Christian T. Brown

Past Chair

Mr. Brown is the Managing Director of NOLA Holdings, LLC, a private equity investment firm, owning interests in numerous specialty, niche businesses.  Before founding NOLA Holdings in 1997, Mr. Brown was a co-founder and Managing Director of Legacy Capital, a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and General Counsel of Brown’s Velvet Dairy Products; and an attorney at Chaffe, McCall.

He is the chairman of the Board of Directors of McIlhenny Company, the 148-year-old maker of Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce.  Mr. Brown is the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of Avery Island, Inc., a family-owned land management company.

In the community, Mr. Brown also serves as chairman of the Selley Foundation; the former inaugural chairman and current board member of the Audubon Society Louisiana; and a founder and the past Chairman of the Pro Bono Publico Foundation, which provides grants to organizations, primarily charter schools and support entities, that are involved in the post-Katrina rebuilding of New Orleans. Nationally, he serves on the board of trustees of the James Beard Foundation, and he is a member of the National Audubon Society’s Leadership Council.