More than 300 people attended the gala honoring nine individuals who embody the spirit of business leadership and community values.

The evening began with the introduction of 20 members of the Business Hall of Fame, who were introduced in procession style by class year.

Recognized for their significant contributions to the success of their profession, the 2019 Laureates were: Lynne A. Burkart, Director, Postlethwaite & Netterville; Barry F. Kern, President & CEO, Kern Studios & Mardi Gras World; Dennis Lauscha, President, New Orleans Saints & Pelicans; Curtis A. Pellerin, President, Pellerin Laundry Machinery; James W. Pellerin, Chairman & CEO, Pellerin Milnor Corporation; David M. Rubenstein, President, Rubensteins; and Allen Square, Founder & CEO, Square Button.

The Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree was Walter E. Blessey Jr., Chairman & CEO, Blessey Marine Services, Inc. Honored with the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Business of the Year was David Fennelly, CEO, Associated Terminals & Turn Services.

Each honoree was awarded a crystal eagle designed by Waterford as a symbol of their entrepreneurial spirit and excellence in business leadership. A special video tribute and Hall of Fame member introduced each newly inducted laureate.

The Jimmy Maxwell Trio provided musical entertainment during the three-course dinner. A raffle featured a $3,000 Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry Gift Card.


Event at a Glance

What: “Business Hall of Fame Gala,” benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc.

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Ritz-Carlton Hotel


Philanthropic Fun: Embracing Entrepreneurship

Honorees Curtis A. Pellerin and Allen Square

Philanthropic Fun: Embracing Entrepreneurship

Honorees James W. Pellerin and Dennis Lauscha

Philanthropic Fun: Embracing Entrepreneurship

Honorees David Rubenstein and Barry Kern

Philanthropic Fun: Embracing Entrepreneurship

 Vincent Giardina, Lisa Romano and Honoree David Fennelly

Philanthropic Fun: Embracing Entrepreneurship

Student Speaker Emily Panzavecchia, Master of Ceremony Anthony Jones and Student Speaker Lexi LeBlanc