluable and unique experience with proven operational successes to benefit your company and management team. When you choose Blue Water, you gain immediate access to 38 years of hands-on business experience, which spans many industry segments in both large and small environments. Leveraging Blue Water’s experience cannot only accelerate a client’s progress but can also help to avoid costly mistakes before they materialize.

Rick’s Power Point Presentation on July 18, 2017 Why Use A Consultant GNOEA Handout

Guest Speaker – Lacey Bordelon, JEDCO

By GNoEaRocks! | Published June 21st, 2017

We were pleased to have as our guest speaker Lacey Bordelon, who serves as the Vice President for the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO). JEDCO, an Accredited Economic Development Organization, is the economic development arm of Jefferson Parish charged with attracting, growing and creating new businesses within the parish. Lacey is responsible for directing JEDCO’s internationally award-winning business retention & expansion program designed to link existing businesses with resources and assistance needed to overcome obstacles and attain their growth objectives.

Executive of the Year Announced as “Lionel Smith”

By GNoEaRocks! | Published June 21st, 2017

Lionel J. Smith, Jr.
Named “Executive of the Year” for 2016

Lionel J. Smith, Jr. was unamiously elected as GNOEA’s 2016 “Executive of the Year” for recognition and appreciation of his continuing support of this association, his service as an Officer, Director, Committee Chair, and Member, his sense of fairness, untiring enthusiasm and leadership in this Association, his Community and Industry.

Guest Speaker – Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr.

By GNoEaRocks! | Published April 4th, 2017

Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr. has served the citizens of New Orleans and their criminal justice system for his entire career. Since being elected District Attorney in November of 2008, Leon has worked aggressively to reform New Orleans’ criminal justice system and to protect the citizens of this city from violent criminals.

In 1986, Leon embarked on a 17 year-long calling as a judge in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. Due to his establishment of programs such as the Drug Court and Intensive Probation as well as his distinction of presiding over more jury trials than any judge in the history of Louisiana, Judge Cannizzaro often received notable recognition for his efficiency and innovation in the courtroom.

We wish to thank Dan Duplass for arranging this speaker and Leon Cannizzaro for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak to us!