Archive for October, 2011
Ted Selogie is general manager of the JW Marriott New Orleans hotel in Louisiana. The 26-year Marriott veteran is a two-time award winner for North American Lodging Awards including The Leadership Excellence Award for the Central Region – one of Marriott’s highest awards for sales and marketing achievement and operational excellence. He was also named General Manager of the Year for New Orleans in 2010 by Where Magazine.
Selogie joined Marriott International as a captain and assistant banquet maitre d’ of the Chicago Marriott Downtown hotel. He quickly advanced through the ranks and held various catering, food and beverage and marketing positions in hotels throughout Illinois and Iowa. In 1995, he was named director of marketing at the Schaumburg Marriott hotel in Illinois and later appointed as assistant general manager of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel at Public Square. In 1999, he was named general manager of the Chicago Downtown Courtyard, which he held for two years before his appointment as area general manager of the Oakbrook and Southwest Cluster in Illinois.
Ted is an active member in his community. He works with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Jones House for Battered Women, Proviso East Public Schools, and Homes for Children with Downs Syndrome. For the past 20 years, he has served as an instructor for Marriott’s sales and catering schools. Currently, he serves as a board member for the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience and Marriott Business Council’s Committee Chairman for the DonorsChoose.org “Spirit to Serve New Orleans” service project that will help fund teacher projects for the upcoming school year. He was president for the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association in 2009 and currently, committee chairman for government affairs for GNOHLA and the Louisiana Hotel and Lodging Association.
Selogie studied Industrial Engineering and Marketing at the University of Illinois. He is a triathlete, an avid sailor – 7th in Penguin Class for Two-Man Sailing World Open—and enjoys playing the trumpet. He currently resides in New Orleans and has a 15 year-old son, named Zachary.
Dr. Corey Hebert is one of the most renowned physicians practicing medicine in the United States today. His travels across the country and around the globe have connected him to thousands of people as both a healer and a motivator, all the while practicing both Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hebert is one of the most sought after speakers in his field. He is a highly regarded medical broadcast journalist, workingas on-air medical editor for the NBC television affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, as well as a frequent contributor to the “Dr. Oz Show”. He is also a current contributor to the Discovery Channel’s “How Stuff Works” television show. Dr. Hebert is the host of an extremely popular weekly radio talk show on the Citadel Broadcasting Network, called “Doctor For The People” in which he answers health questions live on the air from people throughout the New Orleans metro area and across the country for those who hear his show simulcast on the internet. Dr. Hebert has a very unique charm which allows him to talk to urban youth and chairmen of boards with the same level of acceptance and respect. This is an extremely difficult balancing act, which is what separates him from so many others in his fields of pursuit. Dr. Hebert has recently accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of Black Health Television, Inc.
Dr. Corey Hebert, a practicing physician, and television and radio talk show host, is one of the most widely sought after professionals in his fields of community inspired medicine and motivational speaking. After leaving his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dr. Hebert attended Morehouse College, alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He took the campus by storm by becoming freshman class president of what was then the largest freshman class in the college’s illustrious history. Dr. Hebert always wanted to serve his fellow man and upon graduation from Morehouse he continued the pursuit of his goals at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
While at Meharry, Dr. Hebert received many awards and held many leadership positions. He was the first student to sit on the Institutional Review Board of the college as well as the recipient of the awards of “Best in Surgery” and “Best in Pediatrics”; the latter discipline however, would soon become Dr. Hebert’s life’s passion. Also, while at Meharry, Dr. Hebert won the prestigious National Health Service Corps Scholarship which would finance his education but also allow him to foster his vision of serving the under represented populations of America. Upon completion of his studies, Dr. Hebert started his residency at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans La. where he honed his clinical as well as his leadership skills. He was elected to the National Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics during which he received a special National exemplary achievement award for leadership. Dr. Hebert was also the Chairman of the Louisiana State Medical Society Resident section, the first African American to hold this position.
