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Episode 89: Wes Palmisano (Palmisano), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

YPO member Wesley Palmisano is a third-generation entrepreneur in a construction business based in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. After graduating at the top of his class at Louisiana State University in just three years, Wes ventured out on his own, working for a commercial construction company and learning another side of the business. But when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Wes convinced his bosses to allow him to form a new division in the company to meet the housing needs of post-Katrina New Orleans. Eventually, as the previous generation of the family company retired, Wes formed his own company, Palmisano, a commercial and civil construction company.

Wes has accumulated numerous awards, including 2017’s “City Business” Fastest Growing Company regional award and its Best Places to Work award. He also was included as a Junior Achievement Rising Star. He earned an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named to Gambit’s 40 Under 40 list.

In this episode, Wes shares how he preserves a multi-generation family legacy and became one of New Orleans most successful self-made entrepreneurs.


Guest: Wesley Palmisano, President and CEO of Palmisano
Host & Executive Producer: Kevin Daum
Executive Producer: Van Van
Music: DreamArtist Music.

Made possible with grants from Gazelles Growth Institute.

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Kevin Daum is an award winning and bestselling author of 5 books. He is a marketer, speaker, and columnist for Inc.com and Smart Business Magazine. As an Inc. 500 entrepreneur, his sales and marketing techniques resulted in more than $1 billion in sales. Drawing on his background in theatre and business, Kevin is a compelling speaker who has engaged and inspired audiences around the globe. Kevin is a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters program and has received the Global Learning Award 3 times from the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he held several board positions. Kevin has designed, produced, and led award-winning executive training programs and events for C-level executives and entrepreneurs on four continents. Previously, Kevin was named one of the 40 people to watch under 40 in San Francisco by the Business Times and in 2006 was named Distinguished Alum of the Year by his alma mater, Humboldt State University.