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Stellar Appoints New CEO Tom Tucker joined Houston-based Stellar Event and Presentation Resources as president and CEO on Dec. 6, 1999. Before Stellar, Tucker served as vice president and general manager of St. Paul, Minn.-based Ecolab, where he worked to launch and develop the company's indus-trial division.

His responsibilities at Stellar include playing a major role in the acquisition of new companies, according to the company.

Formed last July through the consolidation of The Abbey Group (Houston), Ducky Bob's Cannonball Rentals (Dallas), LD Systems (Houston) and The Stuart Rental Co., (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Stellar has since grown from 370 employees to 600 and acquired two companies-Alford Media Services of Dallas and Party Plus of tlanta.

Stellar Event and Presentation Resources 2040 N. Loop West, Suite 300 Houston, TX 77018; 713/681-5664 Web site: www.stellarevent.com

Meetings Mean Business In Maryland The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association is attracting new business through its "Meetings in Minutes" service, designed to assist with meetings of fewer than 500 people.

Now in its second year, BACVA's service guarantees assistance to callers in making meeting and transportation arrangements and booking hotel rooms within 24 hours.

BACVA director of communications Nancy Rinds says: "A lot of conventions are booked three to five years ahead. This program allows planners to book those last-minute meetings." The Camden Club at Oriole Park's Camden Yards and the B&O Railroad Museum are among the venues offered.

Rinds says BACVA started the service to drive small business into hotels during the off-season. "We've had great interest from the hotels. We're giving them business they normally wouldn't have."

The service is being offered through March.

Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association 100 Light St., 12th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 410/659-7300, 800/343-3468 Web site: www.baltimore.org

New York-based The Jack Morton Co., a provider of experimental communications such as live presentations and interactive media, has acquired London-based Creation Communications, corporate video producers, which will operate as a division of Jack Morton. The company also completed a majority purchase of De Otter & De Vries Live Communications, an event design and production firm with two offices in Germany. Jack Morton's senior vice presidentJosh McCall will oversee international operations. 641 Avenue of the Americas, Second Floor, New York, NY 10011; 212/727-0400; Web site: www.jackmorton.com.

St. Louis-based event management company MC2 has acquired HW Exhibits of Totowa, N.J., and Production Partners Inc. of Pen Argyl, Pa. HW Exhibits and PPI formerly worked together to provide exhibit design and production services. HW president Gary Benson became an MC2 division president and PPI president Rick Rubio became vice president of manufacturing. 801 N. Second St., Suite 302; St. Louis, MO 63102; 314/421-2005; Web site: www.mc-2online.com.

Arlington, Va.-based PGI, an event and communications agency, has opened an office in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Suzanne Reid will manage the company's 25th office. 238-4370 Lorimer Road, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada; 604/932-4126; Web site: www.pgi.com.

Stage Craft, a live event production company based in Carson City, Nev., has hired Jon Tabeling as general manager for its restructured Nashville, Tenn., office. In addition, the company has opened a sales office in New York: 990 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 20R, New York, NY 10018; 212/279-4027; Web site: www.stagecraft.com.

Table skirt manufacturer Snap Drape International has moved to a 43,000-square-foot facility in the same city, Carrollton, Texas. 2045 Westgate Drive, Suite 100, Carrollton, TX 75006; 972/466-1030. Web site: www.snapdrape.com.

Undercover Party Rentals, a party rental supplier, has acquired the inventory of San Marino, Calif.-based Table Talk, a now-defunct supplier of high-end linens and table coverings. 6464 Hollister Ave., Suite 5, Goleta, CA 93117; 805/685-9920.

Contact Keri O'Brien, associate editor of Special Events Magazine, at 800/543-4116, ext. 243 fax: 310/317-0264 e-mail: [email protected]

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