It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti's learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Big Deals – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Most people who start a new business build on what has come before them. Every now and again there are revolutionary game changers, like  Apple’s iPhone, but coming up with a totally new  product is not the rule, it’s the exception. And that’s what makes Al Andrews exceptional. 

al andrews

When Al founded TASC in 2009, with three other members of his family, he didn’t just change the design of sports apparel, he created a whole new fabric. Workout wear that’s made from bamboo. Today TASC products can be found in stores across America, and they’re spreading around the world. 

When a business like TASC gets successful one of its options is to go public. That opens the door to exponential growth. But it also means that entrepreneurs who have good reason to trust their own judgment now have shareholders to answer to. And those shareholders don’t always approve of you, even if you did dream up the whole company.

ron bienvenu

Ron Bienvenu is co-founder of Spearpoint Capital. Spearpoint specializes in using a shareholder stake in a public company to get involved and make changes. 

al andrews, robert armbruster

In the You Heard It Here First Segment of the show, Peter introduces Robert Armbruster and his entrepreneurial business Landing Zone NOLA, an innovative for-profit approach to giving military vets a leg up in business. You can hear a longer conversation about Landing Zone NOLA with Peter, Al, Ron, and Robert here.

peter ricchiuti, ron bienvenu

The photos on this page were taken at Commander’s Palace by Chet Overall.