Get to know the faces behind the Partnership Team here at Meet Minneapolis.
Michael Rainville, Sr. – Partnership Marketing Manager
Michael Rainville has been a team member of Meet Minneapolis for 31 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 Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, 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 – Partnership Marketing Manager
Emily Ogaard Peterson joined the Meet Minneapolis Partnership Marketing team in May 2011. Her background in hotel management and group sales gives her a unique understanding of the local hospitality industry and of our partners. Emily works with over 400 partner businesses in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area to help develop marketing plans to reach the Minneapolis visitor. She enjoys getting to know each business to help them utilize their Meet Minneapolis partnerships to reach their target market.
Ross Slovensky – Partnership Marketing Manager
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 – Partnership Project Manager
Shannon Lukes joined Meet Minneapolis in June 2014. After working in the event industry for five years, Shannon moved into the project management field receiving her Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2013. As the Partnership Project Manager, Shannon manages sponsorship and partnership fulfillment, coordinates partner events, and collaborates on special projects. Through her role, she supports the Partnership Marketing Team and is a resource for Meet Minneapolis partners.