About Us

We know that success isn’t accidental; it’s cultivated.

Our mission is to bring together a group of active early-stage investors to:


Identify and assess promising early-stage companies in which members can invest


Support and foster economic development and job creation through aggregated investment capital


Engage as a substantive member of the early-stage ecosystem in New Orleans, Louisiana, and beyond


Take part in education that helps members make wise and well-considered investment decisions

Who We Are

Our strength is in the diversity of our perspectives and insights, so we welcome those new to angel investing as well as experienced angels.

We are a group of 135+ accredited men and women from across America, with a large base in Southeast Louisiana. Together, we evaluate, fund, and nurture early-stage companies. Members make individual decisions to invest in high-growth businesses where the path to exit is clear.

Our goal is to advance angel investing in Louisiana and the United States, with reliable due diligence, national syndication opportunities, and a diverse network.

Improving the investment landscape isn’t just an exercise in civic-minded philanthropy, it’s good business. NO/LAAN connects entrepreneurs and investors by aggregating our resources, our experience, and our contacts.

Mike Eckert

Board Chairman

Mike is the founder and Chairman of the NO/LA Angel Network, a group of 112 high net worth individuals who work together to evaluate, fund and nurture early-stage companies.

Libby Favrot

Managing Director

Elizabeth supervises and helps with the organization’s operations, people and all ventures in order to maintain and grow Nola’s Angel Network.

Rick Babb


Mr. Babb is a Managing Director of Louisiana Funds, two Early Stage Venture Capital Funds since 2004, as well as served as CFO for Medical Science Partners.

Max Cox

Board Member

Max is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Corporate Governance and Transactions at Lumen Technologies, a global communications and technology company.

Aleicia Donald

Board Member

Dr. Donald has served as faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology at Tulane University before moving into a busy private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Alison Hartman

Board Member

Originally from New York City, Alison is principal of The Hartman Group, a management consulting practice focused on organization effectiveness.

Ted Jones

Board Member

Ted Jones is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group and chairs the private equity steering committee of the mergers and acquisitions and private equity team.

Byron LeBlanc

Public Policy

Byron has served as president of LeBlanc & Schuster Public Relations, Inc., a highly respected, full service public relations and marketing firm handling a wide variety of regional and local accounts since 1976.

G. F. Gay LeBreton

Board Member

Ms. LeBreton began her career at Bankers Trust Company in New York, and now heads the Mergers & Acquisitions group for Chaffe & Associates, Inc., with emphasis in services to privately held companies.

Vyoone Lewis

Board Member

With an expertise in FDA Regulation, Vyoone is principal of Professional Network Consulting Services, LLC which provides management consulting to small startup biotech companies.

Jeff O’Hara

Board Member

Since leaving a corporate career, Mr. O’Hara has started 10 companies in hospitality and real estate and is now the owner of PRA Business Events New Orleans.

Graham Ralston

Board Member

Graham M. Ralston, a native of New Orleans, joined Regions Bank in 2013 as Commercial Banking Executive for the South Louisiana Market and was also named New Orleans Market President in early 2016.

Daryl Schloz

Board Member

Daryl grew up in Iowa and is an Engineering graduate from Iowa State. Daryl retired from John Deere after enjoying 38 years in a wide variety of responsibilities at 7 Deere factories.

Dann Schwartz

Board Member

Dann is a successful, serial entrepreneur that started and grown companies, such as medical devices and e-commerice into successful enterprises for 20+ years. 

David Waller

Board Member

David recently retired from IBM, where he spent 42 years as a Sales Executive with local, regional, and international level assignments, including three years in Vienna, Austria.

Scott Whittaker

Board Member

Mr. Whittaker is a New Orleans native, Chairman of the Business Section of the Stone Pigman law fir, and a 30-year veteran corporate lawyer. 

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