Whole Foods Chairman John Elstrott featured at 2015 Baton Rouge Chamber Shareholders’ meeting

NOLA.com / The Times Picayune

Dr. John Elstrott, chairman of Whole Foods Market, will headline the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s 2015 Shareholders’ Meeting on March 24.

Themed, “All That Jazz,” the dinner recapping 2014 achievements, a look ahead to 2015 and awarding investors, will be held on March 24 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at L’auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge.

Tickets are available for purchase at BRAC’s website.

“2014 saw historic employment numbers and regional economic growth provided BRAC and our regional allies several opportunities to embrace progress, change, and diversification of the economy,” said BRAC President and CEO Adam Knapp.  “The 2015 Shareholders’ Meeting will be a great way to celebrate with members of our business community and learn more about BRAC’s plans for the year ahead.  This event is an excellent occasion to make the most of your BRAC investment, or, if you are not part of the organization, it’s a chance to get involved.”

With 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, Elstrott serves as the chairman of the board, and is past chair of the audit committee for Whole Foods Market, Inc., a Fortune 300 and S&P 500 company.  He is also the emeritus executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans.

Elstrott holds bachelor and master’s degrees in economics from LSU and a doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

“I look forward to talking with leaders from the Baton Rouge business community during this interesting time of unprecedented growth in the market,” said Elstrott.  “They appreciate that Louisiana and Baton Rouge, through their universities, non-profits, organizations like BRAC and other economic development agencies, have initiatives, policies, and programs intended to stimulate and support entrepreneurship and innovation, which are critical to the strength of the regional economy.”

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