About Us

BizBash is North America’s #1 source of ideas, news, and resources for event and meeting professionals. Each month nearly 225,000 unique users look to BizBash for venue discovery, event style, technology, and tools for their next event. Thousands of event professionals attend our in-person events in major cities in the United States and Canada and listen to our podcast GatherGeeks monthly.

Our Mission

To empower event professionals with ideas, intelligence and resources to create smarter events.



David Adler C.E.O. and Founder 646.638.3602 dadler@bizbash.com

David Adler, C.E.O. and founder of BizBash (bizbash.com) is a veteran media, marketing, and event industry entrepreneur. He founded BizBash in 2000, overseeing its growth as the largest B2B media company for the event industry with over 2.5 million user sessions annually.

Previously, Adler served as vice president of corporate communications for media companies Macmillan, Inc. and Primedia. He was founder and C.E.O. of the society magazine Washington Dossier and vice president of media relations and cause marketing for the public relations firm Cone Communications.

Adler has held numerous leadership roles including with the U.S. State Department as a consultant where he leads initiatives with the chief of protocol including the Patrons of Diplomacy, the first Global Chiefs of Protocol Conference, and the Diplomatic Culinary Partnerships’ American Chef Corp. After the 9/11 tragedy, he became the co-chair of CEME, (Convention, Exhibition, Meeting, and Events Initiative), created to help rebuild the event industry in the New York.

At Cone Communications he was involved in 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.

Adler resides in New York City and is active in several nonprofit and professional organizations including SISO (Society of Independent Show Organizers), the Fine Arts Committee of the State Department of the United States, the Hudson Square Business Improvement District, and the Open Future Institute.

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Nicole Peck Executive Vice President 646.839.6830 npeck@bizbash.com

Nicole Peck is the executive vice president of BizBash Media where she oversees the events, marketing and sales teams. With more than 20 years in the industry, she has led event and marketing departments of respected media and technology companies and has devised growth strategies and tactics for trade shows, conferences, and live and traditional media. She is known for her passion and ability to bring break down concepts and reconstruct ideas to fashion results and is often sought out for collaboration among internal and external team members and vendors.

She stands firmly behind the belief that the personal handshake is irreplaceable and takes tremendous pride in helping facilitate authentic and meaningful connections. Peck graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts for both English and Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Beth Kormanik Editor in Chief 646.839.6857 bkormanik@bizbash.com

Beth Kormanik is editor in chief of BizBash. She joined BizBash in 2012 as a senior editor and has led such projects as the Top 100 Events in the United States as well as coverage of events including the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Art Basel Miami Beach, and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Along with BizBash C.E.O. David Adler, she is co-host of the podcast GatherGeeks. Kormanik has written for The New York Times and was a staff reporter at the Florida Times-Union and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspapers where she covered politics, education, and local news. She also served as managing editor of the hospitality trade publication Hotel Interactive. Kormanik is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and resides in Brooklyn.

Rebecca Pappas Vice President, Production 646.839.6870 rpappas@bizbash.com

Rebecca Pappas is vice president of production and client services. She joined the BizBash team in September of 2010, bringing with her more than 20 years experience in shaping production protocols, audience growth, and consistent in client satisfaction. At BizBash, she is responsible for all aspects of production practice and policies as well as ensuring excellent client, interdepartmental relationships, and operational analytics.

Before joining BizBash, she was the director of publisher relations at Qmags, a provider of digital edition solutions, where she managed the production, distribution, and marketing strategies of the digital editions for more than 50 B2B publishers. For six years, she was the director of circulation and manufacturing for BZ Media, a multi-title publisher in the IT space, pioneering digital edition creation and distribution. She worked with BPAWW’s Digital Task Force to formulate audit rules and requirements that still stand today. Pappas spent the first decade of her career at International Typeface Corporation developing revenue streams based on Upper & Lower Case Magazine’s paid circulation and list rental programs, and overseeing its transition from analog to digital production.

