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Robert Harar

Robert Harar

Krakoff Award Winner: 2015
Chairman, National Trade Productions
Robert E. Harar, Chairman, founded National Trade Productions in 1976 with the goal of becoming the country's premier trade show, conference, association meeting and corporate events producer. Under his leadership, NTP has produced over 1,000 events worldwide in more than 20 industries. Robert’s vision for NTP is an entrepreneurial culture that includes a mix of proprietary events and events managed for clients. The shows NTP has created and owned include FOSE, a Tradeshow 200 event with more than 75,000 registered attendees. Over the years, Robert has developed an organization that provides tremendous opportunity for aggressive and energetic talents, encouraging employees to develop and institute new ideas. Among his many contributions to the industry, Robert was the Chair of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), and is a featured speaker at many events. He has participated as a member of the Board of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) and has made significant financial contributions towards its success. Robert currently serves as the Chairman for National Trade Productions and works as a consultant for organizations facing significant change within their event.


  • “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