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.
To empower event professionals with ideas, intelligence and resources to create smarter events.
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.
BizBash President Richard Aaron has been honored by numerous organizations as one of the most respected event professionals in the country. He served as founding chairman of the SEARCH Foundation and founding president of the International Special Events Society of New York as well as on board of directors of MPI International. Currently he serves as a trustee of the MPI Foundation and serves on the Convention Industry Council Apex Board. In 2002, Aaron was named MPI International Planner of the Year for his outstanding body of work in the meeting profession.
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 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 master’s degree in fine arts from Brandeis University.
Nicole Peck is the executive vice president of BizBash Media where she oversees the events, marketing, product development, technology, and client services 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.
Beth Kormanik is executive editor 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.
Passionate about digital marketing, social media, and events, Grazia Mohren brings more than 12 years of experience in marketing and public relations to her role as vice president of marketing for BizBash. Mohren’s primary focus at BizBash is to grow the brand through audience development efforts, event marketing initiatives, lead generation, and thought leadership. Prior to joining BizBash in 2012, she spearheaded campaigns for hundreds of events including Oscar and Golden Globe parties, film festivals, Fashion Week shows, magazine launches, restaurant openings, and trade shows. Away from work, she is a mother of one, an avid traveler, and holds an M.B.A. from Montclair State University.
David is a champion of advertising, commerce, and sales operations, evangelizing the power of digital media and event platforms to help businesses gain customers. His experience in growing local markets and local teams for national media and commerce brands including Cars.com, DotMenu (acquired by Grubhub), Supermedia, and Tribune provided for a perfect segue to lead the BizBash sales team, with reps in six major markets. Ask him what he loves most about his time here, and he will tell you it's BizBash's ability to create positions of thought leadership while providing measurable new business generation for clients. But most of all, it's BizBash's unparalleled brand equity with its audience and advertisers.
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.
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.
Jonathan Adler Chairman
David Adler C.E.O. and Founder
Richard Aaron CMP, CSEP, President
Editor In Chief of party planning magazine "Biz Bash," Anna Sekula, joins us with the hottest, most entertaining wedding trends of 2014. From invites and flowers to entertainment, food and tables, follow these tips to make your big night into one for the ages!
At speed-dating events or singles mixers, it’s not enough to simply put single men and women in a room together — dating professionals have to orchestrate a fun, friendly atmosphere to get conversation flowing and inspire connections between strangers. This takes finesse, experience, and the right supplies.
Editor-in-chief of BizBash magazine, Anna Sekula joined us live with tips on how to throw a “chill” themed summer entertaining party. This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 17, 2014.
“Planners are looking for unusual, exclusive spaces — places that have a lot of outdoor area and flexibility,” said Beth Kormanik, executive editor of BizBash.com. “Views are important, or maybe they’re looking for the pedigree of a house designed by a notable architect or once occupied by someone famous.”
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Each 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, David Stark Design; Matthew David Hopkins of 360 Design by Matthew David; Sharon Sacks, President and Founder, Sacks Productions; Gary Pagano, Vice President Special Events, Viacom; and other industry notables.
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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
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.
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
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
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
Terri Brock Senior Manager of Executive Meetings - Abbott Laboratories
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
Rodney Barreto President & C.E.O. - Barreto Group Inc.
Kelly Murphy President & General Manager - Panache‹a Classic Party Rentals Company
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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