BRAC Announces 2024 Board Chair, Officers 

Baton Rouge, La. (January 17, 2024) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced its 2024 Board of Directors Officers, and that David Mullens will continue to serve as chair of the board for the organization in 2024. Mullens is the Louisiana Market President for Capital One Bank.  

“We are thrilled to announce the return of David Mullens as our 2024 Board Chair. His unwavering commitment to our mission and his exceptional leadership make him the perfect steward for our organization,” said Ann Trappey, interim president and CEO of BRAC. “His dedication has been crucial through this last year as we have built on the successes of the BRING IT! strategic plan and began the search for a permanent CEO. His continued guidance will undoubtedly benefit our team as we prepare for significant announcements in the coming year.” 

Mullens returns as board chair to provide consistent oversight during the current President & CEO search and transition. He has served the Baton Rouge community in various roles on boards and committees, including Rotary, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Louisiana, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, and more. 

“I am honored to take on the role of BRAC board chair for a second consecutive year,” said David Mullens. “We have a big task at hand in 2024, hiring a new president and CEO. Having witnessed firsthand the dedication of this team and the needs of our business community, I am committed to finding a bold leader with a relentless dedication to tackling challenges and unleashing the full potential of the Baton Rouge Area. I am excited for what’s to come and look forward to continued collaborations to see our ambitious goals come to fruition.” 

In addition, the 2024 Board of Directors Officers were announced, including: 

  • Helena Cunningham, CEO of National Housing Consulting Services, Past Chair 
  • Bob Barton, Partner at Taylor Porter, General Counsel 
  • Eric Thomas, Vice President & General Manager at Nexstar Media, Inc., Treasurer 
  • Nial Patel, Principal of Cornerstone Government Affairs, First Chair-Elect 
  • Klein Kirby, CEO of A. Wilbert’s Sons, Second Chair-Elect/Secretary 

The full 2024 board can be viewed at  

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber  

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is an aggressively ambitious regional economic development organization with a bias for action. BRAC seeks to push Baton Rouge beyond the status quo, unleash its potential, and support a vibrant business community that believes the finish line does not exist. BRAC seeks to accelerate economic opportunity in the Baton Rouge Area, for everyone, through BRING IT! Baton Rouge, its five-year, regional strategic plan. Learn more about BRAC at


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