Who We Are
We believe in the importance of meetings. Something significant happens when meetings bring people together allowing them to connect, to learn and to grow. A successful meeting has the potential to change an organization, to make it stronger. We are passionate and excited about the meetings industry.
With over 70 combined years of experience in the hospitality industry, we have worked together as a team for over 15 years. We fully understand the meeting process. Finding the perfect destination and hotel is the foundation of a successful conference.
Like the iconic cypress tree that strengthens the Louisiana coastlands, Cypress Planning Group will partner with you and your team to build a stronger organization.
Angele du Passage, CMP
Angele is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She found her way to sales by working multiple hotel operations learning the business and ultimately finding her love for sales. Her ability to inspire and direct others resulted in her rise to Associate Director of Group Sales.
Opening Cypress Planning Group has allowed her to focus exclusively on her clients, forming a relationship that continues over time. She is known for her engaging personality and capacity to understand her client’s needs and provide solutions. That, along with her extraordinary knowledge and expertise in negotiations, enables her to find the perfect city and property for her client’s next conference.
She attended Louisiana State University and holds a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism from University of New Orleans. Born and raised in New Orleans, she currently lives in Mandeville, Louisiana with her husband, two sons and their puppy Daisy. Besides her passion for family and love of her city and her work, she enjoys delicious cuisine, working out (a necessity after fabulous New Orleans’ food) and spending time with her family.
Kathan brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to Cypress Planning Group. Her introduction was in the world of food and beverage, managing a James Beard award-winning restaurant. She developed a love for the industry that would endure and evolve as she entered the world of hotels and conventions.
With an education in French, Kathan spent several years teaching the language and had the opportunity to work on educational study abroad programs. The combination of hospitality and teaching experience ultimately drew Kathan to the meetings industry. With an eye for quality, a knack for service and logistics and a passion for continuing education, the meetings industry was the perfect fit.
Prior to forming Cypress Planning Group, Kathan worked over 14 years in sales with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, forming strong ties with her clients and within the industry. She had a keen ability to match her client’s needs to the right property ultimately ensuring the best fit for her client and the event.
She is an active member of the Professional Convention Management Association and received an M.A. from the University of Mississippi. She loves food and wine, traveling, SEC football and her New Orleans Saints.
Ashley is a seasoned hospitality professional with nearly 30 years of experience in the industry. What began as a summer job with the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel evolved into a career where she found her passion working with conferences and conventions. She has received recognition attesting to her skills and is widely respected by her colleagues in the industry.
Her capacity to connect with people flows naturally from her genuine interest in everyone she meets. Forming Cypress Planning Group allows her to work directly with clients who have benefited from her years of experience in the industry. She is before all else, client-oriented, client-focused and driven to find the best fit for her client’s needs.
Ashley received a degree in Communications from the University of Alabama. She resides in New Orleans, Louisiana and is active in many civic and charitable organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys design and her pets. She is part of a close-knit family and cherishes her time with family and friends.
Director Of Operations
Angelle has over 24 years of demonstrated experience in the hospitality industry. Her leadership roles throughout the years have combined her skills of event management, meeting logistics, budget creation, contract generation, and the development of revenue initiatives.
Her ability to develop, streamline and manage multiple projects, staff and resources continually exceed her client’s needs and expectations. These qualities have proven to develop long term partnerships and friendships with her clients. She has extensive experience working for multiple hotel companies such as Sonesta, Starwood, Hilton, Loews and Omni. This has allowed her to build a skill set of “best practices” and fine tune her expertise in meeting management. Having “walked the walk” in the hotel world makes her a great partner as she understands what hotels need to execute programs successfully.
Angelle received a degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism from University of New Orleans. Born and raised in New Orleans, she currently lives there with her husband, daughter and son. Together, they enjoy outdoor activities from the beach to snow skiing, music festivals, SEC football and the New Orleans Saints.
Director, Meetings And Events
Megan encompasses 14 years of hospitality and meeting planning experience, developing her knowledge both on the hotel side and as a meeting planner. Her career launched when she was hired to join the pre-opening team of a beautiful Southern California resort, which later emerged into her passion of planning corporate meetings and events.
Over the years, Megan’s relationships with partner vendors, suppliers, and other meeting professionals have expanded her growth and success in the industry. Her attention to detail, organization, and ability to multi-task are highly recognized by all she has worked with. Megan’s experience includes planning and managing industry tradeshows, prominent client events, Board of Directors meetings, Incentive Trips, annual conferences, and sales meetings. Her greatest fulfillment results from the satisfaction of clients and attendees, and the success at the conclusion of each meeting and event she plans and executes.
Megan received her degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing, from Loyola Marymount University, and currently lives in Orange County, California, where she was born and raised. Her love and energy for life come from spending time with her family and friends while staying active with indoor cycling and outdoor activities near the ocean.
National Account Manager
Rebecca is based in Houston, Texas and has over 8 years of sales and hospitality experience. Her career began at the Sheraton New Orleans hotel as a Sales Assistant where she quickly transitioned to Group Sales Manager. Upon moving to Houston, Rebecca joined the Royal Sonesta as a Business Travel Sales Manager. She has experience in both the group meeting and business travel segments of the hospitality industry.
What Rebecca enjoys the most about sales is building and maintaining client relationships. She strives to ensure that her clients are taken care of and have unique experiences at their conference destinations. Her attention to detail, outgoing personality and genuine desire to care for her clients have made Rebecca’s career a success. She will find the best properties for your groups, which will lead to memorable meetings and events.
Rebecca received her degree in Advertising, with an emphasis in Business, from The University of Texas at Austin. She is an avid Longhorns fan and has a strong love for her hometown, Austin. Rebecca has lived in many cities and has traveled all over the world embracing the uniqueness of each destination. In her spare time she enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling and spending time with her husband Jacob and their new baby girl Millie.
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
She gained marketing experience and strong organizational skills by working for a small, local company on their promotional and social media efforts while overseeing a team of student marketing interns. She sharpened her leadership and communication skills through her involvement in many collegiate and government organizations and by interning for the US House of Representatives, Majority Whip Office in Washington DC.
Molly graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Communications and Information Sciences with a focus on Public Relations and Hospitality Management. She is a Louisiana native from Mandeville and currently resides in New Orleans. Molly is excited to be back in her home state where she enjoys giving back to her community.