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.


Howard was able to get our team to think out of the box and look at our events from a different perspective. – BlackRock

Your presentation at our northeast regional sales meeting was exactly the fresh, outside perspective we needed to take our performance and business to the next level. I heard many positive comments, and I know it will help us think differently about working with clients. – Marriott International

Thank you so much for bringing such an interesting and useful presentation to our team. We’ve already received great feedback about the session and appreciate the time you spent putting something together that would resonate so well for our group.  – Bank of America

The workshop you gave at our first national sales meeting was a home run.  You engaged everyone in the process, gave great insight and tools for our sales managers to prospect and sell better and grow our client base.  You challenged us as a group to deliver a greater customer experience and I know everyone left energized and motivated to exceed their sales goals. – Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group

Thank you again for a great day! Lots of ideas are flowing between the teams following the sessions today. I appreciate all of your time and effort in making it a successful day for everyone involved. – New York Yankees

Thank you so so much for facilitating our company-wide management offsite this week. The 2 days were very productive and positive. You were able to mediate so well and get people communicating about hard topics. – Grass Roots Meetings & Events
Great job presenting to our full team at our annual off-site. Your insights resonated equally well across all attendees, whether they worked at our main office, or at our implant accounts at various investment banks. The strategies and tools you offered will definitely help us raise our game in delivering a greater level of service, prove our value more, and grow our accounts. – First Protocol

Howard led an extremely powerful series of webinars and executive round tables. Each was a resounding success and captured everyone’s attention and interest. Our guests all voted the presentations as “excellent” across the board. – Event Resources
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