A catalyst for turning Shreveport around.
A catalyst for turning Shreveport around.
Episode 26: Chef Anthony Felan with Megan Davenport - A Vision Realized
Chef Anthony Felan is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco where he began his journey in the culinary world. His experience cooking in some of the Bay Area’s best restaurants, as well as his childhood memories of working in his grandfather’s garden, instilled in him a deep respect for farm-fresh ingredients. His love for Louisiana and his family brought him back home in 2010, where he joined the team of Wine Country Bistro and quickly moved up to Executive Chef. After years with Wine Country, Anthony’s drive for something of his own and his passion for farm-to-table led to his first business endeavor-- Fat Calf Boucherie - a stationary food trailer at Red River Brewing Company, serving gastro-pub style fare utilizing locally raised meats. His popular food trailer concept evolved quickly from a 10-item menu, parked outside the building, to a move of the 40ft. trailer inside the brewery and an expansion to a full menu of shareable and small plates, burgers, and sandwiches. That stepping stone has enabled Anthony to finally fulfill his dream to have his own brick and mortar. In August 2019, Fat Calf Boucherie closed its doors at Red River Brewing and relocated to 3030 Creswell Ave in the Highland community of Shreveport. The new and evolved concept, Fat Calf Brasserie, fulfills his dream of having a small, neighborhood rotisserie based restaurant. At Fat Calf Brasserie you can expect the same farm-fresh and slow food concept that Chef Anthony has been long known for in Northwest Louisiana.
In addition to their restaurant, Anthony and his wife, Amanda, have a side project, 2nd Act Supper Club, where they host underground dinners in various historic locations around downtown Shreveport. The supper club has developed quite a following, typically selling out the 70-80 available seats within 24 hours. These dinners are where Anthony really gets to let his creative juices flow, often pushing diners to try things out of their comfort zone.
Episode 25: EAP's Julie Gilley Milam & Nick Oliver - Skip Your Business Plan
The Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) helps create wealth for entrepreneurs by analyzing viable ideas and products, matching them with informed investors, and nurturing them toward rewarding markets. The EAP offers mentorship programs designed to accelerate your idea, product or existing business into a thriving company quickly by providing intensive startup support. Their team of mentors will work alongside you, working on everything from the business plan and model, market and financial analysis to prepping you to receive funding, such as angel investment.
Julie Gilley, Senior Financial Analyst of the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP), a division of the BRF, provides services to high-growth entrepreneurs willing to locate to North Louisiana to spark economic development.
Julie has over 18 years of experience in corporate finance, financial markets, government contracts and consulting. She has a proven record of producing high-quality deliverables in the areas of Program and Project Management, Business Process Transformation, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Six Sigma/Lean, financial modeling and business case/plan development while successfully leading diverse teams. As the Program Director for a Fortune 500 Company and leader in business security, she successfully led a team of over 125 to plan for and design a multi-million-dollar ERP implementation. As a Senior Consultant for a global consulting firm she successfully led a team to re-engineer a large bank holding company’s close process and helped build a solution to report its average daily balance to the Federal Reserve. Recently, as part of a public/private partnership between the City of Shreveport, the BRF, and a private start up, she vetted and brought an aquarium to downtown Shreveport.
Julie has gained her experience around the country in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Boca Raton and North Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Louisiana State University A&M and a Master of Business from Louisiana State University Shreveport.
Nick Oliver, a Financial Analyst at the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP), a division of BRF, provides services to high-growth entrepreneurs willing to locate their companies in North Louisiana.
Nick has experience in commercial and community banking, corporate finance, as well as individual and institutional investment management. As an analyst for a multinational banking institution, Nick built a database to more efficiently oversee and organize the management of over 9 million mortgages serviced by the institution. As a project manager for a regional bank, he spearheaded the implementation of a new system to better track the firm’s business development pipeline, resulting in faster execution of $129 million in new business opportunities. Nick currently works with early stage entrepreneurs in helping them commercialize their business idea through proforma financial modeling and industry research.
Nick is committed to using his knowledge base to grow and develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem in North Louisiana. He received both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, where he received Summa Cum Laude honors and was noted as a Top Graduate in the School of Business.
