Jessica Brandt Elected to Board of City Park
Metairie, LA: Jessica Brandt, CEO of the Ray Brandt Auto Group, has been elected to serve as a commissioner on the Board of Commissioners of the City Park Improvement Association, the State agency responsible for the management and stewardship of City Park.
Mrs. Brandt’s term begins on January 1st, 2021, and is for three years. When asked about her new role with City Park, Brandt said, “I am thrilled to serve with a group of leaders who have the vision and wherewithal to accomplish the vision of allowing City Park to continue to be a mainstay for family entertainment in our area.” The Brandt family is no stranger to City Park, having donated vehicles in the past for events such as Lark in the Park.
About City Park: City Park is a 1300-acre regional park that provides a wide variety of recreational and cultural facilities and provides green spaces for exercise and passive enjoyment. The park is one of the largest regional parks in the United States and hosts over 3 million annual visitors. The park is supported 90% through earned income and receives 10% of its annual operating revenue from the State of Louisiana.
About the Ray Brandt Family of Businesses: The Ray Brandt Auto Group was founded by Ray Brandt in 1983 on the Westbank of New Orleans with a single Datsun dealership. Today, the Ray Brant Auto Group boasts 14 dealerships across Louisiana and Mississippi along with 6 collision centers to be a complete, one-stop-shop for all automotive needs. Manufacturers represented in the Ray Brandt Auto Group include Mercedes Benz, Porsche, INFINITI, Genesis, Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, KIA, Hyundai, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Chevrolet. Customers have always been the Ray Brandt Auto Group’s primary focus, which is why it has earned prestigious awards such as the INFINITI Owner First Award of Excellence, Toyota’s President’s Award, and “Best of the Best” from Mercedes-Benz. The Ray Brandt Auto Group also topped the New Orleans City Business Top Automotive Dealers list and is one of the Top 10 private companies in the metro New Orleans area. Ray continued growing the business until two days before his death when he purchased Pascal’s Manale Restaurant, a New Orleans dining institution since 1913.
About Jessica Brandt: Since becoming CEO of the Ray Brandt Auto Group after the loss of her husband and company founder, Raymond J. Brandt, Jessica has been a critical component of the continued success of one of the largest auto dealers on the Gulf Coast. A native New Orleanian, she and her husband, founded the Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation, supporting local educational institutions. Jessica’s philanthropic leadership includes fundraisers for schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the American Heart Association, and the Susan G. Komen foundation. She has also been a significant supporter of the LCMC Children’s Hospital. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for POWER with Fidelity Bank and is also a member of the New Orleans UNCF Advisory Committee. She was recently named a Driving Force by City Business magazine.
Roch Eshleman, Public Relations
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