The French Quarter Business Association recently introduced its 2015 Board of Directors and honored special French Quarter advocates. The installation and awards dinner was held at the Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom with 233 attendees representing businesses around the French Quarter.

Among the attendees were guest speaker Sidney D. Torres, Councilman-at-Large Jason Rogers Williams, District C Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey, District D Councilman Jared Brossett, District E Councilman James Austin Gray and past Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

Also in attendance was FQBA President Robert Watters and Vice Presidents Timothy Spratt and Nancy Tusa.

Businesses represented were Acme Oyster House, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, First Bank & Trust, French Quarter Festivals, Inc., Kirkendoll Management, “NCIS: New Orleans,” Patio Planters and Valentino Hotels.

The 2015 officers are President Robert Watters, RCI Entertainment LA; Vice President Timothy Sprat, Kirkendoll Management; Vice President Nancy Tusa, What’s New Gifts & Home Accessories; Secretary/Treasurer Reed Neelis, First Bank & Trust; at-large C.E. Adler, Adler’s Jewelry; at-large Zeid Ammari, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts; and Chairman Jeremy DeBlieux, Acme Oyster House.

The 2015 Board of Directors are Neil Anderson, Sydney Anderson, Louis Bartels, Drew Bevolo, Louis Faust, Pat McDonald Fowler, Bryan Francher, Scott Griffith, Jorge Henriquez, John O’Brien, Angela Rowell, Emily Schmidt Liuzaa, Marci Schramm, Frank Stansbury, Gene Sausse, Anna Sumas, Adrienne Thomas, Tony Viloria, Shawn Walsh and Kathleen Wilkin.

The evening’s master of ceremonies was Nancy Parker, of Fox 8 News. This was her fifth year in this role.

The Fleur-de-lis Award, presented annually to individuals for their extraordinary dedication to the historic neighborhood, was awarded to Bob Simms. Simms was recognized for his involvement with the 8th District New Orleans Police Department to help improve public safety in the French Quarter.

The Ambassador Award, which recognizes the member organization that goes above and beyond to assist the association in achieving its goals, was given to Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts.