NOCCI CELEBRATES SIXTH BAYOU CLASSIC MANAGEMENT CONTRACT WITH NEW HIRE

    NOCCI CELEBRATES SIXTH BAYOU CLASSIC MANAGEMENT CONTRACT WITH NEW HIRE

NEW ORLEANS, LA- The 43rd Annual Bayou Classic marks the sixth year New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI) is awarded the management contract for the game and festivities between Grambling State and Southern. In wake of this announcement, the company welcomes Quintin Thomas as General Manager of NOCCI’s Sports Marketing and Entertainment Department.

The Bayou Classic, which has seen many gains since NOCCI took over in 2011, boasted a record breaking attendance of 62,907 in 2015; the highest number since the Classic returned to New Orleans post Katrina. With Thomas on the company’s team, NOCCI is excited to bring the Classic to even more heights in 2016.

Thomas has 20 years of sales, marketing and sports management experience working for companies such as MillerCoors, Coca Cola, Six Flags Corporation and Victory Sports & Entertainment.  For the past eight years as Brand Market Manager/Sales Representative of MillerCoors, Thomas worked on the sponsorship side of the Bayou Classic. Thomas led the MillerCoors Brand as a key supporter of both the Southern University and Grambling State University Athletic Programs.

Thomas was also the leader of driving sales, marketing & sponsorship for the Coors Light Brand in the Louisiana African American Market for Essence Music Festival, NFL/New Orleans Saints Legends, Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and Alumni Fraternity Organizations.

"I look forward to growing NOCCI’s Sports Marketing and Entertainment Department," says Thomas. In addition to the Bayou Classic, Thomas will be overseeing the Fall 2016 HBCU Road Tour, managing sponsoring companies for Super Bowl LI in Houston, and developing sporting events for the New Orleans Tricentennial in 2018.

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About New Orleans Convention Company Inc.

With more than 29 years in the event management industry, New Orleans Convention Company Inc. (NOCCI) has been the foundation of some of the New Orleans’ most memorable events. Specializing in event marketing, conference planning and meeting logistics, NOCCI aims to excite, engage, and entice participants.  Visit NOCCI online at www.nocci.com

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