2018 Annual Luncheon

Nell Nolan: BGR luncheon, The Studs Club, Churchill Society, N.O. Jazz Museum

By Nell Nolan

Source: The Advocate

January 5, 2019

Salutes of the Season

Pleasurable Business

Just around midday on a recent Friday, board Chairman Hardy B. Fowler garnered attention as he welcomed 600 supporters of the Bureau of Governmental Research at the annual luncheon in the New Orleans Marriott, the host. Hancock Whitney and Latter & Blum Companies were the sponsors and among those thanked for promotional support were The Advocate (Baton Rouge|New Orleans|Acadiana) and Gambit.

After the welcome, Fowler recognized Anne Milling with special thanks for getting the guest speaker, Michael E. Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. His title was “Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity: National Security Challenges for the Present and Future.” Leiter delivered wit and wisdom to community and business leaders and periodically called out some local luminaries in the audience, such as Walter Isaacson, James Carville and Mary Matalin.

Another sort of nourishment came from the lunch fare of Caesar salad, tasty chicken and a pre-set Mississippi mud pie for the sweet finale.

Joining their above spouses were Ellie Fowler and King Milling. Additional notables were BGR President and CEO Amy Glovinsky, BGR Vice Chairman Ludovico and Stephanie Feoli, past Chairman Mark Mayer and Mindy,Hancock Whitney Bank President Joseph “Joe” Exnicios, Latter & Blum CEO Robert “Bob” Merrick, The Advocate Publisher Dan Shea, and from the BGR board of directors, Merritt Lane, Nathalie Simon, Hunter Hill and Dennis Woltering, who was joined by Carol. David Kerstein, president of The Helis Foundation, was present, as were other board members and those from the honorary board.

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