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Synergy Design Group to Develop American Italian Cultural Center’s
New Museum

Exhibit Design House Will Showcase Italian-American History
in New Orleans, Engage Guests With Multi-Sensory Museum

NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 24, 2018) — Synergy Design Group is proud to announce selection as the exhibit design house behind the new museum display coming spring 2019 to the American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) in New Orleans’ Warehouse District. The museum will document the assimilation of Italian immigrants into American and New Orleanian culture and retention of their own unique traditions through artifacts, works of art, family histories and more. Visitors are invited to view the exhibition upon its completion on the third floor of the AICC at 537 S. Peters Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130.

The museum display will guide visitors through the first arrival of Italian immigrants to New Orleans to present day, showcasing important aspects of Italian-American life along the way. Topics covered in the museum include art, religion, family and World War II. Synergy Design Group will incorporate a mix of audio (voice recordings, music) and visual media (photographs, artifacts, articles) for a multi-sensory guest experience. The AICC “celebrates Italian-American culture past, present and future,” and the new museum display promises to showcase the Italian-American experience in detail and inspire and engage visitors (AICC, n.d.).

Synergy Design Group’s partnership with the AICC began in 2015 when the exhibit design house collaborated with the AICC’s marketing team to develop and install the American Italians in Jazz museum display. The interactive exhibit showcases influential Italian-American jazz musicians, including Louis Prima and Nick LaRocca, and their contributions to the jazz scene in New Orleans. The American Italians in Jazz exhibition is currently open to the public at the AICC Museum from 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday.

About Synergy Design Group

Synergy Design Group is an exhibit design company that develops trade show booths, display rentals, branded interiors, museum exhibitions and retail spaces. Synergy turns clients’ visions into exhibits that exude professionalism and credibility, generate qualified leads, increase visibility and promote products and services for small- to large-sized companies. The team at Synergy combines detail-oriented design, marketing and logistics to exceed clients’ expectations. For more information, call 504-522-6453 or visit www.synergy-dg.com, Twitter @SynergyDG and Facebook @SynergyDesignGroup.

About the American Italian Cultural Center

The American Italian Cultural Center promotes the culture and heritage of the American Italian community by offering Italian language and culture classes, seminars, concerts, and events. This center will be the leading institution preserving and celebrating the American Italian history of Louisiana. For more information visit americanitalianculturalcenter.com.

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For more information contact Lauren Phelps, Marketing Coordinator:

(504) 522-6453lauren@synergy-dg.com


Synergy Design Group Honored With Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana’s 2018 Excelencia Small Business Award

Exhibit Design Company Recognized for Contributions to the Hispanic Business Community of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LA (May 29, 2018) — Luz Lobos, President and Founder of Synergy Design Group, is one of five recipients of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL)’s 2018 Excelencia Gala Awards. HCCL selected five businesses and leaders based on “their achievements, leadership, inspiration and active engagement with the Hispanic community” (HCCL 2018). The ceremony on September 21st, 2018 at the InterContinental New Orleans recognizes the following honorees:

Cox Communications – Corporate Partner

ASI Federal Credit Union – Community Leader

New Orleans Baby Cakes – President’s Choice

Luz Lobos, Synergy Design Group – Small Business

Alejandra Guzman, New Orleans Business Alliance – Young Leader

Salvadoran-born Lobos founded award-winning exhibit design company Synergy Design Group in 2000. The design group contributes time and resources to initiatives that further HCCL’s mission to increase visibility and economic growth for Hispanic businesses in Louisiana. As one of HCCL’s sponsors, Synergy designs banner stands, backdrops, outdoor tents, promotional items and other display products for Hispanic Chamber events. In 2017, the Synergy team transformed the front lobby of HCCL’s Bilingual Workforce Training & Business Development Center in Kenner, Louisiana before its grand opening. The center provides career counseling, job placement, training and business development seminars to Hispanic community members. Synergy brought cohesion to the space with professional branded signage for the entrance door and reception area and a color-coordinated wall.

