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Health care and education leaders headline, Saints exec honored at College of Business alumni luncheon

Loyola press release - March 15, 2010

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Business Alumni Board will take a candid look at issues vital to businesses wishing to relocate to New Orleans or stay in the city at its annual alumni luncheon on Friday, March 26, at 11:30 a.m., on the second floor of the Westin New Orleans Canal Place. Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek, Ochsner Chief Operating Officer Patrick J. Quinlan and GCR & Associates CEO Gregory C. Rigamer will be panelists for the discussion about “Surviving and Thriving: A Business Focus on Housing, Healthcare and Education.” Television and radio host Monica Pierre will moderate.

The COB will also honor Saints Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dennis Lauscha, MBA ’99, as outstanding alumnus of the year, and Ryan Brach, MBA ’03, as young alumnus of the year.

Pastorek, an attorney, was appointed superintendent in March 2007 by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and is a proponent of school choice and accountability. Prior to that, he was appointed to serve as general counsel to NASA by President George W. Bush in 2002.

Quinlan, who has served as CEO of Ochsner since 2001, was named the most powerful physician executive in the nation by Modern Physician magazine in 2007 and oversees more than 600 physicians and medical training programs for more than 200 interns.

Rigamer established the consulting firm GCR & Associates, Inc., in 1979, a company of more than 150 professionals specializing in building information management systems to support critical decision-making processes. Rigamer is a renowned demographer and is actively involved in post-Katrina community recovery and rebuilding programs.

Lauscha joined the Saints as CFO in 1998, and he balances many roles within the organization as well as with owner Tom Benson’s business ventures. He is the principal liaison with all club vendors and oversees several administrative and operations departments. In addition to maintaining the team’s finances, Lauscha supervises the Saints’ human resources, information technology and facilities and grounds departments. Lauscha is the Saints’ lead in negotiations with governmental and Super Bowl officials, a representative at National Football League owners’ meetings and an active participant in the management of Benson-owned WVUE-TV.

Brach is a Metairie native and a successful franchise business developer. Since graduating from Loyola’s MBA program, Brach has held important positions in the business end of Rotolo's, Raising Cane’s and Planet Beach companies, supervising franchise openings and strategic planning. Now, he is developing a new line of pizzerias.

Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person, and table sponsorships are available. For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 504-861-5454 or alumni@loyno.edu.

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