Honor Roll of Donors
Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, the Freeman School's new building for graduate and executive programs, was made possible through the extraordinary support of dedicated friends and alumni. The following donors deserve particular recognition for providing anchor gifts and founding gifts.
William A. Goldring (BBA '64) is chairman of Magnolia Marketing Co., wholesale distributors of liquor, wine and beer. Magnolia was founded by Goldring's father, Stephen Goldring, and partner Malcolm Woldenberg in New Orleans in 1934. Today, the company is one of the nation's largest distributors of spirits. Goldring also serves as chairman of the Sazerac Co., a New Orleans based liquor manufacturer, and he serves as chairman of the Goldring Family Foundation and the Woldenberg Foundation. Goldring has served on the boards of Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, Isidore Newman School, Touro Infirmary, Temple Sinai, the World Trade Center of New Orleans, New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans Business Council, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Anti-Defamation Leagure. Goldring serves on the Business School Council and the Board of Tulane. In 1989, he was named the Freeman School's Outstanding Alumnus.
Frank B. Stewart Jr. (BBA '57) is chairman emeritus of Stewart Enterprises, the third largest provider of funeral home and cemetery services and products in North America. Stewart joined the company in 1959 after serving two years on active duty in the United States Navy. Under his leadership, the company grew from a small, family-owned business with 15 employees to an international leader in the industry, with more than 6,500 employees. Stewart is past chairman of the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, and he is active with the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, the Archbishop's Community Appeal and other civic, community and charitable organizations. Stewart serves on the Business School Council, the Board of Tulane and Tulane Medical Center Board of Governors. In 1990, he was honored with the Freeman School's Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Entergy Corp. is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production, retail distribution operations, energy marketing and trading, and gas transportation. Entergy owns and operates power plants with about 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. The company delivers electricity to 2.6 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Through Entergy-Koch, LP, it is also a leading provider of wholesale energy marketing and trading services, as well as an operator of natural gas pipeline and storage facilities.
The Ella West Freeman Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded in 1941 by A. B. Freeman, chairman of the Louisiana Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Ltd. and a prominent New Orleans civic leader. Freeman named the foundation in honor of his wife, the former Ella West. A. B. Freeman's son, Richard W. Freeman (BBA '34), joined his father in the company and continued his commitment to civic and charitable causes. Today, the foundation, which has provided more than $20 million in support to New Orleans area non-profits, continues to be overseen by members of the Freeman family. The foundation's board includes chairman Louis M. Freeman ('63), a private investor and former chairman of the Louisiana Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; Richard W. Freeman Jr. (BBA '60), a private investor and former president of the Louisiana Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; Tina Freeman Woollam, a photographer and curator; R. West Freeman III, a photographer; Philip Woollam; and Virginia Freeman Rowan. In addition to the board, other members of the Freeman family involved with the Freeman School include Louis M. Freeman Jr. (BSM '86), president of Automatek LLC and a former president of TABA, and Aimee Adatto Freeman (MBA '95), an adjunct professor of management.
John E. Koerner III (A&S '65, JD '69, MBA '70) is the president of Koerner Capital LLC., an investment company. Prior to that, Koerner was president and co-owner of Barq's Inc., which manufactured and marketed Barq's Root Beer nationally and internationally. Koerner built the brand into the nation's number two root beer before selling the business to the Coca-Cola Co. in 1995. Koerner is past chairman of The Chamber/New Orleans and the River Region and serves on the boards of Legg Mason, Protarga Inc., St. Charles Pharmaceuticals, Encelle Inc. and Luminex Corp. He is a past chairman of the Business School Council and he currently serves on the Board of Tulane.
The Kresge Foundation was established by Sebastian S. Kresge, founder of the S. S. Kresge retail store chain, in 1924 "to promote the well-being of mankind." Since then, the foundation has focused primarily on brick-and-mortar projects and has adopted a policy of awarding challenge grants to provide an incentive for institutions to expand their fundraising capabilities.
C. Berdon Lawrence (BBA '64, MBA '65) is chairman of Kirby Corp., a tank barge company moving petroleum products and petrochemicals on the inland waterways. Headquartered in Houston, Kirby operates 871 barges, 225 towboats and employs 2,200 people. Lawrence founded Hollywood Marine, a tank barge operator, in Lake Charles, La., in 1970 with one tugboat and a leased barge. Over the next 30 years, he built Hollywood Marine into one of the nation's top tank barge companies before merging the company with Kirby Corp. in 1999. Lawrence has served as past chairman of the American Waterways Operators, the National Waterways Conference, and the Inland Waterways Users Board. He serves as a director for Penzoil-Quaker State Co. and on the Business School Council and the Board of Tulane.
James J. Reiss Jr. (BBA '60) is manager of Reiss Companies LLC and chair of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. Reiss is the former CEO of TANO Corp. in New Orleans, a manufacturer of automation and control systems. Before he sold the company in 1997, Reiss had built TANO into one of the largest privately held firms in New Orleans, with 500 employees and annual revenues in excess of $100 million. Today, Reiss focuses on buying, managing and selling companies that no longer fit with the strategic plans of their corporate parent company. Reiss is active in civic affairs in New Orleans and currently serves on the boards of the World Trade Center, the New Orleans Public School Scholarship Fund, and the New Orleans Educational Foundation and is a member of the Business Council of New Orleans. Reiss is chair of the Business School Council and he serves on the Board of Tulane.