Hometown Heroes

“Meet me in St. Louis” means exactly that.

Sometimes all it takes to sell this community is a five-minute conversation during a happy hour with a client, a phone call to a colleague at the trade association you belong to, or a discussion during an outing at an industry convention you are attending. Just a few minutes to tout the tremendous assets St. Louis has going for it — James Beard award-winning chefs, insanely fun and imaginative family attractions, a vibrant arts scene, NHL and MLB hometown heroes, river ways and greenways to navigate and explore, and billions in new tourism assets including the $175 million expansion and enhancement of America’s Center. What’s not to love? And, even better — what’s not to do?

Be a difference maker. Take a few minutes while you’re at the bar, on the phone, or out of town at a convention to encourage conference leaders to look more closely at St. Louis as a vibrant host city.

Be STL Proud. Be a Hometown Hero.

Renee Brauns
The American Optometric Association (AOA) unveiled St. Louis to 4,900 Optometry’s Meeting convention attendees. As associate executive director – and perennial Blues fan – Renee Brauns not only wanted attendees to see the newly renovated AOA headquarters in Creve Coeur, but wanted them to experience the city’s inherently striking attributes from her perspective – as a St. Louis resident. To build on the excitement AOA coordinated a two-day tour experience for 250 AOA volunteers prior to the June 2019 con­vention to enable them to become ambassadors for the annual meeting. Read More

Josh Carson
For Josh Carson, who oversees the NAYC youth ministries program, a division of United Pentecostal Church International, St. Louis fit the bill perfectly. As a result, nearly 37,000 teens and young adults participating in the bi-annual convention descended on this fair city in July for spiritual growth and camaraderie. As Carson said, it was a wonderful opportunity to show off the city’s Midwestern friendliness, accessibility, and newly renovated attractions. And, of course, all that hometown space. Read More

Asim Raza
All it took was one person having a 10-minute conversation with a decision-maker at a happy hour in San Diego. “During my brief conversation with the event planner, I discovered that St. Louis wasn’t even on the radar in terms of serving as a convention host city,” said Asim Raza, Chief Legal Officer, Director of Corporate Affairs for the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis for the past 10 years. The sales pitch over appetizers certainly worked its magic. Read More

For more information on booking your meeting in St. Louis, call Stephanie Monroe at 314.992.0657 or email at smonroe@explorestlouis.com.

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