Life in the Big Easy

Rachel Avery, Rocky Dufauchard, MaryBeth Guarisco and Maria Nuccio celebrated Adminstrative Professionals Day on April 27.


Mary Beth Mullin celebrated her 70th Birtday at Cafe Adelaide on May 17 with Rocky, Susan, Carl, Ann, Donna, Fay, Lyn and Ted.  She retired June 29, 2016 after 11 years with the CVB.


Amanda Tinney was honored at this year's March of Dimes' Spotlight on Success Gala. Celebrating their 30th Anniversary, the Spotlight on Success, pays tribute to a select group of Outstanding Professionals in the greater New Orleans area. A silent auction will be held where patrons bid on Honoree Auction Packages designed by the honorees. Funds raised will support the March of Dimes programs in research, education and pre-natal care.  The gala was held at Mardi Gras World on Friday, June 17.



The Ian G. Thompson Foundation, started by Eliana Thompson in honor of her father, was recognized for the second-year as Ochsner Benefactors for their fundraising efforts and donation to pancreatic cancer research at the hospital. This year's Purple Pants Party, the primary fundraiser for the foundation, will take place on Saturday, November 12th, at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market. CLICK HERE to learn more.


Connie Campbell, who spent most of her professional career with the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, passed away May 19th following a lengthy illness. The passing of Campbell, who served the bureau for 25 years, lastly as senior sales manager, caused a surge in traffic on the social media, with scores of friends and colleagues writing of her warmly and with feeling as they described a professional who indefatigably promoted New Orleans internationally and was an instantly recognizable figure at trade shows and sales missions abroad.

A native of New Orleans, she did such a good job at promoting her city with receptive tour operators, for instance, that she was presented a Chairman’s Award by the Receptive Services Association of America (RSAA) at the organization’s 2012 Stanley Awards, held in New Orleans on February 8, 2012. The award acknowledged Campbell “for exceptional service when working with U.S. receptive tour operators, who are responsible for contracting with overseas tour wholesalers to provide customized travel packages for international visitors.” 

                                                                     Connie Campbell