About ACCENT New Orleans

Our Founder…

…in 1991 Diane B. Lyons, Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP), began the woman owned company with just two people and one ambitious goal

Our staff…

…10 full-time employees, 6 project managers, and more than 100 part-time employees

Our Goal…

…to provide meeting professionals and convention planners with local expertise, the highest level of customer service, and truly unforgettable experiences

Our Work…

…a diverse portfolio with over 100 programs in every major meeting city in the US, as well as Canada and the Caribbean

Our Outstanding Reputation…

…total professionalism and hands-on approach to each job
…exceptional attention to security and safety procedures
…consistent high quality service

Our Awards and Reviews…

…numerous awards and features in several major business publications including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Nation’s Business, as well as an appearance on Good Morning America

Our Professional Accreditation…

…one of the first accredited Association of Destination Management Executives (ADME) in New Orleans

Awards & Accolades

  • DMC Network’s 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award – Diane Lyons
  • Biz New Orleans Women to Watch 2023 – Diane Lyons
  • PCMA Convene magazine “Author of the Year”
  • Contributing editor to Conference Direct’s Meeting Mentor Magazine
  • ADMEI Achievement Award 2016 for Best Creative Activity – Best Corporate Social Responsibility
  • ADMEI Award 2016 for Excellence in Site Inspections
  • International Special Events Society (ISES) Esprit Award 2015: Best Meeting/Conference Program with a budget over $250,000
  • ADMEI Achievement Award 2015 for Excellence in Sustainable Initiatives
  • ADMEI Achievement Awards 2014: Best Innovative Events – $100,001 – $200,000
  • ADMEI Achievement Awards 2012: Best Teambuilding Activity
  • International Special Events Society (ISES) Esprit Award 2011: Best Meeting/Conference Program Budget over $250,000
  • ADMEI Achievement Awards 2010: Best Innovative Event – $201,000 and above
  • ADMEI Achievement Awards 2010: Best Recreational Activity
  • WBEC South Supplier of the Year 2010
  • Diane Lyons , President, named as one of three women nationally as a recipient of the inaugural 2013 HandCraft Heroes award for her support and fundraising for the breast cancer cause.
  • Diane Lyons, President, Named Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine in 2013
  • Diane Lyons, President, Named Among New Orleans City Business magazine’s “Women of the Year” for 2004 and 2012

Our Affiliations…

FICPFinancial & Insurance Conference Planners
SITESociety of Incentive & Travel Executives
PCMAProfessional Convention Management Association
ISESInternational Special Events Society
MPIMeeting Professionals International
NOMCVBNew Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau
NACENational Association of Catering Executives
ADMEAssociation of Destination Management Executives
ASAEAmerican Society of Association Executives