Lawrence and Cloutier honored as 2007 Entrepreneurs of the Year
April 20, 2007
Berdon Lawrence (BBA í64, MBA í65), chairman of Kirby Corp., and George Cloutier, founder and CEO of American Management Services, were honored by the Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs at its annual gala as the 2007 Tulane Entrepreneurs of the Year. Lawrence was named the 2007 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year while Cloutier was named the 2007 Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
In 1970, Lawrence founded Hollywood Marine Inc. with one tugboat and a leased barge. He built the business, named for the Lake Charles, La., suburb in which it was located, into the nationís third-largest tank barge operator before merging with Kirby Inland Marine, the nationís largest tank barge company, in 1999. Today, Kirby Corp. operates more than 900 tank barges and employs more than 3,000 people. Lawrence currently serves on the Business School Council and received the Freeman Schoolís 1998 Outstanding Alumnus Award in recognition of his success in business and his dedication to his community and alma mater.
Cloutier founded American Management Services in 1986 tooffer implementation-based profit-maximization services to privately held, small- and mid-sized business owners. Over the last 17 years, Cloutier has forged more than 6,000 client relationships in 400 industries, realizing over $1 billion in savings for his clients, 40 percent of which are family-owned businesses. He has grown American Management from a one-man operation to a 150-plus employee company with offices in Waltham, Mass., Rochester, N.Y., Washington, D.C, and Orlando, Fla.
In 2006, Cloutier gave the Freeman School a $20,000 gift to start IDEAcorps, a program modeled after the Peace Corps to put business students and graduates to work helping small businesses recover in the wake of disaster.
The awards were presented at the 2007 Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala, which took place on April 20 at the Wyndham Hotel Canal Place.