Joseph C. Canizaro

Joseph C. Canizaro is President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Properties, L.P., a commercial real estate development company he founded and headquartered in New Orleans. Columbus Properties has acquired, developed and/or managed office buildings, hotels, mixed-use projects, as well as land and residential projects through out the Southeast/Southwest. Some of his most recognized developments in New Orleans include Canal Place, LL&E Tower, Texaco Center, First Bank Center (formerly the Galleria in Metairie) and the Information Technology Center Office Complex located at the University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park.

In 1991 he formed Firstrust Corporation, a bank holding company which subsequently acquired First Bank and Trust headquartered in New Orleans and People’s Bank headquartered in Amite, Louisiana. Mr. Canizaro serves as Chairman of the Board of both First Bank and Trust and Firstrust Corporation.

He founded Corporate Capital, L.L.C. in August 1998, a venture capital company currently investing in traditional American businesses. One of its investments, Innovus, Inc., is the operator of more than 9,000 ATM locations throughout the United States.

Mr. Canizaro is a Trustee and former Chairman of the Urban Land Institute, a national professional organization established in 1936 with more than 15,000 members devoted to improving the quality of the environment, as affected by the real estate industry. He has been nationally recognized for his vision and creativity in urban and suburban real estate development and has served on the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Advisory Committee on Real Estate Development. Mr. Canizaro is also a member of the Business Council of New Orleans and the Tulane University President’s Council. He is the founder and Co-Chairman of the Committee for a Better New Orleans, a privately funded group of more than 140 community, business and civic leaders committed to identifying the critical issues and opportunities facing the city and creating a blueprint for the future of New Orleans, based on mutual trust and consensus.

He is President and founder of the New Orleans chapter of Legatus, an international organization of practicing Catholic CEO’s. Mr. Canizaro is also a member and Secretary of the National Legatus Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves the Archbishop of New Orleans as a member of the Archdiocese Finance Council.

Mr. Canizaro has served on a variety of boards of civic and institutional organizations and holds numerous distinctions from his membership in a host of regional and national business, civic and arts organizations. He has been awarded a 2003 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Knights of St. Gregory Papal Honor, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Papal Honor, Order of the St. Louis Medallion for work in the Catholic Church, Southern Dominicans’ St. Martin de Porres Award, and was commissioned to the highest rank of Councillor of St. Dominic on the advisory board of the Angelicum University in Rome. He is also the recipient of the1999 Mayor’s Medal of Honor, Louisiana Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame Award, American Academy of Achievement National Outstanding Achievers Award, and was named the National Italian-American of the Year.

Mr. Canizaro and his wife Sue Ellen have been married for over 40 years and have two daughters and a grandson.

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