Kyle Edmiston, President/CEO of Visit Lake Charles was installed as Vice-Chair of the Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) Board of Directors at its annual meeting at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge.  Mike Buckley, General Manager of Golden Nugget Casino and Resort, will begin a three-year term​, and Nimesh Zaver, CEO of Insignia Hotel Management, will continue service on the Board of Directors. 

“I am honored to serve LTA, the 750 members the association represents throughout the state, and the entire LA tourism industry as the Vice-Chair of the Association,” said Kyle Edmiston, President/CEO. “This organization has worked to lead and strengthen Louisiana’s tourism industry for 60 years, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to keep the momentum going​.”  

New officers installed on the executive board committee include the following: Dickie Brennan, Owner of Dickie Brennan & Company, as chairman; Alana Cooper, President/CEO of Monroe-West Monroe CVB, as treasurer; Ralph Ney, General Manager of Baton Rouge Marriott, as secretary; and Ben Berthelot, President/CEO of Lafayette CVC, as immediate past chair.  

New members on the board of directors include Chris Landry with LBA Hospitality, Jady Regard with Cane River Pecan Company, and Stephen Watson with National WW II Museum​. 

Returning members on the board of directors are Joanna Folse-Alexander, with Sunrise Hospitality; Jeremy Cooker, with New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; Kevin Dolliole, with Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport; Arlene Gould, with Natchitoches Parish CVB; Rebecca Blankenbaker with Cane River National Heritage Area, Doug Bourgeois with Louisiana Office of Tourism, John Crook with Vernon Parish Tourist Commission, Brandy Evans with Shreveport- Bossier CTB, Morgan Moss with The Myrtles Plantation, Donna O’Daniels with St. Tammany Parish CVB, and Jay Sharplin with Sharpco Hotel Group. 

“Our executive committee and board of directors are responsible for helping us meet the needs of our members and making sure we accomplish our goals of providing educational and marketing opportunities while also advocating on the industry’s behalf,” said Jill Kidder, LTA president and CEO. “We are excited to be starting off another year with a great group of industry leaders that represent the entire state.”  


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 $1.9 billion for Louisiana in 2018 and employs more than 237,200 people throughout the state. For more information, visit