city spotlight

Columbus, OH

With nearly 890,000 people in the city and 2 million in the greater metropolitan area, Columbus is one of the most populous state capitols in the U.S., and it’s still growing! It’s a great place for leisure travel and a popular convention destination too. A thriving arts and cultural scene, along with a plethora of creative restaurants, mean that event attendees have plenty of opportunities to enjoy themselves during leisure hours.

Columbus has excellent convention and event facilities. The Greater Columbus Convention Center boasts 1.8 million square feet of event space, as well as a great location in the heart of Columbus’s downtown area. The Ohio Expo Center offers another 1 million square feet of space, while smaller venues such as the beautifully decorated Columbus Athenaeum have their own special charm.

Planning an event in Columbus, OH? Work with ProGlobalEvents to make sure it’s one to remember! Our team includes all the expert personnel you need for a great corporate or industry event. For trade shows and exhibitions, conferences and conventions, corporate events, and more, call ProGlobalEvents.

Need help planning your Columbus 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

Columbus Event Services

ProGlobalEvents offers services for all stages of event design, planning, and execution. From content and theme development to attendee experience design to vendor and contractor coordination, exhibitor and speaker management, and post-event review—we can cover every last detail, creating a seamless experience for every guest, exhibitor, or attendee.

Event Design

As event-goers become more demanding in their expectations for the event experience, design becomes increasingly challenging. It takes skill and experience to deliver a great event design that’s creative, engaging, and meaningful for your guests. When you want to impress, call ProGlobalEvents! Our design team can develop an event theme and great content to match, including:

  • Branding
  • Digital media
  • A/V content

Event Planning

A huge amount of work goes into planning an industry or corporate event. From finding sponsors and vendors to negotiating for accommodations and a venue of your choice, not to mention keeping track of both finances and the schedule. Need help with event planning? ProGlobalEvents is here! Our seasoned team—and our industry contacts—make quick work of planning even the largest events.

Event Management

Designing and planning an event is just the start. Once it’s under way, there’s still plenty of work to do. Let ProGlobalEvents help with the management side of things, and we’ll be on-site to keep the event running smoothly. We’ll handle problems with efficiency and minimal disruption to ensure a great event experience for everyone.

Exhibit Production and Activation

As event management experts, we go the extra mile and offer exhibit production and activation too! With access to over 120,000 square feet of exhibit manufacture and storage facilities, we can provide exhibit design and manufacture services as well as shipping and storage, and labor for installation.

Virtual Events

Whether you’re converting a live Columbus, OH 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 Columbus 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.

Analysis: Post-Event

A post-event analysis is the best way to evaluate an event, and it can also provide valuable information to help you make the next one better. ProGlobalEvents can perform a thorough post-event analysis, including data collection and review and financial review and close-out, so you’re left with all the essential details.

ProGlobalEvents Provides the Expertise You Need to Ensure Success

Want to make your next event a smash hit? Whether you need a little planning or design help or want a full-service team to handle the entire Columbus event, call us. We have the skilled, seasoned team you need to ensure success.

Contact us to get started:

Columbus Event Resources

Columbus Convention & Visitor Bureau

Columbus Athenaeum

The Columbus Athenaeum offers 35,000 square feet of meeting space, with a total capacity of 1,000 to 1,200. This venue has facilities for meetings, seminars, and training sessions, along with corporate parties and other functions. Rooms range in size from 1,300 square feet and maximum capacity of 130 up to a 12,000-square-foot ballroom with maximum capacity of 900. There’s also a large, 2,700-square-foot theater that seats up to 950, along with a smaller theater with a 230-person capacity.

Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art offers dramatic, artistic settings for private parties and other corporate functions, as well as spaces for meetings, seminars, training, and team-building. Museums are always great locations for scavenger hunts and other team activities! The museum offers several indoor and outdoor venues, including:

  • A 288-seat auditorium
  • A large, 320- to 450-person indoor pavilion
  • An intimate 60- to 75-person meeting room

Other options include an outdoor sculpture garden for up to 200 and a cafe that seats 60 to 80 people.

Greater Columbus Convention Center

The GCCC is right in the center of downtown Columbus. It’s a 1.8-million-square-foot facility after 2017 renovations added a large amount of exhibit space. The center now has 410,000 square feet of exhibit space, along with dozens of meeting rooms, several ballrooms, and other spaces. The Greater Columbus Convention Center is ideal for virtually any kind of event, including conferences and conventions, trade shows and exhibitions, meetings, seminars, training sessions, and corporate events.

Ohio Expo Center

As well as being home to the State Fair, the Ohio Expo Center is a popular location for a wide range of events. With many large spaces, as well as meeting rooms and more, the venue is perfect for trade shows and exhibitions, conventions, conferences, and a range of corporate events. The Ohio Expo Center offers more than 1 million square feet of event space, seating for up to 20,000, and individual venue sizes of 14,000 to 194,000 square feet.

The Ohio Union at Ohio State University

The Ohio Union offers nearly 320,000 square feet of event and meeting space and over 30 meeting rooms in a range of sizes. The Union offers meeting and event spaces in a range of sizes—from small boardrooms to large seminar rooms and banquet halls, an outdoor patio, dance rooms, and a demonstration kitchen. Room capacities range from 30 people up to several hundred, along with a 1,700-person ballroom. The variety of spaces available makes this venue a great choice for meetings, seminars, education sessions, team-building activities, and corporate events.

The Blackwell Inn and PFAHL Conference Center

With 151 guest rooms and nearly 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the Blackwell Inn is a great spot for executive retreats, meetings, seminars, and corporate events. Located on the Ohio State University campus, the inn and associated conference center has a 24-person executive boardroom, several classrooms and meeting rooms, a patio for up to 500 people, and a ballroom for up to 300.

Hilton® Columbus Downtown

The Hilton Columbus offers 532 guest rooms, plus around 32,000 square feet of event and meeting space. The largest of the hotel’s 29 rooms is a 12,000-square-foot ballroom with a maximum capacity of 2,000. Other rooms range from boardrooms for six to eight people up to meeting rooms and pre-function spaces for several hundred. That means plenty of room for meetings, training sessions, seminars, conferences, and corporate functions. The Hilton Columbus Downtown also connects to the Greater Columbus Convention Center by way of a skybridge.

Hyatt Regency® Columbus

Clocking in at 633 guest rooms, the Hyatt Regency is Columbus’s largest hotel. Guests here have the convenience of staying in a hotel that’s right next to the GCCC and is connected to the center by a skybridge. The Hyatt Regency also has event facilities of its own, with more than 70,000 square feet of meeting and event space. This includes:

  • A ballroom of nearly 16,000 square feet
  • Nearly 30 meeting rooms, from 16-person conference rooms to meeting and event rooms for several hundred

The hotel can accommodate meetings, seminars, training sessions, conferences, and corporate events with ease.

Hotel LeVeque

Hotel LeVeque is an intimate luxury hotel with 149 rooms and 2,000 square feet of event and meeting space. With two meeting rooms and a private dining room, it’s a great option for executive retreats and exclusive meetings, seminars, and training sessions. Hotel LeVeque’s meeting rooms have a maximum capacity of 35 to 40 people, and the private dining room has a maximum of 40.

Sheraton® Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

The Sheraton Columbus offers 403 guest rooms and nearly 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, across 18 rooms. Along with a number of boardrooms and meeting rooms, the hotel has a 3,200-square-foot courtyard for up to 200 people and a ballroom with a maximum capacity of 500. It’s perfect for meetings, seminars, training sessions, holiday parties, and other corporate functions.

Upcoming Columbus 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


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.