We are the Soul of New Orleans. We are the Guardians of the culture.
The diversity of New Orleans keeps life interesting and keeps visitors coming back again and again. Since 1990, the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network has been working to strengthen that diversity and to encourage multicultural visitation.
Our mission is to identify and promote the cultural diversity of New Orleans and to increase leadership, career, and business opportunities at all levels of the hospitality industry. We partner with local businesses and tourism entities to help keep the city we love in the hearts of travelers.
JOIN THE NETWORK
We promote New Orleans’ cultural diversity and work to increase opportunities in tourism and hospitality for minorities and minority-owned businesses. If you or your business would like to join NOMTN, sign up here.
- Listing in the Soul of New Orleans Business Directory
- Additional advertising options available via www.soulofneworleans.com
- Invitation to Quarterly Partner Exclusive "Meet the Players" Event
- Exposure through social media, website and eBlasts
- Business Partner Spotlights & Features and MORE
Oscar Rainey is employed by Remy Cointreau USA, where he serves as the Senior Market Manager for Louisiana and Arkansas. He is also a managing partner of V Productions, a certified DBE at the Louis Armstrong Airport. Rainey’s hospitality career began at a very young age at his family’s 40-year-old business – “Rainey’s Restaurant Caterers” – where he started as a dishwasher/busboy.
Rainey sits on several boards and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F&AM. of Louisiana, Platta Temple #15 Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North & South America and Its Jurisdiction Inc., and Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel - Motel Management from Grambling State University.
1st Vice President
In 1996, New Orleanian Dinah Campbell graduated from Southern University in social work. Over time, she has taken her knowledge of people and dedication to human development into the realm of marketing. In 1999, she became an account executive at Clear Channel Radio, now iHeart Media, where for 15 years she supported the conceptual development, marketing, and branding of some of the stations most prominent events such as Teen Summit, The Welcome Affair, and Family Day in the Park.
In 2008, Ms. Campbell founded Promotions by Dinah Campbell where she serves as President and CEO. Today she navigates the labyrinth of racial, ethic, gender, and sexual identity to create brands and events that reach audiences both old and new. Promotions by Dinah Campbell is DBE Certified.
Dinah Campbell has also spread her knowledge and desire for helping people into the non-profit sector. Along with sitting on the board of NOMTN, she served on the board for Dress for Success for 13 years and is currently on the board of The Mine Inspiration Center.
2nd Vice President
Anna Sumas was born of Honduran parents and grew up in New Orleans, La. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Economics.
She has spent the last 20 years working in the hospitality industry working with various hotel groups that included Wyndham, Kimpton, Loews and Starwood Hotels.
Her most recent role is Director of Sales for House of Blues and Live Nation Entertainment where she has spent the last 5 years hosting spectacular events.
Other community and organizational involvement include Dress for Success, French Quarter Business Association, GNOSF, NACE, MPI, CVB and the Chamber of Commerce.
She currently lives in Oak Park with her 2 children and husband, Allen Sumas. Her extended family lives in Puerto Rico and Honduras where Anna spends her vacations.
A fan of all genres of music and all types of foods, Anna also enjoys exploring new things to experience in her city of New Orleans.
Luz Lobos is CEO and Founder of Synergy Design Group, an exhibit design firm focused on providing trade show display solutions and permanent branded selling and museum environments for local, national and international clients. Her work at Synergy has been featured in national industry magazines and the company has received Exhibitor Magazine’s “Portable/Modular Design Award” and “People’s Choice Award.”
Ms. Lobos is a proud sponsor of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and an active member of Women Presidents’ Organization, National Association of Women Business Owners, and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, Ms. Lobos received the 2017 Women of Color Achievement Award for outstanding business success and commitment to community service.
Born and raised in El Salvador, Ms. Lobos moved to the U.S. to attend Cornell University College of Architecture and from there went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from LSU.
