Hospitality Cares

Leadership Council, Hospitality Cares New Orleans

September 12 2011 | News

Here is a list of the Leadership Council for Hospitality Cares New Orleans!  They represent a full spectrum of the hospitality industry.  We encourage you to contact any of these members to learn more about the goals of this organization.


Kenny Truxillo -- PRESIDENT

Director of Sales

Wyndham Garden Inn 

Kenny started in the hospitality industry in 1985 and has worked for The New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Orleans Tours, Destination Management Inc., and The Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel throughout his twenty six year career. Kenny and his partner also own and operate Louisiana Travel Services a local destination management company that services the needs of visitors to the state. Kenny was elected to the board of The French Quarter Festival in 2008 and is still an active member. Kenny is the current President of Hospitality Cares New Orleans Leadership Council. He and a few others recognized how many industry friends, when faced with a hardship had no place to turn for help, other than their hospitality network of friends for support. This is why he decided to dedicate his time to giving back to the industry and workers.


Angelo Annacarto -- VICE PRESIDENT


Louisiana Travel Services

A native of Scranton Pennsylvania Angelo moved to New Orleans in 2002 to take a job as Human Resources Director for Intercom Radio.  He soon realized how special New Orleans was and wanted to redirect his career and joined the team of Travel New Orleans, a local receptive company. In August of 2005, without a job, and no idea when tourism would return, he joined his former boss from Travel New Orleans and went to work for FEMA. The job he was given was assisting families who were trying to return to their homes. He made the final inspections of the FEMA trailers and had the honor of handing keys to those families. He remembers that as  one of the most rewarding experiences.

In 2006, with the recovery still at a slow pace, he and his partner decided the tourism industry would return to New Orleans and when it did, Angelo wanted to help it thrive.  He opened Louisiana Travel Services and with hard work and persistence Angelo is now living his dreams of selling all the things that endeared him to his new found home. Angelo’s brainchild is Hospitality Cares. He recognized the importance of the tourism industry in this region, and wanted to help build a safety net for the workers who have dedicated their lives to serving our guests.



VP Sales

ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc.

Passionate and enthusiastic about everything New Orleans, Jody Halter has enjoyed every minute of her 30 year career in New Orleans’ hospitality and tourism industries. She joined the ACCENT team in 2003 to help expand the DMC division that focuses on producing special events and guest programs for association, corporate and incentive meetings. She is also an expert in client development, and handles proposal creation and development. Her genuine interest in trying new things and meeting new people makes her well-suited to build lasting relationships with her clients and colleagues. Prior to joining ACCENT, Jody gained invaluable experience as a Director of Sales and Marketing for another company, before being swiftly promoted as their Vice President and General Manager.

It’s safe to call Jody a “girl on the go!” She is Secretary on the board for HCNO, an active member of PCMA, and has served on committees for the New Orleans Metropolitan Visitors and Conventions Bureau, PCMA and ADME. She loves spending time with her sons, and enjoys dabbling in photography and honing her culinary skills with new recipes. 


Mavis Early 

Executive Director

Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association 

Mavis Early is Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association and Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation.  Early is an attorney-at-law with experience in real estate and hotel development, convention planning and management, governmental affairs, and business, real estate, and municipal law.   Early is a member of Hospitality Strategic Task Force formed by the Lt. Governor’s Office and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, the Advisory Board of the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration, and Advisory Board member of the College of Business Administration of the University of New Orleans, member of the NOMCVB’s National Customer Advisory Council and serves as the hotel industry’s representative on the Stake Out for Justice Committee of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.  She is a founding board member and past-president of the Greater New Orleans Council on Youth Leadership, former City Attorney of the City of New Orleans, and former State Chair of the International Municipal Lawyers Association.  Early received her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Loyola University of the South. 


