Get to know the faces behind the Partnership Team here at Meet Minneapolis.
Amy Freese – Director of Partnership Marketing
Amy Freese joined Meet Minneapolis as the Director of Partnership Marketing in February 2011. She accumulated her account management and sponsorship development experience with organizations including the Minnesota Timberwolves, Acclaim Entertainment, Prodigy Internet and SBC Communications (now AT&T). She has a proven track record in cultivating partnerships for market growth with innovative programs. Amy works to offer the best methods of promotion of our partners to the visitors in Minneapolis. Amy has also spent time volunteering within various school districts to improve sustainability programs and educate students on simple greening practices that have a positive impact on the community.
Michael Rainville, Sr. – Partnership Marketing Manager
Michael Rainville has been a team member of Meet Minneapolis for 27 years. He developed the membership and sponsorship programs as well as helped develop the partnership program. His knowledge of the hospitality Industry and the City of Minneapolis is a great strength in assisting partners of Meet Minneapolis. As a lifelong resident of Minneapolis he is involved with his community, serving on the boards of The Ritz Theater, the Ballet of the Dolls, the NE Business Association, De La Salle High School, the Chief of Police Citizens Advisory Board and Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Emily Ogaard Peterson joined the Meet Minneapolis Partnership Marketing team in May 2011. Emily’s background in hotel management and group sales gives her a unique understanding of the local hospitality industry and of our partners. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration Fall 2012 and has already begun to apply her business knowledge towards creating new partnership strategies.
Ross Slovensky joined the Meet Minneapolis Partnership Marketing team in May 2015. He has a strong background in sports and the Minneapolis market, having worked for the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. Prior to Meet Minneapolis, Ross cultivated corporate partnerships for the athletic department at Northern Illinois University, connecting large and small businesses to the Huskie brand. Ross is an Economics graduate of UW – La Crosse and also earned his Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. He will be working with both Meet Minneapolis and Sports Minneapolis partners.
Shannon Lukes joined Meet Minneapolis as the Partnership Marketing Associate in June 2014. A Public Relations graduate of Concordia College, Shannon’s background is in event planning and promotion. She also earned a Certificate in Festival and Event Management from the University of Minnesota and a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University. In the Partnership Marketing Associate position, Shannon serves as support to the Partnership Marketing team and is a resource for partners.