I recently spoke to J. Kim Tucci to thank him for his enthusiastic work on the City’s behalf.
Kim is a walking contradiction to columnist Bill McClellan’s advice never to volunteer. He has served on more boards, commissions, task forces, and panels than almost anybody I have ever known. He has brought enthusiasm, insight, and — more often than not — his own money to dozens of good causes. And all of his efforts have been aimed at making St. Louis a better, more exciting place to live and work.
His recent tenure as chairman of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission is a case in point. Kim has worked tirelessly with me, County Executive Charlie Dooley, his fellow commissioners, and stakeholders in the hospitality industry to change minds and hearts among CVC staffers so that the region can capture a larger share of the nation’s business and professionals meetings market.
When Kim’s work as CVC chairman ends later this summer, I expect him to remain involved. And, if he finds himself with any extra time, I’m pretty sure there are a couple of other things around the City that could use his energy.