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Who's News in Special Events for Sept. 17, 2020

Special events business news this week includes two retirements and a new website

Lisa Hurley, the editor-in-chief of Special Events magazine, retired on September 10 after 21 years at the publication. “Thank you for opening my eyes to how beautiful, exciting and powerful special events can be,” she said, in her final editor’s note in the fall 2020 issue of Special Events. Kathleen Stoehr will lead the publication into the future. You can read her hello note here

Don Hinshaw, The Sterno Group CEO, has announced his retirement effective December 31st, 2020, and Craig Carnes, Group President, Foodservice Products Group, will become CEO of The Sterno Group effective January 1st, 2021. Mr. Hinshaw will continue on with his role as an Executive Board Member. Mr. Carnes will continue to oversee the Food Service Group. In addition, Steve Chambelin, Group President, Retail Products Group, and Steve Pellegrini, The Sterno Group CFO, will report to Mr. Carnes. 

Mr. Hinshaw first joined Candlelamp twelve years ago, and has overseen the acquisition of Sterno, along with the acquisition of three other companies, Sterno Home (fka NII Northern International), Sterno Delivery (fka sevenOKs), and Rimports. 

“I am proud of the team and company we have built over the past twelve years. Our companies have become the leaders in their respective industries, and are great places to work,” said Mr. Hinshaw. “With the right people, culture, and leadership, many great things can be accomplished.” 

Mr. Carnes stated, “On behalf of The Sterno Group, I would like to thank Don for his leadership over the past twelve years. We have seen excellent growth, both organically and through acquisition, during Don’s tenure. I look forward to building on that success by working with our talented employee base to continue to deliver quality innovative products that provide solutions and value to our customers.” 

The Wedding Guys, an industry leader in Minnesota bridal shows and wedding trends, is proud to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website and wedding planning platform. The updated site features streamlined functionality, exciting visuals, and easy access to resources for wedding planning couples as well as area wedding businesses. They utilized in-house talents to create a new site including web design, layout, copywriting, and SEO optimization. This announcement comes just in time for couples to get inspired prior to the Twin Cities Bridal Show on Sunday, September 27th.  

Brides, grooms, and beyond can head to the new website to explore upcoming bridal shows, find the latest wedding trends and inspiration, and browse vendors to curate their dream team. From compelling blog content to real love stories and sage advice from industry experts, the resources are endless.  

“The all-new brings couples and wedding suppliers together in a robust platform featuring trends, Real Weddings, vendor listings, and Wedding Deals. We’re excited to launch the next generation in digital wedding planning,” says Wedding Guy Matthew Trettel.  

Couples can now utilize every corner of The Wedding Guys site from their PC or phone efficiently while discovering a wide variety of tools.  

“The interface allows couples to track their favorite vendors and discover the latest in all things weddings in our exclusive weekly blog content. Here is where they can define their wedding vibe with the use of galleries featuring a diverse range of styles,” Trettel says of the new site. “ is the only place Minnesota and area couples can find this much wedding inspiration.”  

The Wedding Guys team will continue to improve the new platform by adding content and resources to connect couples and vendors while providing a one-stop-shop for those who are planning a wedding.  

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