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SPARGO Overview

Fairfax, VA
51 to 200 employees
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.

Company Updates

  • The Washington Area New Auto Dealers Association (WANADA) appoints SPARGO, Inc. as Registration and Housing Management Firm

    We are pleased to announce that the Washington Area New Auto Dealers (WANADA), a new car dealer group focused on the advancement of the automobile business in the Metropolitan Washington Region, has appointed SPARGO, Inc. as their Registration and Housing Management partner.

    SPARGO will assume management responsibilities for WANADA’s Washington Auto Show beginning in 2019. The Washington Auto Show, the largest public show in Washington, D.C., is a named as one of the top five auto shows in the nation by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. The show consists of member training and educational programs followed by a ten-day public show. On the show floor one can find over 600 new models of cars and 35 manufacturers.

    “As one of the highest-profile annual events in the Washington area, and one that attracts auto industry leaders and government officials from around the world, we need a best-in-class housing and registration partner,”

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SPARGO – Why Work For Us?

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.

Company History
SPARGO was founded in 1973 by John W. Spargo. When established, the primary focus of the organization was tradeshow sales and management. In the early 1980s, 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 1990s, 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.

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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    *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


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

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


    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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