Bobbi Mannino, LTCP 

Sales & Public Relations

Compucast Web Media

Bobbi began her long career in tourism in 1974 as she worked for over 26 years for the Steamboat NATCHEZ.  In 1999, she was lured away to become Director of Sales at Harrah's Casino for the next 5 years.  During those 30+ years, Bobbi served numerous terms on the BOD for the NOMCVB, FQBA, HSMA and was President of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association.  In order to take care of her mom, she began working for Compucast Web Media on a part-time basis which still allowed her to stay involved with tourism in our area.  After Katrina, she became Sales Director for Compucast Web Media and is integrally involved with hundreds of tourism website clients!  She is passionate about Hospitality Cares New Orleans and believes this organization will become the model organization for other cities across the country!


Cheryl Rodrigue 

Director of Sales

New Orleans Paddlewheels and Destination Management Conventions 

Cheryl started as a buyer for 13 stores owned by D.H. Holmes. She was once a stay –at – home mom and after her children were grown, she set out to work in the hospitality industry. She helped open up Airport Shuttle in 1991 and then went on to be the Director of Operations for Destination Management Conventions. She has been with Hospitality Enterprises Companies since 1991 and is now the Director of Sales for New Orleans Paddlewheels and Destination Management. “One call that’s all” is what Cheryl has to say. She is a “make it happen” person and there is no tasks too much for her to handle.  Cheryl was just recently recognized by Citi Business as one of 50 Business Women of the Year for 2011.


Kerri Colombo 

Complex Human Resource Manager

W Hotels of New Orleans/Sheraton New Orleans


Kerri Colombo started in the hospitality industry in 2003 while attending University of New Orleans’s Hotel/Restaurant & Tourism program.  She graduated from University of New Orleans in 2004 and has worked at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, The Doubletree Hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, the Astor Crowne Plaza and is now the Complex HR Manager for W Hotels of New Orleans and the Sheraton New Orleans.

She joined the HCNO Leadership Council in early 2011 after being informed to the mission of Hospitality Cares NOLA.  Being in Human Resources has given Kerri the opportunity to work with our biggest asset of the industry, our employees.  She has grown to know her employees and see the challenges they face in life each and every day.  She realized what a great mission Hospitality Cares NOLA has and is very excited to be a part!


Megan Uram

Director of Sales & Marketing

Windsor Court Hotel

Starting in the hospitality industry in 1999, Megan began her career with Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises working for such prestigious properties as Charleston Place Hotel, Charleston, SC and La Samanna, St. Martin, French West Indies. In late 2007, Orient-Express gave Megan the opportunity to move closer to her hometown of Bay St, Louis, MS  to take over as Associate Director of Sales & Marketing of the Windsor Court Hotel.  Recently promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing for Windsor Court Hotel, Megan is a founding member of Hospitality Cares New Orleans after a chance meeting with Kenny Truxillo, President. Once learning from Kenny and Angelo about the vision for the organization and the potential impact it would have on the hospitality industry in a city that she loves, Megan immediately jumped on board. In addition to serving on the Leadership Council of HCNO, Megan is an active member of professional organizations such as MPI and SITE and is an active member of the New Orleans Jr. League. 


Andrea Hemperley 

Director of Tour & Travel

New Orleans Paddlewheels

Andrea’s career in the hospitality industry started in 1990 in tourism sales with New Orleans Paddlewheels.  Her 21 years of experience includes sales and marketing for the multi-faceted, vertically integrated conglomerate of Hospitality Enterprises, event planning and decorating for Fancy Faces Decorating, Marketing Director for the St. Tammany Tourism Commission, and Travel Industry Sales Manager for a group of seven boutique hotels marketed as New Orleans Fine Hotels.  Her career path has brought her back to her roots where she is once again the Director of Tour and Travel for New Orleans Paddlewheels.  Andrea is a founding member of Hospitality Cares New Orleans which was created and is presided over by her long time friend and colleague Kenny Truxillo.  The Leadership Council of HCNO recognizes tourism industry employees facing hardships due to medical issues and offers assistance for those who qualify.   


