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New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), the seventh largest convention center in the U.S., named a director of tradeshows and conferences.

In her new role, Katie Calabrese, CMP, will direct activities of MCCNO-produced tradeshows and conferences, such as the International Disaster Conference & EXPO and the Farm to Table International Symposium.

ECN 072014_POM_MCCNO_Katie Calabrese“Katie brings extensive experience to our seasoned Trade Show Department, and her hiring represents a continued effort by the Center to be the best in all aspects,” said Tim Hemphill, vice president of sales and marketing.

Calabrese brings solid event planning experience and knowledge of conventions/tradeshows to the Convention Center. Previously, she held the position of vice president of Events and Education at the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities in Washington, D.C., where she managed all facets of annual educational events.

In her 18 years with the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities, she rose through the ranks from the role of membership manager to events manager, director of events and vice president.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and is a Certified Meeting Planner.

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