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People to Watch Class of 2014

























During the course of photographing this year’s class of People to Watch, someone on our staff noted that this was an unusually good-looking bunch. We didn’t mean for that to happen. A person can be homely, even ugly, and still qualify for our listing, which we define as people who are doing something new and interesting in the community. Most often there are new faces; sometimes there are old faces doing something new. All are faces, pretty or not, that you should be aware of, because they’re likely to be a part of the city’s future. As our art director specified, this year’s class was photographed in front of a background of simple blue, as though not to distract from the faces themselves. When you have people who are especially watchable, sometimes it’s best to keep the watching simple.



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Kiki Baker Barnes
Athletic Director, Dillard University


Vic Granata & Loc Pham
Owners, Founders & Senior Art Director and Creative Director (respectively),
Cathedral Creative Studios


Ellie Thomas


Cristy Cali
CEO & Jewelry Designer, Cristy’s Collection, Inc.


Alexander Bourne
Founder, Patina Shoe Parlor


David Pierce
Head Baseball Coach, Tulane University


Lena Sendik, MPH
Founder and CEO, Balance Integrative Health


Jon Smith
Executive Director, French Market Corporation


Joan Yvette Davis
Chancellor, Delgado Community College


Gregg Fortner
Executive Director, Housing Authority of New Orleans


Chancey Becnel & Shane Becnel
Co-Owners, Global Recycling LLC


Hayley Sampson & Will Sampson
Co-Owners & Founders, Indywood Movie Theater


Darren Philip Hoffman & Kristen McEntyre
CEO & Director of Product and President & Director of Operations, Tutti Dynamics


Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills
Commander, Marine
Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North


Richard Alexander Pomes
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, RapJab


Claire Bangser
Creator, NOLAbeings;Summer Film and Photography Leader, National Geographic Student Expeditions; Freelance
Photographer & Filmmaker


Zeid Ammari
Chief Operating Officer, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts


Bivian “Sonny” Lee III
Founder, Son of a Saint


Elliot Sanchez
Founder & CEO, mSchool


Jamie & Scott Touchton
Owners, My Town Toy Company


Krista DeJoseph & Holly Williams
Co-Owners, Tooth & Nail Trading Co.


Katie Darling
General Manager, Celebration Distillation Corporation


Kara Van de Carr
Co-founder & President, Eden House


Troy J. Broussard
Executive Director of Operations, Cox Communications


Jennifer Hardin
Executive Director, Evacuteer.org


Tess Monaghan
New Orleans City Lead, Good Eggs


Jeannie Paddison Tidy
Founder & Vice President, Community Visions Unlimited


Michael A. Fitts
President, Tulane University


Katy Simpson Smith
Writer & Adjunct Professor, Tulane University


Katie Schmidt
Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Passion Lilie


Justin Lamb
Poet, Slam New Orleans; Organizer, New Orleans Youth Open Mic; Program Director,
Bard Early College in New Orleans


Emily Hull Bellaci, LBA, BCBA
Founder & Executive Director, Within Reach – Center for Autism; Licensed Behavior Analyst


Erica Enders-Stevens
NHRA Pro Stock Driver; VP of Marketing, Elite Motorsports


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