Christy Himel 


Geaux for the Gold 

Christy knows the hospitality industry from every possible angle. She has worked in nearly all aspects of the industry from marketing, event planning to business ownership and operations. Since 2004 she has operated her own successful association management company called To Market To Market which manages local and international association chapters. Most recently, she's expanded her 25 year career in hospitality to include co-ownership of one of the regions largest sports stores. Geaux for the Gold is located in Slidell and specializes in items for fans of LSU and Saints.  


Connie Campbell 

International Tour & Travel Sales Manager

New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Connie began her career in the Hospitality Industry as an assistant at the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau back in 1991. She soon rose to a position in tourism sales under the leadership of Karl Leon. In the past twenty years Connie has been serving the city of New Orleans by promoting tourism internationally. Hospitality Cares was an important cause to Connie because she understood the challenges many of her industry friends were facing and her goal was to leave the industry stronger and better for future industry workers.


Susie Anderson-Angeron

Director of Revenue Management

Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel

Susie Anderson – Angeron has been in the hospitality industry for almost 20 years.  She began her career with Highpointe Hotel Corporation and served in both Sales and Operations Management.  In 2002 and after 10 years with Highpointe, Susie accepted the position of Director of Revenue Management at the new Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel and holds this position today.  As a current cancer patient, and due to her strong relationships with others in the hospitality industry, Susie could appreciate the struggles that individuals endure during prolonged medical conditions.  Without hesitation, Susie agreed to contribute to Hospitality Cares and continues to help provide resources to the foundation.


Tiffany Carter

Tiffany Carter, Development Manager, has over 15 years of Marketing and Development Experience and has worked throughout the Gulf Coast Region. Her experiences span from private, non-profit industries and local government. In the past 5 years she has specifically targeted community outreach, development and brand marketing initiatives. In the community, she volunteers with four local charities and leads the efforts for a major community fundraiser annually.


Sharon Reuther 

Director of Sales and Marketing

Limousine Livery

Sharon began her career in the hospitality industry in 1994 with Hospitality Enterprises, selling everything from buses to boats!!  She represented New Orleans Tours, DMI, and New Orleans Paddlewheels concentrating on hotel sales and public relations.  Sharon and her husband Doug founded "Always A Pleasure" Tours and Transportation in 2002 and is presently the Director of Sales for Limousine Livery and My Airport  An active member of NACE and has also served as President of HENA.  She loves to entertain, cook and do theme parties for her firends and family!  As a new member of the Leadership Council for Hospitality Cares, Sharon hopes to give back to the industry that has been such an important part of her life.


Lisa Tanet

Attorney at Law, Notary Public and Owner of ETC! Catering
Lisa Tanet is an AV rated trial lawyer.  She has 20 years of experience litigating claims and mediating them to a favorable conclusion both as an insurance defense attorney and as counsel for plaintiffs.  She has represented both large and small companies as well as individuals.  Her experience includes breach of contract claims, insurance coverage issues, extra-contractual claims, personal injuries, errors and omissions, construction defects, collection, bankruptcy, commerical property claims, worker's compensation claims, employer liability claims, and safety issues.  Following Katrina, she opened ETC! a catering company that services many of her legal clientele.  She did this because of her love for cooking and entertaining friends and her desire to help people create a memorable event in their life around food as well as bring her clients a product they needed.  The business was initially opened as a small Cafe in the Galleria Office Building in Metairie, Louisiana and has grown into a full-service catering company handling corporate catering and event planning.  Lisa decided to donate her time and legal knowledge to Hospitality Cares New Orleans because she believes in its mission.  She was influential in partnering Hospitality Cares New Orleans with the United Way.


Michelle Mueller

Sales Manager

National WWII Museum

(Bio Coming Soon)


Michelle Minyard

(Bio Coming Soon)






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