Since founding AOO Events, Inc. in 1989, David Merrell’s name has become synonymous with cutting-edge event design and production. David and his team at AOO have been honored by a wide range of professional organizations with more than 25 International awards in a wide range of categories, a testament to the diversity and talent within his company. David himself was named Designer of the Year by Event Solutions Magazine and has taken home the prestigious Crystal Site Award from the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives. David was most recently awarded the Klaus Inkamp Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 by the International Live Events Association (ILEA) and the 2019 Steve Kemble Leadership Award. He has served on the ILEA board as president of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Catersource and BizBash. Continuously leading the market in a forward direction with authoritative momentum, David E. Merrell and AOO Events can respectively be considered a driving force in today’s event industry.

You can see David Merrell this July at The Special Event + Catersource during the following sessions: 

Tuesday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m.

At a time when the wedding and event industry has taken one of the largest hits in history, how can you make yourself stand out and continue to keep your doors open? How can you encourage a client (whether that be wedding, social or corporate) to press on with their event and tell their unique story? We will examine what’s taken place over the past year, presenting the various challenges that we’ve all been faced with in 2020, while discussing how to refocus and rebuild our clientele and our businesses as we come together to build a stronger, more dynamic industry.

Wednesday, July 21 at11:00 a.m.

It’s been a year since COVID took over the world and the events industry. What has happened and where do we see it going? David Merrell explores the profound changes the industry has gone through and where it appears to be going from here! This talk show format has an opening monologue from David himself, expert guest appearances, audience participation and some real talk about how our industry has been drastically altered.

See you in Miami! 

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