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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 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.”

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 is the sixth largest convention center in the nation, a consistent Top 10 host of the largest number of conventions and tradeshows annually, and one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” As “Louisiana’s Economic Engine,” Convention Center event activity has produced $53.7 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $3.4 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments. For more info, visit http://www.mccno.com/.

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