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Explore St. Louis welcomes Judy Kent as the new national sales manager for Explore St. Louis. In her new role, Kent will generate new business for the America’s Center convention complex while ensuring success for established convention clients.

“We are excited about Judy joining our team,” says John Bettag, vice president of sales for Explore St. Louis. “She is a dynamic leader with extensive knowledge in tourism sales and marketing. We are confident that she will help us take Explore St. Louis to an even higher level.”

Prior to joining Explore St. Louis, Kent served as the director of sales and marketing for the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. She also spent nine years with Experient, A Maritz Travel Company, as a strategic sales executive, association sales. Previously, she was the regional director of Midwest convention sales out of Chicago for Tourism Toronto.

Throughout her career, Kent has held senior sales management positions with The Traveller, Inc., Intercontinental and Marriott Hotels in the U.S. and Canada. She is an active member of several industry organizations, including ASAE and PCMA, and has served as a guest speaker for professional events and university hospitality programs. One of her true passions is coaching young people as they start to navigate their careers. She attended Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn.

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. For more info, visit https://explorestlouis.com/

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