Podcast: Disrupting Trade and Consumer Shows in the Digital Era—a Generational Discussion

Three generations of trade show C.E.O.s got cocktails with David Adler and talked about the future of big shows.

May 3, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

Hosts: Audrey Gallien and Brandt Krueger
Guests: David Adler, Greg Topalian, Alec Hartman, Marco Giberti

What is there to expect from for-profit show producers? Is the “Comic-Con model” still the best? Live from the annual for-profit C.E.O. show producers' event in San Diego, Society of Independent Show Organizers (, David Adler, C.E.O. of BizBash, sits down for cocktails and conversation with three generations of show organizers to talk about what's next in the industry. Guests Alec Hartman, C.E.O. of TechDay; Greg Topalian, founder of Leftfield Media; and Marco Giberti, founder of Vesuvio Ventures, share the continued value of the face-to-face consumer, how to leverage digital community-building, the cost of event scale relationships, and more.

Sponsored by Hargrove and Resorts World Casino New York City

Running time 34:02

Show Notes

In This Episode

  • Roundtable Discussion [04:54]: entrepreneurs pushing the trade show industry, digital community building, human connections lead the forefront of trade shows

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