Join us as we learn from the best voices in the region and inspire a greater St. Louis in our Voices of the Region speaker series.
Every time you turn around there is a major sports story in the region. In “St. Louis – The Sports Sweet Spot,” hear from major St. Louis sports teams that are making news and driving the economy.
Date: September 11, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Khalia Collier, Owner & Manager, St. Louis Surge Women’s Professional Basketball Team
An entrepreneur, pioneer, and trailblazer, Khalia Collier is the owner and general manager of St. Louis’ professional basketball team, the St. Louis Surge. At 23 years old, she took on the challenge of building the first sustainable basketball franchise in St. Louis. The Surge headed into their ninth season, and are two time National Championship winners, 2014 and 2016 respectively, and 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018 National Champion Runner-up.
A St. Louis native with a deep commitment to the city, Collier is a strong believer that the city can support a women’s franchise, and is working hard to see her vision through. Delving into operations, she has taken on the task of re-branding the face of women’s athletics through the St. Louis Surge. Collier has developed a strategic business model partnering with prominent executives, corporations, and non-profits to build the Surge brand and develop new initiatives while encompassing the community. Instilling the notion that all Surge players are leaders and mentors, they are redefining winning on and off the court through their community impact. Collier has personally represented the Surge organization through her personal community service work and by giving back to youth and providing a platform for women in leadership.
With a history in basketball, Collier began playing at the age of five and continued into her high school and collegiate career. Collier was a Division I recruit in high school. She played basketball at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and Missouri Baptist University. In 2010, Collier obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Missouri Baptist University. While serving as the owner and general manager of the Surge, Collier also leads the St. Louis University Institute for Private Business.
Collier values leadership, community engagement, hard work, education, and excellence all reasons she believes the Surge will succeed as both an organization and a professional team. She is the recipient of St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 under 30, Power 100, Glamor Missouri Woman of the year awardee, and as a prestigious Jack Buck Awardee for her community impact as well as other prominent community awards.
Steve Gomric, General Manager, Gateway Grizzlies
2020 marks Steve’s 12th season as General Manager of the Gateway Grizzlies. He has been awarded the Frontier League Executive of the Year twice (2014 & 2017).
Steve came to the Grizzlies in 2003 and has served as Director of Groups Sales, Ticket Director and Assistant GM.
Steve worked as Director of Operations of the Frontier League from 2005 to 2008.
Previously, he has worked for Tri-Corp Management as an accountant and manager and as a General Manager for Cochrane Enterprises.
Steve currently sits on the board of the following: St. Clair County, Blessed Sacrament Athletics, Frontier League Scheduling committee, Frontier League Hall of Fame Committee
Steve resides in Belleville, Ill. with his wife and two children. Baseball is in Steve’s blood; his great uncle was Yankees great Hank Bauer.
Dennis Moore, Chief Revenue Officer, St. Louis City SC
As the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), Dennis Moore is responsible for all the revenue of St. Louis CITY SC, including sponsorships, naming rights, merchandising and ticketing. Across Moore’s 20 years of experience in sports marketing, he has been recognized for his strategic approach in focusing on the fan experience, data, analytics and innovation. He was most recently the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Denver Broncos, responsible for all marketing functions, ticketing, premium seating, broadcast media, business analytics and game entertainment for the organization. In his 17 seasons with the Broncos, he has held various sales and leadership positions across the organization and in 2017 he was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a “40 under 40” winner for his business leadership and community impact
Chris Zimmerman, President & CEO of Business Operations, St. Louis Blues
Chris Zimmerman was named President and CEO of Business Operations for the Blues on June 16, 2014. He oversees all aspects of the Blues’ business operations, as well as the Enterprise Center and the Blues’ role and interest in Stifel Theatre.
In 2018-19, Zimmerman directed the Blues’ front office during the organization’s first-ever Stanley Cup Championship season. The season was the franchise’s most successful financial season in team history, drawing record engagement from partners, sponsors and fans.
Since joining the Blues organization, he has led a number of key initiatives, including a multi-million-dollar improvement of Enterprise Center and the construction of the recently-opened Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights. Zimmerman has also focused his efforts on growing the game through the expansion of youth hockey.
Overall, Zimmerman has more than 30 years of experience in sports, marketing, and business management, including stints as the General Manager of Nike Golf, President of the Vancouver Canucks, and similar roles with both Bauer Hockey and Easton Sports.
Zimmerman played hockey at the University of Vermont and served as an assistant hockey coach at Babson College while working toward his MBA there. Zimmerman, along with his wife Emily and daughter Katie, relocated to St. Louis when he joined the Blues. His son Ted is currently working for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.