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Communications and Public Relations

Kristian Sonnier

Kristian Sonnier

Vice President of Communications & Public Relations Phone: 504-566-5045

Specializing in public relations planning, media relations management, special events and crisis communications, Sonnier has most recently served as director of public relations for Peter A. Mayer Advertising and in his new position will focus on the strategic direction and messaging of the New Orleans tourism industry. He will create and oversee the implementation of public relations and communications strategies to brand New Orleans as the nation’s premier business and leisure destination as well as position the NOCVB as one of the top CVBs in the country. He will support the president and CEO as a spokesperson for the tourism industry on all levels, supervise the day-to-day operations and management of the eight-person communications staff and manage activities of outside CVB partners. During the last 16 years at New Orleans-based Peter A. Mayer Advertising, Louisiana’s largest full-service advertising, public relations and marketing agency, Sonnier and his team serviced approximately 20 accounts per month ranging all categories including Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, GE Capital, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana, Hancock/Whitney Bank, The National World War II Museum and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, among others. He has held numerous leadership positions in the city and region, including serving on the Host Committee for Super Bowl XLVII, serving on the city’s team of BP oil spill communications specialists, and working with key city and state officials on Louisiana’s recovery efforts post-Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Sonnier began his career as a public relations manager at the Resort at Squaw Creek in California. “Kristian is one of the most respected public relations professionals in New Orleans. He is a strategic thinker with a proven track record for producing results, a tireless work ethic and a great passion for the city. We are thrilled to have him join our team,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Kristian will be a senior leader in our promotion of New Orleans as a premier destination for meetings, special events, domestic and international visitation, and he will be an integral part of the planning and execution of our award-winning communications and branding programs.” Sonnier replaces Kelly Schulz, who held the position for eight years before joining ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as vice president of communications in April 2014. In the interim, Lauren Cason, director of marketing and communications, and Tara Letort, CMP, director of group public relations, oversaw the strategic planning and day-to-day responsibilities of the department.

Tara Letort

Tara Letort

Director of Group PR and Communications Phone: 504-566-5019 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124 Fax: 504-566-5021

Tara Letort joined the New Orleans CVB in 2007 for a new position that helps our convention and meeting customers market New Orleans to their attendees. New Orleans was one of the first CVBs in the country to create a full-time, senior-level position devoted exclusively to customized attendance-building tools. A Mississippi native, Tara's favorite thing about New Orleans is enjoying Mardi Gras with her family. Contact Tara for tips about marketing or promoting New Orleans to convention attendees or securing media coverage of groups in town.

Lauren Cason

Lauren Cason

Director of Marketing & Communications Phone: 504-566-5059 Toll-Free: 1-800-671-6124 Fax: 504-566-5021
Vicki Bristol

Vicki Bristol

Communications Manager Phone: 504-566-5098 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124 Fax: 504-566-5021

Vicki Bristol joined the CVB team in 2013 as Communications Manager bringing with her public relations experience spanning a variety of industries. She helps journalists tell the stories of New Orleans through press trips, timely news releases, rich content and proactive media outreach. Vicki holds an M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism from the University of New Orleans and a B.S. in Mass Communication from Loyola University. Additionally, she is active in several local organizations including the Young Leadership Council (YLC) and Junior League of New Orleans, and serves as a board member for Committee for a Better New Orleans. Vicki was recognized as a “PR Person to Watch” by the national PR News organization and as a YLC “Rising Mark.”

Arrie Kain

Arrie Kain

Graphic Designer Phone: 504-566-5008 Toll-Free: 1-800-671-6124 Fax: 504-566-5021

Arrie Kain joined the CVB in the Spring of 2013 for a newly created position as the organization’s first Graphic Designer. As a member of the Communications and PR team, she designs and develops marketing, advertising, communications and advocacy collateral, as well as works with all departments to promote conventions, meetings, tourism and membership. She holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a M.A. in Art History from LSU. A native of New Orleans, she considers promoting her hometown and greatest city in the world a dream job.

