Cardinals VP Set to Launch MBU Media Talk Series


St. Louis Cardinals’ Vice-President of Communications, Ron Watermon

Ron Watermon, St. Louis Cardinals’ vice-president of communications, will launch the 2016-2017 Missouri Baptist University Media Talk Series on Nov. 8.

The free speaker series event will take place in the Don and Mary Pillsbury Wainwright Performance Hall of MBU’s Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center from noon to 1 p.m.

Watermon oversees media and public relations as well as social media, photography and coordination of government and civic affairs for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has led nationally-recognized efforts including lobbying to construct the current ballpark, leading the front-office for the 2009 All-Star Game, Teams Unite for Joplin in 2011 and the team’s 2010 social media “Stand for Stan” campaign that ended with President Obama awarding Stan Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Before joining the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001, Watermon served as the legislative aide to St. Louis County Executive Buzz Westfall. He also worked for Fleishman-Hillard, a leading international public relations firm, and numerous political campaigns.

Watermon has served on instrumental St. Louis committees throughout his career and currently serves on the Downtown STL Board of Directors, the Communications Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, the Public Policy Council of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, and the Ballpark Village Community Outreach Committee.

Amanda Staggenborg, MBU assistant professor of public relations and communications, is the coordinator of MBU Media Talk. The series was launched five years ago to further inspire students to achieve their dreams by showcasing professionals at the top of their fields.

Each guest is hand-picked to highlight the the types of communications-related professions that are available in St. Louis.

“Ron Watermon represents all of the interdisciplinary leadership skills necessary for a career in communications,” Staggenborg said. “Moving a lot of different parts is vital for organizational success both internally and externally. Mr. Watermon empowers people through his specialties in media relations, legislative affairs and public relations management. He tells the Cardinals’ story through a variety of creative tactics to build a positive connection with so many people.”

Previous Media Talk guests include St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, St. Louis Fire Department captain and spokesperson Gregg Favre, sportscaster Frank Cusumano, long-time St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan, and Mark Abel, executive vice-president of Weber Shandwick.