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Bob Russo; Executive Director of Strategy & Creative at VDA

The Return to In-Person Events

Team Building Podcast

November 1, 2021

What is it like to plan in-person events in the world of COVID? What are some things that you need to consider?

Depending on where you are located, in-person events may be returning. Does this mean virtual events are a thing of the past?  According to one BizBash’s top 500 people in the event industry, Bob Russo, they are here to stay.  In this episode, Bob talks about what it takes to coordinate an in-person activity and why parallel events might be the way of the future.

Bob Russo: Bob has over 35 years’ experience in event and theatre design. After a brief stint as an actor, he realized his shortcomings and moved to the production side of the business. His work as an award-winning event designer, stage combat choreographer, and Emmy nominated costume designer, affords him the unique ability to interpret a client’s vision. His work in the museum and corporate world has been seen all across the Continental US and as far away as South Korea, Tokyo, Alaska, and Hawaii.

As Executive Director of Strategy & Creative at VDA, Bob works with start-ups and fortune 500 and 100 companies while mentoring the younger design generation and still finding some time to ride his motorcycle. Bob Russo is an expert in the design and logistical planning/ reality of corporate events, themed events, retail and museum environments, and corporate facilities. Bob’s subject matter expertise includes fabrication and materials selection, site selection, industry trends, lighting, technological integration, and experiential.

Additionally, you can catch Bob at numerous industry organizations such as Meeting Professionals International (MPI), International Live Events Association (ILEA), The Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA), The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), The Experiential Marketing Summit (EMS), a recurring guest speaker at The Special Event, Connect Florida, Connect Georgia, and as a recent Keynote Speaker at the Global Pharma & Medical Meetings Summit.

" The live events (in-person) are really all about social interaction, relationship building, creating emotion, right? You need to find a way to do that on the virtual side as well. So that's why we opted for a more immersive experience for a lot of the virtual experiences out there to create that sense of relationship, that sense of togetherness.” – Bob



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