It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business finance professor Peter Ricchiuti holds court over lunch at Columns in Uptown New Orleans. Peter's lunch guests are New Orleans business people, from startups to CEO's, from artists to tech entrepreneurs, musicians to movers-and-shakers. New Orleans is on everybody's list as a great place to party but it's also on many lists of the best place to start a business. Peter's deeply knowledgable and equally levity-laden approach to business conversation neatly makese sense of the Crescent City's contradictions.

Community and Crime – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

We’ve all seen those lists that appear from time to time that say New Orleans is the most crime-ridden city in the country that nobody in their right mind would want to live in. On the other hand, those of us who live here not only enjoy an enviable quality of life, we’re also one of the places that people from other cities above us on the list most want to visit.

It’s in this unique climate – where community and crime are strange bedfellows – that we’re simultaneously growing businesses as different as Inhab and WatchSystems.

Inhab is designing, selling, and building houses – including a complete new community in Algiers, called Patterson Point. WatchSystems is a north shore based business that tracks sex offenders. Not just in New Orleans, but nation-wide.

Mike Bertel from Inhab

Mike Bertel

On this edition of Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti is joined by the owner of Inhab, Mike Bertel.

Mike Cormaci from Watch Systems

Mike Cormaci

And co-founder and President of Watch Systems, Mike Cormaci.

Peter Ricchiuti

Peter Ricchiuti

Mike Cormaci, Mike Bertel

Mike Cormaci, Mike Bertel

Photos taken over lunch in the wine room at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.

Realtor Tracey Moore