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Who’s News for October 6, 2023

Special Events industry news

People on the Move

The Harbor Club, Curio Collection by Hilton is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Stephen Husbands as General Manager. Husbands brings with him an impressive track record of success in the hospitality industry, with thirty years’ experience in diverse positions including International Director of Finance of the Golden Tulip Hotel group, Vice President for Operations and Finance at Louvre Hotels, Financial Controller for the Intercontinental Hotel Group in London, among other impressive roles. 

New Products on the Market

The Vendry announced the launch of their new venue and vendor search engine. With this search engine planners can, for the first time, run one search to return the richest, most informative set of results from across the web. These results are driven by The Vendry’s search algorithm, which scans over 1,000,000 data points and signals from the platform’s database and community of professional event planners to display the most relevant venues and vendors. 

Hot off the Press

Nanolumens, a global leader in LED display solutions, announced their 8th Annual Crystal Nixel Awards, an event celebrating outstanding achievements in the world of dvLED display technology and innovation. The Crystal Nixel Awards aims to honor companies, projects, and individuals who have demonstrated unparalleled creativity, innovation, and excellence in the field of LED displays. As a pioneer in the industry, Nanolumens recognizes the importance of acknowledging and celebrating those who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with LED technology. Voting is now open for the Crystal Nixel Awards, and Nanolumens encourages all to cast their vote by October 31st. 

Tripleseat, the leading innovator in cloud-based event management software for the hospitality industry, recently announced the strategic acquisition of Attendease, a world-class meeting and event software for enterprise and corporate event planners. The acquisition is a game-changer for restaurants and hotels. It provides a one-of-a-kind integration to event planners looking to book an event at their venue. In addition, event planners will now have a seamless and easy experience finding, booking, and planning their weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, or tradeshows. 

Cindy Y. Lo, President of Outplan Enterprises LLC, has purchased Strong Events from Dennis W. Randolph after 30+ years of successfully building a one-stop shop for custom event fabrication and decor for the Texas Hill Country market. Lo will be named CEO of Strong Events while Nikki Lougee will continue as General Manager. All current Strong Events employees have been retained during this transaction. Lo brings 20+ years of experience in the hospitality and experiential marketing and events industry. She founded RED VELVET, a full-service experience agency, in 2002. RED VELVET will continue to be led by Vice Presidents Hayden Lockaby and Sarah Lo, and Cindy Y. Lo will continue to support as CEO. Strong Events and RED VELVET will both continue to operate as independent businesses, run by their respective employees and under their respective names. 

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