Proceeds from the 2018 Excelencia Gala’s silent auction and raffle will help fund the Bilingual Workforce Training & Business Development Center’s programs and services. Attendees will enjoy a dinner dance, musical performance from Julio y Cesar Band and meal from the InterContinental’s Chef Arthur Batiste. The awardees “exemplify what it means to move a region forward,” explains Mayra Pineda, President and CEO of HCCL. “This will be a special evening to thank this year’s honorees and all of our supporters for their generosity and commitment.” 

About Synergy Design Group

Synergy Design Group is an exhibit design company that develops trade show booths, display rentals, branded interiors, museum exhibitions and retail spaces. Synergy turns clients’ visions into exhibits that exude professionalism and credibility, generate qualified leads, increase visibility and promote products and services for small- to large-sized companies. The team at Synergy combines detail-oriented design, marketing and logistics to exceed clients’ expectations. For more information, call 504-522-6453 or visit www.synergy-dg.com, Twitter @SynergyDG and Facebook @SynergyDesignGroup.

About the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana is a non-profit organization committed to creating and facilitating a business climate within the Hispanic community which will result in economic development and progress for Louisiana. HCCL is also dedicated to the expansion of trade relations between the state of Louisiana and Latin America. Its mission is to foster the continued economic growth, development and promotion of Hispanic businesses and their associations in the state of Louisiana and to serve as the conduit between the Hispanic business community and the community at large. For more information visit https://www.hccl.biz/.

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For more information contact Lauren Phelps, Marketing Coordinator:

(504) 522-6453, lauren@synergy-dg.com

NOMCVB’s Rebrand to New Orleans & Company Celebrates People and Culture

Introducing New Orleans & Company

May 16th, 2018 was a special day for New Orleans and our Synergy team. We attended the brand launch party of one of the city’s most influential organizations, New Orleans & Company, formerly the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau. The tourism marketing organization’s rebrand was the first in over six decades and came at the perfect time as we honored New Orleans’ Tricentennial.

After rousing musical performances from Black Magic Drumline and the Victory Belles, New Orleans & Company President and CEO Stephan Perry revealed the new name and its meaning. “Company” refers to enterprise but also to the city’s warm and hospitable culture. Perry stated at the launch party, “We believe that our culture is our greatest strength and that the people of New Orleans create that culture.” The inclusive rebrand aims to represent the city’s residents, thousands of tourism industry employees and visitors who make New Orleans a top travel destination.


New Orleans & Company brand launch event
Stephan Perry, President and CEO New Orleans & Company reveals the new brand name at the launch party on May 16, 2018.

Following the announcement of New Orleans & Company’s new brand, our Synergy team and fellow event attendees took to the streets for a celebratory second line. We paraded our way through the French Quarter to the sounds of the Young PinStripe Brass Band. We danced alongside Mardi Gras Indians and almost bumped into jesters on stilts as we waved our New Orleans & Company handkerchiefs. The festivities concluded at the Steamboat Natchez with a champagne toast alongside the Mississippi River.

New Orleans & Company brand launch event
Members of the Young PinStripe Brass Band set the tone for an afternoon of celebration.
New Orleans & Company brand launch event
The launch party concluded with a champagne toast at the Steamboat Natchez.

After the event we mused about why New Orleans is so alluring to visitors from around the globe. We realized that in today’s independent, fast-paced world, our “Do Whatcha Wanna” lifestyle brings people together (Rebirth Brass Band, 1997). At the launch party, Gregory Rusovich, CEO Transoceanic Development and New Orleans & Company’s 2018 Chairman of the Board explained that “New Orleans is the most authentic city in the world because of our unique culture. That’s the reason why millions visit each year.” And as Perry emphasized, culture exists because of the people. So in honor of New Orleans’ 300th birthday, we celebrate New Orleans & Company and the citizens who made this city great in the past, present and future.

New Orleans & Company brand launch event
Without "culture-bearers" like the Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans "loses its soul," explained Perry during Wednesday's launch party.

5 Healthy Restaurants in New Orleans to Fuel Your Exhibiting

AORN New Orleans Healthy restaurants

Welcome, AORN New Orleans Exhibitors!

We are excited to welcome exhibitors to AORN New Orleans! We know you are going to be busy connecting with your peers during the conference, so to alleviate a little decision-making we prepared a list of five of our favorite healthy restaurants near the convention center for you to try. These restaurants have the fuel you need to keep up during busy days. If you decide to try one out let us know what you think!

