02/05/2019

All Hail King Mystick! Three-time Alumnus Ray Brandt, Jr.

Three-time Loyola alumnus and one of Louisiana's most successful car dealers Ray Brandt, '69, M.B.A. '72, J.D. '79 led the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians at the 71st Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras Ball, held Feb. 2-3, 2019 at the Washington Hilton. A tradition since 1938, the world-famous event is a celebration of Louisiana, its politics, and its people. 

For the last 35 years, Brandt has led the Brandt Automotive Group, which now includes 10 dealerships and four collision centers, as the group's president and CEO. A licensed attorney and a licensed CPA, as well as a military veteran, Brandt is currently serving his third term as Chairman of the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission and was recently named Louisiana Dealer of the Year. Among his many professional achievements, Brandt is a two-time past chairman of the Nissan National Dealership Council and a 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year Award nominee.  

 

A native New Orleanian, Brandt has also personally received numerous citizen and civic awards, including the University of New Orleans Hall of Distinction Award, Jr. Achievement Award, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Award, Deus Provedebit Catholic Award, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Holy Cross University, among others. 

 

He has served as a member of the Louisiana Board of Regents and a member of several university advisory boards, including the UNO Foundation. He is active in many organizations, including Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, the Italian Sports Hall of Fame and Rex Carnival Club, and has served as past Chairman for the local chapter of the American Heart Association.

 

Brandt and his wife, Jessica, many years ago created the Raymond J. and Jessica A. Brandt Family Foundation to aid in the education of the underprivileged of the greater New Orleans area and to support many organizations that promote better education throughout the community. The Brandt Family Foundation also supports various organizations that promote research to help stamp out many diseases that plague our nation, as well as museums that honor U.S. military veterans.

 

As a student at Loyola, Brandt was at the top of his class academically. He was a member of Beta Alpha Psi (honor organization for financial information students and professionals), Beta Gamma Sigma (international honor society) and Delta Sigma Pi (professional business fraternity). 

 

Brandt was named 2019 King of Mystick by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.).     

 
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