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Monday, June 26 2017

Michelle Minyard Named National Sales Manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Michelle Minyard has been named as National Sales Manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. In this role, Minyard will be responsible for developing and servicing clients in the Washington D.C. and Southeast markets. She will also work closely with the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau on prospects to generate business for the Convention Center.

With her career in the New Orleans hospitality industry spanning more than 25 years, Minyard brings rich sales and event planning experience to the position.

Previously, she served as Sponsorship Director for the Festival International de Louisiane and the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. Minyard honed her sales skills in Sales Manager roles with the Hilton St. Charles Hotel New Orleans, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (2004-2005), and the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Michelle will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Elaine Williams, Director of Sales. “Her extensive sales experience and knowledge of the local convention industry provides her with the ideal perspective to help us increase occupancy and revenue.”

 

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Michelle Minyard, National Sales Manager

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Donna Karl Sakelakos Named Director of Event Services

Donna Karl Sakelakos, CMP has been named Director of Event Services at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – the sixth largest convention center in the nation. In her role as director, she will supervise the planning and execution of all events held at the facility. Karl will head a team of nine Event Services Managers and Coordinators who boast an impressive 140 years of experience at the Convention Center, with three Managers serving 31 or more years.

Karl, a veteran of the meetings industry for over 30 years, brings a solid and extensive leadership background to the position, including over 18 years of professional convention and association management, and eight years of experience in convention sales and client relations.

She most recently served as Vice President of Event Operations for Tradeshow Logic, where she launched the meetings division and grew it to over 18 annual meeting programs.

She previously served as the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Vice President of Client Relations from 2004 – 2012. In that role, she implemented improvement strategies and tactics on behalf of meeting and convention buyers. Karl proved integral to the tourism industry’s post-Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts: she spearheaded public relations client contacts and re-negotiations;  developed disaster protocols in coordination with local and national officials, and raised $2.5 million in sponsorships to host the PCMA Annual Meeting.

Karl began her career in the meetings industry with the American Academy of Pediatrics in Elk Grove Village, IL. Over the course of 18 years, she rose through the ranks to ultimately serve as Director, Division of Convention and Meeting Services.

Karl earned her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 1992. Over the course of her career, she has served on the board of directors of many leading industry organizations including GMC-PCMA and PCMA Foundation.

Her leadership skills have garnered her many prestigious awards and nominations, including:

  • GMC-PCMA Dick Dano Award (Nominated, 2000);
  • Meeting Professional International Award – Hall of Fame Association (2001-2002);
  • GMC-PCMA Bob Donovan Award Winner – Meeting Planner of the Year (2003);
  • Tradeshow Week Green Innovation Award – The Industry’s Top Eco-Leaders (2009);
  • PCMA Spirit Award (2009, 2010).

“We are extremely excited to have Donna on our staff as she will give our operational staff a different perspective on managing events. She has been on both sides of an event: event management and event creation. This is a stellar hire for the Convention Center,” said Bryan Hayden, Vice President of Operations of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “She also has super client relationships throughout the country.”

 

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Donna Karl Sakelakos

New Orleans’s First Full-Scale City-Assisted Evacuation Exercise Held at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) joined local, state and federal public safety officials to host the first full-scale exercise of the City Assisted Evacuation system at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Wednesday.

Hundreds of volunteers “role played” as evacuees and helped representatives from various agencies practice the steps required to safely evacuate residents in the event of a city-wide emergency. City-Assisted Evacuation provides transportation from 17 Evacuspots to the Union Passenger Terminal (1001 Loyola Ave.) where individuals then board a bus to a State or Federal shelter out of harm’s way.

In 2015, the City received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. DOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to support a full-scale simulation exercise of the City-Assisted Evacuation plan, with special emphasis on vulnerable/special needs populations.

 

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The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) joined local, state and federal public safety officials to host the first full-scale exercise of the City Assisted Evacuation system at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Wednesday.

Centerplate Hosts “Zero Waste Lunch” at Waste Expo

Centerplate, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s exclusive food and beverage provider, hosted a “Zero Waste Lunch” at the 2017 WasteExpo convention on May 10. Chef Brandon Felder, Executive Chef, and his team served industry attendees a menu of Beet Salad, Abita Amber BBQ Shrimp, and Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, made with parts of food that would otherwise be discarded.

The lunch was created in partnership with the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Centerplate, GES, Salvage Supperclub, The Green Project and The Composting Network. The event took place inside a rented dumpster equipped with salvaged wood seats and flooring and rescued doors for a table, all of which came from local companies.

WasteExpo is a regular visitor to New Orleans, convening here nearly every three years using approximately nearly 600,000 gross square feet of exhibit space and attracting over 11,000 waste management professionals.

The “Zero Waste Lunch” consisted of the following ingredients:

  • Beet Salad – Mixed greens, goat cheese, candied pecan bits and beet puree with champagne vinaigrette. Pureed beet scraps, trimmed tops and bottoms were turned into confit. Pecan bits that would otherwise be disposed of topped the salad. Remaining champagne from Centerplate’s bars department was combined with white vinegar to create the dressing.
  • Abita Amber BBQ Shrimp – Pan-seared gulf shrimp and yellow stone-ground grits topped with grilled peppers and onions. Shrimp shells were ground down and used for stock with remaining Abita Amber Beer product, which were combined and used as the sauce. The grits were a combination of remaining yellow stone-ground grits and pureed cauliflower curd and stems (otherwise tossed pieces).
  • Bananas Foster Bread Pudding – French bread, bananas and rum sauce. French bread (otherwise considered stale) was used for the bread pudding, and salvaged bananas that would otherwise be considered “too old” to sell/display was caramelized and added to the dish. The sauce was made from the rum leftover from Centerplate’s bar inventory.

 

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WasteExpo attendees enjoy a “Zero Waste Lunch” in a dumpster equipped with salvaged wood seats and flooring, and table made from rescued doors.

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Executive Chef Brandon Felder, of Centerplate at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

 


Michelle Minyard Named National Sales Manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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Michelle Minyard has been named as National Sales Manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. In this role, Minyard will be responsible for developing and servicing clients in the Washington D.C. and Southeast markets. She will also work closely with the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau on prospects to generate business for the Convention Center.

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Donna Karl Sakelakos Named Director of Event Services

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Donna Karl Sakelakos, CMP has been named Director of Event Services at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – the sixth largest convention center in the nation. In her role as director, she will supervise the planning and execution of all events held at the facility. Karl will head a team of nine Event Services Managers and Coordinators who boast an impressive 140 years of experience at the Convention Center, with three Managers serving 31 or more years.

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New Orleans’s First Full-Scale City-Assisted Evacuation Exercise Held at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) joined local, state and federal public safety officials to host the first full-scale exercise of the City Assisted Evacuation system at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Wednesday.

Hundreds of volunteers “role played” as evacuees and helped representatives from various agencies practice the steps required to safely evacuate residents in the event of a city-wide emergency. City-Assisted Evacuation provides transportation from 17 Evacuspots to the Union Passenger    …Continue Reading


Centerplate Hosts “Zero Waste Lunch” at Waste Expo

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Centerplate, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s exclusive food and beverage provider, hosted a “Zero Waste Lunch” at the 2017 WasteExpo convention on May 10. Chef Brandon Felder, Executive Chef, and his team served industry attendees a menu of Beet Salad, Abita Amber BBQ Shrimp, and Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, made with parts of food that would otherwise be discarded.

The lunch was created in partnership with the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Centerplate, GES, Salvage Supperclub,    …Continue Reading


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