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Eventex Index 2022

Top 100 Most Influential People
in the Event Industry

The 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry index recognizes exceptional industry figures from around the globe who have left a mark on the industry with their creativity, vision, and capacity for innovation. The list is decided entirely by the public who first get to nominate and then vote on who they believe has influenced the industry the most lately.

Nomination period

November 16 - November 21

Voting

November 21 - December 2

announcing the results

December 7

Top 100 Most Influential People

Aaron Kaufman

Aaron Kaufman

President

LinkedIn

Fifth Element Group

Abi Cannons

Abi Cannons

Senior Product Marketing Manager

LinkedIn

Grip

Adam Parry

Adam Parry

Co-founder

LinkedIn

Event Tech Live

Adrian Segar

Adrian Segar

Founder

LinkedIn

Conferences That Work

Akeshi Akinseye

Akeshi Akinseye

CEO & Founder

LinkedIn

Kesh Events

Aleksandra Panyukhina

Aleksandra Panyukhina

Experience Marketing Lead

LinkedIn

Pixelz

Alessia Comis Ronchin

Alessia Comis Ronchin

CEO

LinkedIn

Pidelaluna events

Amber Anderson

Amber Anderson

Wedding Industry Educator

LinkedIn

Refine for Wedding Planners

Amy Calvert

Amy Calvert

CEO

LinkedIn

Events Industry Council

Andrew Roby

Andrew Roby

CEO

LinkedIn

Andrew Roby Events

Aneta Ksiazek

Aneta Ksiazek

Head

LinkedIn

Poland Convention Bureau

Angela Harar

Angela Harar

Portfolio Director

LinkedIn

Clarion Events

Anna Jędrocha

Anna Jędrocha

President

LinkedIn

Symposium Cracoviense Sp. z o.o.

Annamaria Ruffini

Annamaria Ruffini

President

LinkedIn

SITE

Anthony Kelly

Anthony Kelly

MD & CMO

LinkedIn

Measurable Marketing Consultancy

Anthony Vade

Anthony Vade

Event Experience Strategy Director

LinkedIn

Encore

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn

Good Soil Leaders

Barun Gupta

Barun Gupta

President

LinkedIn

Site India Chapter

Brandt Krueger

Brandt Krueger

Senior Production Manager

LinkedIn

EideCom

Butch Spyridon

Butch Spyridon

CEO

LinkedIn

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

Calum Di Lieto

Calum Di Lieto

C&IT Magazine - Editor

LinkedIn

Haymarket Media Group

Carina Bauer

Carina Bauer

CEO

LinkedIn

The IMEX Group

Carly Silberstein

Carly Silberstein

CEO

LinkedIn

Redstone Agency

Carrie Davenport

Carrie Davenport

Lead Meeting Planner, Industry Engagement

LinkedIn

Altria

Charli Briggs

Charli Briggs

Founder & Director

LinkedIn

Eventure Experiences Ltd

Chloe Richardson

Chloe Richardson

VP Senior Corporate Relations

LinkedIn

MD - Explori; ELX

Christoph Tessmar

Christoph Tessmar

Director

LinkedIn

Barcelona Convention Bureau

Colja Dams

Colja Dams

Owner & CEO

LinkedIn

VOK DAMS Events & Live-Marketing worldwide

Corbin Ball

Corbin Ball

Founder

LinkedIn

Corbin Ball & Co.

Courtney Stanley

Courtney Stanley

Keynote Speaker, Event Emcee & Business Coach

LinkedIn

Courtney Stanley Consulting, LLC

Dahlia El Gazzar

Dahlia El Gazzar

Tech Evangelist

LinkedIn

DAHLIA+ Agency

Dan Assor

Dan Assor

Production Director

LinkedIn

Clear Path Analysis

David Adler

David Adler

Chairman & Founder

LinkedIn

BizBash

DeShawn Wynn

DeShawn Wynn

Chief Meeting Architect

LinkedIn

Wynning Touch Event Design

Denis Braguini Bevacqua

Denis Braguini Bevacqua

Events Director

LinkedIn

RD Station

Don Welsh

Don Welsh

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn

Destinations International

Dwayne Rutherford

Dwayne Rutherford

Founder & Managing Director

LinkedIn

Debonair Corporate Events

Elizabeth Irving

Elizabeth Irving

CMO

LinkedIn

Clarion Events Inc.

