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Who's News in Special Events for June 23, 2021

Special events business news

Upcoming Events

ESA & Show Makers are excited to be offering a free, two-day session series, 'Road Ready: Preparing For Your First Tour' at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN on July 15th & 16th. The sessions will focus on the necessary information for early-stage & transitioning professionals that are looking to get into the live touring industry, including a focus on safety, mental health, finances, and preparedness for life on the road.  


The world’s leading event technology expo, Event Tech Live (ETL) returns to the Old Truman Brewery in London on November 3-4 with the virtual show running for a full five days, from November 1–5. With multiple stages, a truly global audience, physically and virtually, the biggest ever Event Tech Live (ETL) is calling for speakers representing the technology making, or about to make, a difference across the sector. 

Hot Off The Presses

After successfully founding Total Brand Experience, Margaret Launzel-Pennes has stepped away to form POP Experiential (POP | X), an experiential creative agency founded specifically to help organizations as they move into the next phase of events in a post-Covid environment. POP Experiential (POP X) will provide the gamut for associations and brands alike including content development and delivery, creative ideation, 3D event design, event thematic development, event production, video production, event management, special event design and production, hotel and venue sourcing and negotiation, logistics management,  registration, sponsorship and exhibit sales development, a/v production, large scale brand installations, and proprietary conferences from soup to nuts. 

Tripleseat, the leading web-based sales and event management platform for restaurants, hotels, and unique venues, has been named to the Boston Business Journal's Fast 50, representing the 50 fastest-growing private companies in Massachusetts. Tripleseat is ranked as the 14th fastest-growing company in the state. The members of the BBJ's annual Fast 50 list are selected and ranked by the Business Journal's research department with a formula that analyzes revenue growth from 2017 to 2020. Businesses that have their headquarters in Massachusetts and reported revenue of at least $50,000 in 2017 and $1 million in 2020 were considered for the list. Nominees were not disqualified if they experienced a net loss during those years as long as they experienced positive growth. 

Curate, the modern sales and operations platform for florists, caterers, and other creative small businesses, today announced a $1.25 million seed round. The round was led by Chicago-based OCA Ventures, with participation by Square co-founder Jim McKelvey, Cultivation Capital, and Stout Street Capital. The funding is a major milestone for Curate and follows an intense year during which it helped small businesses navigate Covid-19-related sales and operations challenges, from cancelled events to profound supply chain disruptions. And now, as the economy emerges from Covid-19 restrictions, Curate is seeing explosive demand, with April 2021 revenues up 700x over the year prior. Curate makes it easy for small businesses to instantly create beautiful proposals, process payments, manage complicated supply chains, and optimize communication with customers and suppliers, saving time and maximizing profitability.  

Venue News

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, an award-winning resort in Bonita Springs, near the city of Naples, provides a waterfront meeting destination on the Gulf of Mexico.  The resort provides spacious outdoor venues, its own private island, and on-the-water teambuilding experiences offered year-round. Groups can enjoy access to the resort’s private island, Big Hickory Island, which is part of the Estero Bay Ecological Preserve.  Planners can arrange 15-minute ferry rides to the island directly from the resort’s dock.  Once on shore, groups have access to the island’s pristine white sandy beach, comfortable and relaxing beach chair set-ups, private beach-themed events or cocktail receptions, and more. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point also partners with Global Works Events for experiential meeting experiences that showcase the destination.  Groups can select from a variety of adventures ranging from deep sea fishing tours to kayak excursions through the mangrove forest.  The resort also provides boat eco-tours, catamaran sailing tours, and exclusive tours on a luxury yacht. The indoor meeting spaces include the 14,000 square-foot Calusa Ballroom and Terrace, and the 7,000 square-foot Estero Ballroom and Terrace.  Groups can also select from several small and mid-sized venues including the Blue Heron and Great Egret rooms, featuring floor to ceiling windows with tropical views, and The Cove private dining room at the resort’s signature fine-dining restaurant, Tarpon Bay. 

People on the Move

Rich Entertainment Group, which comprises Rich’s sports operations, dining businesses, theater production, travel and hospitality entities, today announced the promotion of its new president. Joe Segarra, former chief operating officer of Rich Entertainment Group with more than 20 years of experience at the organization, will now have an expanded role, serving as President of Rich Entertainment Group, and Senior Vice President of Finance and Family Office for Rich Holdings Inc., the holding company for all Rich family business enterprises. In his new role, Joe will have specific responsibilities in both tax and internal audit for Rich Products, while overseeing all of Rich Entertainment Group’s entities and operations.

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