ROBERT W. BROWN
Bob Brown is the Managing Director, Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region. Brown coordinates and manages relationships with elected officials, governmental bodies and civic groups, develops and executes the initiatives of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, and compiles and analyzes research aimed at supporting the organization’s goals and priorities. He serves on numerous community and civic boards and is a trustee for Loyola University and the Greater New Orleans YMCA. He was appointed by Governor Jindal to the Louisiana Technical and Community System Board of Supervisors. He has been honored with a Role Model Award from the Young Leadership Council, and was selected as a Community Hero/Olympic Torch Bearer for the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2007 he was honored with the Times Picayune Loving Cup for community service. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history (Magna cum Laude) from Park College (Parkville, MO) in 1975 and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) in 1979.
Dr. Corey Hebert is one of the most renowned physicians practicing medicine in the United States today. His travels across the country and around the globe have connected him to thousands of people as both a healer and a motivator, all the while practicing both Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hebert is one of the most sought after speakers in his field. He is a highly regarded medical broadcast journalist, working as on-air medical editor for the NBC television affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, as well as a frequent contributor to the “Dr. Oz Show”. He is also a current contributor to the Discovery Channel’s “How Stuff Works” television show and the National Geographic channel. Dr. Hebert is the host of an extremely popular weekly radio talk show on the Cumulus Broadcasting Network, called “Doctor For The People” in which he answers health questions live on the air from people throughout the New Orleans metro area and across the country for those who hear his show simulcast on the internet. Dr. Hebert has a very unique charm which allows him to talk to urban youth and chairmen of boards with the same level of acceptance and respect. This is an extremely difficult balancing act, which is what separates him from so many others in his fields of pursuit. Dr. Hebert has recently accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of Black Health Television, Inc.
Ted Selogie is general manager of the JW Marriott New Orleans hotel in Louisiana. The 26-year Marriott veteran is a two-time award winner for North American Lodging Awards including The Leadership Excellence Award for the Central Region – one of Marriott’s highest awards for sales and marketing achievement and operational excellence. He was also named General Manager of the Year for New Orleans in 2010 by Where Magazine.
Selogie joined Marriott International as a captain and assistant banquet maitre d’ of the Chicago Marriott Downtown hotel. He quickly advanced through the ranks and held various catering, food and beverage and marketing positions in hotels throughout Illinois and Iowa. In 1995, he was named director of marketing at the Schaumburg Marriott hotel in Illinois and later appointed as assistant general manager of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel at Public Square. In 1999, he was named general manager of the Chicago Downtown Courtyard, which he held for two years before his appointment as area general manager of the Oakbrook and Southwest Cluster in Illinois.
Ted is an active member in his community. He works with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Jones House for Battered Women, Proviso East Public Schools, and Homes for Children with Downs Syndrome. For the past 20 years, he has served as an instructor for Marriott’s sales and catering schools. Currently, he serves as a board member for the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience and Marriott Business Council’s Committee Chairman for the DonorsChoose.org “Spirit to Serve New Orleans” service project that will help fund teacher projects for the upcoming school year. He was president for the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association in 2009 and currently, committee chairman for government affairs for GNOHLA and the Louisiana Hotel and Lodging Association.
Selogie studied Industrial Engineering and Marketing at the University of Illinois. He is a triathlete, an avid sailor – 7th in Penguin Class for Two-Man Sailing World Open—and enjoys playing the trumpet. He currently resides in New Orleans and has a 15 year-old son, named Zachary.
Barbara Major is a community organizer and trainer with over thirty years experience in many local, national, and international community development efforts. This work includes everything from nurturing leadership development efforts within local communities to assisting institutions in developing strategies to de-institutionalize racism.
Originally trained in Sociology, Barbara is a native of New Orleans and Franklinton Louisiana. Until Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Major served as the chair of the St. Thomas/Irish Channel Consortium, a nationally acclaimed model for holistic community and institutional transformation. For 12 years she was Executive Director of the community driven and controlled St. Thomas Health Clinic. To this day, the St. Thomas continues to serve the Greater New Orleans underserved and underinsured population.
She is a core trainer for The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. She connects her local organizing to training in anti-racism for people and institutions that live in or work with struggling communities.
