UNO Alumnus, Foundation Board Member Honored by the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame

Two men with strong ties to the University of New Orleans stood in the spotlight earlier this month as they were honored by the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.

The men were honored for their commitment to the spirit of entrepreneurship and achievements in their chosen professions at an annual awards dinner. The event, given by Junior Achievement and presented by First NBC at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, was highlighted in a recent article in The Times-Picayune.

Stephen F. Stumpf is owner and chief executive officer of Durr Heavy Construction LLC, a New Orleans-based construction firm specializing in demolition, site preparation and utilities. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Services from UNO’s College of Engineering in 1971. Stumpf bought his business from his father-in-law in 1976 and became CEO in 1988, according to the company website. Since then, Stumpf has grown Durr Heavy Construction from “a mom-and-pop business” to one of the top general contracting firms in the Gulf South.

Stumpf’s entrepreneurial and leadership experience operating a variety of companies in the New Orleans region stretches over a period of more than 30 years and includes key roles in development and operation of Airline Landfill in St. Charles Parish, Area 90 Landfill in Jefferson Parish, AMID Landfill in Orleans Parish and AMID/Metro Partnership, a landfill management firm that now operates the City of New Orleans’ Gentilly Landfill. Stumpf, a leader in the solid waste industry is also managing member of Fort Knox Climate Control Storage, Country Cottage Estates, St. Tammany Mitigation Services and a variety of real estate investment companies.

Stumpf co-chairs the capital campaign of De La Salle High School in New Orleans and recently received the school’s Signum Fidei Award, for his commitment and contributions. Stumpf serves on the New Orleans board for Iberia Bank and the statewide boards for Blueprint Louisiana and the Louisiana Trooper Foundation. He is a former chairman of the board for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, as well as a past president of Associated Builders and Contractors Bayou Chapter and the Legatus Northshore Chapter. His other professional involvements include the Jefferson Business Council, the Jefferson Chamber, JEDCO, Committee of 100, Tulane’s Family Business Forum and the World Presidents’ Organization.

Stumpf’s volunteerism has graced regional charities ranging from the Louisiana Special Olympics to the Good Shepherd School, Tiger Athletic Foundation, Young Leadership Council, Archbishop’s Community Appeal, Mount Carmel Academy, Bridge House and multiple churches of various denominations.

William H. Hines, managing partner of Jones Walker law firm in New Orleans, serves as a member of the UNO Foundation Board. Hines, who is now serving a second consecutive five-year term, has served as Jones Walker's managing partner since 2006. He will serve until 2015 and is credited for growing the top law firm to become one of the largest and most prominent regional law firms in the Gulf South.

In 2010, New Orleans CityBusiness named Hines to "Driving Forces," a list of the New Orleans area’s 30 most influential people involved in economic development. He is considered to be a key leader of economic development in the region.