GNO Sports Foundation Hires Director of Event Operations

Dede William 1NEW ORLEANS – The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation has hired William Dede as the new director of event operations and community affairs. In this role, Dede will develop and execute operational event plans for major sporting events in greater New Orleans. He will also serve as the community relations liaison with the City of New Orleans on behalf of the Sports Foundation’s major event host committees to promote community initiatives surrounding these events. 

Prior to joining GNOSF, Dede worked for ASM Global as the event services manager for 10 years. In this role, he was the operational point of contact for all major events held at the Caesars Superdome, Smoothie King Center and Champions Square, and was responsible for gathering and implementing the facility logistics for all events, including WrestleMania, the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game and the 2022 Men’s Final Four.

Dede received a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in sports management from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

Additionally, the Sports Foundation has announced new appointments to its board of directors. Each was nominated by a current board member and subsequently approved by the board. The new members are:

  • Erin Burns is director of communications for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. With over 13 years of experience working with government agencies and educational institutions in New Orleans, Burns has developed a knack for connecting organizations to the people they serve through new and traditional forms of media. 
  • Keith Claiborne is an Orleans Parish deputy sheriff. For more than 15 years, he has officiated NCAA football and NCAA basketball.
  • Michael Corchiani is the director of sales and events at Fat Boy’s Pizza. A recent graduate of Louisiana State University, he is involved in New Orleans civic affairs.

The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation is a nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, which supervises and advises business affairs and various activities of the foundation. The board is comprised of community leaders, industry experts and supporters of the foundation’s mission to attract and manage sporting events for the economic benefit of the state and city.

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