Peter Ricchiuti

Host of Out to Lunch / Executive Council

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.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Now that the Katrina-darkened footlights are back on at the Saenger, the Mahalia Jackson and the Civic, theater is big business in New Orleans. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch are two of the people who brought these theaters back to life and who operate them.

Bryan Bailey is co-owner and Managing Partner of the Civic Theater. David Skinner is General Manager of the Saenger and the Mahalia Jackson theaters.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of great reasons to live in New Orleans, but “making money” is not typically at the top of the list. Even though the business climate is undeniably better here now than we’ve seen in decades, money is not what drives most of us.

But of course, we can’t live without it. So thankfully there are New Orleanians who devote themselves to looking after money, and two of them are Peter's guests this week on Out to Lunch.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Last year Americans spent over $55 billion on their pets. To put that in some sort of perspective, that's more than most countries in the world spend on their military.

In New Orleans, Zeus' Place is one of a number of 21st Century pet boarding and day care facilities where pets are treated somewhere between kindergarten kids and rest home residents, with activities, walks, naps and even their own apartment. Michelle Ingram, founder and owner.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

"Do something you're passionate about" is tossed about so often as the key to starting up an entrepreneurial business that it's become all but a cliché. This episode of Out to Lunch will restore your faith in the place of passion in business. And if you've ever thought about starting up your own business, after this 30 minutes you'll be inspired to run out and do it!

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Two icons that say New Orleans: the gas lamp and the beignet. Drew Bevolo's family founded and has owned Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights since 1945. Burt Benrud's family business, Café du Monde, started up in the 1860's.

These two standard bearers of New Orleans' enduring icons talk about the present, the future, and entrepreneur NOLA Pie Guy.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

We talk a lot in New Orleans about the "rebirth" of the city, but before the city was re-born it was born. The architects of what we all agree is our remarkably beautiful city were just that: architects.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

 

Sure, New Orleans business is doing better than it has in decades (if not ever)... but in your wildest imaginings it's unlikely you've had any idea that "the sky's the limit" has, in the last few years, gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many are still evoking the New Orleans credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two extraordinary local businessmen are giving us, literally, a whole new world to brag about.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, along comes Lisa McKenzie and Oohla Bra, her New Orleans company that turns underwear into outerwear. Oohla Bra has over 65 designer bra straps — strings of pearls, beads and sparkling delights that switch places with the regular strap on your convertible or strapless bra, transforming your everyday bra strap into a work of art.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Oceanfront property is desirable, unless the ocean is meant to be hundreds of miles from your front door. Webster Pierce Jr. is the inventor of a hunk of plastic called the Wave Robber. Anchored off the coast of rapidly disappearing Louisiana, it upends the natural process of waves washing away land by robbing them of their power, but unlike a traditional breakwater, siphons the silt out of the wave to create new land.

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