Travis moved to St. Louis from California when he saw a region ripe for innovation. He is currently the executive director of Venture Café – St. Louis, a place where serendipitous collisions happen between brilliant minds and entrepreneurial energy. He is also the creator of Boozestorming – an interactive problem-solving session that combines brains, bottles and buddies. It’s all about drinking outside the box, and there are now half a dozen Boozestorming chapters throughout the country. Travis is the co-host of Nothing Impossible, a weekly radio show on Newsradio 1120 KMOX and often speaks and writes about innovation, economic development and community design.
While living in California, he was named 40 Under 40 by Business Street and received the Outstanding Citizen commendation by the Fresno/Madera Police Chiefs’ Association. Since moving to St. Louis in 2012, Travis was named as one of the Top 100 People to Know in Business by Small Business Monthly (which he affectionately calls the 100 Under 100) and listed as one of 50 Beyond the Best. He’s been a guest on Stay Tuned, St. Louis On the Air, Fox 2 and featured in ALIVE Magazine, St. Louis Magazine, Small Business Monthly and The St. Louis Business Journal. He’s even had his Old North St. Louis house featured in the Post Dispatch and it’s a favorite stop on the annual Old North House & Community Tour.
Academically, Travis earned a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in conflict resolution and peacemaking; a master’s in organizational behavior; completed the coursework for a doctorate in organizational leadership; and has taken graduate-level courses in integrated marketing communications.
Travis serves on the board of the Old North Restoration Group, the Missouri Venture Forum, and the Prosper Institute. Additionally, he is an advisor to the Balsa Foundation.
Travis is desperately proud of his wife, Gina. An author and public librarian, Gina is the source of much of Travis’ creativity. Lovers and consumers of local culture, Travis and Gina fill their home in Old North St. Louis with as much art and love as possible.