Blair duQuesnay

Blair duQuesnayage 33

Principal, chief investment officer, ThirtyNorth Investments

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A combination of drive and smarts propelled Blair duQuesnay to her post as chief investment officer of ThirtyNorth Investments, a New Orleans-based firm that manages $130 million in assets.

“Unlike a lot of the other undergrads who were also at the top of the class, I didn’t go to some management training program,” said Ms. duQuesnay, 33, a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s in finance. “I started as a secretary.”

To better distinguish herself, Ms. duQuesnay enrolled in a chartered financial analyst program. Her ambitions led her to UBS and then Wealthstream Advisors Inc. in New York City.

The young adviser relocated to New Orleans in 2011 and founded Ignite Investments, serving Generation X and Y clients. Those clients followed her to ThirtyNorth when she realized that firm was a great fit for her.

Ms. duQuesnay has made a name for herself by writing and tweeting extensively. She contributes to her company’s newsletter and writes a quarterly commentary on developments in global financial markets. She finds Twitter a useful place to keep up on news and engage with advisers and the financial media.

“I have met, and continue to meet, amazing colleagues in the industry through Twitter,” she said, adding that she shares ThirtyNorth publications and news about the firm on LinkedIn.

Ms. duQuesnay is active in the industry as well. She serves on the board of the CFA Society of Louisiana, heading its advocacy and programs, and is a member of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council.

— Darla Mercado

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to be a ballerina growing up
  • Has a puppy named Ashton
  • Three guests she’d invite to a dinner party: Martha Graham, Eugene Fama and Mary Magdalene
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