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20 Years of Partnership | Shelley & Jill

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March 1 2018 | News

Celebrating 20 years of Partnership

Rewind 28 years ago - Signature Destination Management, LLC dba ACCESS New Orleans, was founded in 1990 as a woman owned and operated, full-service DMC and Meeting Management Company. In 1998, the current partners, Shelley Pigeon and Jill DiMarco, purchased the young company, and in 2015 aligned with ACCESS Destination Services. Fast forward to 2018 - we are celebrating Shelley & Jill's 20 YEARS of partnership! 

2018 Marks the 20th Anniversary of the partnership of Shelley Pigeon and Jill DiMarco.

Signature Destination Management, LLC, dba ACCESS New Orleans was formed in 1990 as a woman owned and operated, full-service Destination Management Company (DMC) and Meeting Management Company.

In 1998 Shelley Pigeon and Jill DiMarco joined forces to purchase and operate the fledgling company and expanded from 4 employees to 8 in just two years.  Withstanding ups and downs of Mother Nature and other roadblocks, the company continues to thrive and is an established DMC Icon in the New Orleans market.

2015 began a new era in their evolution; aligning with ACCESS Destination Services.  ACCESS Destination Services is a cooperative of experienced owner-operated DMCs that offer national reach and local expertise. Each ACCESS partner office is owned and operated by experienced industry veterans with established relationships in the destinations they serve. Visit www.accessdmc.com

Collectively, ACCESS New Orleans is very active in many industry related associations, and several members of the management team hold board positions in some of these associations, such as Meeting Professionals International (MPI); Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE); International Society of Event Specialists (ISES); Association of Destination Management Executives (ADME); and SKAL International.  ACCESS New Orleans is a Certified Women Owned Business (WBENC) and a member of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (NOMCVB); the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.

ACCESS New Orleans is proud to be one of the Charter Accredited Destination Management Companies in the country as appointed by ADMEI.  This accreditation requires stringent guidelines of operations and administration and client satisfaction. 

The Team Includes:

Shelley Pigéon, CMP, Creative Director/Partner

Jill DiMarco, CMP, DMCP, Director of Accounts/Partner

Nicole Hutchison CMP, Senior Sales Manager

Terence King, Director of Operations

Julie Gautreaux, Program Coordinator

Caroline Crother, Operations Manager

Beth Mabey, Business Development

Devin Waguespack, Operations Manager


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