James Carville hosts a dynamic business discussion with leaders in Louisiana Sports
The panel discussion will cover trends and topics impacting critical decisions and decision-makers in Louisiana sports. Emerging from unprecedented adversity over the last two years, the business of sports is rapidly changing and affected by the world around us more than ever before. This panel discussion will give attendees a first-hand look at how sports executives are preparing their organizations for a future of constant change.


Special Guest Cooper Manning looks back at the 2022 NCAA Men’s Final Four and points us forward to Super Bowl LIX
New Orleans’ very own Cooper Manning will introduce two feature presentations of the 2022 Honors Luncheon. Centered around the theme of resilience, Cooper will take us back through the unprecedented adversity of the last two years and celebrate a triumphant return to the world’s stage with the NCAA Men’s Final Four event. Cooper looks ahead to future events to close the Honors Luncheon, including a preview of Super Bowl LIX in 2025.


Emcee for the 2022 Honors Luncheon
A key figure in New Orleans for decades, Mark’s knowledge and history of the region are unmatched. He is the voice of the New Orleans Saints and an indelible part of the sports scene. Mark serves the community on numerous boards and organizations in key leadership positions. As Emcee, Mark will kick off the 2022 Honors Luncheon and share his unique perspective throughout the event.


Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Partner at Chehardy Sherman Williams Law Firm, Current Vice-Chair and Chief Legal Counsel, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation
David Sherman is a Founding Member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (GNOSF), having been Chairman of the Board three times in his 30 years of service as a member of the Executive Committee. David’s exemplary volunteer service to the organization also includes serving as Legal Counsel on the Executive Committee for 4 NFL Super Bowl Host Committees, 3 NCAA Men’s Final Four Local Organizing Committees (LOC), 3 NCAA Women’s Final Four LOCs, 3 NBA All-Star Host Committees, and the annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Committee. While in these leadership roles, Sherman has also volunteered his expertise as chair of the Team Host Committee for Super Bowls and Men’s Final Fours.


Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Partner at Gerdes and Valteau Law Firm, Current Immediate Past Chair, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, and Chairman of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Paul R. Valteau, Jr. served as Civil Sheriff of Orleans Parish for seven consecutive terms, from 1982-2010. Valteau’s long-standing service to the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation includes volunteering his time and expertise as a member of the Executive Committee of the Sports Foundation and the annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl since 2001. Not only has Valteau been Chairman of the Bowl since 2015, but he also served in a dual capacity in 2018 when he served as Chairman of both the GNOSF and the Bowl. Paul’s tenure with the Sports Foundation has also served on the Executive Committee of 3 Super Bowl Host Committees, 3 NBA All-Star Game Host Committees, and the NCAA Men’s Final Four Local Organizing Committee.


Special Recognition for the retiring President & CEO of New Orleans & Company
For almost 20 years, Stephen Perry has served as the President/CEO of New Orleans and Company – which has routinely ranked as one of the top five CVBs in the country. He led the rebuilding of tourism after Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, Hurricane Ida, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Perry’s leadership roles as Governor Foster’s Chief of Staff and CEO of New Orleans & Company have played a significant role in the bids and host committees for various hosted major sporting events, including Super Bowls, NCAA Men’s, and Women’s Final Fours, NBA All-Star Games, and WrestleMania.


President & CEO, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation presents the State of Sports Tourism
Jay’s extensive career as an executive in sports across the state spans from baseball to U.S. Olympic Track and Field. Now, in his second stint at the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, Jay leads the organization’s efforts in bringing major sporting events to the region. At the 2022 Honors Luncheon, Jay will present the State of Sports Tourism address, where he will share the impact of sports on the regional economy and preview upcoming events hosted by the Greater New Orleans region. In 2021 Jay received the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award and will be enshrined into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this fall.


The New Orleans hospitality community rallied together through adversity to bring the City of New Orleans to the world’s stage once again with the 2022 Men’s Final Four.
In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, followed by Hurricane Ida, the Sports Foundation, its valued partners, and the entire New Orleans hospitality community demonstrated sheer resilience in doing its part to make the 2022 Men’s Final Four a resounding success. Join special guest Cooper Manning as he steps to the line and rolls out this unique and naturally New Orleans story that celebrates the Men’s Final Four victory while demonstrating the inherent make-up of our people and our culture in a post-Katrina world.


A celebration of the Super Bowl in New Orleans and introducing the Super Bowl LIX Host Committee Campaign.
The Host Committee officially kicks off its Super Bowl LIX campaign at the 2022 Honors Luncheon. As New Orleans starts its run-up to its 11th Super Bowl, preparations to host the event begin now. The feature presentation, introduced by Cooper Manning, will highlight the region’s rich history of hosting the big game over six decades and preview what’s in store when Super Bowl week arrives in February 2025.