Publishing Concepts, Inc. was co-founded by Joe Clote at his home in Webster Groves, Missouri, USA in August of 1992.
Publishing Concepts’ first client was the Northern Illinois Tourism Council in Rockford, Illinois. Publishing Concepts sold advertising and marketed the NITC Visitors Guide.
Shortly thereafter, Publishing Concepts began publishing the Official Illinois State Highway Map for the Illinois Bureau of Tourism in Chicago and branded/distributed a line of merchandise for the Missouri Division of Tourism. In the winter of 1992, KPLR Channel 11 in St. Louis hired Publishing Concepts to provide marketing support and advertising sales in their Kid’s Club membership publication.
It was in October 1993 that Commerce Publishing Company of St. Louis purchased the year-old Publishing Concepts, Inc. With immediate resources at their disposal the Publishing Concepts team acted quickly to secure additional accounts, including:
The Official St. Louis Visitors Guide, The Official Around Town Map, Official Missouri Vacation Guide and founded the USA Getaway Guide-Travel Planner for Canadians newspaper insert.
It was during his tenure at Commerce Publishing Company that Clote worked in other areas of advertising sales and marketing for publications and trade shows in the financial services and art & framing industries. After being in business since 1907, Commerce Publishing Company was sold in May of 1999 to Pfingsten Publishing Company in Cleveland, Ohio.
Soon after the Pfingsten/Commerce merger, the new Publishing Concepts, L.L.C. partnership was born. Clote continued his involvement with Pfingsten Publishing, LLC. while at the same time co-producing the Official St. Louis Visitors Guide and The Official Around Town Map.
In the summer of 2000, Publishing Concepts, L.L.C. began publishing Missouri Meetings & Events magazine and Missouri Meetings and Events Expo by October, 2001, acquired Missouri Meetings & Events magazine from the Meetings & Events Publishing Group of Minneapolis, Minnesota. By spring of 2002 the sales, circulation and editorial departments were relocated to their true home in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
In September 2003, Publishing Concepts, L.L.C. moved to its current headquarters located at 6590 Scanlan Avenue in the heart of Saint Louis Missouri, USA. Today, Publishing Concepts now incorporates print and digital magazine publishing, trade shows, maps, Web sites, Web Apps, directories and turn-key marketing, printing and publishing services for multiple industries.
Clote is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. He also serves on the board of directors for the Haskell Foundation – Haskell Indian Nations University and Advisory Board Member of Saint Louis University – School for Professional Studies in Hospitality, in addition to serving on numerous regional boards as well.