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: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Location: One Metropolitan Square, Suite 1300, St. Louis, MO 63102
Steve Chapman, Executive Vice President, St. Louis Blues
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
Kurt Hunzeker, Team President, St. Louis BattleHawks
Vin Ko, Community Relations & Supporter Engagement Consultant, MLS
Vin Ko is a Community Relations and Supporter Engagement Consultant for St. Louis’ new Major League Soccer (MLS) team where he is responsible for the development and execution of strategies and policies that build strong relationships with community partners and fans. Prior to his current role, Vin worked at the St. Louis Mosaic Project as Senior Program Manager where he focused on managing key programs surrounding immigrant professional development, immigrant entrepreneurship and international student retention.
A St. Louis native, Vin is very active in the St. Louis community, currently serving on The St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation Executive Board, The Downtown STL Inc Board of Directors and the Regional Arts Commission Board of Commissioners. In 2010, Vin started a local pick up soccer organization known as St. Louis Pick Up Soccer, which started with a group of about 40 people and has since grown to over 5,000 members playing all over the region.