Christine DeCuir

Christine DeCuir

Media Relations Coordinator Phone: 504-566-5019 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124 Fax: 504-566-5021

Christine DeCuir has worked for the CVB since 1974, giving more than four consecutive decades of service to New Orleans' tourism industry! As a member of the Public Relations and Communications team, she assists visiting journalists from around the world, prepares their itineraries and ensures their stories showcase the best of New Orleans. Her favorite thing about the city is the food, history, culture, music and the great people. Contact Christine if you are a journalist planning a visit, or a CVB member that would like to host a journalist.

Sarah Forman

Sarah Forman

Senior Communications Coordinator Phone: 504-566-5050 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124 Fax: 504-566-5021

Sarah Forman joined the CVB as an intern in 2011 and was hired as the communications coordinator in 2012. Her favorite things to do in New Orleans are trying out new restaurants and attending festivals. Contact Sarah for website additions, industry press releases or to help promote your event locally and internationally.

Kelley Pettus

Kelley Pettus

Communications Coordinator Phone: 504-556-5867

Kelley Pettus interned for the CVB in 2013 and joined the team as a Communications Coordinator in 2014. She enjoys learning about the history of New Orleans, and spends her free time enjoying its world-renowned culture. Contact Kelley for questions about the website, with industry press releases and events, and for general inquiries.

Erica Taylor

Erica Taylor

Communications Coordinator Phone: 504-556-5869

Erica Taylor joined the CVB in January 2014 as an intern and was hired as a full time coordinator in August. Erica enjoys biking to festivals, shopping for local crafts and discovering hidden treasures around the city. Contact Erica for convention marketing assistance, Company's Coming and convention calendar questions.

Rebecca Bayer Jostes

Rebecca Bayer Jostes

Marketing Manager Phone: 504-566-5065 Toll-Free: 1-800-748-8695

Rebecca implements advertising and marketing plans to support the NOCVB’s sales efforts. She handles request for international leisure and group domestic advertising. For all domestic leisure advertising opportunities, please reach out to the NOCVB’s sister organization, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Convention Sales

Cara Banasch, MBA

Cara Banasch, MBA

Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy Phone: 504-566-5034 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Oversees and directs convention sales, marketing, advertising and Convention Services

Coordinator: Angela Campiere
Phone: 504-566-5040
Email: acampiere@neworleanscvb.com

Robert Reso

Robert Reso

Director of New Business Development Phone: 504-566-5013 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Specialty Market: Citywide Sporting Events

Coordinator: Angela Campiere
Phone: 504-566-5040
Email: acampiere@neworleanscvb.com

Donna Glover, CMP

Donna Glover, CMP

Director of National Accounts Phone: 504-566-5007 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: National Accounts

Specialty Market: Experient

Coordinator: Emily Smith
Phone: 504-566-5097
Email: esmith@neworleanscvb.com

Sallee Pavlovich

Sallee Pavlovich

Director of National Accounts Phone: 504-566-5035 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: National Accounts

Specialty Market: Tradeshows

Coordinator: Amanda Tinney
Phone: 504-556-5912
Email: llorio@neworleanscvb.com

Susan Ives, CMP

Susan Ives, CMP

Senior Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5043 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, Washington, DC

Specialty Market: IMN Solutions

Coordinator: Melissa Crowder
Phone: 504-566-5080
Email: mcrowder@neworleanscvb.com

Ted Pennison

Ted Pennison

Senior Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5023 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, Southeast

Specialty Market: Maritz Travel and HelmsBriscoe

Coordinator: Amber Ivey
Phone: (504) 566-5070
Email: aivey@neworleanscvb.com

Raquel Dufauchard, CMP

Raquel Dufauchard, CMP

Senior Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5061 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, Northeast

Specialty Market: Janetti, Financial, Insurance, and Religious

Coordinator: Maria Nuccio
Phone: 504-566-5058
Email: mnuccio@neworleanscvb.com

Fay Nedd, CGMP

Fay Nedd, CGMP

Senior Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5060 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: National

Specialty Market: Medical and BioTechnology, Talley Management Group, Inc., Association Headquarters

Coordinator: Hank Lemoine
Phone: 504-566-5036
Email: hlemoine@neworleanscvb.com

Carl Lauto, CMP

Carl Lauto, CMP

Senior Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5047 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations, Mid-West

