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A native of New Orleans, Mark Romig is the president and chief executive officer of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), the city’s official leisure travel promotion agency responsible for enhancing the local economy and the tourism industry through effective marketing and promotional programs. Since his arrival in June 2011, Romig has led the city’s domestic tourism promotion efforts, resulting in annual year-over-year increases in visitation and visitor spending. Romig is also the stadium announcer for the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Prior to joining NOTMC in June 2011, Romig served three years as vice president of marketing and public relations for HCA Inc. – Delta Division (Hospital Corporation of America) and sixteen years at Peter A. Mayer Advertising, where he was named Top Executive by the Advertising Club of New Orleans in 2002. Previous positions include vice president of public affairs for New Orleans-based Hibernia National Bank, serving on the secretary’s staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., and director of protocol and guest relations for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition.
In January 2019, Romig was honored with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award by the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE), which recognizes one individual each year that has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the community.
Active in his community, Romig coordinated the city’s participation in the bicentennial of the War of 1812, as well the 2015 and 2018 NOLA Navy Week. He is a member of the board of directors of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, the Audubon Nature Institute (2nd Vice-Chair), WYES-TV, New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and the Fore!Kids Foundation. He is the producer of the annual PGA Tour‘s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Currently, Romig is serving a multi-year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Tourism & Travel Advisory Council.
Romig is a former chairman of the board of Idea Village and the Louisiana Travel Association. He served as President of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee, heading up the organization during Hurricane Katrina, when the annual event was temporarily relocated to Atlanta. He served as chairman of the board of Project Lazarus and the Southern Repertory Theater. He is past international president of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity (TKE), and a former board member of the TKE Educational Foundation. He is a member of the board of directors of Fidelity Bank, headquartered in New Orleans.
Romig graduated from Brother Martin High School and attended the University of New Orleans, where he received his BS from the School of Business Administration (School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration) in 1978. He was named the program’s outstanding alumnus in 1984 and again in 2012. He was recently named recipient of the Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of New Orleans for 2016. Romig is a member of St. Rita Parish in New Orleans. He was also honored by the Young Leadership Council as a role model and received St. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activist Award in 2008. He participated in the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and Leadership Louisiana. He was recently announced as one of BizWeekly’s Business Icons in New Orleans. From 2015 to 2018, he served as president and CEO of the 2018 NOLA Foundation, the support arm for the City’s 2018 Tricentennial Commission.
For several years, Romig has served as an adjunct faculty member at Tulane’s University College. He also volunteers as an auctioneer and emcee for non-profit organizations and related events in the region.