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David Adler

David Adler

Chairman and Founder, BizBash Media
United States

David Adler is founder and C.E.O. of BizBash Media, the source for essential information about event marketing, meeting and event planning, and business entertaining in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas, Toronto and Washington, D.C. BizBash Media operates and publishes BizBash magazine.

The company also hosts trade shows and award shows in major event markets. BizBash’s annual New York award show was featured in the center column of The Wall Street Journal, and Adler was named one of the “25 Most Influential Leaders” in the meeting and event industry by Meeting News magazine. From 1994 until 2000, Adler was vice president of corporate communications for PRIMEDIA; previously, he held the same post at Macmillan Inc. from 1988 to 1990. In those positions, Adler was responsible for events, public relations, charitable giving, branding, and special chairman and C.E.O. projects including the Notre Dame University Conference on the Holocaust in 1998. Events projects included the 50th anniversary of Seventeen magazine, the 25th anniversary of New York magazine, the annual New York magazine awards, the 100th anniversary of the Daily Racing Form, and the annual Soap Opera Digest award celebration. From 1990 until 1993, Adler was vice president of media relations and cause-related marketing, where he was responsible for development and execution 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 Profiles in Courage awards. At the age of 21, a month after graduating from American University, Adler founded Washington Dossier. The magazine, which covered power, society, politics, and entertaining in the nation’s capital, was one of the pioneers of the regional luxury-magazine explosion currently taking place. The publication grew from a 16-page newsletter to a 250-page monthly when it was sold in 1988 and was featured regularly in the national media. Its regular annual features included the “Top 1,000 Most Powerful People in Washington,” the Diplomat List, the Social 400, and the Senatorial Dossier, a guide to the personalities of United States senators. Adler resides in New York City and has been active in several nonprofit and professional organizations, including board positions, the WNET Education Committee, and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the American University School of Communications. He has been instrumental in launching WNET’s Celebration of Learning and Teaching as a member of the organization’s education committee. He is also currently an advisor to the Chief of Protocol of the United States and has been named co-chair of the Patrons of Diplomacy initiative. Previously, he was a member of the board of trustees of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, NYC & Co, the Magazine Publishers Association, and City Meals-on-Wheels. He also chaired the public relations committee of the Magazine Publishers Association from 1998 to 2000.


  • “Without a doubt the most valuable three days of the year for networking, learning, and meeting colleagues.”
    Tony Calanca, Calanca & Associates LLC
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • “The impact of SISO is so much bigger than its size. It feels more like a global council of important tribes than a traditional trade association.”
    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • Being a member of SISO has allowed me to navigate the dynamic landscape of our industry in the most effective way possible. Personally, it’s been a journey of continuous learning, networking, and collaboration that fosters deep relationships with industry leaders. Professionally, the insights I’ve gained, the resources I have accessed, and the collaborative initiatives and advocacy work have helped to take my organization to new heights. SISO, to me, is an indispensable asset for my career and business.
    Liz Irving, President, Clarion Events