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Who's News for January 7, 2021

Special events business news

Janko Hospitality has announced that The Forester Hotel, a contemporary, chic new hotel located at 200 N. Field Dr. in Conway Business Park, is set to open in April 2021. The first hotel to open in the community since 1929, The Forester Hotel concept is inspired by the city of Lake Forest’s motto “Naturae et Scientiae Amor” which translates to “Love of Science and Nature.” The Forester Hotel will be at a crossroads safeguarding all the comforts of Hyatt, while at the same time blazing new trails with boutique offerings including an upscale bistro + bar and over 4,500 square feet of flexible event space.     

Ideally equipped to host events both large and small, The Forester Hotel will boast three event rooms and a pre-function space all featuring the latest technology. The Lupine Room will offer exterior access to an outdoor patio and 1,676-square-feet of space, accommodating up to 186 guests, while The Aster Room, the hotel’s largest event space, will be able to host up to 250 guests in its 2,232-square-foot space. Best suited for groups of up to 45 guests, The Blue Stem Room will be an intimate 378-square-foot space.  

Haute Companies has acquired EventWorks—adding to the award-winning group of companies including Haute Rock Creative, Haute Dokimazo, SwagHub, Haute Spot, and Haute Rock Entertainment. As part of the purchase, Alisa Walsh, president of EventWorks, will take over as CEO of Haute Rock Creative, the advertising agency serving Fortune 500 companies. Walsh will also step into the role of CEO at EventWorks with former head, Ted Bowers, serving as strategic and technical counsel until 2026. 

Haute Rock Creative and EventWorks will serve clients from their headquarters in Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, California, with 50 employees. EventWorks will continue under its own identity within Haute Companies to increase their global footprint in the experiential, events, media, spontaneous think tanks, and marketing technology arenas.  

INVNT, the global live brand storytelling agency has announced the hiring of Neil Mason as Executive Director, EMEA.

Mason brings more than 20 years’ experience to the role, over which he has led the creative  output of experiential and integrated campaigns for brands including Nike, McLaren, Samsung, Google and Cisco. 

American Metalcraft has released its 2021 New Product Guide!This brochure contains over 250 new products that will leave you inspired and equipped to keep staff and customers safe. 

Some of the new product highlights include: 

  • Plastic Plate Cover
  • Grab & Go Collection
  • Melamine Square Jars
  •  Deluxe Delivery Bags
  • Sandwich Boards 
  • Stainless Steel Sanitizer Dispensers 
  • Securit Retractable Barrier System Coasters 
  • Social Distancing  Products
  • Decals 

Download or request your copy of the 2021 New Product Guide. 

A.C. Lighting Inc., distributor of world-class lighting and rigging technologies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Dowd, a well-respected veteran in our industry, to the position of Sales Representative, Southeastern USA.   

Brian brings over 30 years of experience and a proven track record of success in the Pro-Lighting industry, working in senior positions for leading companies including, GLP, A.C.T. Lighting, and TMB.  

Bill Hansen, owner of Bill Hansen Catering, has managed over 400 weddings, milestone events and corporate functions every year for the last 40 years and is known as a leading expert in the industry. He is now taking his expertise online with the launch of, an all-in-one event planning website where viewers can seamlessly shop venues, catering, florals and decor, entertainment, linens and furniture, planners, photography, videographers and other vendors.  In addition, Bill Hansen offers personal, one-on-one consultations for free. serves as a user-friendly, expert resource for the entire process of planning an event, from start to finish. It helps alleviate stress by curating a talented list of vendors to best meet individual needs and budgets.   


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