David Adler, C.E.O. and founder of BizBash (http://www.bizbash.com) is a veteran media and event entrepreneur. He founded BizBash as an idea and resource marketplace for event organizers of all types from corporate and association to high-end personal and social events. His site has become the largest media property in the B-to-B event industry with nearly 1.5 million annual user sessions.
In addition to BizBash, the company also owns Masterplanner (masterplanneronline.com), a date conflict resolution for New York and Los Angeles, as well a major investment in the Event Leadership Institute (eventleadershipinstitute.com), a leader in online video training for the event industry.
Adler has recently served in various volunteer roles with U.S. State Department as a consultant to the chief of protocol on projects such as the Patrons of Diplomacy, the first Global Chiefs of Protocol Conference, and the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership’s American Chef Corp.
Prior to BizBash, Adler held posts as vice president of corporate communications for Primedia and Macmillan Inc. He was also chief of passion branding at Cone Communications, where he developed programs such as the initial Avon Breast Cancer Initiative, the Reebok Human Rights Awards, the Polaroid Missing Children Program, and the John F. Kennedy Library Profile in Courage Award.
At the age of 21, a month after graduating from American University, Adler founded and was the C.E.O. of Washington Dossier, a magazine that covered power, society, politics, and entertaining in the nation’s capital.
Adler resides in New York City and is active in several nonprofit and professional organizations, including current and previous board positions with SISO (Society of Independent Show Organizers), NYC & Company, the WNET Education Committee, the Dean’s Advisory Council of the American University School of Communication, the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, the Magazine Publishers Association, Citymeals-on-Wheels, the Fine Arts Committee of the State Department of the United States, and the Open Future Institute.
Former Broadway actor Richard Aaron has been hailed as a pioneer in creating the modern event profession and has been honored by numerous organizations as one of the most respected event professionals in the country. As president of BizBash Media, Aaron is responsible for numerous annual events, including the BizBash/M&C Event Style Show and the BizBash Event Style Award Show, and manages the sales and marketing strategy for the entire organization.
Before joining BizBash, Aaron was president of the meeting and events division of Mallory Factor Inc. where he produced thousands of innovative events nationwide for Fortune 100 corporations and associations with clients including Sony, IBM, Sun, GE, Dell Computers and Siemens. Aaron is a well-known event industry visionary-he served as founding chairman of the SEARCH Foundation, was the founding president of the International Special Events Society of New York, served on the board of directors of MPI International, and is currently a Trustee of the MPI Foundation. He was also on the advisory boards of Special Events Magazine and George Washington University's event program. Aaron serves on the Convention Industry Council Apex Board and was event co-chair of CEME, the New York Coalition for Conventions, Exhibitions, Meetings, and Events, which marked New York as a destination after 9/11. In 2002, Aaron was named MPI International Planner of the Year for his outstanding body of work in the meeting profession. In 2004, he was named one of the "25 Most Influential Leaders" in the meeting and event industry by Meeting News magazine. He was also selected as Event Solutions Magazine Visionary of the Year in 2001 by their readership. Other honors include The Gala Award of Excellence from Special Events Magazine and New Jersey's Governors Award as Volunteer of the Year for his community work. Aaron is an adjunct professor in event marketing at New York University's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism and Sports Marketing, where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes in event management. He currently serves as the founding president of the New York Center for Events and Hospitality. Aaron holds a masters degree in fine arts from Brandeis University.