Business Professor, Raconteur, and One Great Public Speaker

Peter Ricchiuti (Ri-Chooty) is the business professor you wish you had back in college. His humor and insight have twice made him the top professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. In a recent competition, Peter’s teaching delivery skills placed him at the top of a field from 500 universities representing 43 countries.

Peter is a graduate of Babson College and started his career at the investment firm of Kidder Peabody & Co. He later served as the Assistant State Treasurer and also as the Chief Investment Officer for the State of Louisiana where he successfully managed the State’s $3 billion investment portfolio.

In 1993, he founded Tulane’s nationally acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program ( Here he leads 200 business students in search of overlooked and undervalued stocks in six southern states. He and his program have been featured widely in the financial press including The Wall Street Journal, BARRON’s, and The New York Times.

In 2014 The Financial Times published Peter’s first book, Stocks Under Rocks and he currently hosts a popular weekly business program called Out To Lunch on National Public Radio in New Orleans.

He served as a director of Amedisys, Inc. (AMED/NASDAQ), the nation’s largest home healthcare company (1997-2015). During this period the stock rose by about 1000%. Peter has addressed thousands of groups in 47 states. These include nuns, tin can manufacturers, money managers, waterpark owners, insurance professionals and NFL players. He has even done a couple TED TALKS.




Mark Parrott is a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry. After spending his formative years on Wall Street, Mark moved on to teach captains of industry as well as the common man. He has presented to, or directly counseled more than 10,000 companies totaling more than 320 billion in revenue.

He has earned expertise in:
• Investment Decisions in Behavioral Finance from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
• Mergers and Acquisitions from DePaul University.
• Business coaching from Marshall Goldsmith.

Mark’s book Meta-Trends & the Next Economy is the highest rated econometrics book on Amazon.

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Program Description
During his interactive presentation, Mark will answer the question: “How do I stay relevant for the next decade?” He will speak about how to survive and thrive in these most challenging times.

Key issues to be covered:
• Identify if you or your customers are future dinosaurs
• How to firewall your business against recession
• How to maximize valuation

You will take away tactical strategies to improve your net worth and gain the motivation to do so today! Most importantly you will know how to protect your wealth and business in the next economy.