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Portland, OR

Portland is an undeniably hip city, with a thriving restaurant and bar scene, but trendiness isn’t all Portland has to offer visitors: The excitement of this urban center is complemented by some of the most stunning natural beauty anywhere in the country. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, for instance, will blow you away with a symphony of mountains, cliffs, and waterfalls.

One of the things Portland is best known for is its commitment to energy efficiency and building a greener, more efficient city. It’s one of the most cyclist-friendly cities in the U.S., has excellent public transit systems, and nearly one-third of Portland office spaces are LEED or ENERGY-STAR®-certified. Many of the city’s largest event venues are LEED-certified facilities, including the 1-million-square-foot Oregon Convention Center, as well as an increasing number of hotels. If environmental considerations are integral to your company’s products or services, you can’t beat Portland as a corporate destination.

Whatever industry your company is involved in, planning an event is a huge undertaking. It takes lots of time and expertise to get the job done right. If you want your event to be the very best it can be, give ProGlobalEvents a call! Our team of event experts is ready to make your event wow the crowd. We can provide assistance with one or more aspects of planning, or, if you prefer, we can produce the entire event from start to finish. For Portland, OR exhibitions, trade shows, corporate events, and more, call ProGlobalEvents to ensure your success!

Need help planning your Portland 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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Portland Event Services

Planning a corporate event in Portland? ProGlobalEvents can offer expert help at every stage of the process. Whether you need help deciding on a theme, finding the right sponsors, or developing an engaging event experience, we have it covered. We can find the perfect venue, accommodation package, and vendors, and manage the event itself from beginning to end. And once it’s over, we can provide insightful post-event analysis too.

Event Design

The team at ProGlobalEvents is packed full of talent, so if you need design help for your next exhibition or corporate event, don’t hesitate to reach out! Our design experts can quickly get to work creating an exciting and engaging event theme, along with décor, media content, graphics, and marketing materials to match.

Event Planning

With just one or two people on the job, planning a large event can quickly become overwhelming. There’s so much to do, and you need a pretty wide range of skills to get the job done. With ProGlobalEvents on your side, it’s a team effort! We handle every aspect of event planning, right down to the last detail. We’ll locate a venue and accommodation, find sponsors and venues, negotiate contracts, manage the event finances, and more. We’re a full-service event-management team, so when you work with ProGlobalEvents, you can relax. We’ve got it all taken care of.

Event Management

Managing an active event is just as demanding as planning it—if not more so! Let ProGlobalEvents run your Portland event, and you can be assured it’s all in the best possible hands. Our event management team is available throughout, to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. If a problem does arise, we’ll be there to handle it with minimal disruption to the event itself.

Exhibit Production and Activation

ProGlobalEvents are event management experts, right down to the last detail—including exhibit production and activation. With access to a 65,000-square-foot exhibit production facility and a 64,000-square-foot storage warehouse, we can supply exhibits, displays, and portables. Custom-designed or out-of-the-box—even rental if you prefer! As well as exhibit design and manufacture, we can arrange for storage and shipping, and installation and tear-down in Portland.

Virtual Events

Whether you’re converting a live Portland, OR 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 Portland 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

It’s not always easy to measure the success of a corporate event or exhibition. There’s more to consider than attendance numbers and profits; it’s also about how the event measures up to your own goals. ProGlobalEvents offers a full range of post-event analysis services, including data collection and review, financial review, and more. With a thorough analysis, you can determine what worked and what didn’t and gain plenty of information to help you make the next event even better.

Ensure Your Event Success with ProGlobalEvents

Planning a corporate event is a huge job, and you need a great team to put on a great event. Whether you need expert advice for one or two aspects of the event, or a stellar team to manage the whole job, ProGlobalEvents are that team. Call us today!

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Portland Event Resources

Portland Convention & Visitor Bureau

Columbia Conference Center

The Columbia Conference Center offers a total of 15,504 square feet of meeting and event space, across 11 meeting rooms. The center has a maximum capacity of around 1,200 guests, making it ideal for small conferences and conventions, corporate meetings, and other events. The largest room is about 15,000 square feet and can be converted into smaller rooms as needed. The smallest rooms accommodate 6 to 12 people. The Columbia Conference Center is also a highly convenient location: two miles from Portland International Airport and right next to a MAX light rail terminal.

Oregon Convention Center

This convention center is the perfect option if you’re looking for an eco-conscious venue. It’s LEED-certified and was the first venue in the country to receive a Salmon-Safe certification. With 1 million square feet of space total, it’s the largest center in the northwest and includes:

  • 50 meeting rooms
  • 2 ballrooms
  • 255,000 feet of contiguous exhibit space
  • A 30,000-square-foot outdoor space

It’s ideal for conventions, trade shows, conferences, and all kinds of company occasions.

Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum has incredible collections that are well worth visiting when you’re in the city. It’s also a great place to hold a corporate social event—in one of the museum’s ballrooms, the fabulous sculpture mall, or in a meeting room. Your choice of venue can greatly add to the prestige and glamour of an event, and there are few venues in Portland that do this job as well as the Art Museum does!

The largest rooms are the Evan H. Roberts Memorial Sculpture Mall, with a standing capacity of 1,200, and the Kridel Grand Ballroom, which holds 1,000. Each is perfect for exclusive corporate functions, including upscale product launches, receptions, and holiday parties.

Portland Expo Center

The Portland Expo Center opened in the 1920s as a livestock exhibition center, but these days the events are much more varied! This center is the biggest multi-purpose facility in Oregon, with more than 333,000 square feet of exhibition space across 5 exhibit halls. There are also 10 meeting rooms, ranging in capacity from the 12-person boardroom to the 300-person theater setup. There’s plenty of room for trade shows and exhibitions, as well as meetings and conferences. As the center is only a few minutes from downtown Portland, it’s convenient for both exhibitors and attendees.

Providence Park

The Providence Park athletics venue is home to the Portland Timbers, the Portland Thorns FC, and the Portland State University Vikings. While it’s best known for sporting events, Providence Park regularly holds a wide range of other public and private events, from trade shows and exhibitions to corporate events, team-building activities, company holiday parties, and more. Event spaces available include indoor and outdoor club rooms, meeting rooms, and the 90,000-square-foot playing field.

Hilton® Portland Downtown

Hilton Portland Downtown offers 455 guest rooms and a total of 70,000 square feet of meeting space, conveniently located within the heart of the city’s downtown district. Event facilities include a 12,600-square-foot ballroom with a maximum capacity of 1,500 people, along with a 4,000-square-foot pre-function space. There are also 42 adaptable meeting and event rooms. From small, boardroom-style conference rooms to larger rooms that can accommodate theater or classroom-style setups, the Hilton’s event spaces are adaptable to a wide range of events.

Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland

With just 117 guest rooms and around 6,000 square feet of meeting space, this small-but-chic boutique hotel is perfect for those times you want your choice of venue to really stand out! With 8 highly flexible meeting rooms—ranging in size from 240 to 1,818 square feet—along with a wine cellar and games room, this hotel is sure to please. Kimpton Hotel Vintage has all you need to host an exclusive and intimate business meeting, seminar, training session, or retreat, and can also accommodate corporate social events such as product launches, galas, and more.

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is currently the biggest hotel in Portland: 506 comfortable rooms and 45,000 square feet of meeting space. For large conventions and conferences, Marriott Downtown Waterfront offers an extensive range of rooms and setup configurations. The hotel’s largest event room is a 14,144-square-foot ballroom with a maximum capacity of 2,000 people (1,180 banquet-style), while smaller rooms range in capacity from 20 people in the smallest boardrooms to the high hundreds in the largest halls and salon-style rooms.

Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach

Many Portland locations offer event space, but not all of them offer event space on the waterfront! Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach has a total of 420 guest rooms, along with 35,000 square feet of meeting space and some stunning waterfront views that enhance any event. Rooms range in size from 560 square feet (capacity 35-50) to 4,000 square feet (capacity up to 540), all the way up to the 18,000-square-foot grand ballroom, which can comfortably accommodate 2,500 people for a standing reception.

Sentinel

Small but stunning, the Sentinel is one of Portland’s premiere luxury boutique hotels. It offers just 100 rooms and 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Just as the guest rooms are, the meeting spaces at the Sentinel are unique, stunning, and unforgettable. The hotel was built in 1909 and has been beautifully renovated and refurbished to both modernize the hotel and retain its century-old charm. The result is a truly inspiring venue for a business retreat or think tank, board meeting, or conference. The large ballroom, which can hold up to 900 people, is ideal for product launches, holiday parties, and other corporate functions

Upcoming Portland 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.