Working with Company personnel and other talented professionals, refined the concept, designed the software and building, and oversaw the construction and opening of this prototype Drive Thru Video Rental Store in a total of 111 days from inception to Grand Opening.
Developed the first two historic restoration projects in the District and served as advisor for numerous subsequent projects in the area.
Advised and assisted in obtaining Bureau of International Exposition and U.S. Department of Commerce approvals for the Exposition. Structured and closed $55 million financing for this project that accelerated the revitalization of the Historic Warehouse District in New Orleans. Working with local, state and national government agencies and with private developers, helped facilitate the development and construction of permanent residual structures including the Morial ConventionCenter and Riverwalk Marketplace.
Helped found, organize, and plan the development of a light rail system (historic streetcars) for the riverfront area of New Orleans. Obtained approval and an UMTA development grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and oversaw the construction and successful completion, in less than six months from the date of DOT approval, of the only profitable mass transit system in the United States.
Closed $160 million permanent financing, structured and sold $30 million limited partnership interests, and oversaw the turnaround of this 2 million square foot urban mixed use real estate project.
Serving as President and member of the Board of Directors of this regional manufacturing company, restructured the organization and oversaw a return to profitability in less than one year. Over four years tripled sales and quadrupled shareholder value.
Working with a local entrepreneur and the Government of Spain, organized the acquisition of the USS Cabot, a World War II aircraft carrier, arranged financing, and deployed logistics for relocation from Spain, all inless than sixty days. Working with the Louisiana Congressional Delegation obtained a $2 million Department of Defense grant for refurbishment of the vessel.
Serving as board member, treasurer, and finance committee chair, helped plan, fund, construct and open a Children's Museum in the Historic Warehouse District of New Orleans.
Developed / executed successful restructuring / reorganization plan for Food Service Equipment Company. Envisioned and implemented innovative marketing programs, including regional television cooking show and commercial website.