Mr. Darryl D. Berger received his B.A., Cum Laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1969 and his JD from the Tulane Law School in 1972. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tulane University. He is a former Chairman of the Tulane President’s Council, and has been a member of the Tulane Law School Dean’s Council since 1989. In 2004, he received the Tulane University Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Mr. Berger is President of The Berger Company, Inc., which he founded in 1972. As an investor, developer, and financier of real estate, he has been at the forefront of real estate transactions of all types for over four decades. He has been particularly active as a leading developer of the downtown New Orleans Riverfront, and is a major property owner in the Vieux Carré. His projects have included the renowned Jax Brewery, one of the largest historic re-developments in the country, as well as Canal Place, the Windsor Court, the Omni Royal Orleans, the Westin New Orleans Hotel, the Loews New Orleans Hotel, and the Omni Riverfront Hotel. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Berger’s company has owned or developed over a billion dollars of real estate assets of all types; these have included over two dozen retail shopping centers, various hotels, office and multi-family projects, and multiple parking facilities.
As a leader in the Hospitality Industry, Mr. Berger in 2008-10 was Co-Chair of the Hospitality Master Plan Committee, out of which emerged a Master Plan that guides and informs the priorities and initiatives of the New Orleans Hospitality Industry. He is Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of New Orleans and Company (formerly the Convention Visitors Bureau).
In addition to his membership on the Board of Tulane University, Mr. Berger serves as a member and is former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University, from 1990 to the present; member of the Board of Governors of the Isidore Newman School, 1983-2004, and Chairman of the Board, 2000-2002; member of the Aviation Board 1979 – 1982; a founding member, and former Chairman of the University Medical Center (UMC) Board, from 2009 – present; a Board member of Children’s Hospital, 1996 -1998, and 2015 – 2017; a member of the Board of Commissioners of the New Orleans Port Authority (Dock Board), 2017 – present; Chairman of the Vieux Carre Commission 50th and 75th Anniversary Celebrations, in 1986 and 2011, respectively; inaugural Chairman and Founding Member of the French Quarter Festival, 1985; charter member of the New Orleans Business Council, 1985-present; a Founding member and first Chairman of the French Quarter Management District 2007- present; Founding member and first Chairman of the Vieux Carre Commission Foundation, 2009 – present; and a member of numerous other boards and commissions.
Mr. Berger is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including: New Orleanian of the Year, Gambit Newspaper, 1984; the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award, 1985; the Institute of Human Understanding Award for Ten Outstanding People of 1985; the Young Leadership Council’s Role Model Award in 1988; the Junior Achievement of Southeast Louisiana Business Leaders Hall of Fame, 1988; the Volunteer Activist Award, 1992; the Weiss award of the NCCJ 2008; Newman School’s Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008; the Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty award 2009; the 2016 Sugar Bowl National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award; the 2016 Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Lifetime Achievement Award; and the 2013 Convention Visitors Bureau’s Joseph Katz award.
Mr. Berger his wife, Louellen, are both natives and lifetime residents of New Orleans. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.