It’s  5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22nd – five hours before the opening remarks at the DDIFO’s member meeting at the DCU Center.  Long before many attendees hit the snooze button for the first time or took a sip from their first cup of Joe, Paul Meyer and Ross Holicker from ROI Event management were hard at work attending to the details that made the event look seamless.

Overseeing the room and AV set up while simultaneously juggling the staging and set up of some of the sponsorship banners and props are second nature to Paul and Ross who have been in the business of making clients look good since the 1980’s. Together, they bring over 50 years of logistical and event management expertise to the table, having planned hundreds of regional, national and globally recognized events including portions off the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and Superbowl XXXVIII.  Paul and Ross were also part of the logistics/operations team that produced one of the largest trade shows in the history of US business-COMDEX, the Computer Trade Show held annually in Las Vegas from 1979-2002.

What sets ROI apart from a typical event planning company, is their ability to assess the needs and long-term goals of their clients.  “They took my vision for the event then laid the groundwork needed to achieve my goals. And, most importantly, they helped me stay within my budget,” said DDIFO President Jim Coen.  “Ross and Paul have become an integral part of the DDIFO team. Their knowledge and expertise has enabled DDIFO to produce two top-notch events for our members and sponsors. DDIFO is fortunate to have this level of professionalism working on our behalf. With this sharp and capable team on our side, there is no limit to what DDIFO can do as we move toward national expansion.” 

DDIFO’s event sponsors said they were impressed with ROI’s attention to detail and quick response to last minute requests. Whether it was locating a caulking gun for a sponsor’s booth assembly, or assisting with breakdown to ensure an on-time flight departure, sponsors simply said the word, and either Ross or Paul were there within minutes to offer assistance.

It’s no secret that it takes a lot of hard work, attention to detail and multiple client meetings to pull off a quality event. The true test of seasoned event professionals like Ross and Paul is their ability to deal with multiple curveballs while keeping their cool, and keeping the rest behind the curtain.

To learn more about ROI’s capabilities, visit their website:, or give them a call in their Needham, MA office: 781-455-1188.