Guest Speaker Gary Solomon on Starting and Running Your Own Business

Chalmette, LA

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Join the Nunez Community College Entrepreneurship Center for our inaugural event.  Gary Solomon will present "Starting and running your own business".  This free event is open to the public and is the first of our monthly business-focused workshops centered on the creation and continuation of locally owned small businesses in the Greater New Orleans Area.

Mr. Gary N. Solomon, Sr. serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Crescent Bank & Trust since 1991. Mr. Solomon manages a venture capital group with more than 25 years of diverse entrepreneurial endeavors, including New Orleans Original Daiquiris, Semolina Restaurants, franchise locations of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Movietime Video, PHL Leasing Systems, Unishippers, and numerous real estate developments. The primary business operated by the Solomons today is Crescent Bank and Trust, which has five hundred employees in fifteen states. He has served as past-President at the UNO Foundation. He leads an active career in business, civic and non-profit ventures alike. Mr. Solomon started in his father’s footsteps, leading the family’s business, Gulf States Theatres. Under his leadership the Solomons sold the business in 1986, and returned to the movie exhibition industry with The Palace Theatres a decade later. Mr. Solomon has been an active venture capitalist for the past 20 years, and involved in a shipping franchise, several restaurant franchises and various real estate developments. He is the Chairman of St. Andrew’s Village and serves on the boards of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the American Red Cross, St. Michael’s Special School, the Bayou District Foundation, Fore! Kids Foundation, and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Mr. Solomon is Member of the Board of New Orleans Startup Fund. He serves as Chairman of Cb&T Holding Corp. He has been Director of Planet Beach Franchising Corporation since 2010. He is Member of the Board of New Orleans Startup Fund. He is a Director at The University of New Orleans Foundation since 2010. Mr. Solomon has been recognized with the UNO Alumni of the Year Award, the City Park Improvement Association past-President’s Award, the American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year, was honored by the Boy Scouts of America, and is a past Young Leadership Council Role Model of the Year. His Civic activities post-Katrina include serving on the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board, and the New Orleans Business Council. Mr. Solomon holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.