Elliot Ferguson

Elliot Ferguson

President & CEO

LinkedIn

Destination DC

Enrique Fernandez

Enrique Fernandez

CEO

LinkedIn

Eferson

Erin Schneiderman

Erin Schneiderman

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Special Event Management Program

LinkedIn

Arizona State University

Fay Sharpe

Fay Sharpe

Founder

LinkedIn

Fast Forward 15

Fiona Robson

Fiona Robson

Vice President & Group Commercial Director for EMEA

LinkedIn

Encore

Gavin Farley

Gavin Farley

CEO

LinkedIn

asembl.

Gina Samuels

Gina Samuels

Managing Director

Linkedin

The Production House Events

Jaime Bennett

Jaime Bennett

Regional Director

LinkedIn

PCMA

James Morgan

James Morgan

Dean

LinkedIn

International Tourism and Hospitality College

Javed Shaikh

Javed Shaikh

Head of Operations (NCR)

LinkedIn

DLF limited

Jill Douglas

Jill Douglas

Account Director - Events & Experiential

LinkedIn

Neon Agency

John Martinez

John Martinez

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn

Shocklogic

John O'Shaughnessy

John O'Shaughnessy

Creative Director

LinkedIn

Verve Live Agency

Julia O’Grady

Julia O’Grady

Founder & Chief Futurist

LinkedIn

ITM EVENTS

Juliet Tripp

Juliet Tripp

Group Strategy Director

LinkedIn

Make Events Ltd

Julius Solaris

Julius Solaris

Founder

LinkedIn

Boldpush

Karim Kassab

Karim Kassab

Senior Vice President, Technical Production

LinkedIn

Hartmann Studios

Kate Patay

Kate Patay

Director of Engagement & Chairwoman

LinkedIn

Terramar & SEARCH Foundation

Keneisha Williams

Keneisha Williams

Founder

LinkedIn

Black in Events

Krzysztof Paradowski

Krzysztof Paradowski

Partner

LinkedIn

BluExperience | BluPlatform.io | CMA AV

Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz

Professional Emcee & Keynote Speaker

LinkedIn

Laura Schwartz Live

Laura Viilep

Laura Viilep

Head of Events

LinkedIn

Mindvalley

Lori Pugh Marcum

Lori Pugh Marcum

Events Content Director

LinkedIn

EnsembleIQ

Magdalina Atanassova

Magdalina Atanassova

Creative Director Digital

LinkedIn

Kenes Group

Mahoganey Jones

Mahoganey Jones

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn

Event Specialists Inc.