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Matt Lima Chief Technology Officer 347.596.8096 mlima@bizbash.com

A composer by training, Matt Lima graduated summa cum laude from Harvard before attending the Royal Academy of Music (London) on a Marshall scholarship. He returned to the U.S. after almost a decade in London and Paris to begin a new career with roots in his longstanding programming hobby. Lima has overseen technology and development at BizBash since 2010 and is still learning the Goldberg Variations.

BizBash Media Board of Directors

Jonathan Adler Chairman

David Adler C.E.O. and Founder

Richard Aaron CMP, CSEP, President

Beverly Chell

Martin Maleska

Todd Pietri

BizBash Press Releases


BizBash Videos and links

Don't Miss BizBash Live Los Angeles 2017
Inside BizBash Live Florida 2017
BizBash Live: The Expo N.Y. 2016 Sizzle Reel
Inside The Event Innovation Forum at BizBash Live: The Expo L.A. 2016 Sizzle Reel
Morning Workshops at BizBash Live: The Expo, South Florida 2016 BizBash

BizBash Brand Guidelines

When using our logos please follow theses rules and guidelines. Do not change proportions, colors, or placement of the logos. Do not use the logo as a graphic treatment. Do not add a frame around the logo, however, the black can be removed.

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Cyan Accent

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BizBash Hall of Fame

Throughout the year, BizBash inducts event industry icons into its Hall of Fame. Recent honorees include Capricia Penavic Marshall, former chief protocol officer of the United States; David Stark, president and creative director of David Stark Design; Sharon Sacks, president and founder of Sacks Productions; Gary Pagano, vice president of special events at Viacom; and other industry notables.

Southern California

Los Angeles Times Events

Cheryl Cecchetto Owner and President - Sequoia Productions

Steve Goodling President & CEO - Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Edward Perotti Senior Director Global Meetings, Events and Travel - VMware

Sharon Sacks President and Founder - Sacks Productions


Caroline Lett Director of Campaign Events - University of Southern California


Justin Tribe Conference and Incentive Planner - In-N-Out Burger

New York

KPMG Event & Meetings Team

Richard Aaron President - BizBash Media

Chris Drury and Jill Taub Drury Founders - Drury Design

Matthew David Hopkins Creative Director - 360 Design by Matthew David

Steve Paster President - Alpine Creative Group


Liz Castelli Chief Operating Officer - Tinsel & Twine


Adette Contreras Chief Creative Officer - Tinsel & Twine


Erica Taylor Haskins Chief Marketing Officer - Tinsel & Twine


Victoria Lee Global Travel & Meetings Services - The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.


Johanne R. Bélanger President & CEO - Tourism Toronto

Heather Broll VP, Community Involvement - SickKids Foundation

Virginia Ludy Chief Executive Officer - Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA)

Francine Miller Director of Global Event Management - Scotiabank

Jeff Rogers Chief Operating Officer and President - Mosaic North America and Mosaic Canada, respectively

City of Toronto


Hasheel Lodhia​ Operations Manager - JM Hospitality


Carly Silberstein Chief Executive Officer - Redstone Agency Inc

Washington, D.C.

Susan Ann Davis Chairman - Susan Davis International

Philip Dufour President and C.E.O. - Dufour & Co Productions

Julie Hanson President and C.E.O. - Hanson Productions

Capricia Penavic Marshall Former Chief Protocol Officer of the United States -

Eric Michael President - Occasions Caterers

Mark Michael C.E.O. - Occasions Caterers

Michael Stengel Senior vice president, Gaylord Hotels and Convention Hotel Strategy for Marriott International, Inc. -




