THE ICON: John Koerner III
THE LEGACY: A lifelong New Orleanian, John Koerner III knows a thing or two about local flavor. He was a president of Barq’s Inc. and its subsidiary, the Delaware Punch Co., from 1976 to 1995, when he and his partner, John Oudt, sold the companies to the Coca-Cola Co. for $91 million. With the money from that sale, he established Koerner Capital, a New Orleans-based investment firm. He’s not just a local business leader, though. He’s an active community booster, having served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and the New Orleans Business Council; as a member of the boards of the Nature Conservancy of Louisiana and the National World War II Museum; and, in 2008, reigning as Rex.
THE ARTIST: Sean Randall, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “He is a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of man, and what you see is pretty good.” — W. Boatner Reily III, New Orleans businessman and former Rex