People to Watch: 2011

SEPT. 1, 2011

Contact: Errol Laborde
Tel. (504) 830-7235

New Orleans People to Watch

New Orleans Magazine announces it 2011 People to Watch.  For nearly 40 years we have profiled people of New Orleans who are on the rise, or tried-and-true New Orleanians who are embarking on new projects. This year’s honorees will be recognized at a reception on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the New Orleans Fairgrounds.  For detailed information on each person pick up a copy of the September issue of New Orleans Magazine.

This year’s People to Watch are:

The NOLA Project
610 Stompers
Gregor Fox, Chief Financial Officer, Backyard Shed Films, LLC
Sean Gerowin, Writer and Director, Backyard Shed Films, LLC

Amy Champion, Athletic Director, University of New Orleans

Demetria Christo
, Co-Owner, EcoUrban, LLC
Travis Cleaver, Co-Owner, EcoUrban, LLC

Traci Claussen, Founder, Designer and Chief Gatherer of the Green, REpurposingNOLA

Charlotte McGehee
, Co-Owner, Debbie Does Doberge
Charles Callan Mary IV
, Co-Owner, Debbie Does Doberge

Stephen Collier, Artist
Kellie Grengs, Co-Founder, The New Freret; Costume Designer, Loyola University Theatre Arts and Dance Department

Bernard Griffith, Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, Dillard University
Malachi Hull, Director, Department of Safety and Permits, Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau
Ben Jaffe, Creative Director and Tuba Player, Preservation Hall

Happy Johnson, President,
Sally Kenney, Executive Director, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University; Newcomb College Endowed Chair; and Professor of Political Science

Rear Admiral Roy Nash
, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Eighth District
James Nolan, Writer
Nic Perkin, Co-Founder and President, The Receivables Exchange
David Rebeck Co-Owner and “Ballista,” Piety St. Sno-balls
Eugenia Uhl, Co-Owner and “Ballista,” Piety St. Sno-balls
Rebecca Rebouche, Artist and Owner, Rebecca Rebouche Studio

Mark Romig, CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
Anselm von Seherr-Thoss, VFX Technical Director, Incendii LLC Visual Effects
Bill Siegel, Executive News Director, WWL-TV

Mark Slessinger, Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, University of New Orleans
Jermaine L. Smith, Development Associate, United Negro College Fund

Ira Solomon, Dean, A.B. Freeman School of Business and Debra and Rick Rees Professor of Business, Tulane University
Michelle Thomas, Deputy Mayor for Operations, City of New Orleans
Wayne Turnbull, Chairman, Turnbull Bakeries

Patrick van Hoorebeck, Creator and General Manager, Patrick’s Bar Vin
Camille Whitworth, Co-Owner, Sno-ball Baby New Orleans and Anchor, WDSU

Alicia Zenobia, Designer, Alicia Zenobia and Autonomous Clothing

New Orleans Magazine was founded in 1966 and is New Orleans’ largest and oldest magazine and is currently published by Renaissance Publishing.  More information can be found on line at


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