ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc. is a full-service, award winning destination management and meeting planning service. They provide meeting professionals & convention planners with local expertise, the highest level of customer service, and truly unforgettable experiences.

Dianne Lyons President

Diane Lyons President

Founded in New Orleans in 1991, Diane Lyons has created a business unlike any other and creates an experience that is unparalleled to any of her competition. With over 23 years of experience in this industry, Diane not only has successfully run her company, but takes pride in being a mentor to those who have worked for her company. “I have had the privilege of training and educating many young women. It has been a great pleasure to be able to empower them and find their best talents. As I do this they have learned more about themselves and come to know their strengths.”

Formula for Success
With every business comes highs & lows and thankfully ACCENT came through it all. “First, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the convention business. Just as we thought we were coming out of those bad times for New Orleans, the national economic recession caused tremendous changes in the meetings and event planning economy; followed by the 2010 BP Oil spill, which had our customers thinking there was oil on Canal Street. The last four years we seem to have weathered all the storms and black clouds. In 2012, the economy turned around in New Orleans and became a great destination for meetings and events. Today, because of many national and worldwide events (i.e. Superbowl), things are on the upswing.”
WBENC certification has given her business a boost and helped her secure business deals. “It has really helped us to work with local and regional companies. The opportunity to work and share with a support system of women who have amazing journeys and are willing to share their expertise is great.”

Inspiration and Insights
Diane believes that passion, persistence, & focus are very important components to keep any business alive. She also adds, “Get involved and don’t be afraid to commit to doing something you’ve never done. Join WBENC. Listen, volunteer, get involved, and work hard.”