Marcie Holt

Marcie Holt

Alienware Experiential Event Manager

LinkedIn

Alienware - a computer gaming hardware subsidiary of Dell Technologies

Marin Bright

Marin Bright

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn

Smart Meetings

Mary Franklin

Mary Franklin

Head of Events

LinkedIn

Crunchyroll

Mathias Posch

Mathias Posch

Chairman & Partner

LinkedIn

ICS

Matthew Franks

Matthew Franks

Director of Events

LinkedIn

DRPG

Max Fellows

Max Fellows

Co-founder; Founder

LinkedIn

Elevate; Allpoints

Michael Dominguez

Michael Dominguez

President & CEO

LinkedIn

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Mike Ferreira

Mike Ferreira

Owner & Founder

LinkedIn

Meetings Made Easy

Milos Dimitrijevic

Milos Dimitrijevic

Director

LinkedIn

Miross Travel

Natalie John

Natalie John

Lead Planner & Owner

LinkedIn

Dreamy Weddings

Nicola McGrane

Nicola McGrane

CEO

LinkedIn

Conference Partners International & Event Partners Ireland

Olga Krzemińska-Zasadzka

Olga Krzemińska-Zasadzka

CEO

LinkedIn

Agencja POWER - Event Incentive Conference Sport

Ori Lahav

Ori Lahav

CEO

LinkedIn

Kenes Group

Padraic Gilligan

Padraic Gilligan

CMO

LinkedIn

SITE

Patrizia Buongiorno

Patrizia Buongiorno

Vice President

LinkedIn

AIM Group International

Rachel Wimberly

Rachel Wimberly

Editor-in-Chief

LinkedIn

Trade Show News Network

Rafael Hernandez

Rafael Hernandez

Chairman

LinkedIn

World Meetings Forum

Randi Bushell

Randi Bushell

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn

Merri

Raymond Brown

Raymond Brown

COO

LinkedIn

MAS

Remy Cregut

Remy Cregut

CEO

LinkedIn

Montreux Music & Convention Centre

Richard Bridge

Richard Bridge

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn

Top Banana

Sasha Green

Sasha Green

Senior Account Executive

LinkedIn

Eventure Experiences Ltd

Sherrif Karamat

Sherrif Karamat

Chief Executive Officer

LinkedIn

Professional Convention Management Association

Sina Buente

Sina Buente

Hybrid & Digital Events Expert

LinkedIn

IUCN

Sophie Ahmed

Sophie Ahmed

SVP Market Strategy

LinkedIn

Hublio

Steve Kemble

Steve Kemble

Principal

LinkedIn

Steve Kemble Event Design

Steve Mackenzie

Steve Mackenzie

Chief Innovation Officer

LinkedIn

Ungerboeck

Tahira Endean

Tahira Endean

Author

LinkedIn

International Event Design

Tara Higgins

Tara Higgins

President; Senior Vice President

LinkedIn

Hargrove; Commercial (Encore)

Tess M. Vismale

Tess M. Vismale

CEO

LinkedIn

iSocialx

Tracy Halliwell

Tracy Halliwell

Director of Tourism, Conventions & Major Events for London

LinkedIn

London & Partners

Tracy Judge

Tracy Judge

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn

Soundings

Vanessa Lovatt

Vanessa Lovatt

Global Director of Customer Engagement

LinkedIn

Notified

Vanessa Ohayon

Vanessa Ohayon

Founder

LinkedIn

Vanessa & Co. Events & Hospitality

Victor Cid Branger

Victor Cid Branger

CEO & Director for Corporate Events

LinkedIn

Espacio Bureau

Will Curran

Will Curran

Chief Einstein

LinkedIn

Endless Events

Wouter Boits

Wouter Boits

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn

The Oval Office

Zuzana Adamson

Zuzana Adamson

Director

MICE CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

LinkedIn
Żaneta Berus

Żaneta Berus

Founder & CEO

In2Win Business Consulting

LinkedIn

Top 100 Most Influential People

Aaron Kaufman

President

Fifth Element Group

Abi Cannons

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Grip

Adam Parry

Co-founder

Event Tech Live

Adrian Segar

Founder

Conferences That Work

Akeshi Akinseye

CEO & Founder

Kesh Events

Aleksandra Panyukhina

Experience Marketing Lead

Pixelz

Alessia Comis Ronchin

CEO

Pidelaluna events

Amber Anderson

Wedding Industry Educator

Refine for Wedding Planners

Amy Calvert

CEO

Events Industry Council

Andrew Roby

CEO

Andrew Roby Events

Aneta Ksiazek

Head

Poland Convention Bureau

Angela Harar

Portfolio Director

Clarion Events

Anna Jędrocha

President

Symposium Cracoviense Sp. z o.o.

Annamaria Ruffini

President

SITE

Anthony Kelly

MD & CMO

Measurable Marketing Consultancy

Anthony Vade

Event Experience Strategy Director

Encore

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

Founder & CEO

Good Soil Leaders

Barun Gupta

President

Site India Chapter

Brandt Krueger

Senior Production Manager

EideCom

Butch Spyridon

CEO

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

Calum Di Lieto

C&IT Magazine - Editor

Haymarket Media Group

Carina Bauer

CEO

The IMEX Group

Carly Silberstein

CEO

Redstone Agency

Carrie Davenport

Lead Meeting Planner, Industry Engagement

Altria

Charli Briggs

Founder & Director

Eventure Experiences Ltd

Chloe Richardson

VP Senior Corporate Relations

MD - Explori; ELX

Christoph Tessmar

Director

Barcelona Convention Bureau

Colja Dams

Owner & CEO

VOK DAMS Events & Live-Marketing worldwide

Corbin Ball

Founder

Corbin Ball & Co.

Courtney Stanley

Keynote Speaker, Event Emcee & Business Coach

Courtney Stanley Consulting, LLC

Dahlia El Gazzar

Tech Evangelist

DAHLIA+ Agency

Dan Assor

Production Director

Clear Path Analysis

David Adler

Chairman & Founder

BizBash

DeShawn Wynn

Chief Meeting Architect

Wynning Touch Event Design

Denis Braguini Bevacqua

Events Director

RD Station

Don Welsh

Founder & CEO

Destinations International

Dwayne Rutherford

Founder & Managing Director

Debonair Corporate Events

Elizabeth Irving

CMO

Clarion Events Inc.