1.) Two Chicks

Two Chicks is a favorite of ours for lunch meetings. The restaurant serves breakfast all day, filling lunches and fresh-pressed juices. Luz’s favorite juice is the Iron Chick! Two Chicks’ hours are Tuesday through Sunday 7 A.M. to 3 P.M. and it closes on Mondays.

2.) Carmo 

Taking inspiration from Southeast Asia, West Africa, the Caribbean and South America, Carmo’s menu is not only fresh and eclectic but also emphasizes sustainable relationships with local farmers. The restaurant offers fresh soups, salads, and sandwiches for lunch and a more expansive dinner menu and opens on Mondays from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M., Tuesday through Saturday from 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. and closes on Sundays.

3.) Green Goddess 

Green Goddess is known for vegetarian and vegan dishes but also offers meat options like the BSLT (pork belly, shrimp, lettuce and tomato on French). The magenta hue of the beet hummus dazzles and sides like pickled mirliton slaw and creole kale compliment any dish. Green Goddess is hidden in a tiny French Quarter alley but worth the trek from the convention center. The restaurant opens from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. Wednesday through Sunday.

4.) Pulp and Grind

Where are my juice-heads at? Pulp and Grind offers your choice of house-made cold-pressed juices and a coffee bar. Perfect for people on-the-go, Pulp and Grind’s juices are filled with nutrients that give you energy. The shop is open from 6:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday and 7 A.M. to 3 P.M. Saturday and Sunday.

5.) The Daily Beet

The Daily Beet is a vegetarian restaurant in the Central Business District. The restaurant offers salads, grain bowls, avocado toast, and more. They even serve made-to-order smoothies like the Blue Dream (blueberry, pineapple, mango and banana). Check them out every day from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M.

We hope these suggestions help you find somewhere tasty to eat during your stay in New Orleans. Fuel up at a local restaurant, strut your stuff on the trade show floor, and have some fun! Happy exhibiting!

Springtime Exhibitors: 6 Outdoor Eateries to Enjoy the Season

ACS National Meeting New Orleans

Welcome, Exhibitors to ACS National Meeting New Orleans!

If you’re exhibiting at the ACS National Meeting New Orleans, you’ve come during a beautiful time of year – there is nothing quite like springtime in this city. To help you get acquainted with the city, we put together a list of six restaurants with outdoor seating so you can relax, unwind and recharge after the show while enjoying a truly New Orleans sensory experience. Our picks are all located close to the convention center (and Synergy!) and the Central Business District (CBD).


1.) Café Amelie

Café Amelie, located near Jackson Square, serves Louisiana cuisine and features the largest outdoor dining area on this list. Café Amelie’s patio features lush foliage and a relaxing fountain so wild and green that you may forget you’re in the heart of the city. The café serves lunch and dinner and is open from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. Wednesday through Sunday.


2.) CellarDoor 

CellarDoor is a Creole-inspired restaurant in the CBD featuring an outdoor patio. Menu highlights include Creole nachos, cracklin crusted redfish and Oreo beignets. The restaurant exclusively serves dinner and is open from 4 P.M. to 11 P.M. Monday through Thursday, 4 P.M. to 1 A.M. on Friday, 5 P.M. to 1 A.M. on Saturday and closed Sunday.


3.) Balise

Another CBD gem is Balise. Balise serves southern fare inside a beautiful cozy town home. The menu includes delicacies like pickled quail eggs and down-home favorites like gulf fish and shrimp stew. The restaurant is open from 4:30 P.M. to 10 P.M. Sunday through Thursday and from 4:30 P.M. to 11 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.


4.) Above the Grid 

One of our favorite locales is NOPSI hotel’s rooftop bar, Above the Grid. With ample outdoor seating overlooking the Crescent City, a pool area to lounge and unwind and a snack menu with intriguing locally-inspired dishes, we had to include this venue on our list. Try the house-made chips and dip or muffuletta bruschetta! Above the Grid is open to the public Sunday through Thursday from 4 P.M. to 12 A.M. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 P.M. to 1 A.M.


