Just like New Orleans, our team is unique and our approach is different.
The Idea Village team is made up of nuts and nut followers all committed to fostering positive change in New Orleans through entrepreneurship. We are passionate about what we do and love who we do it with.
Board of DirectorsOur team captains, who represent some of the nation's most respected business and civic leaders, guide our efforts and elevate entrepreneurial activity in New Orleans.
John Payne: Chairman
CEO, Caesars Entertainment Operating Company
Patrick Comer: Vice-Chairman
Founder and CEO, Lucid
Marketing/Director of Community Giving, IBERIABANK
Vice-Chairman and COO, IBERIABANK
Chairman & CEO, American Funds Distributors
President and CEO, Reily Foods Company
Steve "Sig" Greenebaum
Festival Director, C3 Presents
Tara Carter Hernandez
President, JCH Development
Managing Partner, Jones Walker
President and CEO, Canal Barge Company, Inc.
Chief Marketing Officer, J.P. Morgan Chase
Ti Adelaide Martin
Co-proprietor, Commander's Palace
Co-founder, Abstraction Ventures
Michael J. Siegel
SIOR President and Director of Office Leasing, Corporate Realty
CEO, Ochsner Health System
Managing Director, General Atlantic
President, NOLA Media Group, and Co-founder, The Idea Village
1. No Assholes.
Even when tempted
2. Make the complex simple.
Less can be more.
Brevity is the soul of wit
3. Win the war, not each battle.
Always keep the big picture in mind
It's bigger than you
4. Be humble. Embrace humor.
Mistakes come both before and after success
Positive humor can disarm
5. Support & Empower Each Other.
Coach don't direct
Focus on how important it is to the other person, not just how important it is to you
Push each other to be better
6. Help out & Ask for Help.
Solve the other side's problem
Focus on the success of others
7. Surprise People & Allow Yourself to be Surprised.
Say thank you
Random acts of kindness
Enjoy the "moments"
8. Make the difference.
Be solution oriented
9. Life is about the people you meet.
Every new encounter is a new opportunity
Seek to learn – and to connect in a meaningful way
10. Trust Your Crazy Ideas.
Encourage others to try
Our SpaceOur space is a laboratory for innovation, creativity, and collaboration, inspiring entrepreneurs and those who believe in them to explore, launch, and scale their crazy ideas. We are located in the heart of downtown New Orleans in The IP building.
Chairman's Advisory BoardOur honorary advisory committee helps to champion entrepreneurship.
E. Tiffany Adler
Principal, Beery Advisors
Partner, TopSide + Co-founder, The Idea Village
Founder, Dinner Lab
Founder, Hollywood Trucks
Founder, NOLA Brewing Company
Author + Co-founder, The Idea Village
Founder, Your Nutrition Delivered
Senior VP and General Counsel, Hornbeck Offshore Services + Co-founder, The Idea Village
Managing Partner, Operating Capital Partners, LLP
President and CEO, Guico Machine Works
Executive VP of University Relations and Development, Tulane University
Founder, Big Easy Blends
CEO, ThirtyNorth Investments
CEO, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
CEO, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
Partner, Fitzgerald & Rhodes LLP
CEO, Farm Dog, LLC
Co-founder, Trumpet, Naked Pizza, and The Idea Village
President of Business Operations, New Jersey Devils
CEO, TurboSquid, Inc.