Merchant Risk Council

Merchant Risk Council’s (MRC) Annual Conference is held in Las Vegas at the five star Aria Hotel. The event is a summit for top-notch education and networking for ecommerce payments and fraud professionals from companies such as AirBnB, AOL, Costco and PayPal.



Event Strategy

  • Facilitate staff wide discussion focused on event growth and transformation
  • Consult on content design
  • Brainstorm on marketing techniques to grow attendance
  • Hold consistent event vision through leadership transition and staffing changes

Event and Conference Logistics

  • Logistics Management through onsite execution, including serving as vendor and venue contact
  • Site Selection and Contract Negotiation
  • Budget Management
  • Exhibit Hall / Sponsor Management
  • Speaker Management
  • Keynote Logistics Management


  • Involvement as the Event Logistics Lead and the Exhibit Hall Manager since 2009. Have since added Exhibit Hall Sales, Keynote Production, Speaker Management and Onsite Support. Five team members will serve this client onsite in 2015.
  • Event has grown from 500 attendees to 1400 attendees in six years
  • Exhibit Hall has grown from 35 exhibitors in 2009 to 88 in 2015
  • Increased room block from 1380 to 3000 since 2009
  • Migrated the event from the Wynn to the Aria in 2013

Client Testimonials

“Thank you for your wonderfully organized and informative e-mail outlining the necessary preparations heading up to the conference. It looks like you guys really know what you are doing!”

— MRC Speaker

“MRC’s event in Vegas is so SO so much better because of the involvement of Sound Planning over the past years.”

— MRC Managing Director

“Yes, even the stingy money guy agrees, Sound Planning is a fantastic partner and makes all of us at the MRC look good at our US events.”

— MRC Director of Finance