5.) Cochon 

Check out Cochon for dinner and you won’t be disappointed. Their pork-based menu (Cochon is French for pig) will delight and it’s close enough to the convention center to walk! If this is your first time in New Orleans, you’ve got to try the fried alligator! The restaurant’s hours are 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday through Thursday, 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. on Sunday.


6.) Herbsaint 

From the owners of Cochon comes Herbsaint, one of the Times-Picayune’s 10 best restaurants in New Orleans since 2003. Named after the “Spirit of New Orleans,” Herbsaint refers to the beloved brand of anise liqueur made famous after the city outlawed absinthe in 1912. The restaurant incorporates locally-sourced ingredients into their menu items such as Louisiana shrimp and fish ceviche and crispy goat with curried cauliflower. Herbsaint opens from 11:30 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday through Friday, 5:30 P.M. to 10 P.M. on Saturday, and closes on Sunday.


We hope you will indulge your senses at one or more of these local restaurants during your stay in New Orleans. Perhaps your experience here will inspire another visit. We look forward to welcoming you and as always, happy exhibiting!

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#neworleansexhibitor #visitneworleans #businesstravel


After traveling all the way from Taiwan to exhibit at AAOS, our client Mammon made a mammoth impression with its 10×20 custom turnkey rental.

The single-sided graphic lightbox displaying our client’s logo, company name in 3D acrylic letters, and use of the organization’s colors throughout the booth increased its brand presence. An L-shaped counter with Mammon’s imprinted logo and custom color-coordinated carpet brought synergy to the booth. A white meeting area with café table and chairs added function while custom lit shelving created an illuminated retail product display that showcased its orthopedic soft goods.

mammon custom 10x20 inline trade show display led shelves

We admire our clients for their fearless attitude. Coming halfway across the world to exhibit is no easy feat, and Mammon did it with grace. We wish you success in the future and hope to collaborate again. 

Nomadic Premium Partnership

Nomadic Display Premium Partner

Nomadic Display Premium Partner

Synergy is proud to be a Nomadic Display Premium Partner since 2011 and a Nomadic Display distributor since 2000. What makes Synergy a Nomadic Display Premium Partner? Nomadic selects partners that have “exceptional training, experience, and talent” (Nomadic 2018). Partners are more than display houses, they deliver complete services from design and project management to labor services and storage.


Benefits of Partnership for our Customers

So what does Premium Partnership mean for customers? To become a Premium Partner, one must prove that one can create turnkey solutions AND deliver on promises. Nomadic recognizes that Synergy’s results-driven expertise helps clients increase sales, maximize their ROI, and get real results from the show so they can continue to improve their exhibiting strategy.

Synergy wants clients to succeed in the long-term and is dedicated to creating displays that are as functional as they are beautiful. Connect today to work with Synergy for your next show!

2017 Women of Color Achievement Awards

Unfazed by Glass Ceilings, Honored Minority Women Bring Millions in Revenue, Hope to New Orleans

100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans with the Women Presidents’ Organization Honor Women of Color Leading Successful Businesses and Nonprofits at 2017 Achievement Awards

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, Inc. and the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) honor nine (9) women at the 2017 Women of Color Achievement Awards. The organizations identify local women business owners who exemplify professional success and commitment to community service. The event takes place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 P.M. at the Renaissance Arts Hotel, 700 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA, 70130.

According to 2012 census data minorities owned 36% of local businesses, but profits from those firms amounted to only 2% of total receipts (The Data Center, 2015). One of the goals of the honored women is to improve this statistic so that New Orleans’ economy and citizens thrive. These leaders own multimillion dollar businesses that contribute to economic development in New Orleans. They also actively network, recruit and invest in the community which puts money back into the local economy. Prior to Wednesday’s event, Founder of the Women Presidents’ Organization Marsha Firestone, PhD., would like to “[…] salute all of this year’s powerful award winners as role models for women and girls everywhere.”

Among the award recipients is Luz Lobos, founder and president of Synergy Design Group. “Synergy,” the mutually beneficial joining of elements, is both the inspiration for Luz’s company name and approach to community-building. For Luz, collaborating with people who have different perspectives stimulates creativity, achieves a common goal and builds synergy. The 2017 Achievement Awards honor women who come together despite different backgrounds in order to grow businesses, drive the local economy and inspire others. 

