Confetti Maker
By Julie Schlosser

(FORTUNE Magazine) – Vince Munoz, Flutter Fetti Fun Factory, New Orleans

I was born in Guatemala. I moved to D.C. 13 years ago, and I started working here in 1993. A good friend of mine-Jim Watkins-founded the company. I never thought I'd be doing something like this, but I love to entertain people. Every time we do confetti, we always have the "wow" effect on people.

We usually spend several days making confetti for the political conventions. Then we spend a day or two setting up. They used the rectangle-shaped confetti at the Democratic Convention this year. We are also doing the Republican Convention. We're still working on the order. We do a lot of other big events: We've provided confetti for Britney Spears, Shania Twain, and Paul McCartney concerts; we do the Macy's Thanksgiving parades; and this year we're also doing the Olympics. We don't get to go to Athens, but I was at the 2000 Republican Convention in Philadelphia and at George Bush's inaugural ball in D.C.

The company moved to New Orleans after Jim died in 2002. It's a good place to be-the Jazz Fest, Tomato Parades, and Mardi Gras: This city is like a party every day. - Interview by Julie Schlosser