LTA announces new officers and directors

Louisiana Travel Association announces new officers and directors

Baton Rouge, La. (Feb. 1, 2021) – The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) installed a group of tourism industry leaders as new officers for its executive committee and board of directors during the association’s Annual Meeting at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge. 

“For 60 years, LTA has strengthened Louisiana’s tourism industry through our marketing program, advocacy efforts and educational opportunities,” said Jill Kidder, LTA president and CEO. “We are thrilled that our members have selected tourism industry leaders from throughout the state to lead this organization as we continue to promote a viable job-creating and revenue-producing industry.”

New officers installed on the executive board committee include:

  • Chairman Dickie Brennan, Dickie Brennan & Company
  • Vice-Chair Kyle Edmiston, Visit Lake Charles
  • Treasurer Alana Cooper, Monroe-West Monroe CVB
  • Secretary Ralph Ney, Baton Rouge Marriott
  • Immediate Past Chair Ben Berthelot, Lafayette CVC

New directors:

  • Mike Buckley, Golden Nugget Casino Resort
  • Chris Landry, LBA Hospitality
  • Jady Regard, Cane River Pecan Company
  • Stephen Watson, National WWII Museum

Returning directors:

  • Joanna Folse-Alexander, Sunrise Hospitality
  • Jeremy Cooker, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.
  • John Crook, Vernon Parish Tourist Commission
  • Kevin Dolliole, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
  • Brandy Evans, Shreveport-Bossier CTB
  • Arlene Gould, Natchitoches CVB
  • Morgan Moss, The Myrtles Plantation
  • Donna O’Daniels, St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission
  • Jay Sharplin, Sharpco Hotels Group
  • Nimesh Zaver, Insignia Hotel Management
  • Peggy Benoit,

Ex-Officio members appointed by the chair:

  • Rebecca Blankenbaker, Cane River National Heritage Area
  • Doug Bourgeois, Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism

New directors will also include representatives of each of the Chairman's Circle partner organizations:

  • Visit Baton Rouge
  • Houma Area CVB
  • Lafayette CVC
  • Visit Lake Charles
  • Monroe-West Monroe CVB
  • New Orleans & Co.
  • Louisiana’s Northshore
  • Shreveport-Bossier CTB
  • Tangipahoa Parish CVB


About the Louisiana Travel Association
LTA is a trade association leading and strengthening Louisiana’s vibrant tourism industry through promotion, education and advocacy on behalf of our members. Tourism generated $1.92 billion for Louisiana in 2019 and employs more than 242,200 people throughout the state. For more information, visit