Seasoned Entrepreneur

Gathering Exchange


    • 08/03/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting

    SERGE community,

    Get ready for our next Zoom meeting on August 3rd!

    Whether or not you are registered for our October program in New Orleans, you’ll enjoy our virtual session on “Creating Our Post-Pandemic New Normal.” We’ll draw on our members’ own experiences and expertise in discussing such issues as:

    • Which pandemic-induced changes are we retaining in either our families or organizations?
    • How are we returning to work? In this period of uncertainty and polarization, what policies regarding vaccination, masking, and remote working are we following ourselves and creating for the organizations we lead?
    • How has COVID affected the community-oriented initiatives we pursue and the non-profit organizations we support?
    • What post COVID resources did we come across that are worth sharing with SERGE members?

    In addition to this discussion, we’ll preview some SERGE NOLA highlights and solicit your input for topics, peer facilitators, and guest speakers. We’ll also share ideas for new members of the SERGE family who might attend our October retreat. Please feel free to invite qualified candidates to attend this Zoom call, but let us know in advance and provide background and contact information on any guests.
    Our 60-minute virtual session will be held at 8 am PT/11am ET on Tuesday, August 3rd. If you won’t be attending October’s meeting, here’s your opportunity to connect with your SERGE friends. If you will be with us in New Orleans, this is your chance to preview the experience and help guide the content. We look forward to seeing you on August 3rd.
    Best regards,
    Martin, Mark, Keith, and Kevin

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    • 10/20/2021
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    • 10/22/2021
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    • New Orleans, LA

    Seasoned Entrepreneurs Gathering Exchange (SERGE) is a two and a half day gathering of 25 accomplished entrepreneurs, along with their spouses/significant others – all of whom  are interested in interacting with like-minded people.  We aim for a relaxed, retreat setting that combines peer-to-peer learning with group recreation and social activities. SERGE 2021 will be held in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter.  This one of a kind setting will immerse attendees in the culture of the city, including a colorful, Mardi Gras-esque Halloween Parade that showcases the flavor of the  historic French Quarter. 

    This is a by invitation only gathering organized by entrepreneurs who know many other entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. We’ve invited people we know well enough to believe they fit our target profile of entrepreneurs who:

    • have led a company they founded for 10-15+ years or been a founder of multiple businesses over a similar period;

    • have been active outside of their own business and family with some involvement in their community of interest - be it local, industry, charitable, public policy or other; and

    • are fun people to be around.

    Browse through our site to learn more about how our peer-to-peer learning approach, full participation of spouse/significant others in all SERGE activities, coupled with the unique history and character of  New Orleans make SERGE  a rewarding and memorable opportunity.

    We anticipate strong renewal commitment from attendees at our prior SERGE’s in Sedona, Vail, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Boulder, La Jolla and South Beach Miami. At the same time, a select few new people may also join the ranks. 

    As our 2020 participant list firms up with paid registrations, we’ll assess survey responses and dialogue to crowdsource the final learning program topics and session facilitators.

    To learn more, call or email the organizer that invited you or email

    Laissez les bon temps rouler (Let the good times roll) in New Orleans!!

    Keith Alper, Martin Babinec & Mark Zitter

    2020 SERGE Organizers


    Wednesday, October 20:

    Arrivals – discounted Ritz Carlton hotel rate is extended for those who wish to stay 3 days prior to or 1 day after the event.

    Retreat opens with evening cocktail reception and dinner at the historic Ritz Carlton, New Orleans French Quarter.

    Thursday, October 21:

    Hosted breakfast at the Ritz Carlton’s Crescent View Room.

    Learning session (see Learning Program description) followed by lunch at the Ritz.

    Evening: We will have cocktails and dinner at the famous Arnoud’s Restaurant on Bourbon Street, the perfect setting for intimate conversations with a mix of old and new friends.

    Friday, October 22:

    Hosted breakfast at the Ritz Carlton’s Crescent View Room.

    Full day learning session (see Learning Program description).

    Hosted lunch at Pat O’Brien’s on the River.

    New Orleans Jazz Band’s Second Line Parade through the French Quarter with hundreds of Krewe of Boo members.

    Specialty drinks at Pat O’Brien’s Bar in the French Quarter.

    Evening: We’ll enjoy a closing reception and dinner in a special New Orleans venue, giving us an opportunity to build on friendships and help each other.

    SERGE All Inclusive Retreat Fee $3,650

    The base registration fee is $3,650 and covers all expenses for two people, including: 3 nights at The Ritz Carlton; all meals, beverages and snacks; the Second Line Parade group excursion on Friday afternoon; entertainment; transportation for group events, meeting room charges and other expenses as outlined in the FAQ.

    [Note – Registration fees are estimated based on current projection of all expenses, some of which are not yet finalized contracts and are thus subject to change. We will be taking sign-ups for the full amount of the estimated registration fees and should any supplements be needed, we will notify registrants as soon as final expenses are known. As with our prior SERGE’s, full disclosure of all expenses will be provided to the group – our goal is to break even] .


    Saturday, October 23

    Optional Riding on the SERGE Halloween Float 

    (Please note that riding on the SERGE Holoween float in the parade is an optional SERGE event that will require an additional $1,100 charge per person)(Plus Hotel)

    Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade

    6:30-9:00pm Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade on SERGE’s float through New Orleans.  You are the parade! Throw your beads to more than 150,000 people lining the streets.  

    8:00-Til ?  Monster Mash Extravaganza after-party.  VIP Tickets. A Bloody Good Time!

    • 10/23/2021
    • (EDT)
    • New Orleans

    Saturday October 23, SERGE’s Rolling Party Through American's Most Unique City!

    • Ride on SERGE's Halloween-themed Mardi Gras float through the streets of New Orleans, as you throw beads to more than 150,000 people. SERGE participants as well as their family and friends are all welcome to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.  Dress as your favorite character and enjoy New Orleans specialties like jambalaya and crawfish, and the after-party. Please note that there will be a  special viewing area for the SERGE participants and spouses who would prefer to just watch the Krewe of Boo Halloween parade.

    • A jambalaya lunch will be provided the afternoon of the parade.

    • Participants will be given a bead throw package, which will be loaded onto our SERGE float.

    • Make-up artists will be provided to enhance your costume.

    • Admission to the after-party is included.

      Per Rider $1,100 

      Ritz Carlton Hotel Room Saturday Night per Couple $495.00

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