Team Members


President and Owner

Diane Lyons, CMP, DMCP

Diane Lyons, CMP, DMCP

President and Owner
dlyons@accent-dmc.com

Diane is passionate about happiness and works diligently to please her clients by making each event vision a reality. Using her creative talents, resources and expertise, she excels in producing top-notch, worry-free events for clients and their guests to enjoy. A native New Orleanian, Diane brings her vast knowledge of the local culture, food and music to every event and is able to seamlessly merge new trends with long-standing traditions. Throughout her impressive 30-year career, she and the ACCENT-DMC team have won numerous awards. Diane actively supports several nonprofit organizations, including FestiGals, a celebration for women she created in 2011. She has been recognized twice as a “Top Woman in Business” by New Orleans City Business magazine and was the recipient of the inaugural HandCraft Heroes Award for her contributions to women with cancer.

 

Getting to Know Diane

What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

Oh I don’t know if I have a favorite! New Orleans now has more than 1,400 restaurants, which is nearly double compared to 2005. My mood defines my favorite food/chef. Cute helps. A hottie in the kitchen adds flavor to any meal!

 

What is your favorite festival?

FestiGals the Ultimate Girl Party

 

Do you have a favorite food?

Lump Crabmeat

 

What is the favorite cocktail?

There are so many, again it depends on our mood. FestiTini, FestiRita — just about Festi-anything when I’m hanging out with girlfriends.

 

Do you have a favorite pastime/hobby:

Painting Zulu coconuts! Exploring New Orleans with friends and being a tourist in my own town. Anything, anytime with my 6 grandchildren. Speaking about New Orleans to anyone around the world.  Have to keep reminding myself to take a breath.

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Vice President

Jonni Adams, CMP, DMCP

Jonni Adams, CMP, DMCP

Vice President
jadams@accent-dmc.com

Jonni Adams serves as both the ACCENT-DMC Vice President and Director of the ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements. Her exhaustive knowledge of the New Orleans hospitality and tourism industry and the superior customer service that she delivers to clients is from advancing at ACCENT from an accounting professional, to production manager to General Manager. Jonni graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Business Administration, and also holds her DMCP and CMP certifications.  Her attention to detail, organizational skills and love for the industry have made her a rising star.

 

Getting to Know Jonni

What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

Sushi Bros!

 

Do you have a favorite food?

Sushi but since this is NOLA based, Seafood, crabs specifically.

 

Do you have a favorite pastime/hobby?

Spending time with family.  Love going to Mardi Gras parades with my daughter.

 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An Astronaut

 

Your Nickname/or AKA?

J-Lynno

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Director of Operations

Amy Dailey Williams

Amy Dailey Williams

Director of Operations
awilliams@accent-dmc.com
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Outside Sales Manager

Wendy DeBen

Wendy DeBen

Outside Sales Manager
wdeben@accent-dmc.com

With 25 years in the hospitality industry, Wendy is a veteran at providing excellent customer service for her clients. She prides herself on being available 24/7 to all of her clients. Wendy is extremely involved in the culinary, music and art scene in New Orleans. Her deep love for New Orleans is infectious and when working with Wendy the love she has for New Orleans is sure to rub off on your team!

 

Getting to know Wendy

What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

Very large question that I will have to answer in two parts…

There are so many amazing restaurants in New Orleans that I (as a self proclaimed foodie) have a very hard time picking one –so I am going to pick one based on the whole experience and say Galatoire’s in the French Quarter. Everything on the menu is delicious, but the overall energy of Galatoire’s is just an incredible backdrop for creating the best memories with friends. It is always packed full of our most eccentric locals having a great time.  I love this about our city!! I typically spend every birthday there with plenty of friends.

 

Favorite Chef- Right now I would say Alon Shaya. Other than being completely gifted in the kitchen and bringing the most diverse and incredible food to our city—he has great moral character and work ethic thus being named by James Beard as Best Chef South and SHAYA being Best New Restaurant in America.

 

 

Where is the best place to listen to music?

Again, so many incredible places it is hard to narrow it down, however, I find myself at two most often….House of Blues Foundation Room and Main Music hall  and then Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street which has great live music and Jazz every night of the week and also a favorite of many famous musicians when they come to our city—oddly enough also where Robert Plant and I got kicked out together! That’s an interesting story for sure! (not as bad as it sounds)

 

Do you have a favorite festival?

Jazz Fest hands down! I love it so much and look forward to it every year! The music, the food, the people…it is AMAZING!!! My favorite Jazz Fest moment ever was sitting with Allen Toussaint on stage while watching Elton John play to a record crowd in 2015. Allen Toussaint was one of the most influential musical icons in New Orleans history…sadly it turned out to be his last JazzFest. An honor and a memory that I am so incredibly grateful to have.

 

What is your favorite cocktail?

My go-to is a dirty Tito’s Vodka Martini straight up…however, when I am in the presence of our amazing NOLA mixologists I would never insult them by ordering anything specific. I just say “make me something” and I get a wink and they do not disappoint!  I highly recommend it!

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Senior Sales Manager

Andy Le Bouef

Andy Le Bouef

Senior Sales Manager

Andy brings with him over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including both operations and sales in hotels and venues.

A native of south Louisiana, Andy prides himself on providing superb customer service and by creating unique, one-of-a-kind experiences for his clients. Andy’s upbeat, friendly, infectious and creative personality is a true asset to ACCENT and his clients.

