David Adler is founder and C.E.O. of BizBash Media, (http://www.bizbash.com) the source for essential information about event marketing, meeting and event planning, and business entertaining in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas, Toronto and Washington, D.C. The company also owns Masterplanneronline.com, a date conflict resolution calendar for event professionals and is an investor in The Event Leadership Institute, an on demand video training for event professionals.
In addition, Adler is a volunteer consultant to the Chief of Protocol of the United States advising on events and initiatives for the division.
Adler, a 35 year media and event veteran, has held posts a vice president of corporate communications for PRIMEDIA and Macmillan Inc and has also worked in PR has head of cause marketing and media relations for Cone Communications working and creating such 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 Profiles in Courage awards.
At the age of 21, a month after graduating from American University, Adler founded and was the CEO of Washington Dossier, a magazine that covered power, society, politics, and entertaining in the nation’s capital. The magazine was featured regularly in the national media because of its regular annual features including the “Top 1,000 Most Powerful People in Washington,” the Diplomat List, the Social 400, and the Senatorial Dossier, a guide to the personalities of United States senators.
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 Operator), NYC & Company, the WNET Education Committee, the Dean’s Advisory Council of the American University School of Communications, The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, the Magazine Publishers Association, and 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.