2008-10-16 08:01:55.897

Cortez Appointed To Missouri Lottery Commission

Story Photo Marti Cortez of Manchester was recently appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as a member of the Missouri Lottery Commission.  Cortez’s appointment on Oct. 2 is subject to Senate confirmation for a term ending Sept. 7, 2009.

Cortez, 45, is a senior vice president for the Saint Louis Science Center (SLSC).  Since joining the Science Center in March of 2005, Cortez has used her expertise in performance improvement, service delivery and logistical planning to improve operations and enhance the SLSC visitor experience ratings. 

Prior to her current position, Cortez was vice president, consumer market manager for Bank of America on a leadership team responsible for 36 banking centers.  Her efforts there helped the St. Louis market team move from the 50th in the nation to top 10 positioning.

Cortez spent 16 years at Maritz Inc. in a variety of roles ranging from, marketing operations, brand identity, large scale event planning, distribution channel incentives and public relations.  Many of her clients were “Fortune 100” companies looking to improve the performance of their employees.  Before she joined Maritz, she worked in the International Business Center at McDonnell Douglas.

Cortez is active in and a past graduate of Focus Leadership St. Louis.  She is also active with the St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, AAIM Management Association and St. Louis Language Immersion Schools.  She has served as a delegate on the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) leadership trips and is an advocate for SafePlace and the United Way. 

Cortez has a bachelor’s degree in management from Webster University in St. Louis.  She lives in Manchester with her husband, Rick Geiser, and their two children. 

The Missouri Lottery Commission is a five-member commission, appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate, to govern the Lottery.  There are currently two other members serving on the Missouri Lottery Commission:  Celeste Witzel of St. Louis, who serves as the chair; and Charles “Larry” Ray of Hayti.

The Missouri Lottery generates nearly $1 billion a year in sales and contributes more than $265 million annually to Missouri public education programs, including the A+ Scholarship Program, the Virtual Schools program, Special Education Excess Costs, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program and Future Minority Teacher Scholarships.  In fiscal year 2008, the Missouri Lottery ranked sixth in percentage increase in sales among the 42 United States lotteries.

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