American Business Women’s Association Hosts August Luncheon “One Time in New Orleans, The Tricentennial Campaign”

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The next American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) luncheon on August 16th will feature Mark C. Romig, APR President and Chief Executive Officer 2018 NOLA Foundation and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). Mark will be speaking about “One Time in New Orleans, The Tricentennial Campaign”.

Mark C. Romig’s Bio:

A native of New Orleans, Mark is serving as President and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC). He leads the city’s official leisure travel promotion agency, responsible for enhancing the tourism industry through effective marketing and promotional programs. He is also serving as the volunteer President and CEO of the 2018 NOLA Foundation, the support arm for the city’s Tricentennial.

Mark is an established public relations and marketing professional and is accredited (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America. Mark has been involved in a variety of historic and milestone events throughout his career, including the development of the Hotel Inter-Continental New Orleans, the 1984 Louisiana World’s Fair, U.S. presidential nomination attempts by both Elizabeth and Bob Dole, the successful 1999 reopening of Harrah’s New Orleans, the 2006 Sugar Bowl (only Sugar Bowl game ever to be played outside of New Orleans due to Katrina) and the wildly successful Idea Village New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.  He serves as Chairman of the NOLA Navy Week Host Committee, the group tapped by the Mayor of the City of New Orleans to present New Orleans’ participation in the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and Star-Spangled Banner in 2012 and 2015. Mark also serves on Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Council.

Prior to joining NOTMC, Mark served several years as Vice-President of Marketing and Public Relations for HCA Inc. – Delta Division (Hospital Corporation of America). Mark joined HCA after a sixteen year career at Peter A. Mayer Advertising. Named Top Executive by the Advertising Club of New Orleans in 2002, he was promoted to President of Peter A. Mayer Advertising’s Public Relations Division in 2004, managing a staff of ten professionals and dozens of clients. While at Peter Mayer Advertising, Mark also provided professional support to many community initiatives including the introduction of former New Orleans Chief of Police  Richard Pennington, and Hurricane Katrina relief programs such as the Bring New Orleans Back Commissionand the Fleur de Lis Ambassador Program.

Before joining Peter A. Mayer Advertising in 1992, Mark served as Vice President – Public Affairs for New Orleans-based Hibernia National Bank. From 1985 to 1987, and then again for a brief period in 1988, Mark served on the Secretary’s staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.  There, he worked as a Staff Assistant to Secretary Elizabeth H. Dole, and also performed a similar role for Mrs. Dole during her husband’s run for the presidential nomination in 1987-88. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Mark was Director of Protocol and Guest Relations for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition (1984 World’s Fair) from 1982 – 1984. Immediately following the World’s Fair, he served a brief stint as Executive Director of La Fete, New Orleans’ Summer Festival, the non-profit organization promoting New Orleans during the summer months. Prior to joining the World’s Fair team, Mark was part of the team that developed the New Orleans Inter-Continental Hotel, and was hired as the hotel’s first National Sales Manager.

Active in his community, Mark, along with his late father Jerry served as Co-Chair of the Media & PR Committee for the New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII (47) Host Committee and the 2014 NBA All-Star Game Media & PR Committee. He former member of the Board of Trustees and Board Secretary for Xavier University of Louisiana and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Mark is immediate Past Chairman of the Louisiana Travel Association (LTPA). He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Mark is a former Chairman of the Board of The Idea Village and is a member of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the annual PGA TOUR ‘s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Project Lazarus and the Southern Repertory Theater. Mark is past International President of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE), and is a former board member of the TKE Educational Foundation. Mark is a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and Leadership Louisiana. For several years Mark taught public relations courses at Tulane’s University College.

Mark graduated from Brother Martin High School and attended the University of New Orleans, where he received his B.S. from the School of Business Administration (School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration) in 1978. While in college, Mark interned at the Royal Orleans Hotel, working in several departments to gain experience and credit toward his degree. He was named the school’s outstanding alumnus in 2012. He was also honored by the Young Leadership Council as a Role Model and received St. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activist Award in 2008.  In 2016, Mark was named the University of New Orleans’ Outstanding Alumnus, receiving the Homer Hitt Award in recognition of his achievements. Recently, the Ad Club of New Orleans awarded Mark the Silver Medal for his contributions to the community and the advertising and marketing profession. In 2017, the French Government named Mark a French Chevalier of the National Order of Merit, recognizing his work on behalf of New Orleans and commitment to the French community and culture of Louisiana.

Finally, after his father’s successful 446 consecutive game career as the stadium announcer for the New Orleans Saints, Mark became stadium announcer for the Saints 2013 season and continues the family tradition to this day. First Down, Saints!!

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