(New Orleans, LA) – Latter & Blum Inc. Chairman & CEO, Robert “Bob” Merrick received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans at the organization’s annual Business Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony Wednesday evening. Established in 1984, the Business Hall of Fame recognizes and honors local men and women who have embraced the spirit of entrepreneurship in our community.
“Bob is a down-to-earth visionary who has helped New Orleans and Louisiana grow,” stated Latter & Blum Inc. President, Richard Haase. “Every day, he leads by example, in his professional and philanthropic endeavors, and inspires our people to do the same,” he added.
“Since its inception, the Junior Achievement Lifetime Achievement Award has recognized and honored individuals of the highest caliber. This is truly an elite group of savvy business and community leaders with a history of business excellence, vision and integrity,” said Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans President, Jack Brancewicz. “Bob Merrick not only exemplifies all of these traits, he has also raised and set the bar for giving back to our community. For these reasons and so many more, Bob is our 2015 recipient,” he explained.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the organization. Selection criteria for honorees include: “a record of outstanding entrepreneurial achievements, recognition by his or her organization or profession to have made a very significant contribution to the success of the organization or profession, adherence to high moral and ethical principles, and service as a role model for others,” according to the organization. Prior honorees include Dr. Norman Francis (2013), Thomas Coleman (2012), James Fitzmorris Jr (2011), Ella Brennan (2008) and Frank Stewart (2006) among a host of other local community and business leaders.
About Latter & Blum Inc.
LATTER & BLUM Inc., established in 1916, is the largest full-service Real Estate brokerage in the Gulf South with 1,400 Agents in 30 offices located in the markets of Greater New Orleans, Greater Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria, Houma, Lake Charles, and Southern Mississippi. Latter & Blum Inc. operates LATTER & BLUM Inc./REALTORS, C.J. Brown REALTORS Inc., Van Eaton & Romero REALTORS, and Noles-Frye Realty (all four owned by Latter & Blum Inc.). Latter & Blum Classic Homes & Properties, Latter & Blum Shaw Properties, and Latter & Blum Hometown operate under franchise agreements. All are networked nationally and globally as ERA Powered Companies. Additionally, LATTER & BLUM Inc. operates NAI Latter & Blum Commercial Real Estate, Latter & Blum Property Management, Latter & Blum Insurance Services, Platinum Title, and Essential Mortgage Corporation.
Robert W. Merrick
SIOR, CRE, CCIM, MAI
Chairman & CEO, Latter & Blum Inc.