New Orleans Business Alliance Staff

Quentin L. Messer, Jr. ,
President and CEO, Contact


Quentin L. Messer, Jr. was selected to lead the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) in July 2015, having spent the previous three years at Louisiana Economic Development (LED), most recently as Assistant Secretary. At NOLABA, Quentin leads initiatives and programs related to business intelligence, economic competitiveness, small business services, business attraction and retention, including the Bioinnovation and Health Sciences cluster, and has overall responsibility for executing the Business Alliance’s ProsperityNOLA strategy.

Filling a similar role at LED, where as a member of the executive management team, Quentin was President of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation (LEDC); Secretary’s designate to the Research Park Corporation board, where he is the Board Treasurer and Chairperson, Audit Committee; staff lead for the Louisiana Innovation Council (LIC); and the agency’s representative on ratings agency calls related to the State’s General Obligation and other indebtedness.

Quentin was selected as a 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award recipient of the Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service and Leadership Award by Grambling State University. He is member of the Council for a Better Louisiana’s (CABL) Leadership Louisiana class of 2014. He is a member of the fifth class of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation’s Broad Residency in Urban Education (2007-09).

A native of Jacksonville, FL, Quentin is a former corporate transactions attorney, public charter school operating executive, and strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Quentin is excited daily by the opportunity to work on better leveraging New Orleans’s human capital, infrastructure, and economic assets to transform the life trajectories of more Crescent City residents.

The father of two daughters – one a Corporal in the U.S. Marines — and a son, Quentin is married to Kenya LeNoir Messer, Ed.D, Associate Vice Provost, Office of Diversity, Office of Academic Affairs at LSU. He holds an AB, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and JD/MBA from Columbia University’s Law and Business Schools, respectively.

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What’s your educational and professional background (3 bullets please!)
Tulane University Majors, Philosophy and English
Lead for Tech Hire White House initiative for the City of New Orleans
25 years news media – journalist & advertising and marketing executive Denver, Louisville, Nashville

What New Orleans neighborhood(s) do you consider home?

How would you describe New Orleans in 3 words?
Magic is everywhere

What’s your favorite New Orleans tradition?
Monday Red Beans and rice

Ashleigh Gardere

Executive Vice President & COO

Alejandra Guzman

Vice President, Program Development and Strategy

Ken Weatherup

Vice President, Human Capital and Culture

Lynnette White-Colin

Vice President, Small Business Ecosystem Development
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Wayne Encalarde, Jr.

Small Business Ecosystem Development Specialist
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Stephanie Bell

Vice President, Investor Relations

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Rachel Whittaker

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Louis David

Vice President, Business Development and Strategy
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Dominique Flugence

Finance Manager

Sally Lindsay

Manager, Business Development and Strategy; VFA Fellow

Thomas Krumins

Manager, Business Development and Strategy; VFA Fellow
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Brandi Ebanks

AVP, Talent Development
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Monique Robinson

Director, Integrated Partnerships: Opportunity Youth
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Angela Cryer

Director, Integrated Partnerships: Adults/ Reentry
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Patrick Young

Manager, Training Management
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Director, Strategic Neighborhood Development
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Bill Sabo

Director, Food, Music & Software Tech
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Lisa Hellrich

Special Assistant to the President & CEO