100 Years of Advancing Destinations

Karolyn Kirchgesler


President & CEO, Visit Saint Paul
DMAI Member Since: 1996

Karolyn Kirchgesler is the President & CEO of the Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention & Visitors Authority.  She came to Saint Paul in December 2004 to serve as President of the Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Under her leadership the Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Bureau consolidated with the Saint Paul RiverCentre Authority, the organization who was responsible for management oversight of the convention center.  The mission of the Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Authority is to generate economic growth for Saint Paul by effectively marketing the RiverCentre campus, Saint Paul and the region as a preferred convention and tourism destination.

Prior to coming to Saint Paul, Ms. Kirchgesler served as the Executive Director of the Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau in New Haven, Connecticut (1997-2004), an organization that represented and marketed 19 municipalities in Connecticut. 

Prior to her time in New Haven she served as the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Originally from the Midwest, she started her career in the convention and visitor industry in 1986 when she went to work for the Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau in Aberdeen, South Dakota.