Rebecca McFarland Associate publisher - Washingtonian

Chicago Watch Video

2016 Chicago Hall Of Fame

Kelley Butler Director of meetings and events - McDonald’s Corporation


Kelley Butler

Mary Ellen Caron C.E.O. - After School Matters


Mary Ellen Caron

Tom Kehoe President - Kehoe Designs


Tom Kehoe

Carol McGury Executive vice president, event and education services - SmithBucklin


Carol McGury

Kelly Peacy Founder and C.E.O. - Insight Event Strategy


Kelly Peacy

New York

DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS

Thom Casadonte Head of Global Events - Bloomberg

Mary Dearborn Vice president of sales - CxRA

Gary Pagano Vice president special events - Viacom

David Stark President and creative director - David Stark Design

New York

Alan Liebensohn Show Director - New York International Automobile Show

Daniele Menache Managing Director & Global Head of Events - AllianceBernstein L.P.

J.B. Miller President & C.E.O. - Empire Entertainment

Gina Rogak Director of Special Events - Whitney Museum of American Art

Karen Shackman Founder & President - Shackman Associates New York

Washington, D.C.

Lisa Block Vice President of Meetings & Conferences - Society for Human Resource Management


Lisa Block

Bill Homan Co-Owner - Design Cuisine


Bill Homan

Carla Hargrove McGill President - Hargrove Inc.


Carla Hargrove McGill

Carolyn Peachey President - Campbell Peachey & Associates


Carolyn Peachey

André Wells Founder & Creative Officer - Events by André Wells


André Wells


Terri Brock Senior Manager of Executive Meetings - Abbott Laboratories

Miami/South Florida

Victoria Ascione Director of Corporate Meetings & Events - Bacardi U.S.A. Inc.

Wendy Kallergis President & C.E.O. - Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association


Larry Green President - Rentals Unlimited

Bryan Rafanelli Founder, President & C.E.O. - Rafanelli Events

Miami/South Florida

Rodney Barreto President & C.E.O. - Barreto Group Inc.

Kelly Murphy President & General Manager - Panache‹a Classic Party Rentals Company

New York

Cathi Culbertson Executive Director of Event Marketing & Protocol - Forbes Media

Michael and Sunny Halperin Founders - Party Rental Ltd.

Harriette Rose Katz Founder & President - Harriette Rose Katz Events


Susan Katz Director of Corporate Events - True Value

Lee Kite Director of Distinguished Events - American Cancer Society

Redmoon Theater

Los Angeles

Dennis Cornell Associate Senior Vice President of University Relations & Chief of Protocol - University of Southern California

Debbie Hawkins Executive Director - Meeting Professionals International Southern California Chapter (MPISCC)

Mindy Weiss Owner & Principal Planner/Designer - Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Miami/South Florida

Adrienne Arsht Philanthropist -

Mona Meretsky President - Comcor Event and Meeting Productions

Lee Brian Schrager Vice President of Corporate Communications and National Events - Southern Wine & Spirits of America

New York

Arthur Backal C.E.O. & Founder - Backal Hospitality Group


Martin Balogh Director of Meetings and Travel - American Bar Association

Tina Carlson President - Ivan Carlson & Associates

Robert H. Neubert Director of Catering Sales - Hilton Chicago

Los Angeles

Howard Bragman Chairman, C.E.O. & Founder - Fifteen Minutes Public Relations

Paul Dreher Assistant Director of Catering - Beverly Hilton

Hillary Harris Director - Warner Brothers Studios Special Events

New York

Anthony Napoli President & Owner - Briggs International

Katharine Stapleton Executive Director - Greater New York Chapter of Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (H.S.M.A.I.)

Robin Hood Foundation


Samantha Brickman President - MAS Communications

Cameron Hawkins President - Cameron Hawkins & Associates

Patricia Lakin Director of National Events - Bell Canada


Jonathan T. Howe President & Senior Partner - Howe & Hutton Ltd.

Evelyn Laxgang President - Laxgang Consulting Inc.

