Randi Bushell is the Founder & CEO of Merri, a collaborative software bridging the gap between event professionals through immersive 3D technology, hands-on design tools, and integrated workflows. Having built her career in e-commerce as a strategic leader for national brands like Macy’s, Walmart, and Jet.com, Bushell founded Merri as the missing solution she needed when planning her wedding in 2018. Named an industry disruptor by Authority Magazine, Bushell’s commitment to innovation has led Merri to become one of the fastest-growing platforms in the event industry. Randi was also recently listed in Eventex’s 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry.
- Demystifying the Event-Tech Ecosystem
- The ‘Wow’ Factor: Bring Your Client’s Vision to Life
- An Insider’s Look into Today’s Intentional Consumer
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Getting to Know You
What topics do you enjoy speaking on the most?
I love speaking about startups, the ever-changing landscape of technology and consumer expectations, and how you can (and should!) use technology to streamline your business and attract Gen Z consumers. More specifically, I love helping event pros cut through the noise and helping them understand how the broad tech landscape applies to their business in a very real way.
What topic would you love to tackle next?
Technology is ALWAYS changing, so there’s always so much to tackle within the topics listed above. I want to make sure that tech trends feel approachable for the events industry so that we aren’t continually “behind” in tech adoption.
How would you describe your speaking style?
My speaking style is informal and conversational. I want people to leave feeling like they’ve learned a lot but that they’ve also gotten to know me personally.
What has been your favorite speaking engagement to date?
I’ve loved speaking at David Tutera Experience, Wedding Pro CEO, and Coterie Retreat — all events that felt intimate and engaging (100-150 attendees). This format really lends itself to my speaking style and makes audience members feel comfortable enough to ask great questions.
When heading to a wedding industry conference, I never leave home without my….
Where would you love to speak next?
Anywhere that I can engage with event planners, venues, and/or rental companies.