Explore St. Louis Introduces Denece Laborde as Corporate Sales Manager for America’s Center Next Generation Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 7, 2022
EXPLORE ST. LOUIS INTRODUCES DENECE LABORDE AS CORPORATE SALES MANAGER FOR AMERICA’S CENTER NEXT GENERATION PROJECT
Laborde will guide Explore St. Louis’ Corporate Sales starting March 14th
St. LOUIS – Explore St. Louis has announced that Denece Laborde will represent the organization as their new Corporate Sales Manager, starting March 14, 2022. Laborde will be a key team member as the America’s Center Next Generation (AC Next Gen) $210 million expansion and facelift continues for the America’s Center Convention Complex in downtown St. Louis.
Laborde brings to Explore St. Louis extensive experience in convention center and hotel sales having worked with the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Kronos Hotels, and most recently, New Orleans & Company.
“Denece’s experience in the convention services industry makes her a perfect fit for the position,” said Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe, president of Explore St. Louis. “Her expertise will be a great asset as we expand and enhance America’s Center to accommodate future events.”
“I am thrilled to be selling St. Louis, a city near and dear to my heart, in part due to my grandfather’s love for the St. Louis Cardinals,” said Laborde. “With the AC Next Gen improvements underway, St. Louis is now positioned as THE place to host national events.”
The plans for AC Next Gen include improved and redesigned exhibit space, a new approximately 61,000 square foot ballroom which opens to a ground level outdoor pavilion, enhancement of the Washington Avenue entrance, more than twice the number of loading docks for access to the exhibit space, and other improvements to meet the needs of today’s events.
About Explore St. Louis
Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5.9 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis City and County, and operator of the America’s Center Convention Complex. www.ExploreStLouis.com