John Georges talks New Orleans Mayor’s race

How does John Georges view the New Orleans’s mayor’s race 2014?

In 2010, as a private businessman, Georges ran for Mayor of New Orleans along with others but was defeated by current Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Now, Georges is owner and publisher of the Baton Rouge Advocate and the New Orleans Advocate newspapers and is looking at the elections from a different perch—as owner of the two most power newspapers in the state, not as a candidate.

This morning, Jeff Crouere, radio talk show host of WGSO 990 am called me and asked me to fill in for him since he was sick. Having been a guest on his show every week for years, but never having been the host, I consented, but wondered what in the world I would discuss.

Advocate publisher John Georges Named a Recepient of Weiss Award for Civic Contributions

BATON ROUGE, La. — The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice, the city’s oldest human-relations organization, will present its 56th annual Weiss Awards on Tuesday to 10 individuals and organizations that have made exceptional civic and humanitarian contributions to Louisiana.

Awards will be presented to eight community leaders and two organizations that have been influential in promoting the advancement of social understanding and fighting for change in their communities.

This year’s honorees are: Carol G. Asher, a community activist; George J. Fowler III, founding partner of Fowler Rodriguez; Steve Gleason, a former Saints player and community activist; John D. Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and publisher of The Advocate; Barbara Crain Major, a community organizer; James Meza Jr., superintendent of Jefferson Parish public schools; Alvin L. Richard Jr., CEO of Richard’s Disposal Inc.; William Henry Shane Jr., president of Favrot & Shane Companies Inc.; Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, a community activist group; and Women of the Storm, a civic activist group.

John Georges: “Newspaper will out-compete Times-Picayune”

BATON ROUGE, La. — In the competition for readers between The Advocate and The Times-Picayune, The Advocate owner John Georges said Tuesday his newspaper will ultimately pull away because of its stronger emphasis on news and not entertainment.

Speaking during an LSU breakfast lecture, Georges also said The Advocate has the upper hand because of a better business model.

The Times-Picayune cut its print edition to three days a week in 2012, in a move that Georges said shocked the New Orleans community

John Georges Stresses Entrepreneurial Skills

BATON ROUGE, La. — An inherent ability to overcome obstacles that arise in business situations and an ability to face them with no fear compelled self-proclaimed “serial” entrepreneur and CEO of Georges Enterprises, John Georges, to success, he explained Tuesday to fellow entrepreneurs and other guests at the University Executive Education’s Breakfast to Business event.

The quarterly event was scheduled this week to coincide with Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, where various organizations and businesses are coming together to highlight entrepreneurial aspects in the city.

John Georges Shares the Tale of a Serial Entrepreneur

BATON ROUGE, La. — John Georges shared his tales of a serial entrepreneur at a business series breakfast Tuesday morning.

Georges has many successful business ventures under his belt, including Galatoire’s and The Advocate, but he shared his experience of turning a company founded by his immigrant father into a billion-dollar corporation.

It was all part of Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week.

“What we hope most of all is, especially the young crowd, is that we inspire them to become entrepreneurs, as well as how as existing entrepreneurs and existing business owners learn something new,” said Robin Kistler with LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute.

LSU has two other events planned for Tuesday afternoon, including a student pitch competition. There will also be a panel discussion with entrepreneurs and other business owners. They will talk about the challenges and opportunities of the times.