Out To Lunch: Earth Orbit And Beyond

Mar 27, 2014


Jay Monroe, Bobby Savoie and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit 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.

Bobbie Savoie is CEO of Geocent, a technology and engineering firm whose clients range from the United States Government to the oil and gas industry. Among other accomplishments, Geocent's contribution to the aerospace industry has earned Bobbie Savoie NASA's highest honor — the Distinguished Public Service Medal. Past recipients have included Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Jay Monroe is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Globalstar. Globalstar has a constellation of orbiting satellites that supply over 120 countries with mobile voice and data services. Globalstar's communication network covers 80% of the earth's surface: the entire planet except for the polar ice caps. As Jay says, "We figure polar bears probably don't use a cell phone, so we're okay with not covering the Pole."

This week's Pay It Forward segment gets these two titans talking about a local security alarm company, Gulf Coast Special Systems. They revolutionize alarm monitoring in a few unpredictably insightful, disarmingly (pardon the pun) simple suggestions.