Michelle D. Craig
Michelle D. Craig currently serves as Managing Partner of Transcendent Legal. She began her legal career at Jones Walker where she worked in the Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX offices from 2002 until 2007. In 2007, she became an Associate at Adams and Reese LLP, and in 2010, she became the first African-American Female Partner in the New Orleans office. Her specialties include labor and employment, education and business and commercial transactions and litigation. In 2014, she founded Transcendent Legal, LLC, a firm that uses technology and cloud-computing to service start-ups and potentially high-growth companies.
Ms. Craig has received numerous awards over the years. She has been named: a Women of the Year Honoree byNew Orleans CityBusiness (2008); an Innovators of the Year Honoree for her work with The Urban League Young Professionals (2008); a Rising Star in the Legal Profession (2009); the Most Powerful and Influential Woman in Louisiana by the Diversity Council (2013); a Leadership in Law award recipient (2013); a Norman C. Francis Fellow (2014); a Role Model by the Young Leadership Council (2014); an Outstanding Millennial in Law (2014); a New Leaders Council Fellow (2015); an Institute of Politics Fellow (2015); a Norman C. Francis Fellow (2015); and one of Gambit’s 40 under 40 (2017).
Ms. Craig holds dual degrees including a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and a Bachelor of the Civil Law (B.C.L.) from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center. She also studied International and Comparative Law at the Université d'Aix Marseille III in Aix en Provence, France.
Donald Dwyer is the Director of Multicultural Sales at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
Donald has developed and implemented sales strategies to increase conversion and market share from the Multicultural Market Segment, Drive brand loyalty and growth in the Multicultural Market Segment, Responsible for understanding consumer buying patterns and developing selling strategies based on insights, Work closely with Area Director of Sales and Marketing in developing marketing strategies (short and long term) to impact hotel need periods, Identify, manage and develop relationships with key decision makers/influencers in the community, Successfully increased average rate by 22% over past 24 Months from Market Segment.
Thomas J. Jones, III, is the current Multi-Property Director of Human Resources for Marriott Hotels where he oversees the human resources functions at Sheraton New Orleans and W French Quarter Hotels. Prior to the Starwood acquisition by Marriott International, he was the Area Director of Human Resources for Starwood Hotels where he provided human resources oversight for in Charlotte, Savannah, Hilton Head and New Orleans. He has worked for Hyatt Corporation as Director of Human Resources in New Orleans and in San Diego. Thomas also has worked in the gaming industry as a Corporate Training Manager, Director of Human Resources and a Regional Training Manager.
Thomas earned a B.A. in Communications from Southern University and a M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He was also an adjunct professor at Kendall College School of Hospitality Management where he taught Human Resources Management and Organizational Culture.
Margaret Montgomery-Richard, Ph.D
A principal of DMM & Associates, LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana has over 30 years of extensive experience in management and leadership at the national, state, and local level. She has held several senior level administrative positions in higher education institutions and systems level. Her areas of expertise include performance and change management, strategic planning, organization development, community engagement, partnerships and collaboratioa principal in DMM & Associates, LLC., with over 30 years of extensive experience in management and leadership development. She has held several senior level administrative positions in higher education institutions and system level as well as served as an EEO Officer. Her areas of expertise include performance and change management, project management, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion training, academic and workforce development education and training, curriculum and program design. Dr. Montgomery-Richard utilizes her expertise to help organizations assess their diversity and inclusion needs, structural, management and leadership challenges to develop strategic solutions to enhance overall performance.
As a trained diversity and inclusion professional and former EEO Officer, Dr. Montgomery-Richard has developed and implemented comprehensive diversity and inclusion plans as well as investigated numerous Title VII cases for colleges and universities as well as public and private entities. She has co-authored curriculum and facilitated numerous seminars in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence for professionals at the local, state and international (Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Canada) levels.
