Our Mission
in·flu·ence (noun):
The Power To Change Or Affect Someone / Something.
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influence group produces invite-only B2B leadership forums. Our unique event format is designed to ease people out of their comfort zones to encourage open and candid dialogues around issues that are critical to your business success. The opposite of a tradeshow, influence events are intimate, personable and centered around building meaningful relationships.

Let's face it, we all need partners to succeed in business; but wandering an expo floor isn't the most efficient way to find one. A key feature of an influence group event is the ability to review and schedule face-time with leading vendor companies in advance, making it a more effective use of time.

We are passionate about events and the magic that happens when the right mix of like-minded people are brought together. This is exactly why we select our audience just as carefully as we curate the content and speakers. Unlike most events that take place at convention hotels, influence group forums are hosted at intimate resorts to ensure a relaxed and productive environment.

In an era where most communication happens electronically, influence group events provide a platform to reconnect with the power of face-to-face interaction for problem solving and relationship building. Because of the focused nature of our events, you’ll have a better ROI for your time.

Our Approach
The opposite of a trade show
Cutting Edge Content

Central to any influence group event is the content. Sure there are standalone presentations, but the bulk of the content is peer-to-peer discussions. Our events are designed to facilitate connections and the cross pollination of ideas.

Pre-Scheduled Business Meetings

The unproductive days of aimlessly strolling an expo floor are over! Participants at influence group events are able to review the sponsors/suppliers attending in advance and schedule face time with the ones that interest them most.

Unforgettable Networking

We know that a prime reason people attend conferences is to network. Which is why we carefully consider the social activities that take place at our events. They are always designed to foster meaningful interactions. From jetski tours in Key West to wine blending competitions in Napa our events are unlike an ordinary conference.

Amazing Destinations

influence group events are hosted in locations that inspire creativity and collaboration. Our forums take place at upscale, intimate resorts to ensure a stress-free and productive environment.

Who We Are

influence group was founded in 2013 by Michael P. Owens and Michael McCarthy, who collectively have more than twenty five years experience producing executive business events.

Aware that the effectiveness of most conference and trade shows was dwindling, led them to launch the influence group to deliver a revitalized event platform that business leaders would actually want to attend and where sponsors would see a true return on investment.

In just a few short years influence has grown from two founders to a team of over a dozen diverse and dedicated people. Headquartered in New York City (FiDi), the company has proven their event model offers an invigorating alternative to traditional shows.

The influence group team has a passion for bringing people together to explore continuous improvement, progress and innovation...and we look forward to working with you!

Michael McCarthy
Co-Founder / Managing Partner
Michael McCarthy leads business development strategy for the company and has extensive experience in the areas of sales management, key account management, and developing talent.
Michael P. Owens
Co-Founder / Managing Partner
Michael Owens drives the company's vision, content and brand. A natural connector, Michael has produced over 100 conferences and shared stages with persons of influence from President Clinton and Bob Dole, to Marcus Lemonis and Al Gore.
team & culture

We Are Hiring!

influence group produces invitation-only leadership forums in various vertical markets. The opposite of a tradeshow, influence events are intimate, personable and highly interactive.

We are looking for a few great people to join the team.

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giving back

When we formed the influence group, we pledged to be a positive force for the people and industries we serve with our events, but to also look outside of our own day-to-day. To Give Back...to Pay it Forward. We want for the ripples to be felt not only in our circles, through the relationships built at our events, but also that of people in need through philanthropic support. That's why a portion of revenues from each of our events will be donated to a single charitable organization every year.

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