Ms. Major served as Co-Chair of the Mayor of New Orleans’ Bring Back New Orleans Commission. She is a co-founder and President/CEO for Citizens United for Economic Equity, a CDFI small business lending institution. The organization was founded by New Orleanians to ensure equitable African American community participation in the rebuilding of New Orleans.
Barbara served as acting past president of the Regional Transit Authority and is currently the Chairperson of its Board of Directors. She is also on the board of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA). Ms Major’s latest published work is titled “Building a Net that Works” in the book State of The Race. She has received numerous awards and citations for her achievements, but says “her family” is the greatest award that God has given her.
MEDIA PROFILE Dr. SILAS H. LEE, III
POLLSTER and SOCIOLOGIST
Dr. Silas Lee has served as a pollster and strategist for a host of corporate, non-profit, public sector, political, and legal clients over the last 24 years. His company, Dr. Silas Lee and Associates, specializes in public opinion research and communications strategies. He has also assisted attorneys in measuring the attitudes of potential jurors for multi-million dollar civil and criminal cases.
He is also a court certified expert in public opinion research assisting attorneys in jury selection and defining the social and cultural perspectives of criminal and civil litigation. He has also assisted attorneys in measuring the attitudes of potential jurors for criminal and multi-million dollar civil cases.
CLIENTS (Partial list):
- Columbia University, New York City
- National Urban League — Affiliates Census and Economic Impact Analysis, StateOf Black America Poll and article, Achievement Matters Program, “I Am
- Voter Empowerment Project – National NAACP
- Pitney Bowes, Inc (In conjunction with Campbell Consulting)
- American Federation of Teachers (Washington, D.C.)
- National Safety Council (Washington, D.C.)
- Legal Consultant for Exxon and Tobacco Companies
- Gaming in the Public Interest of South Africa
- Harrah’s and Bally’s Casinos
- Western Union (In conjunction with Bayley Consults)
- Tom Joyner Foundation (In conjunction with Campbell Consulting and Third EyeConsulting)
- National Education Association (Washington, DC)
- Nike Shoes/Michael Jordan Fundamentals
- Institute for International Affairs – Haiti
- Methodist Hospital Foundation
- Slidell Memorial Hospital
- Louisiana Public Health Initiative’s Pilot Health Insurance
- Democratic National Committee (1994, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006)
- The many political campaigns include: the 1992 Clinton/Gore the 2000Gore/Lieberman and the 2004 Kerry/Edwards Presidential Campaigns, Hillary Clinton for President in 2007, mayors, congresspersons and numerous other elected officials.
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Dr. Lee is also the Ernest N. Morial Endowed Professor of Public Policy in sociology at Xavier University of Louisiana.
Some of the publications of Dr. Lee include: Making the Case for Affirmative Action Stronger (Women’s E News,), A Haunted City: The Social and Economic Status of African American and Whites in New Orleans, Who’s Going to Take the Weight? African Americans and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century. In 2011, he served as the one of the researchers/pollsters for the book, “Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama,” by Sophia Nelson. And, he co-authored an article in a publication by the Brookings Institution titled, “Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita.”
The analyses and polls of Dr. Silas Lee have been cited more than 700 times by various publications such as the NBC Nightly News, Today Show, NPR, Wall Street Journal, The Root, Black Entertainment Television, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, Fox National News, C-Span, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Tavis Smiley Radio Show, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Power – XM Radio and a host of other media. He also serves as a political/social analyst to the NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates in New Orleans and nationwide.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Urban Studies, University of New Orleans
- Master of Science, Urban Studies, University of New Orleans
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Loyola University of New Orleans
After leading the bankrupt New Orleans sole utility company through Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, Entergy New Orleans President and CEO Dan Packer said late Thursday he will retire at the end of the 2006.
Packer, 59, President since 1996, will continue as Entergy New Orleans chairman until after the company exits bankruptcy.
Roderick K. West, a former board member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority and University of Notre Dame graduate, will be the new president and CEO.
“Dan has been an extraordinary leader for the city and for Entergy New Orleans over the last 10 years and particularly during the company’s most challenging chapter following Hurricane Katrina,” said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy Corp.’s chairman and CEO. “He has worked steadfastly in the best interest of customers through a hands- on effort, contributing to the rebirth of the city and the restoration and rebuilding of electric and gas service, laying the groundwork for a financially viable utility critical to meeting the city’s needs and by securing federal funding through state officials to protect customers from large rate increases.”
