city spotlight

Austin, TX

Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” a turn of phrase that perfectly encapsulates this vibrant and diverse city. Austin, Texas receives more than 25 million visitors a year, some lured by over 250 live music venues and a thriving art and cultural scene and others by the many excellent corporate event venues in the city.

The Austin Convention Center may not be the largest in the country, but it packs in some great facilities, with the state’s biggest ballroom and five large, contiguous exhibit halls. Several nearby hotels offer over 1,000 guest rooms each, along with sizable event facilities. Another stand-out is Stunt Ranch, an exciting “corporate playground” that provides unforgettable adventure experiences that are perfect for corporate team-building.

Planning a corporate event in Austin, TX? Make sure it goes off with a bang by working with ProGlobalEvents! Our talented team is just what you need to plan and execute an amazing trade show, exhibition, product launch, or holiday party. Call ProGlobalEvents today—we’re ready to get started!

Need help planning your Austin event? We’re here to help.

ProGlobalEvents offers a full range of event services including design, planning, rentals, vendor & audience management, and post-event analysis. We’ll work hard to create a seamless event experience that’s exciting, engaging, and valuable for guests and attendees.

Event Resources

Austin Event Services

The ProGlobalEvents team are experts in every aspect of event planning and production. We offer a full range of event management services, including design and production, for every stage of event planning and execution. ProGlobalEvents can do it all—from start to finish—to create an event experience that gets the results you’re looking for.

Event Design

Event design can be challenging; it’s often hard to come up with a stand-out theme and engaging and exciting graphics and multimedia content. With ProGlobalEvents working for you, you’ve got event design all sewn up! Our talented designers will develop a theme, add striking visual content, and package it all together into something consistent that gets your message across.

Event Planning

It’s a lot of work to pull an event of any size together. As a full-service team, ProGlobalEvents can take care of it all, from finding sponsors and vendors to choosing a venue and accommodation partners, and more. Our experienced personnel and our industry contacts enable us to get the work done quickly and neatly.

Exhibit Production and Activation

ProGlobalEvents has access to over 120,000 square feet of exhibit production and storage facilities, meaning we can provide exhibits and displays for your event with ease. We can both design and produce exhibits, and provide exhibit rentals, and we’ll take care of shipping, storage, and venue installation too!

Event Management

Planning your Austin corporate event is just the beginning! Once it’s in motion, you need a great management team to ensure it all goes off without a hitch. With ProGlobalEvents, your event is in capable hands. Our management team can handle every aspect of the live event, take care of any problems that arise, and keep it all running smoothly with minimal disruption.

Virtual Events

Whether you’re converting a live Austin, TX event into the online environment or are starting a virtual event from scratch, there’s just as much work to do as any other kind of event. Fortunately, ProGlobalEvents isn’t only a live event expert, we’re experienced when it comes to virtual events too. From planning the event to securing virtual sponsors, vendors, or exhibitors, from creating a theme to designing graphics and AV content, our industry knowledge serves us equally well online as in the world of live Austin events.

ProGlobalEvents is a full-service virtual event management company, and we can put together a virtual event you’ll be proud of. We’re happy to provide partial service too. If there are certain things you prefer to manage yourself, feel free to hand the reins over to us for everything else.

Post-Event Analysis

What defines a successful event? It’s about more than just the numbers. A post-event analysis helps you understand how well your event measured up to the goals you set. ProGlobalEvents will perform an analysis that includes data collection and analysis, as well as a financial review, to help you understand what worked and where you can improve for next time.

ProGlobalEvents Provides the Expertise You Need to Ensure Success in Austin, TX

Event planning, production, and management involves a huge amount of work, and sometimes you need a great team to help you put it all together. ProGlobalEvents is that team! We can take over the design or planning work—or produce the entire event from start to finish. For trade shows and exhibitions, conferences and conventions, corporate meetings, product launches, and more, call ProGlobalEvents.

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Austin Event Resources

Austin Convention & Visitor Bureau

Austin Convention Center

The Austin Convention Center offers more than 366,000 square feet of event and meeting space, including 247,000 square feet of exhibition space and 62 meeting rooms. The exhibition halls range in size from 32,000 to 80,000 square feet, with a maximum capacity around 23,000. Meeting rooms range from a capacity of 30 people on up to 800 for the largest, and nearly 4,000 total for the center’s 2 ballrooms. There’s plenty of room for large conventions, conferences, trade shows, and exhibitions. Smaller rooms are great for more intimate meetings, training sessions, and corporate team-building events.

Palmer Events Center

At 131,000 square feet, the Palmer Events Center offers an alternative that’s ideal for smaller events. The center has 70,000 square feet of exhibit space in 2 halls, plus pre-function spaces and a large outdoor canopy. The center also has 5 meeting rooms, each with a maximum capacity of 76 people.

Travis County Exposition Center

This massive facility is equipped to handle large events, including corporate dinners and company parties, exhibitions, and more. An arena, banquet hall, and other spaces—all on 128 acres—equal plenty of room for whatever you need. There’s a 10,000-square-foot banquet hall and club room with room for up to 450 people. The open-air Show Barn is designed for livestock shows but can be modified to suit corporate parties and picnics and clocks in at 210,000 square feet. There’s also a 20,000-square-foot banquet hall for up to 1,000 people and an arena that seats 6,400.

The Driskill

An iconic landmark in downtown Austin, The Driskill is elegant, comfortable, and welcoming. This small hotel offers 189 luxurious guest rooms and 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space, perfect for when you want to impress. From the 15-person Governor’s Boardroom to the 2,500-square-foot Driskill Ballroom, every space is stunning. The Driskill is ideal for small, intimate meetings; executive training and team-building; and corporate functions.

Fairmont Austin

Fairmont Austin offers 1,048 guest rooms and a total of 140,000 square feet of event space in an elegant and luxurious setting near the Austin Convention Center. In fact, the Fairmont has direct access to the convention center via the Red River Canopy Walk, making it highly convenient for event attendees. Fairmont Austin has its own extensive event facilities, including 27 meeting rooms and a 26,000-square-foot ballroom. Meeting rooms range from intimate, 12-person boardrooms to large spaces that can hold several hundred.

Hilton® Austin

The Hilton Austin has 801 recently renovated guest rooms, along with 80,000 square feet of event space and 38 flexible meeting rooms. Rooms include a 25,000-square-foot ballroom for up to 3,400 people and a second ballroom at 15,500 square feet for up to 2,000 people. For meetings, seminars, training sessions, and more, there are rooms ranging in capacity from 12 people up to several hundred, and even over 1,000. Located near the Austin Convention Center, the Hilton is both a great place to hold an event and a convenient base for attending something nearby.

Hyatt Regency® Austin

Austin’s Hyatt Regency offers a more intimate experience than the larger hotels but still provides an extensive 448 guest rooms and 45,000 square feet of meeting and event space. With a renovation recently completed, it’s all looking great! The Hyatt Regency has 2 ballrooms at 14,000 and 10,000 square feet, with maximum capacity of 2,300 and 1,500, respectively. An additional 22 smaller rooms, ranging from 10-person boardrooms to a 700-person indoor/outdoor terrace, round out the bill.

JW Marriott Austin

With 1,012 guest rooms and over 120,000 square feet of meeting space, the JW Marriott offers facilities for a wide range of events: corporate product launches, receptions and parties, company meetings, conferences, exhibitions, training, and more. The hotel has:

  • 42 meeting rooms
  • 2 large ballrooms
  • 23,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • Outdoor event space

The largest ballroom, at 30,000 square feet, holds up to 3,550 people, with a further 2,880 in the second 23,000-square-foot ballroom. Meeting rooms range in capacity from 16 people up to several hundred. The JW Marriott’s outdoor spaces range from 1,000 to 4,200 square feet, suitable for company parties of up to 300 people.

Upcoming Austin Events

 

Jack Connolly

Executive Creative Director

As an experiential creative director, Jack prefers to draw outside the lines. He tells stories with original content and impactful design to ignite meaningful conversation.

 

Jack brings 20 years of event industry knowledge to ProGlobalEvents. He specializes in building live & virtual platforms for audiences to connect, engage and immerse themselves in the power of a shared experience. His skills range from ideation and concept development to defining an attendee journey through storytelling and design.

Jack understands the creative process is not linear, but a collaborative process between agency and client. He manages teams of designers and technology developers to pioneer impactful brand experiences. His diverse skillset and leadership ensure for award-winning results and memorable impressions.

 

In 2019, BizBash named Jack one of the top event designers in North America. SXSW awarded his work the “People’s Choice in Innovation” in 2021.

Jerome Nadel

Chief Marketing Officer

Jerome Nadel is Internationally experienced design-led marketing executive (CMO and GM) with a track record of improved market position, revenue growth, and M&A. He is an advance degreed psychologist and user experience product/service design expert, board member and advisor.

 

Prior to joining ProGlobalEvents |ProExhibits |XtendLive, he has had a variety of chief marketing officer and chief user experience officer roles at companies including Rambus, BrainChip, Human Factors International, SLP InfoWare, Gemplus, and Sagem. He started his career in the IBM Human Factors Labs.

 

He is also an avid cyclist with National and multiple California State Champion titles.

Ivan Fujihara

Chief Financial Officer

Ivan brings 25+ years in senior level management experience from a variety of technology industries.  His background includes accounting management, analytics and audit management for technology companies.  He has worked with companies such as THX, Ltd, Recruitology , Double Click, Creative Labs and more.  Ivan has also served on the board of Lincoln Families, a non-profit that supports East Bay children with the objective of disrupting the cycle of trauma and poverty.

Matt Rulis

Vice President of Sales

Matt is a marketing professional and has been managing marketing strategies, campaigns and environments for a diverse client base for over 15 years. From a service perspective, Matt and his team of Account Executives focus on fostering relationships to uphold a greater than 99% customer satisfaction rating year-over-year. Additionally, with extensive experience on the client-side of the industry, he understands that alignment between expectation and budget is paramount to a successful project. As a result, ProGlobalEvents' clients can expect a competitive advantage paired with top quality products and services. Matt is an avid fly-fisherman, enjoys most outdoor activities and is a true college football fanatic.

Tom Foley

VP of Operations

Heading the fabrication side of ProGlobalEvents is exhibit and event industry veteran, Tom Foley. For over 35 years he has been responsible for building amazing exhibits and environments for clients. Tom started out in the production area and has broad experience in project and operations management. He currently oversees production, warehouse, graphics and project management departments. Tom studied machine tool technology and welding before entering the industry. As a true "builder" he also enjoys restoring and modifying classic American cars.

Dick Wheeler

President

Dick serves as President of ProGlobalEvents and President of ProExhibits and is a board member of CEMA (Corporate Event Marketing Association). At ProExhibits he has been nationally recognized as an innovator and driving force in the fast-growing trade show exhibit and event industry. Under his leadership in 1997, the firm received INC magazine’s INC 500 award as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. His informative articles on developments and innovations in the trade show exhibit and event industry have appeared in national trade publications. Dick has a B.S. degree from Wittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire and has completed the Entrepreneurial Executive Leadership Program sponsored by MIT, YEO and INC. He is actively involved in Vistage, an interactive group of over 20,000 CEO’s and presidents worldwide and is a member of CEMA and EDPA.

Jody Tatro

Chief Executive Officer

In addition to being CEO of ProGlobalEvents, Jody is also the CEO of ProExhibits. With Jody at the helm, the company has been recognized repeatedly as one of the Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Silicon Valley. She has set the outstanding client service standards for which the firm’s account management team is noted. Jody is a recipient of the YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award, the Junior League Community Volunteer Award and is listed in Who’s Who of Women in Business. Following her graduation from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Jody held various sales positions in several technology companies.