Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business will honor Jerry Greenbaum (B ’62) as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year and Jay Altman as Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year on Friday, April 13, at the Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala at the Audubon Tea Room.
Freeman Dean Ira Solomon and John Elstrott, executive director of Freeman’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, will present the awards.
Greenbaum is chairman of CentraArchy Affiliates, a family-owned business that includes upscale restaurants, retail alcohol outlets and industrial real estate companies throughout the Southeast. Last year, he opened his latest restaurant, the acclaimed Chophouse New Orleans steakhouse, to be closer to Tulane and New Orleans. Greenbaum is a lifelong supporter of Tulane University. He played a pivotal role in the construction of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, the business school’s center for graduate and executive education, and in 2011 he joined the Board of Tulane and donated the lead gift to develop a hospitality curriculum at the Freeman School.
Altman is co-founder and CEO of FirstLine Schools, a charter organization that operates five open-enrollment public charter schools in New Orleans. Since 1990, Altman has partnered with like-minded parents and educators to provide quality educational opportunities for students in New Orleans public schools. A former New Orleans teacher, Altman co-founded New Orleans Charter Middle School, James Lewis Extension School, New Orleans Outreach, New Orleans Summerbridge and Leading Educators. He also served as director of education for London-based ARK Schools, where he helped develop a network of British academies, charter-like schools located in complex urban environments in the U.K.
The Distinguished Entrepreneur of Year Award honors individuals who embody the true spirit of entrepreneurship and philanthropic generosity, while the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes individuals dedicated to improving the community through entrepreneurial initiatives.