OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
So many of us dream when we're kids of coming up with a really cool invention. Not many of us realize that dream. How do you turn a great idea into a product that could change the world? And how do you make money from new inventions and technologies? Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch have some insight into those areas.
By day, John Pojman is a chemistry professor at LSU. By night, he’s an inventor, who’s created a remarkable product that is taking the art and industrial worlds by storm. It’s a clay – or putty – that uses polymer reactions requires no mixing, doesn’t dry out and hardens only when users want it to. In 2013, John created Pojman Polymer Products to sell his great invention, and in the years since he has sold his 3P Quick Cure Clay to art and industrial users around the world.
Darcy Klug is chairman of Red Hawk Holdings Corp., which is based at the LSU Business and Technology Center and has several companies under its corporate umbrella – including one that is making some of the coolest medical technology you can image – like a gizmo that destroys and disposes of hypodermic needles. Prior to founding Red Hawk, Darcy worked in the energy industry. He was an executive at OMNI Energy Services and also was involved in private investment.