A native New Orleanian, Mark is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of New Orleans & Company, the tourism industry’s destination marketing and sales organization responsible for enhancing the hospitality economy through effective marketing and promotional programs. His public relations career has spanned more than 40 years and has taken him from U.S. presidential campaigns to public relations and marketing counseling, from college classrooms to a world’s fair. Mark has also been serving as the New Orleans Saints stadium announcer, succeeding his father, Jerry as the Stadium Announcer for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. His father served in the role for 446 consecutive Saints home game (44 years).
Active in his community, in addition to serving on the board of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Mark is also working in several other volunteer roles including recently serving as the appointed volunteer President and CEO of the 2018 NOLA Foundation, the organization responsible for organizing the City of New Orleans’ Tricentennial celebration in 2018. He is also working in several other volunteer roles, including WYES-TV (Vice-Chair), Fore!Kids Foundation (Vice-Chair), Methodist Health System Foundation, and the Academy of the Sacred Heart. He also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Council and as an advisor to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. Mark is also completing his service as a member of the Board and President of the Board of Directors for the Parking Facilities Corporation (PFC), which operates the long term and economy parking garages at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Mark is a graduate of Brother Martin High School (’74) and the University of New Orleans (UNO) (’78) and was named the 2016 Alumnus of the Year for UNO. In 2017, Mark was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit) by the French government for his work in helping to advance the cause of French American relations in New Orleans. For his work to help strengthen the relations between Spain and Louisiana Mark was awarded the Order of Civil Merit, in its degree of Encomienda (Commander) by His Majesty the King Felipe VI. He was the recipient of the 2018 Silver Medal from the New Orleans Advertising Club, its highest honor, for outstanding achievements in his career and for his service to the community. In 2019, he was presented with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award by the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Orleans Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Mark is former Chairman of the Board of The Idea Village and served as both President and Chairman of the Board of the Sugar Bowl Committee, heading up the organization during Hurricane Katrina, when the annual collegiate football classic was temporarily relocated to Atlanta. He is also former international President of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and former Chairman of the Louisiana Travel Association.
Mark resides in the Fontainebleau/Marlyville area of New Orleans with his spouse David.