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.
Nationwide, there’s a lot of talk these days about two major subjects: Infrastructure and health care. Specifically, how to improve and rebuild roads, bridges and other vital connections that we all depend on, and how to pay for the level of increasingly complex care that our aging population requires. Stephanie's guests on Out to Lunch are problem solvers whose locally owned companies are in the thick of these two fields and helping to forge solutions.
Tim Barfield is president of CSRS, an architecture and engineering firm that specializes in design and program management for government and private sector facility and infrastructure projects. CSRS is developing a particular expertise managing projects in what is known as "the P3 sector" – public/private partnerships, like the LSU Foundation Gateway project on Nicholson Drive.
Tim brings a unique background to his role in the company. He is an attorney who spent years as an executive at The Shaw Group and more recently served as Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Secretary of Revenue.
Matthew Rachleff is CEO of Naveon, a local company that is harnessing technology to help reduce healthcare costs and deliver better care. Naveong has developed a communication platform to help the families of critically ill patients communicate more effectively with the doctors and hospitals that care for their loved one. Like Tim, Matthew is also a recovering attorney and a seasoned executive with a diverse background, in marketing and brand management.
This is a fascinating conversation about the surprisingly significant Baton Rouge contribution to the two biggest subjects on the national agenda.