President & CEO
Julie Weeks, President/CEO, is where the buck stops. Or starts. Or gets approved. Julie is the one responsible for the overall operations of the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau. Her innovation has grown the Bureau from a team of 5 in 2000 to the current organization that encompasses more than 20 Bureau, ISU Conference Planning & Services and ISU Registration Services staff under the single umbrella of CYtes of Ames and Iowa State University. Julie has more than 40 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry in Colorado and Iowa, including opening the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. She serves on the Iowa Destination Marketing Alliance and the Travel Federation of Iowa and has been recognized for individual professionalism and lifetime achievement with the Bruce Riley McDaniel Award (Upper Midwest CVB) and the Outstanding Business Person of the Year (Ames Chamber of Commerce).
When there’s down time, Julie likes to be on the “other side” of the service industry traveling all over and finally getting to be the guest. She loves to spend time with her family, including her kids and grandchildren, and building their home with her husband, Craig.
Memorable guests you’ve welcomed to Ames: I have had the opportunity to meet and serve two U.S. presidents, wide range of entertainers and celebrities meeting the likes of the Harry Connick Jr., the Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, Guns & Roses, Garth Brooks, Ted Kennedy, Bobby Knight, Lute Olsen, and even the Undertaker from WWF. You just never know who is going to show-up in Ames!