Specialty Market: Experient, IEEE, Lifestyle

Coordinator: Amber Ivey
Phone: 504-566-5070
Email: aivey@neworleanscvb.com

Mary Beth Mullin

Mary Beth Mullin

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5081 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, Southeast

Specialty Market: HelmsBriscoe and Louisiana

Coordinator: Hank Lemoine
Phone: 504-566-5036
Email: hlemoine@neworleanscvb.com

Rebecca Landry Lovelace, MBA, CMP

Rebecca Landry Lovelace, MBA, CMP

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5057

Market: National, minus Washington, DC

Specialty Market: ConferenceDirect

Coordinator: Emily Smith
Phone: 504-566-5097
Email: esmith@neworleanscvb.com

Lyn Hallaron, CMP

Lyn Hallaron, CMP

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5083 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations, Mid-West

Specialty Market: SmithBucklin Corporation

Coordinator: Molly Lehmuller
Phone: 504-566-5042
Email: mlehmuller@neworleanscvb.com

Erica Lee

Erica Lee

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5014 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, West Coast

Specialty Market: Digital Media and Film, HPN Global

Coordinator: Emily Smith
Phone: 504-566-5097
Email: esmith@neworleanscvb.com

Cristin Hopkins

Cristin Hopkins

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5056 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Government & Amateur Sports

Coordinator: Melissa Crowder
Phone: 504-566-5080
Email: mcrowder@neworleanscvb.com

Peggy Murray Hagaman

Peggy Murray Hagaman

Manager, Mid-West Region Phone: 847-236-0200 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124 Fax: 847-236-0201

Markets: Associations and Corporations, Mid-West and Canada

Specialty Market: SmithBucklin Corporation

Coordinator: Molly Lehmuller
Phone: 504-556-5042
Email: mlehmuller@neworleanscvb.com

Helen Mesfin, CMP

Helen Mesfin, CMP

Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region Phone: 202-526-3913 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Markets: Associations and Corporations, Washington, DC

Specialty Market: ConferenceDirect, DC

Coordinator: Gayle Wilson
Phone: 504-566-5062
Email: gwilson@neworleanscvb.com

Megan Rook

Megan Rook

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5017 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, West

Coordinator: Gayle Wilson
Phone: 504-566-5062
Email: gwilson@neworleanscvb.com

Billie Jo Pigniolo

Billie Jo Pigniolo

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5064 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, West

Coordinator: Melissa Crowder
Phone: 504-566-5080
Email: mcrowder@neworleanscvb.com

Eliana  Thompson

Eliana Thompson

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5099 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, East

Coordinator: Tara Lusignan
Phone: 504-556-5912
Email: tlusignan@neworleanscvb.com

Rebecca Ehlinger

Rebecca Ehlinger

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5037 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Convention Services

MaryBeth Guarisco, CMP

MaryBeth Guarisco, CMP

Assistant Director of Convention Services Phone: 504-566-5026 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124



Coordinator: Maria Nuccio
Phone: 504-566-5058
Email: mnuccio@neworleanscvb.com

Rachel Avery

Rachel Avery

Convention Services Senior Services Manager Phone: 504-566-5063 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Lynne Higbee

Lynne Higbee

Convention Services Registration Coordinator Phone: 504-556-5904 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth Adams

Convention Services Manager Phone: 504-566-5031 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Emily Smith

Emily Smith

Convention Services Manager Phone: 504-566-5025 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Amanda Tinney

Amanda Tinney

Meetings & Special Events Manager Phone: 504-566-5004 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Convention Sales Regional Offices

Peggy Murray Hagaman

Peggy Murray Hagaman

Manager, Mid-West Region Phone: 847-236-0200 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124 Fax: 847-236-0201

Markets: Associations and Corporations, Mid-West and Canada

Specialty Market: SmithBucklin Corporation

Coordinator: Molly Lehmuller
Phone: 504-556-5042
Email: mlehmuller@neworleanscvb.com

Helen Mesfin, CMP

Helen Mesfin, CMP

Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region Phone: 202-526-3913 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Markets: Associations and Corporations, Washington, DC

