President & Founder MAD Event Management LLC

Martha Donato is the founder and president of MAD Event Management, which was established in 2009. Martha has been producing large scale events and conferences for over 25 years, including pop culture events Long Beach Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Expo and New Jersey Comic Expo, as well as numerous consulting projects, expos, trade shows, and conferences.

In addition to owning a portfolio of events, MAD provides expert consulting services in the areas of large-scale events, conferences, special events, business development, sponsorship sales, group travel and venue selection and management. Martha and partner Marty Glynn specialize in launching new events and projects and building communities.

Martha’s previous position at Crain Communications involved the management of a portfolio of conferences and special events in the commercial insurance and risk management sectors, producing events such as World Captive Forum; Risk Management Summit; Cyber Risk Summit; Risk Manager of the Year; 40 Under 40 Brokers; Women to Watch; as well as ten+ years developing the pop culture event business for Wizard Conventions (Wizard World) nationally. In addition to producing events, Martha has been involved in exhibitor set-up and marketing for over twenty years, having produced exhibits for events such as San Diego Comicon International, Frankfurt Book Fair, New York Comic Con, RIMS, and many others.

Martha’s skills include leadership, business development, budget planning and management, event planning, marketing, sales/sponsorship and operational expertise. She lives and works in Warwick, NY, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marist College.

"When I was a child, I wanted to be an attorney. I went into my freshman year of college in a pre-law program and only gave it up as a career choice when I realized I could be a communications and marketing major – which seemed like a lot more fun to 19 year old me!"
President & Founder MAD Event Management LLC

What is your favorite 90’s song?
Everybody Hurts, R.E.M.

If you could invite anyone to present with you on stage who would it be?
Michelle O’Bama for her gracious humanity.

Imagine you are famous, who would you be?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg “RBG”

Who inspired you the most in your life and how?
My mother, whose fierce independence shaped my own, and taught me that education and hard work are the keys to freedom.