BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Manard, President
John is retired, having been a partner with Phelps Dunbar LLP in its New Orleans office for many years. He formed Community Sailing New Orleans, Inc. for the purpose of initiating this project. Previously he served as the President of the New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation and as the President of CASA New Orleans, assisting abused and neglected children. John and his family have been heavily engaged in sailing and boating for many years.
Greg Rattler, Vice President
Greg is a Senior Vice President and Senior Banker in the Government and Non-Profit Banking Group of JPMorgan Chase in New Orleans. Previously he served as Deputy Director and Director of Finance for the City of New Orleans and as Assistant State Treasurer for the State of Louisiana. Greg is on the boards of EXCELth Primary Health Care, Inc., the Center for Development & Learning and the Data Center, as well as the Visiting Committee of the Loyola University College of Business. He is a passionate member of the Silverback Society, mentoring young at-risk males in schools throughout New Orleans and previously has served on the Board of the Council for a Better Louisiana, the New Orleans Business Alliance-Strategic Advisory Council, Broadmoor Development Corporation and the Jefferson Business Council. He is a fellow of Louisiana Leadership, Inc., the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and the Loyola University Institute of Politics.
Guy Williams, Treasurer
For 26 years Guy has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust. He has been President of the Louisiana Bankers Association and on the Board of Directors of the American Banking Association. Guy has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, the Louisiana Housing Corporation, the Finance Authority of New Orleans, Pilots for Patients, Crossroads Louisiana, Baptist Health Ministries and the New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation. He is a member of the Visiting Committee at Loyola University, serving as a Foundation Board member at Nunez Community College. He previously served as an adjunct professor at Tulane University and presently serves as a Deacon and Bible Study Leader at his church. Guy is an accomplished sailor and pilot.
Ric Smith, Secretary
Ric serves as a Director of Metairie Bank and Trust Company, having retired in 2013 after many years as Chief Executive Officer. He is a past Chairman of the Louisiana Bankers Association, Jefferson Business Council, Jefferson Parish Economic Development and Port Commission, Tulane Association of Business Alumni, East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation and the Jefferson Community Foundation, a Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. An avid sailor, Ric presently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation as its Treasurer.
Kim is a partner at Phelps Dunbar. She practices in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights, constitutional law, commercial, tort and general litigation. Kim was also elected as the first female African-American president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (2009-2010) and the first African-American president of the New Orleans Bar Association (2003). Kim has been actively engaged in leadership roles in our community for many years, with some highlights including: in 2016 Kim was named vice-chair of Tulane University’s board of directors, having served on the board since 2009. She currently serves on the boards of trustees for Dillard University, Touro Infirmary and the New Orleans Business Alliance. She is president and chair of the board for the Amistad Research Center.
Guy is a Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer with Capital One N.A. in New Orleans. He serves on the Boards of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Mississippi and Louisiana and the New Orleans Ballet Association. He is a lifelong sailor, who got his start with sailing as a child through a community sailing center in Hollywood, Florida. For many years Guy has served as the principal alum advisor to the Tulane Sailing Team, helping the team in a variety of ways, including improving its facilities and getting back in operation after Katrina.
Bob is the Senior Vice President for Capital Projects for The National WWII Museum and manages all facets of the Museum’s $370M capital expansion program. Previously the Director of Design and Construction the Harrah’s New Orleans Casino and Executive VP for Design and Construction for Columbus General Properties, Bob has 30 years of experience as a general contractor and 20 years representing owner’s interests in major developments. He is a past president of the Associated General Contractors of Louisiana and a former member of YPO, also having served on the boards of Ideal Savings and Loan, Metairie Park Country Day School, the Louisiana SPCA, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the New Orleans Federal Alliance and Belle Chasse Academy Charter School and is currently on the Board of Ursuline Academy.
Susan is the Director of Communications for the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and editor of its award-winning magazine, Preservation in Print. Prior to joining the PRC, she was the Home and Garden Editor for The Times-Picayune and its website, NOLA.com. Susan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, the Metro Area Horticulture Foundation and has previously served on the Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication Alumni Board. She is an active sailor and a volunteer scuba diver with the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Robert M. Kottler is Executive Vice President and Director of Retail, Mortgage and Small Business for IberiaBank. He is also responsible for government relations. Prior to joining IberiaBank, Bob was Executive Vice President for the Small Business Banking business for Capital One Bank. Originally from Cleveland, Bob earned his Bachelor of Science in management and his Master of Business Administration from Tulane University. He also is a graduate of the Graduate School of Retail Banking, Consumer Bankers Association, at the University of Virginia. Bob’s community activities include being the board chair of the Louisiana/Mississippi chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He is active in Tulane as a member of the Presidents Council, Business School Council and a past member of the Tulane Associates and past President of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni. Bob is an avid sailor - locally, on Chesapeake Bay and points south.
Tony is the Chief Executive Officer of Agenda for Children. He has been one of the driving forces in the City’s charter school movement, having served as the co-founder and director of New Orleans Charter Middle School and the Samuel J. Green Charter School. Previously, he was on the faculty at Loyola University. Tony serves on the Boards of Directors of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Children’s Hospital, New Schools for New Orleans and New Orleans Outreach. He is on the Teach for America Advisory Board and chairs Friends of LOOP (the Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program).
Warner is a District Manager for the Port of New Orleans, having previously served as the Superintendent of Police for the Harbor Police Department, where he rose through the ranks. Warner is the former Chairman and current Vice-Chairman of the Harbor Police Retirement System Board and serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Trustee Education Council. Warner has been very active in boating for several decades and served as President of the Orleans Marina Tenants’ Association. Presently he is the President of the New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation.
Bill is a partner at Deutsch Kerrigan with his legal practice primarily centered on claims involving breach of contractual obligations, breach of fiduciary duties, securities fraud and RICO violations. Bill has been extremely active with Habitat for Humanity – having been a member of the New Orleans Area Board of Habitat for Humanity (2006 - 2012) and President of the Board from (2009 – 2011). He remained actively involved in Habitat's strategic planning process from 2012 to 2014 and returned to the Board in 2014 - currently serving on the Executive Committee. Bill has chaired the Annual Leukemia Fundraising Cup Regatta of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society several times and was the top fundraiser twice. He has served on the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church.