Biography for Chastian Taurman III
Chastian “Choose” Taurman has worked with businesses and academia since leaving the Army as a Captain in the early 1970’s. In 1976, he earned his MBA at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, starting his business career working for a local entrepreneur who owned oil and gas properties, manufacturing companies, and multi-family real estate developments as the owner’s troubleshooter and CFO of the creosote and furniture manufacturing company. Choose worked as VP of Marketing for DigiCourse, a company owned by Laitrum Corporation, to develop markets for its digital compass in the global seismographic and NATO-Allied military areas. Choose and his wife then founded and operated Systems Instrumentation & Automation (SIA), a distributor of Honeywell automation equipment and integrator of instrumentation and automation equipment servicing the petrochemical industry. Choose and Liz sold the business in 1999.
In academia, Choose has worked as Assistant Dean of the AB Freeman School of Business, served on the Board of Governors for GMAT and TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language) Council, taught marketing classes for University College at Tulane, and served as Director of Business Studies, managing the curriculum and a faculty of 55 members teaching accounting, finance, business statistics, business law, management and leadership, human resource management, business ethics, marketing, advertising, and real estate. He developed the Human Resource Management, Casino Resort Management and Homeland Security degree programs for the School of Continuing Studies. The success of the Homeland Security program has led to national and international recognition for Tulane. As Director of Business Studies, he assisted in developing 17 online asynchronous courses in the Business Studies area, which allows students the ability to take core business courses online. At Tulane University he has served as Chair of the Faculty Fellows Nominating Committee, the Emily Vokes Award Committee, member of the Senate Athletic Committee, and a university liaison with public and private schools in the greater New Orleans area.
As a real estate developer, he has participated in a condo conversion in the French Quarter and redevelopment of a 183-unit apartment complex in New Orleans and repurposed an office building in the New Orleans Central Business District. After Hurricane Katrina, Choose and a business partner realized the need to start an Angel Fund in Southern Louisiana. After networking with the Notre Dame Irish Angels and the PAN Fund in Greensboro, NC, they Co-Founded the South Coast Angel Fund.
He has served as co-chair of the Capital Access SIG for the Louisiana Technology Council, a member of the GNO Digital Media Alliance Inventory of Capital Sources, and as a member of the New Orleans 9 Most Endangered Sites Committee.
• Business Troubleshooter and Consultant
• Co-Founder South Coast Angel Fund LLC and serving on the EC
Lagniappe Angels LLC and servings on the Executive Committee
• Past Member NO/LA Angel Network
• Chair Finance Committee Christ Church
• Board of Managers, Prima Health
• Recipient of the 2017 Tulane Emily Vokes Faculty Service Award
• Recipient of the Tulane University College Award for Teaching Excellence
• Speaker and Panelist for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program
• Tulane School of Professional Advancement Advisory Board
• Past advisor to the Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools
• Currently Adjunct Instructor Tulane A. B. Freeman School of Business
Education & Affiliations
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Master of Business Administration
A. B. Freeman School of Business, with an emphasis in marketing and finance. Completed all coursework required to sit for the CPA examination.
Union College, Barbourville, KY
Bachelor of Arts
Double major in history, political science, and a Post Baccalaureate major in chemistry.