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Meet the Team - PRA New Orleans

Meet The Team

People Make The Difference

Jeff O’Hara

CMP, DMCP, President

It is safe to say that I always knew I would follow an entrepreneurial path. As a young boy growing up in Upstate New York, I took on a newspaper route as soon as I was old enough, at the age of 12. Many kids didn’t think much of slogging through the snow in the dark for two hours after school every day, but for me it was an opportunity to gain some financial freedom. I used the contacts I made on the newspaper route to gain customers for my snow shoveling and lawn mowing services. Snow days were great – no school AND I could make some money! In the summer I hauled a model of perhaps the first ever gasoline powered lawnmower (My Dad must have picked it up at a garage sale in the 60’s. He was never big on “modern conveniences.” Still doesn’t have cable)

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Cindy Hayes

CMP, DMCP, Director of Sales

It all started over 30 years ago when I graduated from LSU in Baton Rouge. I was the typical college grad needing a job. I had worked summers and breaks for major oil companies in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and thought for sure my part-time jobs would land me that high dollar position with a great benefits package following graduation. WRONG! Oil industry folks were getting laid off. Not the right time to get in! Swallowing my pride, I moved back home with my parents and accepted an administrative assistant positon with the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Got my foot in the door! Yes, I had earned a B.S. in Business and my annual starting salary was $10,500 – enough money to pay my car note and

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Gabrielle Schick

Regional Sales Manager 

Born and raised is a term that you hear quite frequently around town in New Orleans. I am proud to say that I am in that number. My family moved to Florida when I was young for a job opportunity, but we quickly rerouted our home back to New Orleans after one short year of being away. It’s true what people say about New Orleans natives, it’s hard to leave and we rarely ever stay away.

I am a proud graduate of St. Mary’s Dominican High School. During my time at Dominican, I truly learned a lot about myself and made lifelong

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Courtney Fields

DMCP, Creative Designer

My name is Courtney Fields and I have been a socialite since I can remember. I am extremely extroverted and am happiest when I’m with other people. I found myself always hosting parties in high school, which led to my class asking me to plan our high school graduation for 600 people. This was my first taste of a large-scale event, and I never imagined it leading to a profession!

After graduation, this “born and raised southern girl” found herself stranded in the desert during college. While at the University of Arizona, I was

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Sarah Howard

DMCP, Senior Event Producer

First off, I was never supposed to be in the events industry. Growing up, I was an avid fan of Law and Order (the original) and I just knew that I was going to be a sassy ADA, working with wise-cracking detectives who always had the perfect one-liner. This was my dream until my junior year in high school when I was researching my US History Advanced Placement (AP) final paper. It was on the Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut and I discovered I could not read legalese, not in the slightest. So now I needed a new dream to follow. While I was pondering this, I realized that, for some reason, a commercial from when I was six years old was running on a loop in my brain. (To this day, I can still sing the jingle

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Monica Price

Event Producer

Monica Price was born in Boca Raton, Florida. When she was four years old, her family moved to Slidell, LA to be closer to her Dad’s side of the family from New Orleans. She has been immersed in the very unique New Orleans culture since she was young – and loves everything about it.

She graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. After LSU,

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