2013 ICON Award Winner

2014 ISES St. Louis Louie Awards

Icon Award Winner LaTonja Thomas

This year’s recipient of the Icon Award, LaTonja Thomas is an example of what we all strive to be in both our Professional and Personal lives. 

LaTonja became a member of the ISES St. Louis Chapter in 1999 and has been on a committee or the ISES St. Louis Board since 2001, including two terms as President in the 2006/07 and 2009/10 Seasons.  Her ISES accolades include :

  • The 2005 ISES Bob Bargen Award
  • Louie Awards for the Best Corporate Event Award in 2002, 2003, and 2004
  • 2009 President’s Award

She has served on ISES International Committees since she left the local board in 2011, and is now in her second year as Regional Vice President for the ISES Midwest Region.  She has always held ISES and The Event Industry in high priority during her very active 15 years of membership, regularly attending regional and national conferences, as well as local membership meetings.

In September of 1992 LaTonja started at the St. Louis Business Journal as an Advertising Administrator, supporting a sales staff of 11.She has held the positions of Special Event Manager Director of Circulation and Special Events, and is now the St. Louis Business Journal ‘s Director of Audience Development.

In her current role she reports directly to the Publisher. Her responsibilities include growing subscriptions by 3% each year, managing over 30 meetings and events annually, involving 50-1100 attendees with an annual budget of $600,000, and overseeing the company’s product awareness and brand image.

More important than being a respected and engaged event professional, she is the wife of Pete, the mother of LaTia, and a loving daughter.  Her passions include Tae Kwon Do- she is a 2nd degree black belt!- and Big Brothers Big Sisters for which she has mentored for many years.  She fills the rest of her time with baking, entertaining, volunteering, reading, working out, and curating a fabulous shoe collection.


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