Deborah Sexton President & C.E.O. - Professional Convention Management Association

Paulette Wolf C.E.O. - Paulette Wolf Events & Entertainment

Los Angeles

John Chuck President, C.E.O. & Founder - Entertainment Lighting Services

Patricia K. Ryan Founder - Party Planners West Inc.

Michael Stern Executive Vice President & General Manager - Classic Party Rentals

Katy Sweet Owner & President - Katy Sweet & Associates Inc.

Cyd Wilson Director of Creative Development - In Style and People

New York

Jaclyn Bernstein President & Partner - Empire Force Events

Elizabeth Harrison Co-President - Harrison & Shriftman

Robert Hulsmeyer Senior Partner & Owner - Empire Force Events

John Schwartz President & Chief Operating Officer - EventQuest

Lara Shriftman Co-President - Harrison & Shriftman

Mark Veeder C.E.O. & Executive Creative Director - EventQuest


Michael Cress Special Events Manager - Canfar

Dennis Mills Vice Chairman - Magna Entertainment

Don Saytar Founder & Executive Producer - Cornerstone Entertainment Concepts Inc.

Francine Socket Director of Special Events & Merchandising - CTV Inc.

Los Angeles

Hollace Davids Senior Vice President of Special Projects - Universal Pictures

Marc Friedland President & Founder - Creative Intelligence Inc.

Judy Levy Co-Owner - Levy, Pazanti & Associates

Mary Micucci Founder - Along Came Mary Productions

Ellen Pazanti Co-Owner - Levy, Pazanti & Associates

New York

Daniel Boulud Chef-Owner - Daniel

Elisabeth Familian Founder - Masterplanner

Gael Greene Author, Restaurant Critic -

Fern Mallis Senior Vice President - IMG Fashion

Peter Rosenberger Partner - Sports Alliance

Elliott Winick Founder - Winick Productions

New York

Felice Axelrod Vice President of Protocol - Lehman Brothers

George F. Little President & Chief Operating Officer - George Little Management

Susan Magrino Dunning President & C.E.O. - Susan Magrino Agency

Bentley Meeker Owner - Bentley Meeker Lighting and Staging

Liz Neumark C.E.O. - Great Performances

Peter Scharff Chairman - Scharff Weisberg

Sylvia Weinstock Owner - Sylvia Weinstock Cakes

Paul Wilmot Owner - Paul Wilmot Communications

New York

Dorothy Aschkeneasy Partner - Event Associates Inc.

Alex von Bidder Co-Owner - Four Seasons Restaurant

Ellin Delsener Partner - Event Associates Inc.

Joel Dolci President - New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE)

Elyse Kroll Founder & C.E.O. - ENK International

Jean McFaddin Owner - McFaddin Associates

Julian Niccolini Co-Owner - Four Seasons Restaurant

Suzanne Tobak Owner - Suzanne Tobak Events

New York

Preston Bailey Owner - Preston Bailey Entertainment & Set Designs

Joe Benincasa Executive Director - Actors' Fund of America

Liz Bigham Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing - Jack Morton Worldwide

Tom Finn Principal - Tom Finn Productions

Peter and Penny Glazier Owners - Glazier Group

Edna Greenbaum Executive Director - Council of Protocol Executives

Ed Kane Director of Catering - Sheraton Hotels of New York

Peter Kohlmann President - PeKo Productions

Preston Robert Tisch Co-Founder - Loews Corporation

Barbara Tober Chairman - Museum of Arts & Design

Radio City Music Hall

New York

Karl Anden Chairman - New York Cruise Lines

Joe Cozza Executive Director of Catering - New York Marriot Marquis

Chris Giftos Manager of Special Events - Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robert Isabell Owner - Robert Isabell Inc.

Jim Kirsch C.E.O. - Abigail Kirsch Culinary Productions

Patrick McMullan C.E.O. & President - Patrick McMullan Company

Kathleen Moore Vice President of Senior Event Marketing - JPMorgan Treasury Services

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