Andy’s love and passion for New Orleans runs deep. Andy is heavily involved with the hospitality and tourism industry and is on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Travel Association. In his spare time, Andy enjoys photography, traveling, exploring the Garden District and French Quarter with his wife, volunteering with several local non-profit organizations and participating in year-round activities with his Mardi Gras social club.

 

Getting to Know Andy

What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

This may be the most difficult question to answer. Narrowing down to one is almost impossible, so here are a few of my favorites…Restaurant August, Tujague’s, Katies, Cochon, Bon Ton Café, Shaya and La Boca.

What is your favorite festival?

Although technically not a festival, Mardi Gras is my absolute most favorite time of the year. I ride in several parades, attend multiple balls and had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reign as King XXXVIII for the Krewe of Centurions in 2017!

Do you have a favorite cocktail?

My “go-to” is always Gin and tonic with a twist of lime, but I am a big fan of Bloody Mary’s (with all the fixings) and on the search to find the best one in the city!

What is your favorite thing about New Orleans?

Similar to the restaurant question, it’s almost impossible to narrow this down to just one thing. I absolutely adore this city and all that it encompasses. From the southern hospitality exuded by its people, to the history and culture that seems to bubble from the streets, New Orleans is a city that lives in you long after you visit and I am beyond blessed to call it home!

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Office Manager

Laurie Singletary

Laurie Singletary

Office Manager
lsingletary@accent-dmc.com

Born and raised in New Orleans, Laurie has over 25 years’ experience working for hospitality industry companies.  Her incredible organizational skills keep our team running smoothly. She is the friendly voice that our clients have grown so accustomed to hearing when calling in to our office, and she takes great pleasure in making sure their needs are met efficiently and correctly.  Prior to her arrival at ACCENT-DMC, she worked in the convention sales department at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.  She spends her spare time with her family and friends.

 

Getting to Know Laurie

What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

John Besh is my favorite chef and La Provence is my favorite restaurant.

 

What is your favorite festival?

French Quarter Festival

 

What is your favorite food?

Boiled shrimp

 

Do you have a favorite cocktail?

Favorite cocktail – French 75

 

Do you have a favorite pastime/hobby?

Reality TV junkie

 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ballerina

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Event Coordinator

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Event Coordinator
msmith@accent-dmc.com

A graduate of University of New Orleans in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, Michelle has been working in the New Orleans hospitality and tourism industry since she was a teenager.  Her years of restaurant and party venue experience including sales, coordinating food and supplies, scheduling, training and managing staff, are all a part of what makes ACCENT-DMC events seamlessly executed. As part of the Events Production Team, Michelle passionately executes the client’s vision of their event and makes it happen!  “To see the smile on a client’s face because their event is in NOLA and the joy on their face of thanks for all the hard work, is the best reward for what we do.”

 

Getting to know Michelle

What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

Commander’s Palace

 

Where is the best place to listen to music?

Frenchman Street has a lot of great places

 

What is your favorite festival?

French Quarter Fest

 

What is your favorite cocktail?

I have two – Madras and Bourbon Milk Punch. Everyone visiting New Orleans should try the Bourbon Milk Punch.

 

Do you have a favorite pastime/hobby?

Hobby- Scrapbooking & Crafting

 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Lawyer

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Operations Manager

Kathryn Nick

Kathryn Nick

Operations Manager
knick@accent-dmc.com

Kathryn was born and raised in New Orleans. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from LSU in the Sport Management program. Upon graduating, she returned to New Orleans to begin her career in the event industry. As one of the ACCENT Operations Managers, she works with clients to execute flawless and memorable events!

 

Getting to Know Kathryn

What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

Drago’s, the charbroiled oysters are my favorite!

Do you have a favorite food?

King Cake Festival…any excuse to eat king cake gets my vote.

Where is the best place to listen to music?

Any of the festivals during the year!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A weather woman, I loved Jim Cantore and wanted to be the next Hurricane Hunter.

What is your favorite cocktail?

French 75

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Operations Manager

Tansy Grefsheim

Tansy Grefsheim

Operations Manager
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Sales and Marketing

Libby Cassisa

Libby Cassisa

Sales and Marketing
lcassisa@accent-dmc.com

Libby was born in New Orleans, but grew up most of her life in Baton Rouge. Ever since she was in high school, she knew she had a knack for  relationship development and entertainment. After graduating from LSU with a degree in Communication Studies and minor in Leadership Development, she decided to return to her where her roots were, here in the Big Easy.  Libby is now affirming her passions while working and living in the heart of our cultured, artistic and sensational city here in the south. Excited and eager to embrace her future, she works joyfully and diligently to make sure every client’s wants and needs are met for their trip to New Orleans.

 GETTING TO KNOW LIBBY:

What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

Jacques-Imo’s

What is your favorite festival?

Jazz Fest

 

Where is the best place to listen to music?

Anywhere outdoors! Especially at one of the many festivals we have annually here in the city.

Do you have a favorite food?

Crawfish

Do you have a favorite cocktail?

St. Joe’s Bar Blueberry Mojito

Do you have a favorite pastime/hobby?

Participating in the many New Orleans running clubs and runs… Red Dress Run, Crescent City Classic, Rock N’ Roll Marathon, Happy’s Running Club… this list goes on!

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