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FLORIDA, MAY 4, 2017, FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION CENTER

Find your AHA moment as BizBash Live Florida 2017—the most important trade show and conference for event professionals—returns to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on Thursday, May 4. Packed with incredible new activations, innovative new vendors, inspiring new education, and so much more, this once-a-year experience is the perfect opportunity to connect, collaborate, and create lasting relationships.

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Speakers

Michael Blatter
Michael Blatter

C.E.O.
Mirrorball

What was the most memorable event you've worked on?

The Camel Bartenders Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom in 1999, featuring Lenny Kravitz and Grandmaster Flash as the DJ.

What was the AHA moment that made you love events?

My own bar mitzvah.

Any advice for up-and-coming event pros?

Be inspired. Get out from behind your desk. Experience everything and be a master of your craft.

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Brooke Battle
Brooke Battle

Founder
Swell Fundraising

What was the most memorable event you’ve worked on?

Smart Party (the origin of the Swell Software) launched in 2012 and it was the first live and online crowdfunding event of its kind. The energy was electric and it was early in the use of technology at events.

What was the AHA Moment that made you love events?

I’ve had several aha moments but the one that stands out is the moment I heard a group of young women squeal with delight when they saw their social media pictures show on a screen. and then they took a picture of that screen. I realized the strategic value of a screen at an event for guest engagement, which is why Swell’s software focuses so much on guest engagement through our projection app, Swell Slides.

Any advice for up-and-coming event pros?

Always be willing to ask questions and admit when you do not know something. When a “know-it-all” arrives at an event and does not, in fact, know it all, it’s too late.

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Beth Kormanik
Beth Kormanik

Executive Editor
BizBash

What was the most memorable event you’ve worked on?

My own wedding. I planned it prior to joining BizBash and often think about how it would be different if I had known then what I know now about events. Still, it was a joyous and lovely day, and I can always go crazy with a vow renewal.

What was the AHA Moment that made you love events?

The Super Bowl belongs to the event industry as much as the sports industry (and perhaps even more). My first time in a Super Bowl host city during the big game was in 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The energy transformed the city, and attending events from the then-huge Sports Illustrated party to the game itself was a thrill.

Any advice for up-and-coming event pros?

Read BizBash! We aim to serve beginning, mid-career, and veteran event professionals with stories that offer ideas, information, and more. Our collection of checklists are especially targeted for up-and-comers and cover topics from venue contracts, event run-throughs, and Wi-Fi needs at events.

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Bruce Orosz
Bruce Orosz

C.E.O.
ACT Productions

What was the most memorable event you’ve worked on?

It is hard to choose just one:

  • Fashion show in Grand Central Station, which was one of my very first events
  • Miami Beach 100th Birthday Celebration Concert on the Beach with Andrea Bocelli
  • Our first Orange Bowl halftime show (we are now going on our 13th show)
  • Miami Beach POLO World Cup

What was the AHA Moment that made you love events?

Clinton's inaugural events and the G7 Summit

Any advice for up-and-coming event pros?

  • Never say “no.”
  • Think outside the box.
  • Everything is possible.
  • This industry runs in your blood; if you don’t get a rush by the things you produce, get out!
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