Marshall Thompson has been named director of group sales at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

He was national sales manager at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida.

Marilyn Cosenza Rose has joined the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP as litigation business development manager. The New Orleans native held marketing and business development roles in the Philadelphia office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Mark Romig, president and chief executive officer of the New Orleans’ Tourism Marketing Corp., has been named to Fidelity Bank’s board of directors. He succeeds Allain C. Andry III, who served for 43 years and is retiring.

Matt Taylor has been appointed executive director of leasing and brokerage at Property One in Metairie. Taylor has 17 years of experience at the company representing corporate tenants and real estate owners. He is the leasing agent for over 50,000 square feet of office space in Metairie and about 400,000 square feet in the New Orleans CBD.

Gary Dressler has been named an associate director in the New Orleans area practice of accounting firm Postlethwaite & Netterville APAC. He will focus on matters pertaining to Louisiana state and local taxation. Dressler was a state tax resource at KPMG, where he worked with companies in various industries, including health care, transportation, oil and gas, utilities, chemicals, retail and distribution, restaurant and telecommunications.


IberiaBank has named Robert P. “Bobby“ Fahey as senior vice president and private client relationship manager in its private client group and C. Davis Prescott as vice president and commercial relationship manager in its commercial lending group. Both are at 3700 Essen Lane. Fahey was senior vice president and senior commercial banker. Prescott was vice president and private client relationship manager.

Raymond Fugler has been named manager of business development at Costner Consulting LLC.

He was construction section head for five ExxonMobil sites in the Louisiana area, managing more than 200 projects with budgets totaling over $500 million.

Christine Kennedy, general manager of Xdesign Inc., has been elected president of Sales and Marketing Executives of Greater Baton Rouge.

Other officers are Past President Brooke Bramlett Coogan, director of the Woman’s Center for Wellness; President-elect Gary Littlefield, market president for Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co.; and Treasurer Sarah Ganong, marketing and communication specialist at Campus Federal Credit Union. Other board members and their areas of responsibility are Ken Champagne, senior vice president and business leader of US Agencies, and David Latona, manager of member and public relations at DEMCO, both co-chairs of excellence nominations and sponsorship;

Tiffany Ellis, sales manager at Visit Baton Rouge, Julie Domma Russell, account executive at Franklin Direct Mail, and Ward Wyatt, general manager of LSU Sports Properties, all programs co-chairs; Joey Papania, key account consultant at Cox Media, and Stephanie Clarke, co-owner of Turnkey Accommodations - Turnkey Partners Real Estate, both marketing co-chairs; Alicia Baron, managing director of the Downtown Business Association, Maria Roussel, regional sales manager at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Virginia Black, plantscape design and sales at Billy Heromans Flowerland & Plant Service, Diana Graff, director of sales at the Hyatt Place Baton Rouge, and Maranda White, owner of Octagon Media, all excellence entertainment / auction co-chairs; Kristen Hogan, marketing director at the YMCA of the Capital Area, philanthropy chair; and Nancy Carter, owner of Carter Companies, executive director and membership/sponsorship chair.

Business First Bank has named Greg Robertson as chief banking officer, Sonya Jarvis as chief operations officer and Philip Jordan as western region chief executive officer.

Robertson was western region CEO. Jarvis continues to serve as chief risk officer and primary coordinator of regulatory activities. Jordan was president of the bank’s northwest Louisiana division.


Opera Louisiane has elected Russ Chapman as chair of its board of directors and has named Michael Borowitz as artistic director.

Chapman is a professor emeritus in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at LSU, and was the founding dean of LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment.

Borowitz was music director.