With over 20 years of industry experience, Howard Givner is a widely recognized expert, thought leader & business consultant in the field of special events.
He is currently the founder and Executive Director of the Event Leadership Institute (E.L.I.), a joint venture with BizBash Media, which provides best in class education and training for event professionals via online, on-demand video classes and live events.
He is the founder of Paint The Town Red, Inc., and the former CEO of North America for Global Events Group, the 13th largest event agency in the world, which acquired Paint The Town Red in 2008. During his tenure the company won over 30 industry awards. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, National Public Radio, ABC News, The Apprentice, and USA Today, in addition to numerous trade media.
Howard is the creator of the Super Planner mobile app for meeting and event planners, which won Best New Product at the 2010 BizBash Awards and the 2011 Special Events Magazine Gala Awards.
Howard believes strongly in giving back to the industry, and is the Immediate Past President of the ISES NY Metro Chapter, and is VP of Programming / Education for the MPI Greater NY Chapter. He is the Business columnist for Event-Solutions Magazine; served on the Advisory Board of Special Events Magazine; and blogs on industry and event business insights at www.HowardGivner.com.
Howard lives in Westchester with his wife and two children, and sits on the Board of Directors of Every Child A Reader, the philanthropic arm of the Children’s Book Council.