Dr. Hebert’s clinical expertise earned him the position of Chief Resident of Pediatrics at Tulane University. Dr. Hebert was the first African American to achieve this honor in the renowned institution’s history. After residency Dr. Hebert continued to strive for excellence while fulfilling his obligation to the National Health Service Corps. As Director of Pediatrics for Excelth, Inc., Clinical Pediatrician for New Orleans City Health Dept, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tulane University, Dr. Hebert saw the healthcare needs of the downtrodden of New Orleans, which were not being addressed. Talking to patients, one by one, was just not good enough to make sweeping changes in an underserved, ill educated community. Dr. Hebert took the bull by the horns and started to produce and host an informative TV show about pediatric health concerns unique to the inner city. The show was aptly titled “Urban Pediatrics” and is still very well received by the parents in the greater New Orleans area.
Dr. Hebert has a very sincere charm which allows him to talk to a range of community members including urban youth and corporate executives with the same level of respect and admiration. Reaching out to people at their individual levels is an extremely difficult balancing act, and has what separates Dr. Hebert from so many others in the field of medicine. “I want to be able to talk to the janitor and the chief of staff so that both can understand what I am telling them, says Dr. Hebert, “This is what exemplifies a great communicator.”
Dr. Hebert has garnered many accolades in the city of New Orleans such as being recognized an being one of the “30 Leaders of the Future” in Ebony magazine, one of the “40 under 40” in Gambit Weekly, and he was also picked by CitiBusiness Magazine as one of the “People to Watch in New Orleans”. Dr. Hebert was even recognized by St. Charles Avenue magazine as “The Best Dressed Man in New Orleans”. Dr. Hebert has been featured many times on national broadcasts including “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “The Early Show” with Harry Smith on CBS, “NBC Nightly News” with Brian Williams, “Good Morning America” and on the MSNBC shows, “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann and “Dr. Nancy” with Dr. Nancy Snyderman. Dr. Hebert has been dubbed as the expert on healthcare issues by NBC News (WDSU-TV) where he is also the Chief Medical Editor and is on air daily. He was also featured in the Spike Lee feature film, “When the Levees Broke”. He hosts a weekly radio show on Citadel Broadcasting Network, aptly titled, “Doctor for the People” A nickname given to him by the communities which he so readily serves. He currently is also a contributor to the Discovery Channel show,”How Stuff Works” and a frequent contributor to the “Dr. Oz Show”.
Dr. Hebert serves on many committees and boards and has served as the Vice-Chairman of the National Executive Committee for the National Health Service Corps. This very important board, overseen by the Surgeon General decides which areas in the US and US territories will be designated as underserved and underrepresented. Recognizing that the school children of New Orleans were some of the most unhealthy, overweight, stressed children in the United States; Dr. Hebert accepted the position of Chief Medical Director of the State of Louisiana Recovery School District. He will spearhead an innovative wellness concept in all of the more than 70 schools in the district to ensure the mental, physical and social health for all of school’s students as well as all faculty and staff. He developed the 1st annual “Fleur de Physicals” in New Orleans which allows all students in New Orleans Public Schools to obtain a free sports physical in preparation for the school year. This year alone the event served over 1000 children. Dr. Hebert has also secured free immunizations for the entire Louisiana Recovery School District, to ensure compliance for the totality of children in Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Since his appointment, the immunization rates have increased from 53 to over 93 percent. Most recently he has been appointed to Chief Medical Officer of Dillard University in New Orleans.
Dr. Hebert vision of helping others extends beyond national boundaries. He organized an annual medical summit in conjunction with the “One World Music Festival” in Durban, South Africa, which addresses the medical needs of that community. The medical outreach component does free HIV testing, HIV education, diabetes screening and education/treatment of chronic illness. This outreach mission, currently in its third year, directly affects thousands of children and adults annually in the Durban area.
He is currently working for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on a Media Roundtable that travels throughout the United States educating the Minority Media on effective ways to give information about the H1N1 vaccine to populations who are inherently have issues concerning vaccine administration. Dr. Hebert directly addresses the media outlets in major cities on behalf of the CDC to increase immunization rates in the United States.
Dr. Hebert’s interests are diverse. One might find him riding his motorcycle through the streets of New Orleans or as an avid golfer, taking in 18 holes on any golf course he can find. He is presently in academic practice as well as owns a medical consulting firm, which does clinical research in many disciplines of medicine. He travels extensively for motivational speaking engagements for many national organizations that recognize his ability to communicate and his lifelong dedication to his craft. He has just accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of BHTV, LLC. Dr. Hebert is 40 years old and has one son, Corey Joseph Hebert, Jr.