Dr. Montgomery-Richard holds a B.A. in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University, Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New Orleans and a certificate in Management Leadership in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education Cambridge, Massachusetts and attended Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations focused on diversity and inclusion training.ns, workforce development education and training consulting. She utilizes her expertise to help organizations assess their structural, cultural, management and leadership challenges to develop strategic solutions to enhance overall performance. Dr. Montgomery-Richard holds a B.A. in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University, Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New Orleans. She has a certificate in Management and Leadership in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education Cambridge, Massachusetts and attended Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Thomas, a native of White Castle, La. who has lived in the New Orleans Metropolitan area for the past 25 years. He is graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication, along with being a member of the Football Team.
For over the past 20 years, Thomas has been a leader in the sales, marketing and sports management industry. He has worked for companies such as MillerCoors, Coca-Cola , AT&T and Victory Sports & Entertainment, Sports Agent Firm. From 2008 to 2016, Thomas was the 1st African American Brand Market Manager for the State of Louisiana with MillerCoors, In this role, he was the brand leader for marketing, sales and sponsorship initiatives with Essence Festival, Southern University and Grambling State University Athletics, Bayou Classic, NFLNew Orleans Saints Legends, Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club (Mardi Gras), 100 Black Men of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, New Orleans Urban League and Divine 9 - Fraternity / Sorority Greek Organizations. In 2016, Thomas joined the NOCCI (New Orleans Convention Company Inc.) Management Team, the company that has managed the Bayou Classic for the past 8yrs. As the General Manager, he is responsible for developing key corporate sports marketing strategies, event planning and community relations, along with assisting team GameDay Management for the #1 HBCU Classic in the country. “ The Bayou Classic” Throughout his career, he has received numerous community, organization and sales performance awards for his leadership and commitment to excellence. Away from work, Thomas enjoys family, playing golf, traveling, along with his services as a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
John Walker is a 30 year veteran of the Hospitality Industry gaining experience with numerous industry giants including Delaware North, Gulf Coast Restaurants, Pizza Hut, Boomtown Casino, Yum Brands and Burger King. As a seasoned Food Service Professional, who is passionate about advancing the guest experience not only in the restaurants under his operation but also in the employees on his team. A proven leader in the Food and Beverage field recognized on many occasions by both employers and guest for extraordinary commitment to service. While his passion has taken him to numerous destinations, I am proud to call New Orleans home. When not busy overseeing the Food Operations at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, John enjoy spending time with my wife of 28 years Zarul and their two sons. John is an avid sportsman who enjoys all that nature has to offer. This includes fishing, biking, and supporting our home teams.
Here is a list of several awards and accomplishments that he has received.
Commitment to customer service award – New Orleans airport (We moved our customer service rankings from 8th to number 2 in the region. Taco Bell -Celebrating Champions award winner – led the region in customer service scores. Boomtown Casino – Diamond award winner – manager of the year (3 time gold spur winner), Profit award winner – Taco Bell outstanding financial performer for the region, Burger King – top financial performer. Member of the regional guest path committee – Delaware North, Member of the Regional Beverage Champions committee – Delaware North, Currently a Board member of the New Orleans Multi-cultural Tourism Network, ServSafe certified, ServSafe proctor.
Josline Gosserand Frank
Advisory Council Chair
Josline Frank is co-owner/principal and Realtor of World Properties International, Russell Frank Realty Group, LLC. She has served as Co-chair of Fair Housing for NOMAR and is a member of New Orleans Metropolitan Area Realtors, Greater Baton Rouge Area Realtors, LREC and NAR.
Frank spent four years as an Adjunct Facilitator at the University of New Orleans and 33 years as an educator in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. As an Educational Consultant, Frank has served as an instructional and leadership coach to many school districts throughout the United States. She is also a partner in Building Blocks Learning, LLC.
Frank is an Active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pontchartrain Chapter of LINKS, Inc., New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she serves on the Board for JEDCO. She holds a B.S. in Business Education from Southern University and a Masters in Business Education. She has 45+ hours of continuing education from Northwestern State University, Southeastern University, Tulane, Loyola and Our Lady of Holy Cross College. What’s more, she has additional educational certification in Computer Literacy, Marketing Education, Lodging Management, Cooperative Office Education, Administration, Supervision and Principalship.