Chet Pourciau, 38Owner, Chet Pourciau DesignPhoto by Cheryl Gerber
It's easy to imagine Chet Pourciau — dapper, friendly, down-to-earth — as the host of a design show on cable TV. A self-described "Cajun boy" who grew up in New Iberia and majored in communications at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Pourciau moved to New Orleans in 1995 to study interior design at Delgado Community College. Today he owns his own company, Chet Pourciau Design on Magazine Street, and has a weekly segment on the Fox 8 Morning News as a rebuilding expert. He'll soon debut his own TV show on WLAE-TV, where he'll dispense advice and answer viewer questions.
In his spare time, Pourciau sits on the board of the New Orleans Recreation Department and is a member of the NO/AIDS Task Force. He's also active with the Forum for Equality and HIV/AIDS hospices.
"I'm trying to go national and take my career to the next level, but New Orleans is always going to be my home. I'm all about giving back, and I don't want to seem unapproachable," says Pourciau, adding that he's inspired by the dual acting/designing career of fellow Magazine Street business owner Bryan Batt. "I make sure people know good things come out of New Orleans." — Allman