Athletic Business Show


AB Show seeks speakers who can share information on emerging trends, offer solutions to today’s facility, program and personnel challenges, and present fresh, innovative ideas and best practices. It’s all about helping attendees solve their most important problems.

We’re looking for dynamic speakers who are presenters and well as facilitators, who encourage audience interaction in their presentations to address various learning styles.

AB Show is partnering with NIRSA to integrate the 2022 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute as part of AB Show.


New formats are encouraged, in varying lengths. Sessions can be 60- to 75-minutes in length, as well as longer pre-conference workshops.

Submit a presentation.

How Do We Select Speakers?

We select speakers who are leaders in sports, fitness, recreation and wellness, who are enthusiastic and well-spoken, and who can provide actionable takeaways for attendees. We do not accept proposals from manufacturers.

Topic Areas

  • Leadership, People Management and Personal Development
  • Emerging Leaders/New Managers
  • Programming, Marketing and Customer Experience
  • Facility Operations, Risk Management & Security
  • Facility Planning & Design-College Recreation
  • Facility Planning & Design-Other (public facility, private facility, general, non-college focus)
  • Fitness Center Management
  • Aquatic Programming & Management
  • Social Media & Digital Marketing
  • Military Sports & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Keynote (please note that AB Show selects 1 keynote speaker each year, with most having a sports, recreation or fitness background. If you are interested in presenting a keynote, you must include cost and any other requirements or your keynote will not be considered).

What Do Speakers Receive?

One speaker per session receives coach airfare, one night’s lodging, $75 for miscellaneous expenses and a complimentary registration. Additional speakers in a session may receive a complimentary registration.

Important Dates

April 14 (Extended deadline) - Speaker submissions due. Note: You will need to create a log-in to submit a presentation.

May - Speakers selected and notified.