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Detroit, MI

Detroit, Michigan is undergoing a major renewal! The birthplace of Motown and the historical hub of the American auto industry, the city is starting to thrive again after a period of decline. Detroit has a burgeoning restaurant scene, new local businesses, and a revitalized waterfront area that’s turning the city into a must-see.

Detroit is home to some excellent event venues too. Among them are the 1.1-million-square-foot Cobo Center and Ford Field, which boasts 1.85 million square feet of event space. The city has several large hotels, including the 1,328-room Marriott, along with some excellent boutique hotels.

Looking for a way to elevate your next event in Detroit, MI? Work with ProGlobalEvents! We offer a talented team of event designers, planners, and other experts—everything you need to make your next event a hit. If you need help with your next trade show or exhibition, product launch or corporate event, call ProGlobalEvents today!

Need help planning your Detroit 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.

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Detroit Event Services

ProGlobalEvents offers design, planning, and management services for industry and professional events. We can handle specific aspects of your next event, whether it’s with design, planning, or execution. Or we can provide a full-service team to take care of the entire event from start to finish.

Event Design

Event attendees have high expectations, especially when it comes to presentation. When you want to impress, choose ProGlobalEvents! Our creative design team can develop an event theme, as well as branding, digital media, A/V content, and more.

Event Planning

When you plan an event, you have a long list of tasks and details to attend to. Why not let ProGlobalEvents take care of them? We provide a skilled team of event planners to get the job(s) done. And we have the industry contacts to ensure you get the right sponsors, Detroit venue, vendors, and accommodation deals to complement your event.

Event Management

On event day, you need to be confident that everything will go off without a hitch. Let ProGlobalEvents take care of it all! We’ll make sure problems are handled with minimal disruption and keep the event flowing smoothly from start to finish.

Exhibit Production and Activation

If you need exhibits or displays for your event, we can handle that too! We have access to a 65,000-square-foot production facility and a 64,000-square-foot storage warehouse. That makes it possible for us to offer exhibit design and manufacture services, as well as storage, shipping, and installation.

Virtual Events

Whether you’re converting a live Detroit, MI 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 Detroit 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

After the event is over, you need to know how well it measured up against your goals. ProGlobalEvents can perform a post-event analysis, including data collection and review, and a post-event financial analysis. You’ll gain valuable information about the event, as well as insights to help you make the next one even better.

ProGlobalEvents Provides the Expertise You Need to Ensure Success

Need help planning a corporate or industry event in Detroit? ProGlobalEvents is here for you! Whether you need a little help or full-service team, we can provide it, making your next event the best it can be.

Contact us to get started:

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Detroit Convention & Visitor Bureau

Cobo Center

Cobo Center offers 1.1 million square feet of event and meeting space on the bank of the Detroit River. With a huge, 40,000-square-foot ballroom, 723,000 square feet of exhibition space, and nearly 100 meeting rooms, there’s plenty of space for any kind of event. Perfect for trade shows and exhibitions; conferences and conventions; and meetings, seminars, and training sessions; as well as banquets and other corporate functions.

International Banquet and Conference Center

The International Banquet and Conference Center has more than 82,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 10,800-square-foot ballroom, along with 11 other rooms and spaces. There are several meeting rooms, ranging in size from 35 people to 250. The banquet center also has a couple of function spaces for 120 to 200 people, for parties and other social functions. This venue can host meetings, seminars, small training sessions, and corporate functions.

Ford Field

Ford Field offers a massive, 1.85 million square feet of space, with a wide range of meeting and event venues available. Spaces include a huge, 7-story atrium for up to 1,500; the uniquely styled Adams Street causeway for up to 2,500; and smaller suites and spaces for meetings and intimate gatherings. Ford Field is great for trade shows, exhibitions, and conventions, along with meetings, training sessions, team-building activities, and corporate functions.

The Renaissance Conference Center

The Renaissance Conference Center is 22,000 square feet of space, with 6 rooms perfect for meetings, seminars, and training sessions—from a 12-person boardroom up to a 3,000-square-foot, 300-capacity meeting room. The Renaissance Conference Center is located on the Detroit River, near Cobo Center and other downtown staples.

Suburban Collection Showplace

Suburban Collection Showplace is about 30 minutes outside downtown Detroit, and its 304,000 square feet of exhibition space are popular for large events. The Showplace also has an additional 190,000 square feet of space in an adjacent event center, along with 14 meeting and banquet rooms and a 24,000-square-foot ballroom. Perfect for trade shows, exhibitions, conventions, meetings, seminars, and training sessions.

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

The Detroit Marriott is located right next to the Renaissance Conference Center, making it a great base for people attending events there. The hotel itself offers 1,328 guest rooms and over 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space, so it’s a great venue in its own right too. The largest event space is a 25,800-square-foot ballroom, and the hotel also has another 30 meeting rooms and event spaces. These include a 25,000-square-foot exhibit hall and an 11,000-square-foot banquet hall. Meeting rooms range in capacity from 10 people up to 400.

MGM Grand® Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit offers 400 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space across 12 event and meeting rooms. The 14,000-square-foot ballroom has a capacity of up to 1,200, while meeting rooms can accommodate groups of 18 up to several hundred. A great Detroit location for meetings, training sessions, and seminars, and intimate corporate events.

MotorCity® Casino Hotel

With 400 guest rooms and 67,000 square feet of meeting and event space, MotorCity Casino Hotel has everything you need for meetings, seminars, and training sessions, as well as product launches, holiday parties, and other corporate functions. From 15 to 20 conference and boardrooms to meeting rooms for several hundred, there are plenty of options to suit a wide range of event types.

Roberts Riverwalk Hotel

A gorgeous, brick-clad exterior makes a warm welcome to the 106-guest-room Roberts Riverwalk Hotel, which offers an intimate 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Rooms include:

  • A 12-person boardroom
  • 2 banquet rooms
  • A bistro
  • A riverside outdoor patio

This boutique hotel is ideal for meetings, seminars and training sessions, and intimate corporate functions.

The Westin® Book Cadillac Detroit

Located in a gorgeous historic downtown building, the Westin offers 453 guest rooms and 36,000 square feet of event and meeting space. Available event spaces include:

  • 3 ballrooms, with capacity of 225, 450, and 800 people
  • Rooms ranging from 12-person boardrooms to meeting rooms for up to 200
  • Small, private workspaces

The Westin is a great option for large meetings, seminars, training sessions, and corporate functions.

Upcoming Detroit 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.