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Who's News in Special Events for December 9, 2021

Special events business news.

Venue News

Following the restoration of its renowned gardens designed by architect Giuseppe Valadier, Hotel de Russie, the iconic Rocco Forte Hotel in Rome, is pleased to announce the launch of seven new Garden Suites, in addition to the newly renovated Lobby. Ranging from shades of cobalt blue to green, the colour schemes recall tones of the garden and sky as seen from the hotel’s windows, immersing guests in a unique, tranquil atmosphere. The design of the Garden Suites combines modern furniture, such as extravagant lamps by Fontana Arte, armchairs by Tosconova, custom sofas and chairs with original cushions by Fornasetti, with more classic decorative elements inspired by the art of ancient Rome. The resulting design features authentic statues and busts that coexist in perfect harmony with photographs by Serafino Maiorano depicting a contemporary Rome. Adding a sense of tradition, luxurious fabrics give guests the illustrious feel of residing in a classic Roman abode.  

Hot Off the Presses

Absolute Production Services, a leader in the event industry for almost three decades, has announced it will be the first corporate event production company to accept crypto as payment for services. By working with fellow Chicago-based company, CoinFlip, Absolute will be able to expand and innovate its offerings.  Beginning in December, Absolute will leverage CoinFlip’s Trade Desk, an all-inclusive over-the-counter cryptocurrency trading service, to process payments from clients. The platform allows users to buy and sell over 40 cryptocurrencies of any dollar volume in minutes from one of the top-trusted and established companies in the space.  

People on the Move

Visit Seattle welcomes Jessica Johnson as Director of Marketing, effective November 29, 2021. In this role, Johnson will oversee Visit Seattle’s marketing initiatives and work closely with stakeholders to identify market opportunities and execute marketing campaign strategies implemented to drive tourism. She will be responsible for promoting the destination and building brand awareness on behalf of the city, county, and region through creative, multi-channel campaigns with a focus on uplifting voices of historically disadvantaged neighborhoods and BIPOC communities. With more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, Johnson most recently served as the Director of Marketing + Business Development at Wild Gravity. She also helped launch Votiv, a Seattle-based label, artist management, and music publishing company. An expert at relationship management, much of Johnson’s experience has been focused on music, cannabis, gaming, and consumer culture. She brings a wealth of strategic marketing expertise to her new role as Director of Marketing. 

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group®, North America’s leading wholesale supplier and manufacturer of display, exhibit, graphic and event solutions, today announced the appointment of Gary Keefer as Chief Executive Officer. Giles Douglas, Orbus’ CEO of 20 years, retired in 2020 and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Gary has over 25 years of executive level leadership experience, including years of strategic development and plan execution at B2B product and service businesses in the contract furniture and promotional products industries. 

Orbus Group’s supply and manufacturing operations reside in the Greater Chicago area, Las Vegas, NV and Greater Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit


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