This list is sponsored by VDA, a Massachusetts-based experiential marketing and event design agency that specializes in custom live, hybrid, and virtual experiences designed to drive business growth through client collaboration and creative thinking.
For BizBash’s 2023 40 Under 40 list, we’ve highlighted 40 standout event professionals—from corporate planners to experiential designers and marketers, sales managers, incentive organizers, and more—who have founded companies, won awards, closed contracts worth millions, and so much more…all before even celebrating their 40th birthday.
Despite the varied backgrounds of the event profs on this list, they share many experiences and sentiments. Take the fact that in this industry, no day ever looks the same. And when it comes to good ‘ol bad weather, keeping calm as a leader is vital.
In addition, you’ll find that this successful bunch also prioritizes self care, whether that means hitting the Peloton at 6 a.m. before a day of meetings or turning off email notifications when they’re OOO. In short, there’s a lot to get inspired by in these 40 profiles.
And while these industry leaders and touted trailblazers have made an early mark on the meetings and events industry, the best part is that they’re surely far from finished. Keep reading to get inspired by their career journeys, how they’ve averted complete event disasters, what keeps them inspired, the advice they would give their younger selves, their ideal day OOO, and more.
Vice President of Sales and Services, Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau
Director of Conference Operations, National Association of Manufacturers
Manager, Creative Services, VDA Inc.
Regional Director of Sales and Events, Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Event Manager, Yahoo
Manager of Event and Trade Show Operations, Kastle Systems International
Executive Producer, Best Events
President and Founder, Food Truck Promotions
Founder and President, NVE Experience Agency
Manager of Events and Campaigns, SpotOn
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Gladiator Productions
Director of Events and Education, National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
Senior Vice President of Creative and Design, Freeman
Senior Sales Relationship Manager, IMEX Group
President and Co-Founder, The Umbrella
David J. Knee
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, IDEKO and NYFF Events
Executive Director of ForbesLive Events, Forbes
Director of Partnerships and Experiential Marketing, SiriusXM Pandora
Founder, The Well Connected
Partner and Executive Vice President, SHADOW
President, Maverick Events & Consulting as well as Adaline's Playroom
Director of Brand and Business Development and Head of Partner Marketing and Strategy for Video and Sound Products, Sony Corporation of America
CEO and Coach, Juliet Tripp | The Events Coach
Director of Operations and Programs, Destination South Meetings and Events
Founder and CEO, Lupine Creative
Owner and CEO, Glow Events
Regional Vice President, Sodexo Live!
Founder, Tag Team Entertainment
Founder and Creative Director, NGK Agency
Nilo G. Low
CEO, Kapture Vision
Assistant Director, Field Marketing, EY
Global Head of Marketing, BlackRock Inc.
Rebecca Springer Moskowitz
Senior Manager of Events, Hulu Originals at The Walt Disney Company
Co-Founder and CEO, GruupMeet
Director of Business Development, Quest AV
Travel Account Manager, Maritz Global Events
Sara Beth Raab
Global Events Manager-Contract, St. Jude Global
Senior Creative Director, [INVNT GROUP]
Senior Convention Sales Manager, Destination Madison
Senior Event Planner, Redstone Agency
About the 40 Under 40 process: Nominations are submitted by colleagues and peers through BizBash’s website. They are then reviewed by our editors, and finalists are vetted before the final list is selected for publication. Honorees must be under the age of 40 as of April 1, 2023. Job titles and responses reflect the honoree’s status as of February 2023.
While our features may be sponsored by standout companies, to ensure the list remains impartial, sponsors do not have the ability to review or curate any part of the list themselves.