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Loyola College of Business alumni to hear news on the city’s fight against corruption and fraud from Inspector General Robert Cerasoli

February 22, 2008

New Orleans is serious about cleaning up its image, and the new inspector general, Robert Cerasoli, is the broom appointed to sweep out waste and corruption within city government. Cerasoli, who was recently featured in the Washington Post, will be the guest speaker during Loyola’s 23rd Annual Joseph A. Butt, S.J., College of Business Alumni Luncheon on Friday, March 7, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Read the Washington Post article here.

Cerasoli, as the city’s first inspector general, is shaping the position from the ground up. His duties include investigating fraud, waste, and corruption in city government and among those receiving money from the city, proposing ways to make the government more efficient, and educating city officials about their ethical responsibilities. He possesses a decade of teaching experience in ethics, auditing, oversight, financial management, and anti-corruption practices, and he served as the inspector general for Massachusetts from 1991 to 2001.

“We look forward to listening to what the inspector general will have to say,” says Joseph Pappalardo, B’70, L’74, president of the College of Business Alumni Board. “We, like so many others, are excited about his presence in New Orleans. The anticipation is high for his work to commence and change the political climate of New Orleans as we know it forever.”

Two Alumni Honored

The College of Business Alumni Board, alumni, and members of the New Orleans community gather at the luncheon each year to honor their colleagues who have exemplified the Jesuit values, while making worthwhile contributions to the College of Business, the state of Louisiana, the city of New Orleans, and their professions. This year, the College of Business Alumni Board will honor two outstanding Loyola alumni, Robert A. “Bobby” Savoie, ’81, alumnus of the year, and H. Jude Boudreaux, ’00, young alumnus of the year.

Savoie, a 1981 Loyola University M.B.A. graduate, currently serves as the general manager of Prescient Technologies, LLC, and as the Managing Partner of Savoie Properties, L.L.C. and R.A. Savoie Holdings. He also serves as a board member of Longenecker & Associates, Evolvent, AKP, JV, TFE, Inc., and Aluminum Technologies, Inc. Prescient Technologies was formed in January 2005 to pursue high-tech information technology, nuclear services, training, and Intelligence work with governmental and commercial clients. Savoie is also in the process of completing his doctoral studies in engineering and applied sciences and serves as the director of Gulf Coast Economic Reconstitution (post-Katrina and Rita) for the University of New Orleans.

Boudreaux, a 2000 graduate of the College of Business, is the director of financial planning for Bellingrath Wealth, which he joined in 2005 after spending six years building a diversified finance career with two large financial institutions — Janus Mutual Funds and the MassMutual Financial Group.

He holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from Loyola University New Orleans and is currently pursuing a master of science degree in financial services from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), the New Orleans Estate Planning Council, and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Boudreaux will also be serving as the 2008 vice-president of the FPA NexGen Community, a consortium of young financial planners designed to advance the future of the financial planning industry.

Tickets are $40 per person, $400 per table, and $500 per sponsorship table. A cash bar reception will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon will follow at noon. For more information or to register, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (504) 861-5454, (800) 798-ALUM, or register online at http://alumni.loyno.edu/businessluncheon.

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