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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Senior Sales Manager

Wendy DeBen

Wendy DeBen

Senior 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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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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Account Manager

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Account Manager
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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Event Manager

Nancy Romano

Nancy Romano

Event Manager
nromano@accent-dmc.com

Nancy Romano has a successful history of collaborating with the destination management industry. Nancy’s career began with a small destination management company where she was able to combine her love for music and the City of New Orleans through creating and executing special events. Being a native New Orleanian, Nancy has always had a passion for all things New Orleans, especially live music. After several years of working at a DMC she found a new passion in working with a non-profit youth music organization. Here she would spend the next several years creating and developing programs to benefit the foundation’s mission of providing music education to our youth. Nancy decided to align her love for the city and monumental event experience and rejoin the DMC industry.

 

 

Getting to know Nancy

What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

Chef Donald Link / Link Restaurant Group

 

Where is the best place to listen to music?

So many great venues, so little time! Tipitina’s, Maple Leaf, Chickie Wah Wah & Preservation Hall

 

Do you have a favorite festival?

Jazz Fest!

 

What is your favorite cocktail?

Tequila Rocks ~ fresh lime

 

Do you have a favorite pastime/hobby?

Shopping, shopping, and more shopping

 

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

A Rock Star

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