Fred Parker, General Manager
New South Parking ( is a partnership formed by Central Parking Corporation of Tennessee, the world’s largest parking and transportation management company, and Global Parking System LLC of New Orleans.  Local businessman, Ronald Burns, a native of the New Orleans area, is the President of Global.  Fred Parker relocated to the New Orleans Area for business reasons in 1992 and has been actively involved in many civic efforts.  New South Parking has managed parking and transportation related services at Armstrong International Airport for the past 11 years.  3 years ago the partnership introduced “EZ Parker” which is its name for the “smart technology” designed to improve the parking experience at the airport. Mr. Burns and Mr. Parker strongly believe a business can have a positive impact on the well-being of the community through assisting in developing, promoting and supporting activities which improve the quality of life.  


Ronnie Slone, President

The Slone Group ( helps businesses grow one employee at a time by operating under the fact that, “The key asset to a business – the only one that provides a sustainable and competitive advantage – is its employees, their skills and their dedication.” The Slone Group is an interactive, site specific training team that empowers individuals with leadership skills that liberate, inspire, and motivate powerful performance at every level of an organization. As a minority owned, Louisiana LLC, we bring a fresh perspective to our client’s view of “human capital” in pursuit of maximum performance.   The Slone Group is dedicated to providing all clients with the complete support and personalized service they deserve. As an active member of various organizations, TSG believes education is the key to personal development.   We are committed to championing education and other initiatives that foster hope and create avenues to promote achievement.


Cliff Robinson, President
GNO Communications ( is an online media publishing and marketing company. Founded in 1995, GNO Communications has been a leader in providing Internet communication strategies, Web site development and Web-based informational campaigns, targeting local and national audiences.  Specializing in marketing and promotional initiatives, we constantly study trends, strategies and technologies to develop new, or enhance existing revenue streams for our clients. GNO Communications pioneered Internet training and Internet Marketing workshops in the Greater New Orleans area and continue to offer exciting, informative and fun workshops for any size group.  GNO Communications is committed to the rebuilding effort and places special emphasis on helping individuals and organizations be better prepared and protected against operational threats.


  Xavier University of New Orleans
Dr. Norman Francis, President
Dr. Judith Miranti, Director - Division of Education

Xavier University of Louisiana is the only Historically Black Catholic University in the United States. The ultimate purpose of the University is the promotion of a more just and humane society. To this end, Xavier prepares its students to assume roles of leadership and service in society. This preparation takes place in a pluralistic teaching and learning environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.

In addition to the doctorate in Pharmacy and undergraduate degrees in the Arts and Sciences, Xavier University also offers graduate degrees in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, School, Community and Mental Health Counseling, and the Master of Arts in Teaching for initial teacher certification.   For more information visit the website at or contact Dr. Judith Miranti at 504-520-5265 to set up a visit to the Division of Education.


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