BizBash, a trade media for event professionals, released its 2014 list of the most innovative people and brands within the event industry.
Named as one of the top innovators right now was Greg O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC, the District of Columbia’s official convention and sports authority.
O’Dell oversees Events DC’s three lines of business: Conventions and Meetings, Sports and Entertainment, and Special Events. His primary responsibilities include oversight of the development and promotion of hospitality, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities that generate economic and community benefits for the residents and businesses of District of Columbia.
“The event landscape is ever changing, but we have found great strength in leveraging our strategic partnerships to create unique event experiences that engage our local community, visitors and attendees throughout our venues — and that lends to our continued success,” said O’Dell. “It is an honor to be recognized among my peers.”
“We may be living in a digital age, but live experiences remain one of the most powerful ways to reach and influence an audience. Our Innovation issue is about the event and meeting industry professionals proving how sophisticated and strategic the medium is, whether it’s a 150,000-person conference, a public fan fest that attracts 1.5 million visitors, or a 400-guest wedding,” said Anna Sekula, editor-in-chief, BizBash. “O’Dell was willing to take risks and find opportunities to create authentic engagement and value, which is why we decided to highlight them and their work.”