Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

Quentin L. Messer, Jr. is the President & CEO New Orleans Business Alliance. Before this Mr. Messer served as the Assistant Secretary for Louisiana Economic Development (LED.)  While at the State Quentin managed initiatives and programs related to business intelligence, community competitiveness, small business services and state economic competitiveness.  In his capacity, as a member of the department’s executive management team, Quentin was President of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), Secretary Stephen M. Moret’s designate to the Research Park Corporation board, where he was 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.

Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, Quentin served as LED’s Director, State Economic Competitiveness and led a small team responsible for (i) spearheading LED’s product development work focused on making Louisiana more attractive for businesses, large and small (e.g., developing incentive programs, policy recommendation for streamlining business regulation); and (ii) strategic planning and business plan development for the agency.  

Quentin was selected as a member of the Council for a Better Louisiana’s (CABL) Leadership Louisiana 2014.  He has been honored as (i) Host of the 2014 Louisiana Small Business Awards Ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion, (ii) Keynote Speaker for the Louisiana Technology Council’s Tenth Annual Governor’s Technology Awards in 2013, (iii) Opening Speaker for New Orleans BioInnovation Center’s Innovation Louisiana in 2013, and (iv) Panelist for the 2014 UNO and Latter & Blum Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminar.  

A native of Jacksonville, FL, Quentin is a former corporate transactions attorney, 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 Louisiana’s human capital and geological assets to transform the life trajectories of more Louisianans.  

Outside of work, Quentin is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children), member of two public charter school boards, as well as the boards of Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge, the Environment Health Council of Louisiana and Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC).  He enjoys spectator sports (especially fantasy football), reading about and discussing politics, live music, and historical non-fiction.  

Quentin 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.

Quentin L. Messer, Jr. President & CEO New Orleans Business Alliance

Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

President & CEO New Orleans Business Alliance

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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