Founder of DEVENEY, John Deveney has become a national leader in travel and tourism, known for some of the industry’s best campaigns, results and counsel in strategic marketing and communication. His firm’s meteoric start was chronicled through significant national campaigns with particular strength in crisis, health care, tourism and hospitality. In 2010, John created the strategy and led the team that managed the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s response to the BP oil spill. That effort reshaped public perception and preserved Louisiana’s $9.4 billion tourism industry. Prior to that, John was honored as Agency Executive of the Year by PRNews and topped PRWeek’s list of the profession’s four “Brightest Stars” and “Ambassadors that are Heroes” after he served as a first responder and chief communication officer during hurricanes Katrina and Rita—from evacuation of the city to a military blockade and the aftermath — for the tourism industry, New Orleans CVB and the Louisiana Office of Tourism. John is a top-rated presenter at conferences worldwide and recognized internationally for crisis and issue management for hospitality leaders. John is the only professional to ever merit the lifetime achievement recognition of PRNews’ Hall of Fame, PRSA College of Fellows and IABC Fellows.