Speaker: Kathleen "Kitty" Ratcliffe, President of Explore St. Louis
Topic: Sustaining and Growing a Billion Dollar Economy
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Check-in and Networking
11:45 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Program
Kitty Ratcliffe is the President of Explore St. Louis. She is responsible for the sales and marketing of St. Louis as a destination for visitors and the operations of both the Convention Center and the Dome at America's Center. Ratcliffe came to Explore St. Louis, formerly known as the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, in 2006, after serving as executive vice president for the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is the only woman in the country running the operations of all three entities.
Dedicated to growing and strengthening the economy of the St. Louis region through tourism development, she believes that St. Louis is a community on the rise. Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5.8 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.
Location: Orlando's Event and Conference Center, 2050 Dorsett Village, Suite 101, Maryland Heights, MO 63043