The Creative Culture of Downtown St. Louis And One Groovy Jam
Aaron Perlut | Partner

I recently attended a client event – the Downtown STL Annual Event – featuring a keynote by Mike Konzen of PGAV Destinations which has designed a remarkable collection destination experiences for the likes of the Biltmore Companies, National Geographic, SeaWorld, Bass Pro Shops and more.

Konzen’s speech revolved around the vast number of creative firms headquartered in downtown St. Louis’ one-square-mile footprint. The aggregate creative concentration includes firms with an impressive portfolio of work across the U.S. and globally including marketing agencies (ahem), architecture firms, video game developers, artists and more.

In support of Konzen’s keynote, PGAV put together this video with a super groovy jam that highlights some of those companies including Elasticity (I even make a quick appearance despite my belly girth). Enjoy!

Downtown STL Creative Enterprises from PGAV Destinations on Vimeo.

Aaron Perlut

A former senior Omnicom (FleishmanHillard) counselor and communications executive for two of the nation’s largest energy companies, Aaron has spent more than 20 years in media and marketing helping a range of organizations — from Fortune 500s to professional sports franchises to economic development authorities to well-funded startups to non-profits — manage reputation and market brands in an evolving media environment.

An early adopter in the social media space, creating online communities and working closely with bloggers before they became accepted in mainstream media, Aaron develops unique marketing communications and reputation management strategies meant to break through the clutter of today’s crowded media environment that straddle both new and traditional media realms and has counseled organizations including H&R Block, Capital One, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, CafePress, the National Football League, aisle411, SunEdison, LockerDome, UPS, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Charter Communications, Papa John’s, and the Karate Kid Haircut Association.

He began his career as a television producer and continues to contribute to media including AdWeek, ForbesSocialMediaToday, VentureBeat, HuffingtonPost, ESPN.com and other outlets.

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