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.
Patrick Comer: Chairman
Founder and CEO, Lucid
David Barksdale: Vice-Chairman
Managing Director, Alluvian Capital
Senior Marketing Director, Apartment List
Margaret Saer Beer
Chairman & CEO, American Funds Distributors
Steve "Sig" Greenebaum
Festival Director, C3 Presents
Managing Partner, Jones Walker
Director, Middle East Investment Initiative
Executive Chairman of the Board, HRI Properties
President and CEO, Canal Barge Company, Inc.
Principal, AJ Capital Partners
Ti Adelaide Martin
Co-proprietor, Commander's Palace
President and COO, VICI Properties
Principal, The Domain Companies
Michael J. Siegel
President, Corporate Realty
CEO, Square Button
Jose S. Suquet
President and CEO, Pan-American Life Insurance Group
CEO, Ochsner Health System
Marianne Van Meter
Founder and Managing Director, Legacy Capital
N. Robbert Vorhoff
Managing Director, Global Head of Healthcare, General Atlantic
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 SpaceIn 2017, we moved into Domain Companies' co-working space, The Shop at the CAC (Contemporary Arts Center) - the physical manifestation of the "village" originally conceived by The Idea Village to support entrepreneurship and innovation in the New Orleans community.
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.