Mary brings her expertise in high volume, high end, multi-platform operations to her role as Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. As a resourceful leader, she is able to foster the mission of providing quality service in beautiful and comfortable settings for guests to enjoy during their stay with LBA.
Throughout her career, Mary served as the executive on several teams including Executive Director of two large non-profit organizations, Vice President of Operations for a North Carolina Marketing firm, producing large festivals and events and the owner and operator of a 40,000 square foot jazz restaurant in the famous French Quarter of New Orleans. Mary’s Jazz Restaurant was voted #1 Jazz Venue by regional publications and chosen to represent the Crescent City by the Convention and Visitors Bureau as the preferred venue representing the culture of New Orleans by the US Department of State. As owner, she was in charge of creating menus, managing staff, hiring and directing top chefs and managing national talent. She strongly believes that the food and beverage operation is not just an amenity but a business within a business with great potential.
In 2009, Mary joined LBA and took on the role of managing, training and implementing policies for the Food and Beverage operation company-wide. She oversees 25 retail restaurants and seven full bar and evening food operations throughout LBA’s 48 Limited Service properties. She also works closely with all seven of the Reginal Directors of Operations in the food and beverage area.
Mary is a professional jazz vocalist and toured the United States and Europe with her New Orleans based group, The New Orleans Jazz All-Stars. In her free time, she still loves to perform.