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Elstrott to be honored as Entrepreneur of the Year

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University will honor longtime faculty member and entrepreneur John B. Elstrott Jr. at this year’s Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala. The ceremony will take place on Friday, April 19, at the Audubon Tea Room.

Longtime faculty member and entrepreneur John B. Elstrott Jr. will be honored at this year’s Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala.

Elstrott, a professor of practice and emeritus executive director of the Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, will receive the Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the ceremony. This marks the first time in the history of the event that both awards have gone to a single individual.

Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon and Levy-Rosenblum Institute Executive Director Ralph Maurer will present the awards.

Elstrott earned his PhD in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1975. He joined Tulane in 1982 and has taught entrepreneurship at the Freeman School since 1986. In 1991, Elstrott became the founding director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, which was established to coordinate entrepreneurship initiatives at the school and in the community.

In addition to his career as an educator and administrator, Elstrott has also had a long career as an entrepreneur and investor. In the early 1970s, Elstrott was part of the management team that helped build Celestial Seasonings into the world’s largest specialty tea company. Today, Elstrott continues to be an active investor and board member in the venture capital, wetlands mitigation banking, pharmaceutical, financial services, medical and functional food, and herbal remedy industries. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods. Elstrott has served as a director of the company since 1994.

The Levy-Rosenblum Institute presents the awards each year to highlight outstanding entrepreneurs. The Distinguished Entrepreneur of Year Award honors individuals who embody the true spirit of entrepreneurship and philanthropic generosity, while the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes individuals dedicated to improving their communities through entrepreneurial initiatives.

For more information about the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, visit http://freeman.tulane.edu/

 

 

 

 

 


Freeman School honors Entrepreneurs of the Year

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Freeman School honored Albert R. Lepage, chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc., as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year and Phyllis E. Cassidy, executive director and founder of Good Work Network, as Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year at its annual Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala.

Albert Lepage and John Elstrott

Albert Lepage, left, chairman of Lepage Bakeries, received the 2011 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award from John Elstrott, executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.

The ceremony, which also included the announcement of winners from the Tulane Business Plan Competition, took place on Friday, April 8, at the Audubon Tea Room.

The Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship presents the awards each year to highlight outstanding entrepreneurs. The Distinguished Entrepreneur of Year Award honors individuals who exemplify true entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic generosity. The Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes individuals who are dedicated to improving the community through entrepreneurial initiatives. John Elstrott, clinical professor of entrepreneurship and executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute, presented this year’s awards.

Lepage is chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc., a leading commercial wholesale baking company based in Auburn, Maine, and serving the northeast United States. Founded in 1903, the company produces breads, rolls, English muffins and donuts for retail and institutional customers as well as whole-grain breads and organic specialty baked goods under the Country Kitchen and Barowsky’s brand names. Lepage joined the family-owned business in 1969 as vice president and treasurer. He became president in 1978 and chairman in 1983.

Lepage currently serves as chairman of Quality Bakers of America Cooperative, the national licensor of Sunbeam Bread, and as treasurer of the American Bakers Association, the industry’s leading national organization.

Lepage was chairman of the Sisters of Charity Health Systems, one of Maine’s largest healthcare providers, for six years, and he has served on the boards of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Lewiston-Auburn Arts and Hebron Academy. Lepage has also served on the Maine Arts Commission and the Governor’s Business Council.

Lepage holds an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration from Tulane.

Phyllis Cassidy, founder of Good Work Network, received this year's Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Phyllis Cassidy is executive director and founder of Good Work Network, a nonprofit micro enterprise development organization serving the greater New Orleans area. Good Work Network provides educational programs, technical assistance, back-office support, capital access assistance and market access services to minority and women-owned community-based businesses in the New Orleans area. Since 2001, the organization has assisted more than 2,000 businesses.

Prior to establishing Good Work Network, Cassidy was president of First Capital Life Insurance Company of LA, a family-owned business. She also taught accounting and information systems at Dillard University and the University of New Orleans. Cassidy received an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master’s in accounting from the University of New Orleans. She is a licensed CPA.

The Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship (LRI) inspires and trains prospective entrepreneurs through coursework, community service projects and internships. Freeman School students are provided the opportunity to work with experienced faculty members, network with a regional board of entrepreneurs and participate in a student-based entrepreneurial association which provides a training ground for business development. In 2010, the institute’s entrepreneurship program was ranked 13th in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine/The Princeton Review.


Wilson family, Hall-Trujillo to be honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The Freeman School will honor the Wilson family, owners of Barriere Construction Co., as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneurs of the Year and Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, founding director of Birthing Project USA, as Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2010 Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala.

The gala, which also will feature the announcement of the winner of this year’s Tulane Business Plan Competition, takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at the Westin New Orleans at Canal Place.

The Distinguished Entrepreneurs of the Year Award was established to honor individuals who exemplify true entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic generosity, while the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes individuals dedicated to improving the community through entrepreneurial initiatives. John Elstrott, clinical professor of entrepreneurship and executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, will present this year’s awards.

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