Peter Ricchiuti

Executive Council / Host of Out to Lunch

Peter Ricchiuti is the finance professor you wish you had back in college! He is the Assistant Dean at Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business, and his insight and humor have twice made him the School's top professor. After a successful career on Wall Street, Ricchiuti served for five years as Assistant State Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer for the State of Louisiana. There he skillfully managed the State's $3 billion investment portfolio.

In 1993, Ricchiuti founded the Burkenroad Reports investment research program, where he leads a team of more than 160 business students in search of the investment "skinny" on undervalued stocks in six southern states. Ricchiuti and the Burkenroad Reports have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Post, CNN and CNBC.

Ricchiuti is a frequent contributor in financial and business media, including Marketplace, the nationally broadcast public radio program. He is a popular speaker at meetings and conferences throughout the United States and in Europe. His unique presentation style puts him in front of a wide variety of audiences, including his selection by the NFL to teach investment workshops to the New Orleans Saints.

Out To Lunch: Naked Philharmonic
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

On May 22, 1796, while George Washington was still president, the first opera performance in America was staged here in New Orleans. These days most of us think of New Orleans music as small bands playing jazz and funk, but orchestral music has been played here continuously from that night in 1796.

Today, Carlos Miguel Prieto leads a classical music orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic. Guitarist, composer and co-founder of The New Orleans Klezmer All Stars, Jonathan Freilich is the founder and leader of The Naked Orchestra.

Out To Lunch: Primo Premium
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

If you drive a car, at some point in the next few days you’re probably going to need gas. If you fill up at the pump at a convenience store, your experience will never be the same after you listen to this edition of Out to Lunch.

Out To Lunch: Sun, Water And Dirt
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

In business, and other organizations, we hear about "mission drift." That's a condition where the organization loses track of what it set out to accomplish.

The way to re-focus is to get back to basics. That’s what we're doing today on Out to Lunch. We’re talking about three very basic elements: sunshine, water and dirt. And we’re looking at how we can harness these three elements to re-focus us on one of our missions as a city that we seem to have drifted away from — resurrecting the 9th Ward.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

If you’ve ever had folks come visit you in New Orleans from out of town, they’ve probably said, “If I lived here I’d put on a hundred pounds.”

This Out to Lunch is all about how to kick ass, and what to do after your ass gets kicked.

Phyllis Jordan and Wes Palmisano.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

  This edition of Out to Lunch is a fascinating view of New Orleans business that looks at the past, present and future of the city and surrounding economies with unusual insight. Host Peter Ricchiuti is joined by Phyllis Jordan and Wes Palmisano.

Paul Maassen and Nick Spitzer.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

If somebody walks up to you on Bourbon Street and says “I bet I know where you got them shoes,” you’ve got a pretty good idea of how he’s making a living. There's a phrase you hear even more often. It’s, “Brought to you by.” As in, “Today’s show is brought to you by…”

Like the “shoes on Bourbon Street”, “brought to you by” is a phrase about revenue. You hear it on public radio. Including this show. But do you know what it means? Do you know the difference between public and commercial radio?

Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Over the past few years you’ve probably been hearing the word “entrepreneur” a lot around New Orleans. As business incubators like The Idea Village grow, and we hear success stories about all kinds of wildly imaginative local startups, you might wonder how someone gets to be an entrepreneur.

When you look back at the human form – at Venus de Milo from 100 BC, or Michelangelo’s David from the 1500’s – the ideal human body hasn’t changed much at all. But with the advent of progress like the automobile, and the ability to gather food while sitting in an automobile, retaining our ideal body shape has led to all kinds of creative ideas.

This episode of Out to Lunch owes as much to Sesame Street as it does to Wall Street. Brought to us by the color orange, it's a look at New Orleans business from Orange Theory to orange orchards.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

Today we’ve relocated our lunch table from our usual spot in the Garden District to downtown New Orleans. We’re at Idea Village’s annual Entrepreneur Week.

Peter Ricchiuti.
Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

One of our favorite foods here in Louisiana is raw oysters. Oysters are also the favorite place to hang out for a couple of bacteria that are very unfriendly to human beings. Notwithstanding, few people in Louisiana has gotten sick from a raw oyster in some time. The reason for that is a company called AmeriPure. AmeriPure kills the bad bacteria in oysters without affecting the oyster’s taste.

Plus, salad dressings and Spotify.

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