Mark C. Romig, APR
A native New Orleanian, Mark is the CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), the city’s official leisure travel promotion agency responsible for enhancing the tourism industry through effective marketing and promotional programs. An established public relations and marketing professional and is currently accredited (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America. Mark has been involved in a variety of historic and milestone events throughout his career, including the development of the Hotel Inter-Continental New Orleans, the 1984 Louisiana World’s Fair, U.S. presidential nomination attempts by both Elizabeth and Bob Dole, the successful 1999 reopening of Harrah’s New Orleans, the 2006 Sugar Bowl (only Sugar Bowl game ever to be played outside of New Orleans due to Katrina) and the wildly successful Idea Village New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
Prior to joining NOTMC, Mark served several years as Vice-President of Marketing and Public Relations for HCA Inc. – Delta Division (Hospital Corporation of America). HCA is one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers, operating hospitals in 20 states and England. The Delta Division encompasses HCA’s Louisiana and Mississippi operations, including Tulane Medical Center and Tulane-Lakeside Hospital. Mark joined HCA after a sixteen year career at Peter A. Mayer Advertising. Named Top Executive by the Advertising Club of New Orleans in 2002, he was promoted to President of Peter A. Mayer Advertising’s Public Relations Division in 2004, managing a staff of ten professionals and dozens of clients. While at Peter Mayer Advertising, Mark also provided professional support to many community initiatives including the introduction of former New Orleans Chief of Police Richard Pennington, the Bring New Orleans Back Commission and the Fleur de Lis Ambassador Program. Prior to joining the agency in 1992, Mark served as Vice President – Public Affairs for New Orleans-based Hibernia National Bank. From 1985 to 1987, and then again for a brief period in 1988, Mark served on the Secretary’s staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. There, he worked as a Staff Assistant to Secretary Elizabeth H. Dole, and also performed a similar role for Mrs. Dole during her husband’s run for the presidential nomination in 1987-88. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Mark was Director of Protocol and Guest Relations for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition (1984 World’s Fair) from 1982 – 1984. Immediately following the World’s Fair, he served a brief stint as Executive Director of LaFete, New Orleans’ Summer Festival, the non-profit organization promoting New Orleans during the summer months. Prior to joining the World’s Fair team, Mark was part of the team that developed the New Orleans Inter-Continental Hotel, and was hired as its first National Sales Manager.
Active in his community, Mark, along with his father Jerry, is serving as Co-Chair of the Media & PR Committee for the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee and is also working in a volunteer leadership role for the city’s participation in the 2012 Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (OpSail 2012). He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Board Secretary for Xavier University of Louisiana. Mark also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the NO/AIDS Task Force. He is president of the Fontainebleau Improvement Association and is affiliated with City Year – Louisiana, serving as a City Year – Louisiana Champion. He is also a member of the New Orleans City Park Board of Commissioners and a Board Member of TKOP – Circle of Courage Mentoring.
Mark is immediate past Chairman of the Board of The Idea Village and is an emeritus member of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the annual PGA TOUR ‘s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He is a former President and Chairman of the Board of the Sugar Bowl Committee, heading up the organization during Hurricane Katrina, when the annual event was temporarily relocated to Atlanta (currently a member of the Executive Committee). He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Project Lazarus (currently a member of the Development Council) and the Southern Repertory Theater. Mark is past International President of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE), and is a former board member of the TKE Educational Foundation. He remains active in his fraternity as a leadership development speaker at the Charles Walgreen TKE Leadership Academy, with a concentration on servant leadership models. Mark is a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and Leadership Louisiana. For several years Mark taught public relations courses at Tulane’s University College.
Mark graduated from Brother Martin High School and attended the University of New Orleans, where he received his B.S. from the School of Business Administration (School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration) in 1978. While in college, Mark interned at the Royal Orleans Hotel, working in several departments to gain experience and credit toward his degree. He was named the school’s outstanding alumnus in 1984. Mark 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.