Edit ModuleShow Tags

Top New Orleans Entrepreneuers Shine Bright

Top entrepreneurs under age 40 honored as “Rising Stars” by Junior Achievement.

JA City

Cheryl Gerber Photographs

Jim Perrier and Jim Ashbee hosted the annual “Cocktails for KID smART” fundraiser, “Dreams Take Flight,” at their home on Thursday, November 8. Their refashioned mansion and exquisite art collection was the perfect backdrop to toast to event’s 10th anniversary of raising funds for the development of children’s arts education and programming.

The Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans’ 2012 “Rising Stars Reception” honored seven young entrepreneurs representing five different companies on Thursday, October 4. The cocktail party took place at the home of New Orleans developer Sean Cummings, himself a former Rising Star.

This year’s inductees included Craig Cordes, Antonio LaMartina and Sal LaMartina, co-founders of Cordina Frozen Cocktails; G. Perry Eastman, president of Auto-Chlor Services, Inc.; Jennifer S. Medbery, founder and CEO of Kickboard; Jessica Shahien, executive director of 504ward; and Gary Solomon Jr., president of Solomon Group.

Cummings wasn’t the only alumni honoree in the house, as Joel Dondis of Joel Catering and Event Planning is a former honoree and provided catering services for the night. Guests delighted over the beef and duck crêpes, artichoke beignets and asparagus and salmon rolls. Republic National Distributors provided open bar service.

To select each year’s fresh batch of top young entrepreneurs in the city, past Rising Stars place nominations, which are then put to a committee vote. There were approximately 25 nominees; five companies are chosen every year. To be selected, candidates must be under the age of 40 and demonstrate strong entrepreneurial skills with high moral and ethical standards.


Event at a Glance

WHAT

2012 “Rising Stars Reception,” benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans

WHEN

Thursday, October 4

WHERE

Home of Sean Cummings

You Might Also Like

Dining Along the Ouachita River

The River Grille in Monroe

The Refresher

A cocktail made with port

Lakeward Bound

Memories of Lakeview

READ+SPIN

Southern Contemporary

Three to Try

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Latest Posts

Wed and the City

Sarah Jessica Parker adds bridal styles to her SJP Collection shoe line

Are We There Yet?

Blossoming Confections

Wedding cakes with floral accents provide romance and whimsy

Purity Ring Shines

How to Become a Superhero to Your 3-Year-Old

and Appear Less Un-Cool to Your Older Children
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags