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

“Every once in a while you get to work with someone truly special. Someone that understands what your needs are while at the same time understanding what they need to do to get the job at hand done, on time and under budget……..all the while, making you feel that you are the most important person in the world. Lori Kisner is that special professional that only comes around once in a while. Going above and beyond is just part of her DNA”

Larry Meddock

Chairman, Watersports Industry Association
"I have had the privilege to know and work with Barbara during her many years with Nielsen. I have always been impressed by her intelligence, her common sense perspective in the decision-making process, her leadership skills and her excellent work ethic. Barbara’s many talents are well known, especially to those of us in the industry. She works tirelessly to provide top-notch service for her exhibitors and support the mission and goals of Nielsen. She gives of herself professionally, as well as personally, to continue to grow this important industry."

Chris Schimek

Executive Vice President, COO Division
"I had the pleasure of working with Lori Kisner when she ran Surf Expo, a show that has supported our association (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association) for the last 20 years thanks to Lori's vision. SIMA has enjoyed working closely with Surf Expo because of Lori and her excellent event management, innovative solutions and excellent communication with and in support of her customers."

Sean Smith

Executive Director, SIMA
"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