Missy Slay has been hired as the Executive Director of the local organizing committee for the 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four®, Doug Elgin, Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner and Chair of the St. Louis Organizing Committee, has announced.
The 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held at Scottrade Center on Sunday (April 5) and Tuesday (April 7) and the NCAA recently unveiled the logo for 2009. The 2008 NCAA Women’s Final Four is in Tampa, Fla.
As Executive Director, Slay will serve as a citywide and operational planner for the St. Louis event. Slay will be working in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship staff and the three partnering organizations in the St. Louis Organizing Committee (SLOC). The SLOC is comprised of the Missouri Valley Conference, the host organization; the St. Louis Sports Commission; and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission.
A native St. Louisan, Slay owns Slay Event Management and Consulting (SEMAC), a full-service event planning and meeting management company. She founded the company in 1998. Slay served in the same capacity for the two most recent Final Four basketball tournaments held in St. Louis (2001 NCAA Women’s Final Four and 2005 NCAA Men’s Final Four).
“Missy Slay’s experience in managing major conventions and other events will be a key factor in St. Louis’ successful hosting of the 2009 Women’s Final Four,” said Elgin. “Missy did a tremendous job in the same role with the 2001 and 2005 events. Her focus as the Final Four approaches will be on coordinating the day-to-day activities of the SLOC and the overall efforts of the dedicated and talented people within our local organizational structure.”
For the past two years, Slay has served as the executive director for Fair Saint Louis Foundation ─ a collaboration of downtown civic organizations ─ which produces Fair Saint Louis and LIVE on the Levee, a free music festival and fireworks event under the Arch on the St. Louis Riverfront.
Under Slay’s reign, the entity has produced a free summer concert series on the St. Louis Riverfront beginning with Fair Saint Louis over the July 4th weekend and continuing with LIVE on the Levee throughout the summer. Each of the six outdoor festival weekends are highlighted by top quality entertainment and firework displays as well food and beverages from St. Louis’ top restaurants.
After graduating from Catholic University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications, Slay returned to St. Louis to manage special events for Congressman Richard Gephardt’s congressional campaign office. From 1996-98, she was the special event manager for the St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association. Most recently, she was the St. Louis Convention Manager for International Pow Wow 2003, the nation’s largest and most prestigious travel industry trade show, which the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission hosted in May 2003.
Slay serves on the Boards of Cor Jesu Academy, The Diversity Awareness Partnership and is active with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the MS Society.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE -- Named Missy Slay Executive Director of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four.