Our mission is simple; to be the singular choice as your DMC partner that is unsurpassed in the level of trust we bring to be dedicated, flexible, reliable and transparent in all of our dealings; while simultaneously designing and producing exciting and unique events and activities that will create authentic experiences for your guests that will leave them with meaningful and lasting memories of the conference and their time in Texas.
The genesis of Goen South was as a “mom-and-pop” photography company. In 1992, Morris was working as a newspaper photojournalist and I was a microbiologist for the state. We knew that, eventually, we wanted children and we saw that neither of our positions would guarantee us financial success. If we were going to be able to support future kids, we needed to opt for a path in life in which to provide for our family. We both loved what we did, but we wanted our children to experience even more freedom than our parents had been able to provide for us.
I spent weekends and nights back in the classroom to get my MBA while Morris started freelancing photography. Morris has always had an artist's heart and he loved to travel the back roads of Texas documenting disappearing Texas history. He held an art exhibit at the restaurant of some friends. A young engaged couple, Anthony and Sandi, were impressed by the exhibit and saw that Morris could produce something totally extraordinary for their wedding photos. We met with them and made it very clear we did not know the nuances of wedding photography. They said, “Just shoot it like your art.” The results were unique, the bride and groom were delighted, and there began to be many more calls for Morris's artistic talents. See More
Goen South is an international award-winning DMC based right here in Texas. We serve San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas and beyond. With over 30 full time employees, many part-timers and specialized contractors, we provide full service Destination Management and Event Production across the spectrum.
Our cutting-edge DMC app allows us to track your guests' progress as they travel to Texas. Upon arrival, we like to begin the experience with greeters that really let your guests know where they have arrived. Historical reenactments, costumed cowboys, even folkloric dancers all serve to set the scene for an authentic Texas experience.
Our 32,000 square feet of warehouse space is filled with more than the standard chairs, tables and linens. Morris has been collecting one-of-a-kind pieces for as long as I have known him, and we have his passion to thank for the deep warehouse of design elements we offer. Morris and I and the crew look forward to our annual pilgrimage to a huge antique festival near Houston called Round Top. As a result of these forays and many others, we have amassed an incredible collection of trappings including seven-foot tall crystal chandeliers, unique bar fronts made from antique trucks, and even an authentic 1940's era tractor that Morris bought from an old rancher. And he never stops his search for one-of-a-kind items.
Through the years we have been honored by winning many awards on the local, state, national and ever international level. We love to win but more rewarding for us is when we have customers that come back to us year after year and even take us across the U.S. for us to produce their events. There is no bigger win for us than that.
We know the ins and outs of Texas, so we can give your guests the historical and cultural experience of a lifetime. And for our more adventurous guests, we can provide exciting activities like sky diving, skeet shooting, zip-lines, horseback riding, kayaking, spelunking and more.
We have great relationships with a wide range of music entertainers both local and nationwide: bands and DJ's from every music genre. For event entertainment we provide stilt walkers, jugglers, magicians, mimes, palm readers and body-painted models (always a hit!). From fire dancers to line dancers, and pretty much everything in between, we can accommodate your imagination.
For our foodies, we have fantastic dine-around options and for folks who want an authentic local traditions we all the haunts and dives. No one will leave hungry.
We combine these services with an individualized way to create custom events and experiences that we are very proud to present to our clients and guests.
We're proud and happy that we have achieved our long-ago goal of affording our children more freedoms. Today our daughter is in film school and our son is in high school with a great interest in music.
Alongside the achievement of these goals, we've learned how much it means to be part of the service community. It may sound trite, but we want to be part of the chain that betters, not only our family, but everyone who needs us. The more success we have, the more we feel we can help give back to those less fortunate, and give them (in however small ways) that hand up that they may so badly need.
We have been greatly blessed and we aim to pay that forward to our staff, our vendors and our clients. We know we are not saving lives but we have a lot of love to share and we feel our mission is important and meaningful to everyone we serve.
We look forward to continued growth as we expand. Not only are we adding new team members we had our first Goen South baby in the fall of 2017. Erik Leifur, our Field Operations Director, and his wife Amaris met while both were working at Goen South. After several years of dating they married and two years later they had baby Ela.
After 25 years of being in the industry, Morris and I still wake up every day excited to see what the next email or phone call will bring. Scarcely a week goes by that we don't have a client asking us do for them something that we, nor anyone, has ever done before. We love the challenge and look forward the future.