Upcoming Events


America, Illustrated:…

Nov 26, 2015 - Jan 05, 2016
New Orleans based M.S. Rau Antiques will pay tribute to The Saturday Evening… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Nov 26 - Dec 31, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

Bayou Classic…

Nov 26 - 26, 2015
Join us for the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade. The parade will begin at the… more

Clyde & Iggy

Nov 26 - Dec 31, 2015
Join us for the local musical duo Clyde & Iggy.  Their repertoire… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Nov 26, 2015
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Fats Domino & Dave…

Nov 26 - Dec 27, 2015
Join us at the Carver Theater for a Music Tribute honoring Legendary Musicians… more

Florida Room: Jessica…

Nov 26 - 29, 2015
The Foundation Gallery is excited to present Florida Room by Jessica Bizer … more

Jasper Johns:…

Nov 26, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016
Prints from the Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen Collection: Jasper… more

Newcomb Art Museum of…

Nov 26, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016
Join us for the  Exhibition: "A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum,… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Nov 26, 2015 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

The Historic New…

Nov 26, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane… more

The Photography of…

Nov 26, 2015 - Mar 01, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Nov 26, 2015 - Feb 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more


Nov 26, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016
This exhibition features work by the Japanese artist Bidou Yamaquchi. Trained… more

Visions of US:…

Nov 26, 2015 - Jan 24, 2016
Visions of US explores evolving ideas about American cultural identity from the… more

2015 Battle of the…

Nov 27 - 27, 2015
The Bayou Classic is more than a football game. This annual event is one of the… more

Celebration in the…

Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more


Nov 27 - 27, 2015
Swipe Right and come and play in the Lounge at Foundation Room. DJ Raj Smoove… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Nov 27 - 27, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment from… more

Sixty Minute Sip Down

Nov 27 - 27, 2015
Who says it has to end early? We are extending this New Orleans Friday… more

America, Illustrated:…

Nov 26, 2015 - Jan 05, 2016
New Orleans based M.S. Rau Antiques will pay tribute to The Saturday Evening… more

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Elects 2011 Board of Directors

Media Contacts:
Kelly Schulz/Jennifer Day

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Elects 2011 Board of Directors
Bill McCreary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts to serve as Chairman of the Board

NEW ORLEANS (Jan. 24, 2011)— The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) inducted its 2011 Board of Directors today. This esteemed group of business leaders provides the strategic direction for New Orleans’ $5 billion tourism industry and advances the interests of the CVB’s 1,000 members. Bill McCreary, Area Managing Director of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, will serve as Chairman of the Board.

Mr. McCreary graduated from Linfield College, Oregon, and holds a BA in Biology and a diploma with honors from the Educational Institute of American Hotel and Lodging Association. He is a Certified Hotel Administrator and holds a Doctorate of Business Administration, Honoris Causa from Webber International University of Florida. A veteran of more than 35 years in the hotel business, he began his career at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco and has served as President of Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, Chairman of the Florida Hotel and Motel Association, Director of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Commissioner for the State of Florida Commission on Tourism and President of the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association.

The 2011 Board of Directors Executive Committee:

  • Bill McCreary, Area Managing Director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Chairman)
  • Steve Pettus, Managing Partner, Dickie Brennan & Company (Past Chair)
  • Fred Sawyers, Area General Manager, Hilton New Orleans Hotels (Chair Elect)
  • Terry Epton, President, USA Hosts (Secretary)
  • Al Groos, General Manager, Royal Sonesta Hotel (Treasurer)

At Large

  • Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, New Orleans Armstrong International Airport
  • Darryl Berger, Owner, The Berger Company
  • Katy Casbarian, Owner, Arnaud’s Restaurant
  • Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Owner/Physician, Urgent Care Medical Facilities
  • Ronald Markham, President & CEO, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • Russell Miller, General Manager, Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
  • John Payne, Central Division President, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • Bob Brown, Managing Director, New Orleans Business Council
  • Aaron Dirks, COO, Limousine Livery
  • Ron Forman, President & CEO, Audubon Nature Institute
  • Bonnie Helmker, General Manager, Freeman Company
  • Michael Smith, General Manager, Hyatt Regency New Orleans
  • Gil Zanchi, Area General Manager, New Orleans Marriott Hotels
  • Martin Driskell, General Manager, InterContinental New Orleans
  • Amy Reimer, General Manager, International House Hotel
  • Melvin Rodrigue, Chairman, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
  • Gregory Rusovich, Past President, New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation
  • Doug Thornton, Regional Vice President, SMG
  • Steve Woodruff, Operations Manager, Commander’s Palace

Honorary Positions
Stacy Head, Councilmember, City of New Orleans – District “B” (Jan. 1-June 30)
Kristin Palmer, Councilmember, City of New Orleans – District “C” (July 1-Dec 31)

A nominating committee identified and selected board candidates based on their industry knowledge, experience and diversity. The slate was elected by the CVB's membership at the Annual Business Meeting held on January 24, 2011. In addition to hotels, restaurants, attractions, transportation and cultural economy-related businesses, the board includes leaders from the New Orleans Business Council, the Convention Center and the Superdome.

*Photos available upon request.

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,000-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. We create $5 billion in new capital each year- more than any other business sector- by attracting millions of visitors, special events and conventions. The CVB and its members influence thousands of decision-makers and millions of visitors to choose New Orleans through direct sales, marketing, public relations, branding and visitor services at our New Orleans headquarters and offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and four foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. For more information, please visit