2012 SBN 100: Group 8


Megan Hargroder

Megan is the founder and CEO of Conversations LLC, a full-service social media strategy company, specializing in what’s most important when marketing your brand online: conversations. She works with small businesses and entrepreneurs on learning how to speak with their customers instead of TO them. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Michael Azzano

Michael is a communicator. Along with Laurie Azzano, he founded Cosmo PR, a boutique marketing and communications firm serving companies in the personal finance, renewable energy, consumer products, and technology industries. When it comes to public relations, he likes to think big and help clients see the bigger picture as well. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.

Michael Gollner

A former partner of Court Square Capital Partners, Michael now sits on the board of directors at the Idea Village in addition to running the investment management company he founded, Operating Capital Partners. He is a fellow Tulane graduate and went on to receive his M.B.A. from the Wharton School, additionally receiving an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. On LinkedIn.

Michael Hecht

After working with small businesses in New York City and directing business recovery services for Louisiana Economic Development, Michael Hecht has made his mark locally by running the steamship GNO, Inc. Greater New Orleans Inc. is a regional economic development alliance serving the 10-parish region of Southeast Louisiana and has been integral in bringing attention the digital media scene in New Orleans. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Michael Melito

Mike is the owner of both Connectivity Source, a full service Master Telecommunications Agency, and local company Nexstar, Inc. He is a current investor in the South Coast Angel Fund. On LinkedIn.

Ned Fasullo

Ned, a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, is known to many as the “Southern Sinatra” because of his involvement in one of the only two big band orchestras in Louisiana. Ned has been involved in the tech industry since 1995, successfully helping many startups with their sales and marketing goals. He has now started two of his own companies. Ned works as a consultant, President, and CEO at Fasullo Enterprises as well as the VP of sales at Transformyx. On LinkedIn.

Neel Sus

Neel Sus is an engineer by education but a true business man by trade. He’s currently the CEO of Susco Solutions, a productivity software development firm, and Touch Studios, a mobile development firm, both based in New Orleans. Outside of his own businesses, he is a founding member of Net2NO, a mentor to young entrepreneurs, and is involved as a board or committee member in many local organizations including the American Marketing Association, Louisiana Technology Council, and GNO, Inc.  On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Nic Perkin

Nic co-founded the rapidly growing firm, The Receivables Exchange, which offers an online marketplace for receivables. The company has made national news non-stop with their top management team, NYSE Euronext partnership, and their success while being based outside of New York. Nic also serves on the Board of Directors for the Youth Rescue Initiative and serves as Vice Chairman of, the Louisiana Innovation Council. He is also a member of the New York Weill Cornell Council (NYWCC). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bideo.com.

Niki Papazoglakis

Niki founded the startup company Freagle, which uses social media to better connect and educated constituents to their elected representative. She has more than 10 years in technology, but she decided last year to leave all of that to pursue her dream of starting a company.  On LinkedIn.

Patrick Comer

Patrick is the CEO of Federated Sample, one of the hottest start-ups on the Silicon Bayou. Federated Sample, launched in March of 2010, is a market research technology firm based in New Orleans that focuses on bringing efficiency and automation to online sampling via their primary product, Fulcrum.  After starting out as one man at a desk in Launch Pad, FedSample now has a rapidly growing staff.  On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Patrick Mulhearn

Patrick is the Director of Studio Operations at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre. He is also a founding members of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association. Through his work as a marketing producer, he produced and directed on-air promotions and campaigns. On LinkedIn. On Twitter. 


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