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30 Americans

Apr 18 - Jun 15, 2014
30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American… more

Georga Porter Jr. &…

Apr 18 - 18, 2014
George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art… more

The Andrews Brothers

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The Contemporary Arts…

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An Evening with Chita…

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Chita Rivera is a living Broadway legend and a two-time Tony winner who… more

Crescent City Classic

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Living History Corps

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Southern Rep, Stage…

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Southern Rep, the Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum and… more

Victory Corps Saturday

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Double Violin Concert…

Apr 20 - 20, 2014
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This exhibition brings together nearly ninety Old Master paintings and prints… more

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Communications and Public Relations

Kelly Schulz

Kelly Schulz

Vice President Phone: 504-566-5019 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124 Fax: 504-566-5021

Kelly Schulz moved back home to New Orleans in April 2006 to join the New Orleans CVB. She previously worked in Dallas as Communications Director for Meeting Professionals International and as an Account Supervisor for Edelman, a global PR agency. Schulz serves as a spokesperson for New Orleans’ tourism industry and oversees the CVB’s strategic communications, media relations, crisis management, social media and advocacy programs. Under her leadership, the New Orleans CVB has won 16 international awards of excellence for crisis management and public relations since 2006. She holds degrees from LSU in mass communications and psychology. Schulz was named one of New Orleans City Business’ Women of the Year, Gambit’s Top 40 under 40 and HSMAI’s Top 25 Sales and Marketing Minds in the country.

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.

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 three 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

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.

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.

Carlyn Worthy

Carlyn Worthy

Communications Coordinator Phone: 504-556-5869 Toll-Free: 1-800-671-6124 Fax: 504-566-5021

Carlyn Worthy joined the CVB as an intern in 2012 and was hired full-time as Communications Coordinator in 2013. Her favorite things to do in New Orleans are watching Saints games with friends, going to food truck round ups, attending concerts and riding her bike to festivals. Contact Carlyn for story development assistance or if you’re a journalist planning a press trip to New Orleans.

Lauren Cason

Lauren Cason

Director of Communications, Marketing and Governmental Affairs 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.”

Convention Sales

Cara Banasch, MBA

Cara Banasch, MBA

Vice President of Convention Sales and 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: Lorraine Lorio
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

Tina Carter Chocklett, CMP

Tina Carter Chocklett, CMP

Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region Phone: 301-530-0896 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Markets: Associations and Corporations, Washington, DC

Specialty Market: Courtesy Associates and Kellen Company

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

Meetings Under 400 Peak

Meetings Under 400 Peak

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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

Colleen Schaefer

Colleen Schaefer

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

Market: Associations and Corporations, East
Coordinator: Amber Ivey
Phone: 504-566-5070
Email: aivey@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: Gayle Wilson
Phone: 504-566-5062
Email: gwilson@neworleanscvb.com

Convention Services

MaryBeth Guarisco, CMP

MaryBeth Guarisco, CMP

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

Lynne Higbee

Lynne Higbee

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

Sharon Sibley

Meeting & Special Events Manager Phone: 504-566-5037 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Associations and Corporations, East

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

Rachel Avery

Rachel Avery

Convention Services Account Executive Phone: 504-566-5063 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Savanna Armstrong

Savanna Armstrong

Convention Services Account Executive Phone: 504-566-5068 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Ashley Peyroux

Ashley Peyroux

Convention Services Account Executive Phone: 504-566-5025 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Convention Sales Regional Offices

Tina Carter Chocklett, CMP

Tina Carter Chocklett, CMP

Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region Phone: 301-530-0896 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Markets: Associations and Corporations, Washington, DC

Specialty Market: Courtesy Associates and Kellen Company

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

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

Colleen Schaefer

Colleen Schaefer

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

Market: Associations and Corporations, East
Coordinator: Amber Ivey
Phone: 504-566-5070
Email: aivey@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: Gayle Wilson
Phone: 504-566-5062
Email: gwilson@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

Brad Weaber, CMP

Brad Weaber, CMP

Executive Vice President Phone: 504-566-5075 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

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

Cara Banasch, MBA

Cara Banasch, MBA

Vice President of Convention Sales and 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: 1-800-672-6124


Assistant: Kaitlin Posey
Phone: 504-566-5065
Email: kposey@neworleanscvb.com

Tico  Soto

Tico Soto

Director of Tourism Phone: 504-566-5038 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

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: 1-800-672-6124
Leslie Straughan

Leslie Straughan

Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5018 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Retail Travel Agents, Cruise, Family Reunions & Wedding Groups

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

Lisa Holland

Lisa Holland

Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5053 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

Market: Domestic Tour Operators

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

Maria Manzella

Maria Manzella

Sales Manager Phone: 504-566-5096 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

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

Assistant: Lejeanne Robert
Phone: 504-566-5084
Email: lrobert@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
Mimi Gaudet

Mimi Gaudet

Membership Coordinator Phone: 504-566-5074 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124
Laila Morcos

Laila Morcos

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

Brad Weaber, CMP

Brad Weaber, CMP

Executive Vice President Phone: 504-566-5075 Toll-Free: 1-800-672-6124

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

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