Toby Harris

Group Conference Director


Toby Harris qualified from one of the UK's premier universities, UMIST with a MSC in Management Science in 1995. The following year he launched Harrion Ltd, a media company specializing in trade publications. With a unique and creative approach to publishing, the business enjoyed tremendous success and quickly established industry leading trade publications in the UK market. Building on this success Toby opened offices in the USA in 1998 and launched into the rest of Europe in 2000. In 2002 Toby based himself out of the US headquarters in California and focused on developing and growing the US side of the business, acquiring great knowledge of the US market in the process. In 2006 the company was sold to dmg world media, one of the world's largest media companies.

After taking a year out to travel the world with his family, Toby moved back to California and launched the US division of Quartz Events. He is responsible for managing the expansion and development of the full series of Conferences and Summit Quartz Events produce. Over the last 9 years the company has grown from running one event a year to 14 industry leading Conferences and Summits in 2015 in industries ranging from Supply Chain and Logistics, to Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Food and Beverage, E-Commerce and multiple IT events. When not working, Toby enjoys surfing, skiing, volleyball and spending time with his family

Josh Ridener

Conference Director


Josh joined Quartz Events in June of 2012 and is responsible for the expansion and development of Quartz Events MFG, LLC, which include the IMPACT Manufacturing Summit and the IMPACT Food & Beverage Summit.

Josh entered the corporate world immediately following high school and found a tremendous amount of success in selling. He started in the Human Resources sector working for Careerbuilder.com and then an executive search firm, Corporate Resources. Prior to the economic downturn in 2009, Josh moved over to online advertising, where he spent 4 years at emedia USA. He helped build emedia's Supply Chain and Manufacturing businesses from the ground up and was consistently a leader in new business and product innovation.

The knowledge that Josh gained about the Supply Chain and Manufacturing industries at emedia, made for a great transition in to the events business. With great attention to detail, a keen sense of urgency and his top of the line customer service, Josh is making the IMPACT Summits into industry leading events for senior-level executives in the Manufacturing space.

Oliver Thomas

Conference Director


Oliver graduated from the European Business Management School at the University of Wales in 2005. The following year Oliver was taken on as Graduate Executive at dmg world media, one of the largest trade show and conference companies in the world. Here Oliver was exposed to a number of disciplines including sales, sponsorship, operations, marketing and finance. Oliver went on to work at dmg for six years in various sales positions and countries including the UK, Abu Dhabi, Australia and Canada.

The majority of Oliver’s career has been spent in the oil and gas sector where he has been involved in developing events such as the Global Petroleum Show, GASTECH, Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference and most recently UpTech Upstream Oil & Gas Summit. With a keen passion for customer service and delivering a ROI for his clients, Oliver has enjoyed tremendous success and has quickly established UpTech as one of the leading oil and gas events for senior-level executives and technical experts. Oliver resides in Calgary Alberta with his wife and is responsible for managing the expansion and development of Quartz Events Energy, LLC.



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