About Us

KM Headshotthe next great event is a full-service event planning and association management company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. the next great event is owned and operated by Kerrell Dunsmore, who has been serving the hospitality industry for over 20 years. We have an extensive background in meeting planning, conference management and special event production, as well as a strong knowledge of the event industry and great relationships with venues and other event suppliers.

Kerrell is a Founding Board Member of ILEA AZ (International Live Events Association, Arizona Chapter), is a current Board Member of HSMAI AZ (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Arizona Chapter) and is a member of the Event Safety Alliance.

Our current roster of clients includes:

  • Arizona Water Well Association
  • APICS Phoenix Chapter
  • Mountain States Groundwater Expo
  • The Wildlife Society
  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • Society of the Study of Evolution
  • Show Ready Events/FIRST Robotics

2020 Vision

the next great event has developed a fresh, new vision as part of our acceptance of the challenges that 2020 has bestowed upon us!

Simply put:  It’s time to change the conversation from “deadlines and dollars” to “empathy and experiences”.

No!  This doesn’t mean we suddenly don’t care about ROI, attrition or food and beverage minimums!  Yes! it means we are putting additional emphasis on ideals such as safety and security at events, codes of conduct at events, diversity and inclusion at events, and it definitely means we are putting the attendee experience first at our events!

                                Kerrell Dunsmore   GEO (Great Event Organizer)   the next great event   Phone: 480-609-3999   Kerrell@thenextgreatevent.com