Specialty Market: ConferenceDirect, DC

Coordinator: Gayle Wilson
Phone: 504-566-5062
Email: gwilson@neworleanscvb.com

Convention Sales - Coterie

Megan Rook

Megan Rook

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5017 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, West

Coordinator: Gayle Wilson
Phone: 504-566-5062
Email: gwilson@neworleanscvb.com

Billie Jo Pigniolo

Billie Jo Pigniolo

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5064 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, West

Coordinator: Melissa Crowder
Phone: 504-566-5080
Email: mcrowder@neworleanscvb.com

Eliana  Thompson

Eliana Thompson

Convention Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5099 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, East

Coordinator: Tara Lusignan
Phone: 504-556-5912
Email: tlusignan@neworleanscvb.com

NOMCVB Executive Convention Sales

J. Stephen Perry

J. Stephen Perry

President/CEO Phone: 504-566-5049 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Assistant: Tara Micelle
Phone: 504-566-5049
Email: tmicelle@neworleanscvb.com

Cara Banasch, MBA

Cara Banasch, MBA

Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy Phone: 504-566-5034 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Oversees and directs convention sales, marketing, advertising and Convention Services

Coordinator: Angela Campiere
Phone: 504-566-5040
Email: acampiere@neworleanscvb.com

Tourism

Kim Priez

Kim Priez

Vice President, Tourism Phone: 504-566-5033 Toll-Free: 1-800-748-8695


Assistant: Mallory Asp
Phone: 504-566-5069
Email: masp@neworleanscvb.com

Tico  Soto

Tico Soto

Director of Tourism Phone: 504-566-5038 Toll-Free: 1-800-748-8695

Market: Europe & China
Assistant: Renee Saussaye
Phone: 504-566-5073
Email: rsaussaye@neworleanscvb.com

Tiffany Isemann

Tiffany Isemann

Sr. Account Executive Phone: 504-566-5004 Toll-Free: 1-800-748-8695
Leslie Straughan

Leslie Straughan

Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5018 Toll-Free: 1-800-748-8695

Market: Retail Travel Agents, Cruise & Wedding Groups

Assistant: Lejeanne Robert
Phone: 504-566-5084
Email: lrobert@neworleanscvb.com

Maria Manzella

Maria Manzella

Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5096 Toll-Free: 1-800-748-8695

Markets: Latin America, Canada, Asia and Pacific regions, Social Groups & New Motorcoach Business

Assistant: Lejeanne Robert
Phone: 504-566-5084
Email: lrobert@neworleanscvb.com

Thu Tran

Thu Tran

Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5053 Toll-Free: 1-800-748-8695

Markets: Family Reunions, Student/Youth Groups, New domestic tour operators

Assistant: Renee Saussaye
Phone: 504-566-5073
Email: rsaussaye@neworleanscvb.com

Membership

Jeff Anding, CMP

Jeff Anding, CMP

Director of External Affairs Phone: 504-566-5041 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Responsible for community outreach, government affairs, membership, research and analytics.

Pamela Arbon

Pamela Arbon

Manager - Membership Services Phone: 504-566-5051 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Jessica LaChute

Jessica LaChute

Manager - Membership Services Phone: 504-566-5052 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Laila Morcos Zissis

Laila Morcos Zissis

Miles Advertising Sales

For information on advertising in the CVB's publications, please contact Laila at the information listed above.

Executive Office

J. Stephen Perry

J. Stephen Perry

President/CEO Phone: 504-566-5049 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Assistant: Tara Micelle
Phone: 504-566-5049
Email: tmicelle@neworleanscvb.com

Cheryl Teamer

Cheryl Teamer

Senior VP of Public Affairs Phone: 504-566-5001

Finance and Administration

Tammie Boteler

Tammie Boteler

Finance Director Phone: 504-566-5094
Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson

Shipping & Receiving Phone: 504-566-5028 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Paul Wisler

Paul Wisler

Facility Manager Phone: 504-556-5877 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Visitor Information

Visitor Information & General Requests

Visitor Information & General Requests

Phone: (504) 566-5011 Toll-Free: (800) 672-6124