Regional Conference

Regional Conferences

The Missouri Valley Regional Conference contains two days of highly valuable information and ideas for A/E/C marketers as well as numerous opportunities to network with fellow marketing professionals. The conference is held every other year and rotates between St. Louis, Kansas City, Nebraska and Wichita.  

SMPS Missouri Valley Regional Conference 2017
MVRC 14bSMPS St. Louis is thrilled to host the 2017 Missouri Valley Regional Conference at the apex of the renovation of the St. Louis Gateway Arch park grounds and museum. From the doorstep of the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, attendees can be among the first to visit and enjoy the transformation of this global icon of St. Louis and its vibrant riverfront setting.

The venue is also conveniently located within walking distance of the recently completed Ballpark Village at Busch Stadium, one of the top restaurant and entertainment districts in the region. Our exceptional line-up of presentations and workshops, networking opportunities, and top local attractions and entertainment makes the MVRC2017 Gateway to Success a destination conference you won’t want to miss.

Wednesday, April 5 – Friday, April 7, 2017 

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch 
315 Chestnut Street
Saint Louis, MO 63102

 Visit the MVRC website for more details

Keynote Speakers
Maxine Clark
Maxine Clark is one of the true innovators in the retail industry. During her career, her ability to spot emerging retail and merchandising trends and her insight into the desires of the American consumer have generated growth for retail leaders, including department store, discount and specialty stores. In 1997, she founded Build-A-Bear Workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience. Today there are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide. Cumulative sales have exceeded $5 billion and over 145 million stuffed animals have been sold world-wide.

In addition to her seat on the Build-A-Bear Workshop Board, Maxine is a member of the Board of Directors of Footlocker, Inc. and Gymboree.  Maxine serves on the national Board of Trustees of Teach For America and the local St. Louis regional board, the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of Washington University in St. Louis, the Board of Directors of Beyond Housing and Parents As Teachers, the Board of PBS and the Nine Network of Public Media Board of Directors where she is the current Board Chair. She and her husband Bob Fox are founding donors of KIPP St. Louis and Maxine is a member of the charter school advisory Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Committee of 200.  Maxine is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Saint Louis University and A Doctor of Humane Letters in Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis. In 2006, she published her first book “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart”.

Micahel Geary
Michael V. Geary, CAE, brings more than 20 years of association-management experience to the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) where he serves as chief executive officer. Prior to joining the Society, Geary held the positions of president and chief executive officer at AmericanHort, the horticulture industry’s trade association. He also served as executive director of the independent American Institute of Architecture Students and senior director for the National Association of Home Builders.

Help us make the 2017 Missouri Valley Regional Conference a memorable event while gaining a competitive advantage in positioning your firm! It is our pleasure to offer an abundance of Sponsorship Opportunities to fit any marketing budget. We have several openings but, they won’t last long! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, be sure to let us know early by contacting:

Lori Daiber, Sponsorship Co-Chair

Links of Interest
St. Louis Ballpark Village