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New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Named 2014 Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contacts:
Vicki Bristol/ Sarah Forman
504-566-5019
vbristol@neworleanscvb.com/sforman@neworleanscvb.com

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau Named 2014 Board of Directors
Robert Bray, Area General Manager of New Orleans Marriott International, serves as Chairman

NEW ORLEANS (Feb. 3, 2014) - According to publications such as National Geographic Traveler and Australia's Flight Centre, New Orleans is a top destination for travelers in 2014. To lead the city's tourism industry into the new year, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) inducted its 2014 Board of Directors to be key leaders in the city's tourism industry. This esteemed group of business leaders provides the strategic direction for New Orleans' $6 billion tourism industry and advances the interests of the CVB's 1,100 members. Serving as Chairman of the Board is Robert Bray, the Area General Manager of the New Orleans Marriott International.

Bray has worked for Marriott International for more than 20 years. His Marriott career began in 1990 in California, then after nine years, Bray and his family moved to New Orleans where he opened first the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel and then the Renaissance Arts as General Manager of both properties. Late in 2004, the Bray's moved from New Orleans to St. Louis where Robert managed the 1083-room Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites complex. After seven rewarding years in St. Louis, Robert was named Area General Manager of the New Orleans Marriott in 2012.

The 2014 Board of Directors Executive Committee:

  • Robert Bray, Area General Manager, New Orleans Marriott International (Chairman of the Board)
  • Gregory Rusovich, CEO, Transoceanic Trading & Development (Past Chair)
  • Tod Chambers, The Roosevelt Hotel (Chair Elect)
  • Darryl Berger, The Berger Company (Secretary)
  • Steve Pettus, Dickie Brennan & Company (Treasurer)

At Large:

  • Mickal Adler, Coleman E. Adler & Sons*
  • Iftikhar Ahmad, New Orleans International Airport
  • David Bilbe, Hotel Lodging Association*
  • Bonnie Boyd, BBC Destination Management
  • Steve Caputo, Hotel Monteleone
  • Katy Casbarian, Arnaud's Restaurant
  • Jim Cook, Sheraton Hotel
  • Jill DiMarco, Signature Events
  • Ron Forman, Audubon Nature Institute
  • Al Groos, Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Stan Harris, Louisiana Restaurant Association*
  • Ronald Markham, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • Jeffrey O'Hara, Allied PRA
  • Melvin Rodrigue, Galatoire's
  • Paul Scott, New Orleans Hilton Riverside*
  • Michael Smith, Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Susan Taylor, New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Doug Thornton, LSED/SMG Superdome
  • David Villarrubia, Degas House

 

*Newly appointed for 2014

Headshots available for all board members upon request.

Honorary Positions

  • Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, New Orleans City Council President
  • Latoya Cantrell, Councilmember, New Orleans District B
  • Kristin Palmer, Councilmember, New Orleans District C

The Nominating Committee received nominations from the CVB members 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 December 18, 2013.

The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,100-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. 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., Chicago and four foreign countries. Consistently recognized as one of the top five CVBs in the country, the New Orleans CVB celebrates its 54th anniversary in 2014. For more information, please visit www.neworleanscvb.com; www.facebook.com/neworleanscvb; www.twitter.com/neworleans.

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