Tulane forum highlights business successes

Business leaders will share the secrets of their successes and best business practices in the Tulane Business Forum’s 35th program, “Taking Flight: Business Leaders Executing Plans for Success,” from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

The forum highlights achievements of renowned local, national and international organizations and the visionaries behind the scenes.

Keynote speakers are David D. Dunlap, president and CEO of Superior Energy Services Inc. in Houston, and Laurie Ann Goldman, former CEO of SPANX in Atlanta.

Dunlap will offer his perspective on how unconventional resource development has resulted in new opportunities in the oil and gas services market and how Superior Energy Services is effectively competing with industry giants.

Goldman will draw on her past experience at SPANX and illustrate how successful startups can become lucrative mainstays if complacency is not part of the business equation.

The event is being sponsored by the Tulane Association of Business Alumni and being presented by IberiaBank Corp.

Other presenters’ topics include reforms at Louis Armstrong International Airport since May 2010; tactics and strategies that work in Washington for business; growth of LCMC, a locally based nonprofit health care system founded in 2009; and advantages that led Wan Kim, CEO of Smoothie King, to make Metairie his company’s headquarters.

Forum registration is $160 for the general public and $130 for Tulane alumni. Accountants can earn five continuing professional education credits, and engineers can earn five professional development hour credits.

For more information or to register, go to tulanebusinessforum.com.

NVI LLC converting fleet to use natural gas

NVI LLC in Gray has completed Phase 1 of converting 80 vehicles in its fleet to compressed natural gas.

This represents about 45 percent of its fleet.

“A full conversion of our 180 vehicles is our target by the end of 2015,” NVI Corporate Fleet Manager Corey Harris said.

NVI’s vehicles are equipped with the company’s custom-manufactured aluminum mobile lab units.

“Our new fleet will allow us to hedge against fluctuating fuel prices, arrive on our clients’ jobsites with safe, efficient, and reliable equipment, and reduce our overall impact on our environment,” said Jim Cloutier, NVI’s chief executive officer.

NVI estimates that it will reduce its fleet’s CO2 emissions by over 1,000,000 pounds.

Although CNG fueling stations are limited in south Louisiana, NVI is banking on increased infrastructure due to state tax incentives and overall industry support.

NVI said it sees the benefits of CNG infrastructure from its operations in areas where CNG stations are located, such as the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia; the Haynesville Shale in northwest Louisiana; and in eastern Colorado.

LSU plans event for business students

Jumping into Business, an event for students of the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business, will be held Sept. 16-18 at the Business Education Complex.

Alpha Kappa Psi and Pi Sigma Epsilon, in conjunction with the Business College Council, will host the event.

Students will learn about the college’s student organizations; a Dean’s Advisory Council panel discussion followed by a reception; and a rapid résumé review in which recruiters critique students’ résumés in a “speed-dating” type setting.

For more information about activities and participating organizations, visit http://tinyurl.com/qhrz89y.

Financial boot camp planned for educators

The annual statewide Financial Education Boot Camp for Educators will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 3 at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Professional Development Center, 3000 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The event is being held by the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and Louisiana Council for Economic Education.

The event is open to all teachers, home-school educators, youth program leaders, summer camp instructors, banking professionals and anyone who works with middle and high school children.

Topics include the psychology of money, dynamics of poverty, building wealth, money management, budgeting, saving, investing and managing credit and debt.

Participants earn up to 5.5 CEUs/CLUs.

For more information or to register, visit louisianajumpstart.org.

LSU energy summit topics announced

Topics have been announced for the LSU Center for Energy Studies’ Energy Summit 2014 being held Oct. 22 in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium at the Energy, Coast & Environment Building on the LSU campus.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The summit, titled “The Future of Louisiana Energy,” is from 9 a.m. until 5:45 p.m., followed by a reception until 7:45 p.m.

The summit looks at the future of the Haynesville Shale; Tuscaloosa Marine Shale and unconventional liquids production in Louisiana; regional wholesale power markets; Louisiana industrial usage and development; energy exports; Louisiana’s energy workforce; and Louisiana energy and the environment.

Preregistration is available at enrg.lsu.edu/conferences.