About Us

About the Firm

The Conference Agency was founded on the idea that events work best when they surprise us. The thrill of discovery is what events are all about, but too many of our professional conferences have fallen into a rut. The Conference Agency exists to create events that break new ground and draw rave reviews.

About the Founder

Matt Riley, CAE founded The Conference Agency after a 12-year career as an association conference planner and CPD/continuing education director with the US-based National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and the South Carolina Bar Association.  He has conducted large conferences in cities like New York and San Francisco, exclusive executive retreats in the Caribbean and Southern California, and video production in London. He lives in London with his wife, Jacque, and they are avid travelers and food, wine, and craft beer enthusiasts.

Professional Affiliations

Meeting Planners International (MPI)

As the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide with more than 60,000 members, MPI provides us with unparalleled opportunities to connect with events vendors and potential partners. 

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

We stay close to our association roots and believe that, like events, associations have the power to transform society for the better by bringing us together. Our ties to ASAE help us to keep abreast of the latest developments affecting our association and nonprofit clients.

EventProfs Network

Designed as a trusted environment for anyone who designs, creates, plans and manages events on a professional level, the EventProfs Network provides us with a forum to discuss emerging trends in the industry, especially in the areas of technology and innovation.

The Future in 15 Show

The Future in 15 is a video series created to showcase entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating the future of the events industry. We manage the show's content calendar, planning video shoots, venues, and events. This puts us in touch with luminaries and market leaders across the events industry.

The Future in 15 Show

Take a look at this trailer of our work arranging interviews with event industry leaders.