At Market Maker Events, we craft remarkable event experiences.



We are Market Maker Events, an industry leader in creating effective, dynamic experiences that connect businesses, brands, and people. Using our combined experience of over 140 years in event management, we design and create events that leave a lasting impression.


Market Maker Events produces and manages trade shows ranging from small meeting room events to large format exhibition hall productions


Our conference programming and production make your event the "must attend" event of the year!


Our special events experience holds a broad range of exciting events from fashion shows, awards ceremonies and concerts to surf contests and corporate parties.


Event marketing tools & techniques are constantly changing. Market Maker Events stays on top of what is new in the way we speak to our customers.


Market Maker Events produces and manages events that bring people together in a dynamic, face-to-face environment so they can succeed in business. Our aim is to give our exhibitors events that produce the highest possible ROI and to give attendees a unique, one-of-a-kind experience so they can source product, network and build their businesses. Most people can get what they need for business by sitting in front of a computer.  Our job as event producers is to make our live events "must-attend" by creating impactful and useful content - with products, education & information.


Here are some of the services we provide

  • Event Management
  • Exhibit & Sponsorship Sales
  • Event Marketing
  • Meeting Planning
  • Special Event Planning
  • Conference Planning & Production
  • Acquisition Planning & Implementation
  • New Business Development
  • Permanent Wholesale Facility Development
  • Budget Development

What Our Clients Say About Us

"Our organization recently hired Market Maker Events to assist in compiling due diligence reports and a complete SWAT analysis for a tradeshow we wanted to acquire. We chose to work with Market Maker Events due to their extensive experience and highly regarded reputation within the tradeshow industry. Lori and Barbara did not disappoint! They provided us with detailed reports which included, a complete analysis of the event, potential areas for growth, an outlook of future growth for the event and in-depth historical statistics on the event. Lori and Barbara were just as invested in this process as our organization. What impressed me most was how they were able to accomplish the due diligence process with a very tight deadline. We could not have accomplished this process without them."

Alicia Belonek, CEM

Sr. Director Tradeshows & Events, IPC
"We interviewed several firms and selected Barbara Stroup’s firm Market Maker Events. The firm had the experience we needed and referrals especially from the Georgia World Congress Center’s General Manager Mark Zimmerman said Barbara would get the job done demonstrating professionalism and the ability to work effectively with our team. Mark was right on. We could not have selected a better firm and Barbara was a pleasure to work with. Without hesitation I would work with Barbara on any event where a professional event planning firm is required. Even on a smaller event Barbara will make the difference between an average and excellent event. You can count on her!"

Robert Hall

Principal HRHRecruiting, Executive & Professional Search, 2014-16 Rotary International Director, 2017 Rotary International Convention Host Committee Chair
"Mohawk is extremely excited to be a part of the 2020 Southwest Flooring Market. Having the many different flooring companies and manufacturers under one roof offers a level of convenience that our dealers have been looking for in this yearly event, but hosting them at AT&T Stadium now makes this truly a unique experience."

Calista Olson-Upham

Regional Sales Operations Manager, Mohawk Industries
"Barbara is well known and highly respected in the industry for her ability to partner with the cities where she conducts business enabling her to produce very successful shows. The relationship's she has with her service providers maintains the highest level of professionalism while developing true friendships allowing for open and honest communication."

Mark Sussman

Director of Trade Show Sales at Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau