Founder & CEO
As one of St. Louis’ most sought-after strategic thinkers, Andrea Arco has become known as much more than founder and CEO of Arco + Associates. Since the beginning of her professional career, hundreds of organizations, entrepreneurs, and business leaders across the nation have been impacted by Andrea’s distinctive ability to drive change. When presented with a marketing challenge or business opportunity, her quick (yet thoughtful and thorough) advice always proves valuable. Her passion for helping organizations increase revenue to fuel local and regional economies is matched by her enthusiasm for creating opportunity for the women who come after her. With an all female leadership team and majority-women staff, Andrea is paving the way for the success of future generations.
Since Arco + Associates was founded in 2005, Andrea has earned a number of accolades including: St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, St. Louis Small Business Monthly’s Top Women Business Owner honor, Women in Business Gold Award, St. Louis Small Business Monthly’s Top PR & Marketing Firm, Silver Stevie Award for women-led businesses, Enterprising Women of the Year Award, and more. She’s made headlines (read the buzz here) and been recruited for speaking appearances at the Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference, St. Louis Business Journal Women’s Conference, Missouri Athletic Club Business Development Group, SMPS Leadership Series, Enterprise University, and Women Future Conference 2019. She has been published in USA Today, The Boston Business Journal, Women’s Business, The National Law Journal, The Pittsburgh Business Times, and more. In 2020, Andrea published a chapter in the Best Selling anthology, The Anatomy of Accomplishment: Your Guide to Bigger, Better, Bolder Business Results.
Prior to starting Arco, Andrea directed the marketing efforts at two Boston-based law firms, held senior copywriter positions at advertising agencies along the East Coast, and worked as the Marketing Director at The University of Virginia’s Engineering School. She graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC with degrees in communications and journalism. She was the only Master’s candidate to be awarded a full scholarship to the Corporate Communications program at Duquesne University. She holds advanced certifications in corporate communications, public relations, and business marketing. Andrea also authored a children’s book in 2013 which, after publication, won a Mom’s Choice award and an honorable mention at the Paris Book festival. The book, Wally McBap Needs A Nap, was named Book of the Year by Creative Child Magazine in 2014. Andrea enjoys volunteering at her sons’ elementary school, spending time with her family and friends, working out, reading, and traveling.
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