Richard Foulkes joins Rapport
Richard Foulkes (left) joins the team at Rapport, including Abi Humayun (center left), Chris Teague (center right) and Chris Platt.

Who's News in Special Events for Oct. 4, 2018

Special events business news this week includes a new role for event veteran Richard Foulkes.

Manchester, U.K.-based Rapport, a live experience agency, has announced that veteran event professional Richard Foulkes has joined the agency as a business adviser and non-executive director.

Arena Americas, the North American division of the Arena Group, which is No. 1 on the latest Special Events “30 Top Rental Companies,” has announced that the company has broken ground on a new 105,000-square-foot warehouse and corporate headquarters in Oak Creek, Wis. Arena CEO Paul Bryant said, “The company continues to pursue its strategic growth plan, and the Oak Creek facility will be our new home for many years to come.”

Cleveland-based Event Source and Just Bars of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have partnered to give event pros in the American Midwest access to Just Bars’ line of customizable bars, high tops, and communal and dining tables.

Nicole Gad joins brand experience agency 2Heads as senior group account director. The company has operations in the U.K., U.S., France and Hong Kong.

The parent company of wedding vendor website The Knot has agreed to a $933 million deal to merge with WeddingWire.

Denver-based Sage Hospitality has announced the appointment of Portia Hood to director of sales and marketing for the group’s newest boutique properties, The Alexandrian Hotel and Morrison House. Both hotels, located in Old Town Alexandria, are part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

Big party rental company Party Rental Ltd., headquartered in Teterboro, N.J. and included on the latest Special Events “30 Top Rental Companies” list, announced the launch its revised website, designed to be a mobile-friendly portal that allow users to manage accounts, view invoices and make payments online. Additional features include live chat, enhanced product ordering, and a self-calculating dance floor and staging ordering system.

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