Brandy and Frank Christian

Business Couple of the Year

Powerhouse couple Brandy and Frank Christian are spearheading huge projects in two different areas of the business world in New Orleans. The dynamic duo arrived in the city from San Diego when Brandy accepted the position of chief operating officer with the Port of New Orleans – the first woman in the organization’s history to claim that title. She spent 15 years at the Port of San Diego, last serving as vice president of strategy and business development.

“My goal as the CEO of the Port of New Orleans is basically going to be to build upon the success and growth we’re already seeing,” Brandy said in an interview for New Orleans Magazine last July. “I also want to continue to build an organization where every employee is excited to come to work each morning.”

Meanwhile, her husband Frank has taken on the task of re-envisioning the future of NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale after spending two decades working special events planning in San Diego.

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When the park opened in 2012, it was with the hope of hosting regular IndyCar series races — a vision that never fully materialized. Since he was named CEO of the park in January 2016, NOLA Motorsports has switched gears, now focused on renting its facilities to groups for recreational outings and corporate team-building trips. The park is about 20 minutes outside of New Orleans and sits on 350 acres of developed land.

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