Episode 24: Matt Snyder - No Tables Near the Stage
Matt Snyder is a lifelong Shreveport resident, entrepreneur, husband, and proud father of five. Matt owns PinPoint Local Marketing which represents around 25 local businesses in their marketing strategy and community involvement. He is also creator and operator of 6 annual events including Shreveport Derby Day, Tinsel, and Crawfest in Betty Virginia Park. Matt is quick to fight for Shreveport’s future and is involved in politics and non profit boards.
Episode 23: Laura & Kyle Baudoin - Look up. Take a walk. Know your neighbors.
Kyle Baudoin was born and raised south of Lafayette, La and it was there that he met and married his wife Laura Thomas Baudoin. It is where their family began and where the couple really always thought they would probably stay and raise their two children - Porter, 8, and Camille, 4. Then in mid 2016, life threw them a large curveball and during that tough time, there were many moments of reflection that led to them deciding to make a move. By July 2017 they were residents of Laura’s hometown, Shreveport, LA.
Seven years ago Laura and her mother Martha opened up a women’s retail shop named M. Five years later, in September of 2017, Kyle and Laura opened up L.E. & CHALK, a men’s store. They love living and working in the South Highlands neighborhood and are excited for the future of the City of Shreveport.
Episode 22: Landon Lloyd Miller - Coffee, Cafe, Community
Thomas sits down with Landon Lloyd Miller, a coffee roaster in Shreveport, Louisiana. Originally a cafe manager, he often consults with other businesses as well as personally roasting the beans for Rhino Coffee. He is also an established songwriter and creative spirit. He lives in Highland with his wife Danielle and their two daughters Frances and Madeline.
This conversation goes deep into the weeds about coffee roasting and production, which might not be your jam. But keep listening. On the surface, Miller is curating the beans, experimenting with roasting techniques, introducing new flavor profiles, and striving for quality. But the whole operation has created its own ecosystem.
Rhino is roasting beans in the warehouse adjacent to its downtown cafe, utilizing otherwise unoccupied space. Miller is giving spent grounds to farmers (and at least one local chef) to use as mulch. Rhino's two locations (South Highlands and Downtown) are now bustling hubs of their respective neighborhoods. 624 Lofts / the old Sears building would not have its curb appeal without the cafe. Jobs have been created. And local restaurants (Jacquelyn's, Well+Fed, Marilynn's Place, Ralph's Place, just to name a few), serve Rhino coffee - brewed and roasted right here in Shreveport. Whole Foods sells our local coffee by the bag. In the last few months, the Rhino guys and the L.E. Chalk team even worked together to create a specialty blend for the men's clothing store (more on that in Episode 23).
Once again, a conversation with a local talented person yields much insight into Shreveport's economic development, both at present moment and in the future.
Episode 21: Brent Latin - Maker of Music & Media
Brent Latin is the President/CEO of Young Professionals Entertainment (YPE), a Media, Marketing, and Entertainment company located in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. The company also functions as a professional recording studio where many local and regional artists record. A talented musician that plays several instruments, Brent has performed with various artists from across the country. In 2013, YPE was named Small Business of the Year by the Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Brent was inducted into the ninth class of 40 Under 40 which is Young Professionals Initiative of Northwest Louisiana top 40 professionals under the age of 40. In 2019, YPE was chosen as one
of the top small businesses in the greater Shreveport area by the 318
Forum and Greater Shreveport Chamber. Brent has served on many
prestigious boards in our area and continues to serve. In 2011, Brent
received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University and is a member of the 2007 class of C.E. Byrd High School. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. In May 2013 Brent married Jessica Latin and became a father to his son, Alexander in February 2014, and his daughter Bella in 2018. He enjoys traveling, fellowshipping with friends and family, and participating in sports. Brent believes, “Loving God, Loving Yourself, and Loving People”, creates the recipe to enjoying life.
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This is an awesome podcast. It’s so nice to hear from people doing the work to make Shreveport a great place to live! Too bad this limited to 5 stars!
Love the concept of this podcast
Love the concept behind this podcast. Looking forward to learning more about issues Shreveport and other areas of the 318 are facing and how to improve our city. Hate the constant name dropping and how amazed ya’ll seen to be by products of the Caddo public school system that “make it”. Lol!
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