It is with heavy hearts that the Publishing Concepts and MEET Missouri team remember and honor the life of Dana Jones, who passed away on August 29, 2023. Dana was a remarkable individual whose extensive experience, dedication, and commitment to excellence left an undeniable mark within the hospitality industry.
Dana’s career spanned over three decades, during which he consistently achieved remarkable success in his various roles. His diverse background included operating resorts, cruise ships, hotels, large food and beverage establishments, and orchestrating special events in both private and franchised settings. Dana exhibited a strong work ethic and brought creativity and positivity to all of his endeavors. He was currently serving as ShoreX Product – Land Operations for Viking Cruise Lines and had also previously been an executive chef at The Barn restaurant.
Earlier in his career, Dana had served as the General Manager of Tippin’s Restaurants, and the Food and Beverage Director of Sheraton Hotels, where he demonstrated his ability to manage operations with efficiency and innovation. He made significant contributions as the Director of Hotel Operations for American Classic Voyages, where he oversaw all aspects of the American Queen, the world’s largest inland steamboat. His leadership in the cruise industry showcased his dedication to delivering unparalleled guest experiences.
From 1998-2012, he was the President and Owner of DanaBruce Tours & DMC, Inc. Dana (along with his life partner Bruce) built a thriving boutique destination and event management company, achieving remarkable financial growth and maintaining an excellent staff retention rate. They developed and implemented shore excursion programs, hospitality consulting, and managed numerous high-profile events and organizations.
While Dana’s career accomplishments are impressive, his impact extended beyond his professional life. He served as the Executive Director of the Sappington House Foundation in Crestwood, MO. This uncompensated position showcased his commitment to community and preservation, where he supervised significant improvements to the Thomas Sappington House Museum and ensured compliance with various regulations and codes.
In memory of Dana Jones, we celebrate an incredible individual whose legacy lives on in the countless lives he touched. He will be long remembered for the positive impact he made inside and outside the hospitality industry. Dana’s memory will forever inspire us to strive for excellence in all that we do. May he rest in peace.
More information on funeral arrangements should be available online shortly.