Meet the Team

Event planning can be an overwhelming challenge, but our office can help simplify the process. Our professional sales team will gain an understanding of your event needs and contact the appropriate hotels and venues to provide competitive bids for your event. When you’re ready, we can arrange and conduct a personalized site inspection. Contact us for more information and meeting incentives today!

Mike Bell, CMP
Vice President of Sports Sales and Marketing
  • Sports
  • Corporate
  • Government

O: 785.234.1030
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Before joining the Visit Topeka Sales team in 2014, Mike worked in various sales and operations positions in the hospitality sector. In addition to graduating from Baker University, Mike has earned his CMP certification and Kansas Destination Specialist (T.I.A.K.) accreditation. He currently serves on KTWU Community Advisory Council and Kansas Expocentre Advisory Council. 

Visit Topeka_Melissa Sowers

Melissa got her start in the tourism industry at an early age by volunteering at the Atchison Chamber for her mom, the Event Coordinator there. She spent many years being “voluntold” for several activities and events in her hometown. She attended Washburn University, received her B.A. in Mass Media, and jumped into communications, press releases, and events. Melissa found her calling at the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau as the Sales Director of Events & Planning. She spent over half a decade developing her skills to promote the community and grow events before relocating back to Topeka to join the Visit Topeka team. During her free time, Melissa enjoys intense board games with her family and friends, boating, bonfires, and curling up with a good book.