Packer’s career with Entergy began in 1982 as Waterford 3 Nuclear Plant training manager. He later served as Waterford’s plant manager, becoming the first African-American to manage a nuclear plant in America. He was named CEO in 1998. Prior to joining Entergy, Packer was a senior engineer with General Physics Corp. and worked as a training coordinator with Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Co. He served in the U.S. Nuclear Navy Program from 1969 to 1975.
In 2005, Packer was honored as one of the “Most Powerful African- American Executives in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise, a leading business and investment publication for the African American community. He was the first African-American to become chairman of the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2001.
Graduate: Joseph S Clark
Graduate: College of Santa Fe (Basketball Scholarship)
Completed: Harvard’s Kennedy School program for Senior Executives
Completed: Aspen Institute Program for Future Leaders
Co- Founded: Boys to Men Mentoring Program
Former: Legislator of the Year
Winner of the Jefferson Award for Community Service
Former: Man of the Year
Former City Council President
Currently: Director of Marketing for Abide Home Health
Currently: Actor HBO Series Treme Twelve episodes Season Two and Three
Actor: Angola 3 Stage play by Herb Parnell
Lead Role in the Hit Play by Harold Ellis Clark,” Fishers of Men”
Documentary on Violence with Russ Kemp British Film Maker
Co-producer Writer and Actor the Hit Play Reflections (Bean Theater) Nominated for Best Show of 2011
Currently Writing a One Man Show about Violence, Politics, and Race in New Orleans, and a Book titled Addicted to the Risk, Member of Spoken Word New Orleans (Poet)
Favorite Scripture Matthew 25 verse 35 and 36
Favorite saying: the best you, makes everyone else better
Former Mayor of New Orleans
C. Ray Nagin grew up of modest means as his father worked as a janitor at City Hall. He was a very successful businessman before becoming mayor with no prior political experience. As the federally built hurricane protection system collapsed, Mayor Nagin was thrust into the largest man-made and natural disaster in history. Without a comparable precedent, he took up the ultimate challenge of steering New Orleans through near total destruction, stabilization and recovery.
In August 2005, he ordered the city’s first ever mandatory evacuation in its almost 300 year history. During the immediate storm aftermath, he never left his post and demanded action for his stranded citizens. Mr. Nagin also successfully lobbied for billions of federal recovery dollars for a state of the art hurricane protection system, unprecedented housing repairs and other critical infrastructure enhancements.
C. Ray Nagin then guided the city through several near bankruptcies and left the city in stable financial condition with all bond ratings at or above investment grade. He pushed innovative green technology initiatives that include two of the largest LEED certified affordable housing communities in the country. The city also has biofuel city buses and vehicles, energy efficient public facilities and libraries. During his time in office, New Orleans also won one of the coveted official solar city designations.
Mayor Nagin has testified before Congress on such issues as Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery, Economic Development, Infrastructure and the Stafford Act that governs federal response after disasters. The State Department recently asked Mr. Nagin to lead a delegation to work with Haitian officials to develop a recovery plan after their catastrophic earthquake disaster. The approved plan led to over $5 billion is donor nation pledges.
Ray Nagin had a very successful career in Corporate America. He held various accounting, auditing and management positions. Before becoming Mayor he transformed Cox Communications’ Louisiana from one of its poorest performing into one of its most profitable assets. Mr. Nagin earned a MBA from Tulane University, and a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Tuskegee University.
Mr. Nagin has served on many boards and commissions, primarily in leadership positions. He has also received numerous awards to include the 1995 Young Leadership Council Role Model Award, 1997 Spirit of Greatness Award, 1998 Gambit Weekly New Orleanian of the Year, 2001 National Telly Award, 2004 Big Brother of the Year Award, 2006 National Conference of Black Mayors Valiant Award, 2006 International Black Broadcasters Association Leadership Award, 2007 National Newspaper Publishers Association News Maker of the Year Award, 2008 Award of Distinction for Recovery, Courage and Leadership, 2009 Asante Legend Award and the 2009 MBA of the Year Award.
C. Ray Nagin resides in New Orleans with his wife Seletha and their three children: Jeremy, Jarin and Tianna.
President and CEO, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra