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Dea Hoover and Declan Rutan: Are We There Yet?

Dea Hoover, a 2015 Groups Today Innovator of the Year, founded Are We There Yet? LLC, which she runs with her husband, Declan Rutan, a 2015 Groups Today Top 10 Next Gen. Dea is also the third owner of Discover St. Louis, a Woman Owned Business Enterprise she's developed into a full-service receptive tour company. Dea and Declan plan, operate and lead all Are We There Yet? tours—across the country and the globe—and have traveled to all of the United States and 12 countries.

Prior to meeting Dea Hoover, Declan Rutan was a "Professional Do-Gooder." During a chance conversation with a classmate of Declan's at the Clinton Museum in Little Rock, Dea mentioned she was planning a tour to Ireland. The classmate mentioned Declan's studies in Ireland, as Declan entered the room. After exchanging contact information and e-mails over a few months, Dea flew Declan to St. Louis for a job interview/planning session. That turned into a date and, eventually, an engagement.

Click here to hear more from Dea and Declan about handling challenges, upcoming plans and providing advice.


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