Kelly Buchler Johnson has joined the sales team at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – the sixth largest convention center in the nation. In her new role as sales manager, she is responsible for generating new business from the mid-Atlantic market, with her main focus on Washington D.C.
Johnson brings solid sales experience and knowledge of the facility. She most recently served as convention sales manager at the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. Previously, she held a position with the conference and catering team at the International House Hotel in New Orleans, and later spent two years at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas as a catering/conference manager.
Prior to working in the hospitality industry, Johnson honed her passion for the arts by managing art galleries in New York City and working as a photographer. She is an accomplished craftsperson with a specialty in carving and millwork. One of her most notable artistic accomplishments was overseeing the production of 490 exterior columns out of teak and mahogany woods for a private summer home in Barbados.
Johnson graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Art History. She also earned an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts, with a concentration in Interior Design, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Welding and Cabinet Making from Delgado Community College.
“Kelly’s wide range of skills combined with her impressive industry experience makes her an ideal fit for our sales team,” said Convention Center President/General Manager Bob Johnson, who is no relation to Kelly Johnson.
About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, an award winning staff and first class amenities, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOMCC) is the sixth largest convention center in the nation and a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually. A leading rainmaker of the city’s hospitality industry, NOMCC event activity has produced $39.12 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $2.19 billion in new tax revenue.