Morial Convention Center update

Michael Sawaya, President and General Manager, Convention Center 

Sawaya shared the latest plans for reinventing the convention center by reducing some of the space and making it more interesting. Artwork will “show off” our New Orleans culture, and there will be a more modern approach to lighting, furnishings and colors. The idea is to create a “front door” into a memorable experience for conventioneers ultimately driving tourism.

Visit the archives for sneak peek at the re-designed convention center.

More about Mr. Sawaya


If you have a prospect, please have them connect with Jacquie Bonano (interim membership chairman) at

Thank You & Announcements

Paul Cosma, Uptown Auto Specialist thanked Kenny Knobloch, HELP! A/C & Heating for his help a dehumidification process that controls the atmosphere under your house.

Robert Weinmann, Champion Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, thanked Marcus Azzarello, Franklynn Pest Control for his service.

Jesse Hoppes, Leaff Environmental offered two tickets to the Pelicans Game suite.

Bill Dalton, Firefly asked members to contact him to purchase Jazz Fest tickets.       

Q1 2022 dues were emailed.

President, Kevin Pedeaux, encouraged members to attend and bring a colleague/client, etc. to the March 31st membership drive. The idea is to increase members and expand the membership categories. A current list of business categories can be viewed HERE. The categories are suggestions but are not limited to those listed. Current members are listed on the GNOEA website HERE. Both links will be included in the event announcement.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule (all events at Rooftop on Basin)

  • March 22 – Christopher Cassagne, Assistant Director, Small Business Services for Louisiana Economic Development.
  • March 31 – Membership Drive – Reception 5:30- 7:00p.m.
  • April 5th – Port of South Louisiana, Paul Matthews, Executive Director
  • April 12th – Joe Giarusso, New Orleans City Council District A
  • April 19th – TBA
  • April 26th – No Meeting

Check website for updates and bulletins that include upcoming events. Meeting events are on the calendar.