Hello Siouxland! I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Ron Bower. I am happy to be the first Destination Manager for The Sioux City Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, better known as Explore Sioux City. You may ask what a Destination Manager does? I like to say that I promote FUN! My focus is to attract potential sports tournaments, meetings and conventions, motorcoach groups, destination weddings, and business and leisure travelers to Siouxland. The Sioux City area has so much going for it with unique attractions, brand new lodging options, state-of-the-art sporting venues, and some of the best food in the Midwest. It may take me awhile to try all the delicious food in Siouxland, but I’m up for the challenge.
Now a little about me, I am a born and raised Midwesterner from Ohio. I lived there the first four decades of my life. In 2003, I went back to college and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration followed by a Master of Science degree in Marketing and Communications. I promised my mom that I would finish college after not being successful the first time around. Word of advice, always keep promises made to your mother. In 2012, I started my career in tourism. I knew after the first week that this was what I was supposed to be doing. During my career I have been fortunate enough to promote destinations in Ohio, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. During this time, I also earned several tourism industry certifications as well as numerous marketing awards for social media and blogging.
I relocated to Sioux City in December with my life partner, Tim, and our cat, Kluber. We were impressed with Sioux City the moment we visited. As I stated above, there is so much here. This place already feels like home. So, what do I like to do for fun? Well, I’m a comic book collector. I have roughly 500 comics. Superman is my favorite hero. I love 1980’s music and movies. You’ll want me on your team for 80’s trivia night. Oh, and I’m a Cleveland Sports Fan. Yeah, I know. Don’t hold that against me, we Cleveland fans have suffered enough.
Lastly, thank you for welcoming my family and me. Midwest nice is certainly true in Siouxland. I look forward to getting to know this community and making it our home. Now I have to get Exploring!
Ron Bower, Destination Manager for the Sioux City Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau.