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David MerrellCEO & Creative DirectorAOO Events, Inc.

David Merrell has been a leading force within the events industry since 1989 when he founded AOO Events. As the company’s CEO and Creative Director, David guided AOO to its place as an award-winning event production and creative agency of high-profile live events. And just this year, he added the distinction of being an award-winning producer of online events to his long list of accolades. For David, the BizBash Style Award for Virtual Conferences was the high point of a Covid-inspired education -- two years of learning how to design and produce virtual events as memorable and exciting as the live events he creates. And while we all might be working online more than ever David started an online magazine in 2007 to connect with his community. For seven years, Design Dawgs was a destination for readers looking for stories on innovation, design, and event trends. Today, David still brings readers monthly business tips, life lessons, and design ideas to his online audience with “David Merrell Event Style.” Between this and his speaking schedule, David continues to be a mentor and leader to the next generation of event professionals.

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