Elliot Ferguson

President & CEO

Destination DC

Enrique Fernandez

CEO

Eferson

Erin Schneiderman

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Special Event Management Program

Arizona State University

Fay Sharpe

Founder

Fast Forward 15

Fiona Robson

Vice President & Group Commercial Director for EMEA

Encore

Gavin Farley

CEO

asembl.

Gina Samuels

Managing Director

The Production House Events

Jaime Bennett

Regional Director

PCMA

James Morgan

Dean

International Tourism and Hospitality College

Javed Shaikh

Head of Operations (NCR)

DLF limited

Jill Douglas

Account Director - Events & Experiential

Neon Agency

John Martinez

Founder & CEO

Shocklogic

John O'Shaughnessy

Creative Director

Verve Live Agency

Julia O’Grady

Founder & Chief Futurist

ITM EVENTS

Juliet Tripp

Group Strategy Director

Make Events Ltd

Julius Solaris

Founder

Boldpush

Karim Kassab

Senior Vice President, Technical Production

Hartmann Studios

Kate Patay

Director of Engagement & Chairwoman

Terramar & SEARCH Foundation

Keneisha Williams

Founder

Black in Events

Krzysztof Paradowski

Partner

BluExperience | BluPlatform.io | CMA AV

Laura Schwartz

Professional Emcee & Keynote Speaker

Laura Schwartz Live

Laura Viilep

Head of Events

Mindvalley

Lori Pugh Marcum

Events Content Director

EnsembleIQ

Magdalina Atanassova

Creative Director Digital

Kenes Group

Mahoganey Jones

Founder & CEO

Event Specialists Inc.

Marcie Holt

Alienware Experiential Event Manager

Alienware - a computer gaming hardware subsidiary of Dell Technologies

Marin Bright

Founder & CEO

Smart Meetings

Mary Franklin

Head of Events

Crunchyroll

Mathias Posch

Chairman & Partner

ICS

Matthew Franks

Director of Events

DRPG

Max Fellows

Co-founder; Founder

Elevate; Allpoints

Michael Dominguez

President & CEO

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Mike Ferreira

Owner & Founder

Meetings Made Easy

Milos Dimitrijevic

Director

Miross Travel

Natalie John

Lead Planner & Owner

Dreamy Weddings

Nicola McGrane

CEO

Conference Partners International & Event Partners Ireland

Olga Krzemińska-Zasadzka

CEO

Agencja POWER - Event Incentive Conference Sport

Ori Lahav

CEO

Kenes Group

Padraic Gilligan

CMO

SITE

Patrizia Buongiorno

Vice President

AIM Group International

Rachel Wimberly

Editor-in-Chief

Trade Show News Network

Rafael Hernandez

Chairman

World Meetings Forum

Randi Bushell

Founder & CEO

Merri

Raymond Brown

COO

MAS

Remy Cregut

CEO

Montreux Music & Convention Centre

Richard Bridge

Founder & CEO

Top Banana

Sasha Green

Senior Account Executive

Eventure Experiences Ltd

Sherrif Karamat

Chief Executive Officer

Professional Convention Management Association

Sina Buente

Hybrid & Digital Events Expert

IUCN

Sophie Ahmed

SVP Market Strategy

Hublio

Steve Kemble

Principal

Steve Kemble Event Design

Steve Mackenzie

Chief Innovation Officer

Ungerboeck

Tahira Endean

Author

International Event Design

Tara Higgins

President; Senior Vice President

Hargrove; Commercial (Encore)

Tess M. Vismale

CEO

iSocialx

Tracy Halliwell

Director of Tourism, Conventions & Major Events for London

London & Partners

Tracy Judge

Founder & CEO

Soundings

Vanessa Lovatt

Global Director of Customer Engagement

Notified

Vanessa Ohayon

Founder

Vanessa & Co. Events & Hospitality

Victor Cid Branger

CEO & Director for Corporate Events

Espacio Bureau

Will Curran

Chief Einstein

Endless Events

Wouter Boits

Founder & CEO

The Oval Office

Methodology

Nomination period: 16 – 21 November 2022.
The public voting list included all nominees within the nomination period and the extended nomination period.
Voting period: 21 November – 2 December 2022.
All voters had the opportunity to vote for up to 10 nominees.
The list of “Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry” was determined based on the votes received. Only the 100 people with the highest number of votes are the featured in the list.
The results are published in alphabetical order.
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