Anne Balart Michaels

President

Anne is a New Orleans native. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.  Soon after graduation, Anne accepted a position with CNN in Atlanta. While working in the news industry, she found herself attending functions, events and national meetings. After a while she identified an unsettling trend at these events – a stunning lack of attention to the details that seemed obvious to her. Determined she could improve upon these formulaic events, Anne returned to Charleston and embarked on a career in event planning. For three years, Anne worked for a boutique meeting/event planning firm developing her skills and growing her professional experience.

Ultimately, Anne became certain this was the career for her to pursue and returned to New Orleans. Desirous of “doing it her way” and with a true entrepreneurial spirit, she resolved to open her own company. ARB Meetings and Events became the natural extension of Anne’s experiences.  She is the Founder and President of ARB. The company is built upon an exacting attention to detail, client relationship building and a profound understanding of her clients’ needs. These foundation principles have led to the development and growth of ARB, without sacrificing quality or budgetary constraints.

Anne exercises exacting standards in selecting individuals to join her at ARB. They must share her passion, intellect and commitment to excellence on behalf of ARB clients. She is committed to a “hands on” approach, while empowering staff to work in a positive and forward-thinking environment.  Anne is currently on the Board of Directors at St. George’s Episcopal School where she is Vice-Chair and chairs the Development Committee.  She has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of a local charter school for two years and served on the Carnivale Committee for CADA (Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans).  Anne is a proud wife to Wes Michaels and mother of two sons, Louis (8) and Wilson (6).

Lindsey Spurgeon

Director of Meetings and Events

 

Lindsey joined the ARB team in 2018 as Director of Meetings.  She plays a pivotal role in the management and implementation of all areas of conference and event management.  Lindsey is a southern Illinois native and has lived in New Orleans since 2013 after spending 2 years in San Diego, CA.  She graduated from DePaul University in Chicago where she studied communications and media.

Her education and work experience have been an invaluable addition to the ARB staff. Lindsey possesses a clear understanding of the Project Management requirements to successfully support a client’s event.   She has a keen sense of what clients’ want and is able to deliver that with exacting attention to detail.  Lindsey’s years of experience in the service industry have instilled in her an understanding of how to connect with people on all levels and how to make them feel welcomed.  Her work mantra is that one always has to be flexible and adaptable to change.

Lindsey has a proven track record of on-site support of ARB client events. She has developed a thorough understanding of all the necessary components that transpire in supporting events.  If you are looking for Lindsey on the weekends, you will likely find her alongside her husband Alex, Head Brewer at Urban South Brewery, enjoying one of their many microbrews.  Lindsey also manages an all female beer enthusiast networking group, Girls Pint Out.

Kay Jones Davis

Chief of Operations

Kay Jones Davis moved to New Orleans in the Fall of 2013 after years of traveling to the city for work and to visit extended family. She now considers the Crescent City home and is happy to reunite with her former CNN colleague, Anne Michaels, at ARB Meetings. Kay moved to New Orleans to work for Dinner Lab as their Public Relations Director, handling media outreach and vendor partnerships. More recently, she helped coordinate executive communications at Entergy as Senior Communications Specialist. The bulk of her career was spent in Atlanta and New York City at CNN, where she worked in the unit responsible for booking guest interviews for over 12 of her 14 years with the company, covering almost every major story from 2001-2013. Kay’s most recent job was as Senior Editorial Producer for Network Booking, a role in which she was responsible for coordinating interviews for Breaking News coverage across all CNN platforms. She began her CNN career as a Media Coordinator, where she worked with Anne, before moving to Associate Producer. Davis’ career began in high school as a DJ and news reader for WAVN-AM in her native Southaven, MS. After college, she started her television news career in Memphis, TN. Davis graduated from Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Alabama, where she was named Distinguished Alumnus in Telecommunication and Film in 2011 and currently serves as a mentor through The Oakley Society. Kay is active in the New Orleans community, serving as President of the Board of Directors of CASA New Orleans and as a member and social media coordinator of Sweet Swine O’ Mine, the all-female BBQ cooking team that participates in Hogs for the Cause. She is a member of Krewe of Nyx, fulfilling a lifelong dream of riding in a Mardi Gras parade, and marches in Krewe of Cork with her husband, Chuck.  She and Chuck also “Do It Big” as season ticket holders to the New Orleans Pelicans.