2017 Women of Color Achievement Awards
Lobos' 2017 Women of Color Achievement Award

The 2017 Women of Color Achievement Awards honor:

  • Lorraine Dinvaut – Marriott Moxy New Orleans Hotel
  • Michelle Gobert – Image 360 New Orleans
  • Tara Hernandez – JCH Properties +
  • Dr. Jarrett Johnson – Primary Eye Care
  • Teresa Lawrence – Delta Personnel, Inc.*
  • Luz Lobos – Synergy Design Group*
  • Marian Pierre – Crescent Guardian, Inc.
  • Joaneane A. Smith – Global Commerce and Services, LLC
  • Iam Tucker – Integrated Logistical Support, Inc.

*Current WPO Members

About Synergy Design Group

Synergy Design Group is an exhibit design company that specializes in creating trade show displays, retail displays and branded interiors. By focusing on creating exhibits that exude professionalism and credibility, Synergy turns clients’ visions into working event spaces that increase visibility, generate qualified leads and promote products and services for small- to large-sized companies. The team at Synergy combines design, marketing and logistics to exceed clients’ expectations while working within their financial and spatial parameters. For more information, call 504-522-6453 or visit www.synergy-dg.com. Follow us on Twitter @SynergyDG. Like us on Facebook @SynergyDesignGroup.

About 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, Inc. 

The 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) youth development organization founded in 1993 with a mission to provide support and improve the quality of life for African Americans, and youth in particular, in the New Orleans Community. For more information please visit: www.100blackmennola.org. Follow us on Twitter @100BlackMenNOLA. Like us on Facebook @100BlackMenNOLA.

About the Women Presidents’ Organization

The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting women who own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across six continents, chapters of 20 women presidents from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com. Follow us on Twitter @WomenPresidents. Like us on Facebook @TheWPO.

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Old World Meets New

Our client, Habana Port Cigars needed a custom retail display for their location at the New Orleans Riverwalk. The father and son duo behind Habana Port were a lot of fun to work with. The challenge: one loves traditional elements while the other loves a more modern look. We developed a custom solution to combine the essence of both with their brand.

habana port custom retail display humidor

To appeal to the old-world taste and for cigar storage function, we used cedar to create the custom, wall-sized humidor and added leather pulls for a distinct feel. The contemporary feel was defined by white quartz countertops, white acrylic 3D product names, and clean and bright LED side panels for product showcase illumination. 

Functional elements include hidden vents for the display to work as a huge wall humidor and accessible storage on the cabinetry behind the top signage. The central pylon vertical retail screen and custom shaped signage tied together the modern materials and traditional finishes to create a professional and functional presentation at the Outlet Collection Riverwalk Mall.

habana port custom humidor retail display monitor

The impressive details make this custom humidor retail display unique. Our client was pleased with the cohesive blend of old and new worlds that perfectly exudes their vision of Habana Port Cigars.

Jazzin’ it Up

New Orleans is known around the world for its jazz music. From street corners to concert halls, the sound of music constantly floats through our humid atmosphere. The American Italian Cultural Center wished to celebrate some of the American Italian jazz musicians who made New Orleans groove and asked Synergy for help.

Synergy combined sound, sight, and touch to deliver on a multimedia exhibit display installation complete with LED screens, an interactive kiosk, custom wallpaper and 3D signage. Viewers watch videos and listen to samples of the music as well as listen to interviews of the artists on the interactive stand. Large-format historical images, portraits, and personal anecdotes give exhibit viewers an intimate glimpse into the musicians’ careers and lives. Contemporary red benches provide visitors a place to sit while learning about American Italian jazz history.

American Italian cultural center Jazz musicians exhibit installation museum display custom exhibit design 3D lettering
american italian cultural center jazz wall custom exhibit interior museum display custom exhibit design interactive
american italian cultural center jazz exhibit close up design 3D signage sign custom exhibit design museum display 3D lettering
american italian cultural center ipad stand interactive touchscreen kiosk custom exhibit design museum display

The installation at the American Italian Cultural Center sponsored in part by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation is an example of how Synergy combines the different elements of exhibit design to create a visually captivating, educational and synergistic display.