Bio | Press & Published Articles

With over 20 years of industry experience, Howard Givner is a widely recognized expert and innovator in the field of events, business growth strategy, technology and education.

Educator & Thought Leader

Howard is the Founder and Executive Director of the Event Leadership Institute (which launched in April 2011), provider of best-in-class training and education for the events industry, through online, on-demand video classes, interviews with industry leaders, white papers, webinars and live events.

Event Agency Owner

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.

Industry Leader & Expert

Howard is a Past President of the ILEA (International Live Events Association) NY Metro Chapter; has served on the board of directors of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Greater NY Chapter as VP of Education; is a member of the BizBash NY Advisory Board; has served on the Advisory Board of Special Events Magazine; been a judge of the Gala Awards & HSMAI’s Adrian Awards. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on a wide range of topics. 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 a consultant to companies in the hospitality, meetings and event industry, specializing in strategic planning, sales growth, management, and mergers & acquisitions, and selectively consults with business owners on a limited number of engagements.

App Developer

Howard is the creator of the SuperPlanner Mobile App, winner of the 2010 BizBash Event Style Award for Most Innovative New Product, and the 2011 Special Events Magazine Gala  Award for Best New Product / Service.

On a personal level, Howard sits on the Board of Directors of Every Child A Reader, the charitable foundation of the Children’s Book Council. He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and two children.

Press & Published Articles

Bio | Press & Published Articles

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The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma: Why So Many Small Businesses Fail
Let the Big Dog Eat: Advice for Business Owners Who Don’t Like to Sell
Cultivating An Innovation Mindset in Your Team
How to Brainwash Your Clients
Getting the Price You Want
12 Best Practices for Developing Online Courses

EXPO Magazine | Howard Givner Named to 3rd Annual EXPO Elite List

Time Magazine | Smart Spending: Pro Tricks to Save Money on Holiday Parties

Event Manager Blog | The Rise of Event Planner 3.0

911 Magazine | How to Handle Toxic Employees

BizBash | The Challenge of Proving An Event’s Value

Corporate & Incentive Travel Got Mobile Device?  Get Meeting Apps for That

Special Events | Is There Life After Running An Event Company

Event Solutions: In Business Column
How Much: Calculating Your Rates
Let the Big Dog Eat
Show Me The Money
The Hollywood Staffing Model
How to Land A Big Client . . . Not
Family Matters: How to Get More Referrals from Friends & Family
Getting Your Business to the Next Level
The Day-Of Dilemma: Proving Your Value
When to Fire Someone
Being A Boss
Financial Stress Test
Opening the Books
When The Client Is Wrong
The Demise of the Uninformed Client
Everyone Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Mouth

Event Marketer | Top Event Agency Pros Weigh In on Industry Trends

Best Events  | Fresh Start

The New York Times | “PreOccupations”

Event Marketer | Agency Experts: Executive Perspective

BizBash | What’s Worth It: Where to spend and where to save in today’s budgets.

BizBash | Being Playful

Special Events | Global Events Aquires Paint the Town Red

Successful Meetings | Deep Impact: Event Marketers move beyond the experiential to immersive strategies.

BizBash | Saving the Corporate Holiday Party—By Measuring It

Special Events | Media Events Make Press Time

Special Events | Pricing Summit: Event Experts Discuss Trends in Procurement

Fast Company | The Art of the Off-Site

Special Events | Howard Givner Discusses the Branding Power of Special Events