Tulane Business Forum highlights homegrown industries

September 20, 2013 12:00 PM

New Wave staff

The Tulane Business Forum will highlight local companies and distinct industries responsible for putting Louisiana “on the map” at its 34th program, “Home Grown: Leveraging the Louisiana Business Experience on a National Scale.”

Scene from the Tulane Business Forum

Louisiana's home-grown businesses are the focus of the 34th annual Tulane Business Forum on Sept. 27. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber)

The program on Friday, Sept. 27, will focus on the business environment intrinsic to Louisiana and how our unique and innovative way of doing business enables us to achieve national success. Business leaders will share their perspectives on recent trends and accomplishments, as well as subsequent progress and expansion in the areas of trade and transportation, finance, entrepreneurship and tourism.

This year’s forum features keynote speakers Daryl G. Byrd, president and CEO of IBERIABANK Corp., and José S. Suquet, chairman, president and CEO of Pan-American Life Insurance Group.

Byrd will discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by today’s banking industry, from his viewpoint as leader of the largest and oldest bank holding company headquartered in Louisiana.

“I look forward to giving the audience a snapshot of the significant changes that have occurred in the banking industry and an update on IBERIABANK’s progress, particularly as one of Louisiana’s homegrown companies that has stood the test of time,” Byrd says.

Suquet said he will discuss the success that Pan-American Life has had over the course of its 100-year history in spite of challenging economic times.

“We share with Tulane a commitment to the city and people of New Orleans and in particular to the development and growth of the New Orleans business community,” Suquet said.

Tulane President Scott S. Cowen will provide welcoming remarks.

The Tulane Business Forum, presented by IBERIABANK Corp. and sponsored by the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Registration, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, is $160 for the general public and $130 for Tulane alumni.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu