Established in 1984, the Business Hall of Fame honors local businessmen and women who have embraced the spirit of entrepreneurship in the New Orleans community. These individuals are recognized for their significant contribution to the success of their profession. The event raised over $90,000 to benefit Junior Achievement programs.

Ashton J. Ryan Jr., CEO and Chairman of sponsor First NBC Bank, chaired the event.

The 2015 honorees included Vanessa Brown Claiborne, President of Chaffe & Associates, Inc.; Manuel Perez de la Mesa, President and CEO of POOLCORP; Martin A. Mayer, President and CEO of Stirling Properties; Glen D. Smith, CEO of The Magnolia Companies of Louisiana, LLC; and Tim Williamson, Co-Founder and CEO of The Idea Village.
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree was Robert W. Merrick, Chairman and CEO of Latter & Blum, Inc.

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

All attendees were invited to attend the Chariman’s Reception prior to the main event. Dinner was provided by The Roosevelt Hotel, and pianist Phillip Melancon provided music. 


What: “Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame,” benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
When: Wednesday, May 6
Where: The Roosevelt Hotel