David Schulingkamp Hosts Party for Masataka Matsuura, the Mayor of Matsue, Japan
30 Nov 2011
David Schulingkamp, President of M.G. Maher & Company, Inc. recently hosted a cocktail party at his home in the French Quarter in honor of Masataka Matsuura, the Mayor of Matsue, Japan, New Orleans’ sister city.
The party followed the World Trade Center of New Orleans’ luncheon at the Plimsoll Club for the visiting Japanese delegation where New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke about strengthening economic ties between the two cities. MG Maher, and its barge division, MBLX, Inc., were co-sponsors of the luncheon, one of the official City of New Orleans events for the Japanese delegation that also included:
- Mr. Kanjo Hayashi, Matsue City Council Chairman
- Mr. Toshio Uchida, Head of Tourism Department
- Mr. Masaki Fujihara, Head of Secretarial Section
- Mr. Satoru Kada, Head of International Exchange Section
- Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, Deputy Consul General from Nashville
- Ms. Donna A. Fraiche, Honorary Consul of Japan
- Mr. Bobby Brannon, President, World Trade Center of New Orleans
- Ms. Alison Gavrell, Cultural Economy Project Coordinator, City of New Orleans
Mr. Schulingkamp, who is the Honorary Consul of Brazil in New Orleans, presented the Mayor of Matsue with the official poster of Jammin’ for Japan, a fundraiser held last April for the NOLA Japan Quake Fund. MG Maher was the main corporate sponsor of the event that raised over $50,000 and included an all-star line up of New Orleans musicians.
Through an interpreter, Mr. Schulingkamp said, “Japan has consistently been one of the largest trading partners of the Port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River at large for decades. Our company has had excellent relationships with the Japanese Trading Companies and manufacturing companies that have been involved in the trade here and throughout the United States since the mid-fifties. Besides business, we have been fortunate to develop warm friendships with many Japanese people and remember well the generous assistance afforded to New Orleans and Louisiana by Japanese companies and organizations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.”
The Japanese delegation was also excited to see Mr. Schulingkamp’s rare set of the complete works of the author, Lafcadio Hearn, in his library. Hearn, who lived in both New Orleans and Matsue, was responsibility for much of the culture of New Orleans being known in Japan and also for writing fabulous fairy tales known by all Japanese children growing up in Japan.