The Frontier Conference co-founder Hank Torbert talks with John Landrum, Vice President at Intralox, about the local manufacturer’s culture of innovation and what it is doing to solve its customers’ biggest problem. You are spearheading innovation at one of the most impressive companies in our region and in the sector, can you tell us about yourself and your role at Intralox? I practiced law for 10 years before joining Laitram in 1993. I had served on the board of a local nonprofit with Jay Lapeyre and that led to discussions about joining Laitram, the parent of Intralox. I was never in the legal department; I started as the leader of Laitram’s in-house advertising group, then went with the family to Amsterdam for three years where I became the European General Manager for Intralox. European revenues then were in the neighborhood of $15 million; they are roughly 10 times that number now. When I returned to New Orleans, I had responsibility for emerging industries. Some really talented people reporting to me opened up the tiremaking industry with some breakthrough new products; it’s a major source of revenue for us now. Later, some of these people, and others, explored the logistics market (the U.S. Post Office, warehousers like Amazon and parcel companies like UPS). That business has really exploded. In 2011, I took responsibility for our global product development.
Laurie Jugan is a leading innovator in the commercialization community. She is an independent consultant currently supporting the University of Southern Mississippi through the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology at Stennis Space Center and USM’s contract for the formalization of the Marine Industries Science & Technology Cluster. She promotes the Blue Economy of the Gulf Coast region, coordinates events and assists small to medium-sized companies find business opportunities. For MSET, Jugan serves as a program manager, developing and conducting programs that link technology providers with organizations that can apply the technology to their missions. She is well-versed in government contracting and the technology transfer process. She routinely provides guidance to companies as they navigate through the processes of various federal agencies and identifies business opportunities for companies based on their products and services. Hank Torbert, a founder of The Frontier Conference, interviews her about advances in the industry.
The U.S. is on the cusp of an “industrial revolution 2.0,” and in order for venture capitalists to deploy capital, startups must portray growth with scale, according to industry experts.
Nic Radford, co-founder and chief technical officer of Houston Mechatronics, is a leading innovator in the AI, robotics and automation industry. Hank Torbert, a founder of The Frontier Conference, interviews him about advances in the industry.
Alex Reed, co-founder and CEO of Fluence Analytics, is a leading entrepreneur and technology innovator in the advanced manufacturing and chemicals industry. Hank Torbert, a founder of The Frontier Conference, interviews him about how his New Orleans-based company has sustained itself in a changing sector.
Kirk Coburn is member of Shell Technology Ventures, Shell’s corporate venture capital fund and a successful serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and early-stage angel investor. Hank Torbert, a founder of The Frontier Conference, interviews Coburn about the energy industry’s ongoing transformation.
Funding. How can entrepreneurs set themselves up for success in networking, pitching and gaining investors? Hank Torbert of Alta Max LLC led a conversation with Miller Girvin of the Alabama Capital Network and Kwame Anku of Black Angel Tech Fund at Bronze Valley surrounding these questions.
Will Sarni is a leading innovator and investor in the global water industry. He has authored numerous books and articles and presented on the value of water, innovations in digital water technology, the circular economy and the energy-water-food nexus. He has been a water strategy advisor to private and public-sector enterprises and NGOs, working with multinational companies across a range of industry sectors in evaluating the technical viability and market potential of innovative water technologies, market entry strategies and M&A programs.
New Orleans CityBusiness has selected its 2017 class of Money Makers, an event and publication that honors local professionals for financial achievements in their respective industries and their community impact.
As we approach New Orleans’ tricentennial and focus on economic development and creating real opportunities that will have a dynamic impact, the case for expanding the plastics finished goods / products industry is very strong. New Orleans-based manufacturers could produce packaging, automotive components, household items, electronic components, etc. Several existing factors make this an optimal choice for expanding our local economy.