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Kaufman to Head Public Safety at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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Veteran facility operations professional Mark Kaufman, has been named head of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s Public Safety Department. Kaufman comes to New Orleans from AEG Facilities in Oakland, CA, where he served as Vice President of Operations.

As Director of Public Safety, Kaufman oversees all departmental operations and manages a staff of 73 public safety officers and administrative personnel. He is also responsible for implementing security measures at the Center, which hosted more than 128 events last    …Continue Reading


Senior Event Manager Cassie Jones Represents New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at IAVM Venue Management School

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Senior Event Manager Cassie Jones represented the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as a Class Representative at the IAVM Venue Management School (VMS), which is considered one of the best professional education programs for venue managers. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s Exhibit Services Coordinator, Nicole Newton, also attended. The VMS, now in its 30th year, offers venue professionals the chance to explore their overall understanding of principles and practices for venue management.

More than 150 venue    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Convention Center & Centerplate Employees “CAN” Do It!

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Employees Donate 3,840 pounds of food to Giving HOPE Charity

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Centerplate employees demonstrated an overwhelming spirit of generosity at the Convention Center’s annual “CANstruction” food drive.

Individual Convention Center employees made charitable donations to support the food drive. Centerplate, the Convention Center’s exclusive food and beverage provider, matched the Center’s donation and leveraged their purchasing power to buy canned goods in bulk for the donation.

The food donation was presented to a local charity, Giving    …Continue Reading


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.

With her career in the New Orleans hospitality industry spanning more than 25 years, Minyard brings rich sales and event planning experience    …Continue Reading


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.

Karl,    …Continue Reading


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


New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s Robert Johnson to Retire Effective September

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Robert Johnson, President and General Manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, has announced his retirement effective September 2017. Johnson has served as the facility’s senior director since 2007.

Johnson has led the nation’s 6th largest convention and exhibition hall through numerous renovations and improvements, including the addition of the $52 million Great Hall and Julia Street entry plaza. Most recently Johnson has been the primary visionary and driver behind the facility’s planned renaissance of Convention Center Boulevard    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Moves Forward With Plans for Park

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Plans for the exciting transformation of Convention Center Boulevard in New Orleans, which will connect the bustling Warehouse/Arts District with the historic French Quarter and dramatically transform the guest experience at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, are becoming a reality.

A new park will update the urban environment with a tree-lined pedestrian plaza, bike lanes, moving walkways, sleek overhangs, fountains, green walls, water walls, and shaded sitting areas for visitors.

The construction time-line    …Continue Reading


New Orleans Tourism Industry Celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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New Orleans joined cities across the globe in celebrating the impact of meetings and live events on Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau along with MPI Gulf States Chapter held a special luncheon, featuring an address by industry icon Donald S. (Don) Freeman, Jr., Chairman of Freeman, at the Convention Center. The event was held during the International Association of    …Continue Reading


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