Join the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce at the upcoming 2016 Business Leadership Awards Luncheon, presented by First NBC Bank. The keynote speakers of the luncheon will be local business icons, Tommy Cvitanovich, co-owner and manager of Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, and Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, founder of MHM Urgent Care.
This event honors the accomplishments of both small and large businesses and the impact they have made on the Jefferson Parish business community. Do not miss this celebration of entrepreneurship, achievement, perseverance and community service.
May 11, 2016
Registration – 11:00 AM; Luncheon will begin at Noon
Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel
901 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062
Sponsorship / Fees:
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online or by calling (504) 835-3880.
Chamber Member tickets:$35
Non-Member tickets: $45
Reserved tables for eight guests: $300.
Gold Level Sponsorships: $600, includes a reserved table for eight guests and logo recognition on printed program and event signage.
Get to know our 2016 Award Recipients!
Jefferson Chamber Awards:
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, MHM Urgent Care
- Small Business of the Year: Event Producers
- Women-Owned Business of the Year: ZukaBaby
- Family Owned Business of the Year: Gardner Realtors
- Innovator of the Year: My IT
- Large Business of the Year: Peoples Health
- Business Progress Award: Demo Diva
- Joseph Rault Community Leader of the Year presented by Peoples Health: Patricia LeBlanc
JEDCO Challenge Awards:
- 2016 JEDCO Challenge Winner: FreshCane
Get to know our Speakers
About Tommy Cvitanovich
Tommy Cvitanovich was born in Canada, but he spent most of his life growing up in New Orleans where he attended Archbishop Rummel High School. While studying at the University of New Orleans’ School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism, he gained hands on knowledge of what it takes to operate a successful seafood establishment. Tommy, along with his mother Klara Cvitanovich, owns and operates Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, which currently has locations in Metairie, LA, New Orleans, LA, and Jackson, MS; with a fourth slated to open in Baton Rouge, LA by the end of 2016. The New Orleans location is currently the highest grossing and most profitable restaurant in the Hilton chain worldwide.
Tommy currently holds board positions with the National Restaurant Association, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, and the Canadian Restaurant Association. Tommy is an activist and unofficial lobbyist for both the Seafood and Restaurant industries nationally. He is also currently working with local leaders on the rebirth of Fat City, the neighborhood where the original Drago’s restaurant is located and is also adjacent to his home. With all of this passion and dedication, it is no wonder that Tommy was recognized for the “Restaurant Neighbor Award” by the National Restaurant Association in 2006.
About Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich
Dr. Gerald “Gerry” Cvitanovich is a 1978 graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1982, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tulane University and went on to attend medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Upon receiving his Doctor of Medicine, Dr. Cvitanovich completed a Family Practice Residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge and became board-certified in Family Practice. Dr. Cvitanovich began his career as an emergency staff physician for EMSA Limited Partnership in May 1989. A few years later, he joined the emergency department staff at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana. He served as Medical Director of East Jefferson General Hospital’s Wound Center from 2002 to 2007 as well as serving three terms on the Medical Executive Committee at East Jefferson General Hospital. Dr. Cvitanovich was elected Coroner of Jefferson Parish for a term beginning March, 2012.