BGR Annual Luncheon

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By Nell Nolan

Source: The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

November 24, 2019

The Bureau Brigade
Count ‘em! Supporters of the Bureau of Governmental Research, about 800 of them, convened at the New Orleans Marriott for the annual luncheon for “A Conversation with Michael Lewis. Native son “Lewis displayed his storytelling prowess as he captivated the audience with behind-the-scenes insights into his bestselling books, his process for choosing material, his pipeline of work and his thoughts on New Orleans today.” Gordon Russell, managing editor of investigations, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, guided “Conversation” in an interview format. BGR board member Dennis Woltering then opened the floor for questions and answers. Meanwhile, attendees enjoyed a pre-set salad and cheesecake with chicken served as the main course.

Hancock Whitney Bank (represented by Joseph “Joe” Exnicios and Gary Lorio) and Canal Barge (represented by H. Merritt Lane III) sponsored BGR’s annual luncheon, a fall tradition now in its 24th year.

Noted breaking bread were BGR board Chairman Ludovico Feoli with Stephanie, BGR President and CEO Amy Glovinsky, predecessor Janet Howard, Vice Chairwoman Norma Grace, former BGR Chairwoman Diana Monroe Lewis (Michael’s mom, and among his family members present), John and Dathel Georges (owners of the above newspaper), publisher Judi Terzotis, Hunter Hill, Carol Woltering, Stacy Russell, Maureen Clary, Patrick and Judge Sarah Vance, Anne and King Milling, Alex Gershanik, and countless others from the BGR board and the honorary one. Post “Conversation,” more talk among the attendees was generated.

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