Established in 1984, the Business Hall of Fame honors local businessmen and women who have embraced the spirit of entrepreneurship in our community. These individuals are recognized for their significant contribution to the success of their profession.

Eighteen members of the Business Hall of Fame in attendance were introduced in procession style by class year to begin the evening. Each 2022 honoree was featured in a special video tribute and introduced by a fellow Hall of Fame Laureate, also on video.

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The 2022 Laureates were: Susan Brennan, Founder, Second Line Stages, LLC; Patrick Comer, Founder & CEO, Lucid; John Hairston, President & CEO, Hancock Whitney; Sonia Perez, President, AT&T, Southeast States; Tania Tetlow, President, Loyola University New Orleans; and Scott Wolfe, Jr., Founder & CEO, Levelset.

The Lifetime Achievement Honoree was Alden J. McDonald, Jr., President & CEO, Liberty Bank & Trust. Laitram was honored as the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Business of the Year.

Each awardee was given a crystal eagle as a symbol of their entrepreneurial spirit and excellence in business leadership.

The Plant Gallery decorated the Ritz-Carlton ballroom with florals in shades of peach with silver and white accents. The Ritz-Carlton catered a three-course dinner, which ended with a chocolate doberge cake. Pianist Philip Melancon performed while the approximately 180 guests dined.

Bill Hines, Managing Partner at Jones Walker, served as Event Chair. Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust served as title sponsor.  

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Alden McDonald, Ronnie Burns 

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Bill Hines, Ann Hairston, John Hairston  

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Neel Sus, Diedra Dias 

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 Jay Lapeyre, Susan Brennan, Tania Tetlow, Sonia Perez
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Larry Washington, Lisa Romano, Mason Couvillon  
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Tim Williamson, Patrick Comer, Scott Wolfe