About metroConnections

100 percent employee owned and operated seal ESOPSince 1984, metroConnections has provided complete conference, event, stage production and transportation services for meeting and event planners nationwide. The award-winning company operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, MN and produces thousands of programs per year.

metroConnections is a 100% employee-owned. As stakeholders, our employees are committed to providing the highest quality conference, event, production, and transportation services.


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metroConnections is a unique conference and event services company, providing the best possible experience for you and your attendees. We combine the strength of four specialties — Conferences, Events, Production and Transportation — into one strategic group.

Executive Leadership

David Graves
David GravesPresident & CEO
As President and CEO, Graves is responsible for ensuring that the company is operating efficiently and he directly leads the award-winning Event Services and Production Services divisions. Joining metroConnections in 1988, just four years after the company was established, Graves led the growth in event management and team building and soon became a partner to founder Sam Thompson. Graves is responsible for leading the company expansion in both geographic locations as well as service offerings. metroConnections has been profitable seventeen of the eighteen years Graves has been with the company. Prior to joining metroConnections, Graves spent six years with the Marriott Corporation in Conference Management and Sales. In 2006, Graves was named Meetings and Events Magazine “Hall of Fame – Event Planner of The Year.”
Mike Graves
Mike GravesChief Operations Officer
Mike Graves has been with the company since 1988 and has 25+ years’ experience in meeting & event logistics, attendee registration management, incentive travel, hotel & housing services, and transportation management. Graves oversees Conference Services operations and all corporate administrative functions. He has led our expansion in the Southeast particularly in the convention capital of Orlando, Florida where he resides. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and past member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA). Graves believes the value of our business stems from relentless customer service, a strong hands-on approach and always serving as a transparent extension of our clients.
Tom McCulloch
Tom McCullochChief Marketing Officer
Tom McCulloch joined metroConnections in 1998 after having been a customer for almost five years. As Chief Marketing Officer, McCulloch is responsible for strategic marketing and sales oversight. His background includes marketing development for high-tech software companies including creation and management of user conferences. McCulloch got his start in the industry working for a promotions firm, traveling the nation developing branded road tours and seminars for clients that included IBM, Microsoft, Sports Illustrated, Isuzu, MCI, Good Housekeeping and others. In his current role, he oversees brand management including all channels marketing and marketing communications, maintains and communicates outlined service offerings in each service center, while overseeing market research and customer service.

Senior Leadership

Andrea Murphy
Andrea MurphyVice President, Business Operations
Rachel Portela
Rachel PortelaVice President, Program Management
Bill Sather
Bill SatherVice President, Technology Solutions
Erin Thompson
Erin ThompsonVice President, Attendee Services
Sydney Wolf
Sydney WolfVice President, Sales

Operational Leadership

Lacey Carrier
Lacey CarrierDirector, Event Technology
Anne Davis
Anne DavisDirector of Finance
Haley Foulkes
Haley FoulkesDirector, Production Services
Jim Humbert
Jim HumbertDirector of Operations
Phil Karatz
Phil KaratzDirector, Creative Services
Renee Splittgerber
Renee SplittgerberDirector of Transportation Services

Sales & Marketing

David Everett
David EverettSales Manager
Kendra Kruse
Kendra KruseSales Manager
Kellie Schechinger
Kellie SchechingerSenior Sales Manager, Events
Marissa Haeny
Marissa HaenyAccount Manager
Alicia Spratlin
Alicia SpratlinAccount Manager


“Registration, budgets, transportation, load-in and load-out, planning, hotel negotiation, rooming, flight coordination, and more, all perfect! Across the board, attention to customer satisfaction was impeccable.”
“I just want you to know how much I appreciate each and every person on the metroConnections team that worked on our annual Top Producers Event. As always, it was spectacular and first class. Our guests felt cared for and valued. Everything ran like clockwork. Who could ask for anything more?”
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
“I can’t thank you enough for the GREAT job you have done with managing all of this. Your professionalism, reliability, accuracy and responsiveness are impeccable. I love working with you.”
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