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Out to Lunch

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. 

Advanced Signal

Advanced Signal
September 21, 2018

One of the chief goals of technology is to improve efficiency—to make it quicker and easier to do our jobs and to make money. Baton Rouge is home to a growing number of tech companies that are coming up with software products and services that increase efficiency in a variety of sectors.  Joel Costonis is CEO of Advanced Concepts and Engineering. The company's signature product is the ACE Auto-Grade Laboratory. It’s... Read More »

The Leading Edge

The Leading Edge
September 14, 2018

South Louisiana doesn’t usually get much recognition for being home to IT and biotech talent, but there are impressive start-up businesses you may never have heard of that are turning heads around the country. And beyond. Casey Roussel is Executive Vice President of Cloud Gavel, a company that is revolutionizing the way law enforcement officers do their jobs. More specifically, Cloud Gavel has created software that streamlines the way officers obtain... Read More »

Framed

Framed
September 7, 2018

Ann Connelly is a legend in the art world. Ann is founder and owner of Ann Connelly Fine Art where she is a curator, interior designer, and consultant to homeowners and businesses. Over the past 25 years, Ann has grown her business into a gallery that today carries the works of more than 40 creatives, and as a consultancy to some of the most prominent companies and institutions in Baton Rouge,... Read More »

Beautiful Baton Rouge

Beautiful Baton Rouge
August 31, 2018

Every place has a history and a past, but preserving the best of it and keeping it relevant doesn’t just happen, you have to work at it, through education, and preservation. Which is exactly what Stephanie's guests on Out to Lunch do every single day. Michael Desmond is an architect and scholar in the LSU School of Art and Design, with a particular expertise in the history of architecture. For the... Read More »

For Sale

For Sale
August 24, 2018

Andi Holliday is a professional home stager with a local firm called Stage Presence. Andi’s been dubbed the “House Doctor,” writing out design prescriptions that can sell the unsellable. Her firm offers a range of services, from full staging to less expensive walk-through and written consultations, as well as “redesign” services - that's where Andi uses the client’s existing furniture and décor to showcase a room’s focal points. Andi's services can... Read More »

Building Tech

Building Tech
August 17, 2018

As the tech industry evolves and matures, all sorts of new opportunities are created for entrepreneurs, who see where existing technologies don’t meet a need or don’t go far enough to deliver what customers demand. But taking a good idea and developing it into the latest app – one that works – and then getting customers to buy it – is a challenge that kills a lot of enterprising start... Read More »

Principle vs Profit

Principle vs Profit
July 27, 2018

We talk a lot about business on this show, and what it takes to be successful in business. On this edition of Out to Lunch Stephanie focuses on an aspect of business that doesn’t typically get so much attention: ethics. Aaron Beam is a former executive who travels around the country lecturing on ethics in business. It’s a topic he knows well. In the late 1990s, Aaron participated in a $2... Read More »

Capital Region Cyber Tech

Capital Region Cyber Tech
July 6, 2018

Technology plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of our lives today. The more entrenched it is in government systems, in our offices and in our home appliances the more vulnerable we are to cyber attacks. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Stephanie Riegel introduces two local experts on the subject of cyber security. One developing technology; the other trying to protect us from malware and hackers.   Mo Vij is... Read More »

Downtown Fit

Downtown Fit
June 29, 2018

There’s a lot of cool stuff going on in Baton Rouge. From the redevelopment of neighborhoods downtown and in Mid City to the young entrepreneurial culture that is fostering startup companies willing to take risk and take advantage of new technologies. Gerald Drefahl's company, Kinesics, is a homegrown, biotech start up that licenses a software program that analyzes the physical mobility of athletes, workers and other users and then gives predictive... Read More »

Consulting Baton Rouge Style

Consulting Baton Rouge Style
June 22, 2018

Though Baton Rouge, in many ways, is slow to change, in recent years there has been a gradual shift in the balance of power. New, young firms and new, young business leaders are taking over from the Baby Boomer generation that preceded them.  One such leader is Julie Laperouse. Julie is Director of Training at Emergent Method, a management consulting firm owned and run by an ambitious group of Millennials that in... Read More »

Blue Women

Blue Women
June 15, 2018

Few industries in our economy today are changing as rapidly and dramatically as health care. In Baton Rouge we are far from immune to these national changes.  Teri Fontenot is President and CEO of Woman’s Hospital, the only independent, community-owned women’s and children’s hospital in the country and the largest birthing and neonatal intensive care facility in Louisiana. Teri has been at the helm of Womans for more than 22 years,... Read More »

Sonic Blast

Sonic Blast
June 1, 2018

Ted Kergan is the largest franchisee of Sonic drive in restaurants in the state of Louisiana. Ted owns 58 Sonic locations in the central and southern part of the state. That sounds like a lot but it's just a fraction of the more than 150 Sonic restaurants Ted has developed during his nearly 40-year career. Ted Kergan is originally from Detroit. Ted began his career in 1977 as a managing partner in... Read More »

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