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SPARGO Overview

Fairfax, VA
51 to 200 employees
1973
Company - Private
Membership Organizations
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
SPARGO is a full-service event management company. SPARGO offers a full suite of services that support the production of tradeshows, conventions, conferences, symposiums and seminars.

SPARGO was founded in 1973 by John W. Spargo. When established, the ... Read more

Mission: SPARGO's mission is to provide cost effective event management solutions through the combination of technology and talent for association and corporate meetings.

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Company Updates

  • The International Antiviral Society-USA and CROI Foundation appoints SPARGO, Inc. as their Registration and Housing Management Firm

    We are pleased to announce that the International Antiviral Society–USA and CROI Foundation (IAS-USA) has appointed SPARGO, Inc. as its Registration & Housing Management provider for the 26th Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). The IAS-USA serves as the organizer for the logistical planning and organization for CROI.

    CROI is the preeminent HIV research meeting in the world and attracts more than 4,000 HIV/AIDS research leaders internationally. CROI is a highly exclusive scientific conference and provides a forum for HIV/AIDS researchers from around the world to translate their laboratory and clinical findings into tangible progress against the HIV pandemic. CROI has facilitated the presentation of important discoveries in the field, thereby ultimately accelerating progress in HIV/AIDS research.

  • The National Apartment Association appoints SPARGO, Inc. as Registration and Housing Management Firm

    We are pleased to announce that the National Apartment Association (NAA) has appointed SPARGO, Inc. as its Registration & Housing Management provider for its meetings beginning in 2019. NAA has more than 78,000 members working together to show communities the value, innovation and inclusivity that comes when partnering with rental housing companies.

    Beginning in 2019, SPARGO will take over registration and housing management responsibilities for NAA’s meetings. NAA’s annual event, Apartmentalize, is the largest, most important rental housing industry event with nearly 10,000 housing professionals working to keep up to date on training while networking and generating future business opportunities. Along with Apartmentalize, SPARGO will assist NAA on its CampusConnex and Maximize events.

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SPARGO – Why Work For Us?


SPARGO is a full-service event management company, offering a full suite of services that support the production of tradeshows, conventions, conferences, symposiums and seminars.

Company History
SPARGO was founded in 1973 by John W. Spargo. When established, the organization's primary focus was tradeshow sales and management. In the early 1980's, SPARGO began a carefully orchestrated expansion program, to diversify its customer base. The expansion program included the addition of other complementary services, including housing, registration, meeting logistics and exhibitor lead management services. By the mid 1990's, the company employed 75 employees and had diversified its customer base. Today, SPARGO employs 180 full time professionals, servicing nearly 120 events annually. SPARGO remains a privately owned company, providing services to more than 50 different association and corporate customers.

Company Services
SPARGO
provides superior customer service and utilizes the most advanced technologies available in the industry. Technologies employed by SPARGO include the enterprise version of A2Z (Exposition Management Software) and proprietary software designed exclusively for SPARGO use. The SPARGO Registration and Housing System combines secure e-commerce solutions, advanced data management features and robust marketing and reporting tools.

SPARGO offers a complete menu of convention and trade show services:

  • Housing
  • Registration
  • Exhibitor Lead Retrieval
  • Exhibit Space Sales and Marketing
  • Meeting and Special Event Management
  • Abstract Management
  • CME/CEU Credit; Collection, Reporting and Certificate Production
  • Exhibit Floor Management
  • Event Website Design and Hosting Services

Management Philosophy
Our philosophy is that each event is unique, requiring the delivery of flexible systems and experienced staff. Our continued success is rooted in our ability to understand the requirements of our clients and deliver results that exceed their expectations. Company growth is carefully paced to ensure the highest level of service to our existing and new customers. All potential new business is examined carefully to determine if our experience and set of services meet the needs of the customer and if our show schedule allows us to commit resources to the project. We seek customers interested in partnership based relationships. Our goal is to become an extension of the client's staff.

Financial investments in the company are targeted at the purchase and in-house development of new technologies that streamline operations and/or provide benefits to our customers and their attendees/exhibitors. Funding for technological advancements is a major portion of our annual operating budget. Additional investments are made for staff training and continued education. Course study is fully funded by SPARGO for employees seeking their CMP, CAE, CEM and other industry accreditation programs. Our systems constantly evolve to meet the needs of the end users (exhibitors, attendees and client personnel). Exhibitors, clients and attendees are recruited to test new systems before launch and provide critical user feedback. This has resulted in a suite of online tools that truly benefit our customers.


Join our team in Fairfax and work with the best people in the industry, with competitive compensation and merit increase opportunities.

We work together to make a positive impact every day. We understand that to do this we have to rely on each and every person, so we invest in our employees and offer a positive work environment for them to flourish as individuals.

We are reaching out to all levels of expereience, from recent graduates to seasoned professionals, inviting you to take your career to the next level. Here at SPARGO we offer unparalleled opportunities for growth in both your professional and personal life.

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SPARGO Reviews

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    I have been working at SPARGO full-time

    Pros

    *Lots of room for growth-If you put in the work and do well at your job, it will be noticed and awarded
    *Good benefits
    *Dynamic work environment-you'll be doing something different every day
    *Multi-vendor environment which gives you exposure and experience to a wide array of different technologies to learn and master
    *SPARGO will assist you with training and obtaining certifications
    *Good work/life balance
    *You get to travel around the US (could also be viewed as a con if you don't like traveling)
    *Camaraderie-The team is always willing to help each other out and we look out for each other
    *Your ideas/suggestions will be heard and considered, you have the opportunity to make a difference

    Cons

    *Depending on your lifestyle, you may not enjoy frequent travel
    *The 401k program needs improvement

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SPARGO Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at SPARGO (Fairfax, VA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    Several stages and interviews occurred approximately one month apart. Interviews consisted of really basic canned questions read off of an obvious list pre-provided to the interviewers. Really bad interview process for this day and age.

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