Frederick, Md.-based Signature Special Event Services announced today that it will open two new locations, one in Los Angeles and the other in Shelbyville, Ky. Signature’s expansion comes on the heels of the hiring of several members of the former national events team from Los Angeles-based Academy Tent & Canvas, which closed its doors in February, as reported in Special Events. The company has also acquired all of Academy's tent rental assets.
"There is no other company in our industry with more talent or resources strategically available for large, national events," said Tom Brown, Signature’s president. "The opening of our new L.A. and Shelbyville branches not only assures a seamless transition for former Academy clients, it also enables us to provide greatly enhanced event services to our current customer base."
The Los Angeles branch will be headed by Academy veteran Cathy Montez, who has more than 22 years of experience in the special event industry. She will lead a team of event professionals with experience in events including the Super Bowl, Summer and Winter Olympics, and the Ryder Cup. "Collectively, Cathy and her team possess an unsurpassed knowledge of large event staging," Brown said. "With the combined inventory of Academy and Signature behind them, they are in a position to serve clients better than ever."
Signature's Shelbyville branch will occupy space formerly leased by Academy. Heading the office will be Bob Young, with more than 25 years of major events management for events including the Kentucky Derby, U.S. Open, Super Bowl and both 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games.
Signature serves the corporate, sporting and social event industries with full service and support for its range of event rental equipment including temporary and mobile structures, flooring, lighting, climate control, power generation and distribution, kitchen facilities, and cooking and catering equipment.