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Who's News in Special Events for September 16, 2021

Special events business news

People on the Move

Alert Rental, a leading supplier of rental management software, is pleased to announce the promotion of John Fusco Jr. to Sales Manager. With over 30 years of experience in rental software sales, over a dozen of those with Alert, Mr. Fusco is highly qualified and ready to take on new challenges. His interpersonal skills and insights into the rental industry will continue to guide Alert in their mission to provide superior rental technology. 

Hot Off the Presses

RJ Whyte Event Production (RJ Whyte) Founder and Principal Roger J. Whyte, II announced today the company’s acquisition of BRAVO! Events, a  national creative events and strategic experiential powerhouse. As part of the agreement, BRAVO! Founder and CEO Nancy Shaffer assumes a new leadership role within RJ Whyte as Chief Creative Officer. She brings with her an award-winning career built around high-level storytelling through live events, and a mission-driven approach to corporate, association, and non-profit gatherings. Nancy is a veteran of the special events industry and joins the RJ Whyte team with 30 years of experience producing visionary creative designs for clients around the country. She is an outspoken advocate for her peers and partners as board president for the National Live Events Coalition and founding member of the DC Events Coalition. Since establishing BRAVO! in 1997, she has solidified her position as an authority within the American special events landscape; as an adept and resourceful leader capable of navigating the ongoing challenges and opportunities of in-person and virtual events. 

Products on the Market

Chili Piper, the leading inbound conversion platform for sales and marketing teams, today announced the launch of Chili Events, an all-in-one Event Meetings Management solution for generating more meetings and maximizing ROI from in-person conferences and trade shows. Chili Events offers features that make meetings easy, such as: 

  • URL to pre-book meetings - Make meeting scheduling easier than ever with event-specific links that any team member can share over email or via ad campaigns.  
  • Manage meeting space availability - Automatically coordinate availability across your designated meeting spaces to finally eliminate double-booking.  
  • Placeholder calendars - Capture all meetings in a single calendar that can be distributed later based on which team members will attend an event.  
  • Automate reminders and rescheduling - Intelligently and automatically nurture over email and SMS to help dramatically reduce meeting no-shows. 
  • All-in-one event management dashboard - An intuitive dashboard to see exactly which meetings are happening each day, and track attendance. 
  • Calendar Integrations - Chili Events integrates directly with GSuite and Outlook365 to coordinate calendars in real time. 
  • Track everything in your CRM - Automatically track check-ins and no-shows while keeping everything synced with your event campaign in Salesforce. 

Upcoming Events

EnGenius, a high-profile multinational wireless networking company, known for delivering future-proof hardware and software solutions for businesses of all sizes for over two decades, is pleased to invite you to theHospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference in Dallas. The show will be taking place in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas starting Mon, Sep 27, 2021 to Thu, Sep 30, 2021.  The company will be showing off the greatest in the voice and data equipment industry and will provide you a unique friendly solution that will be launched in Q4. This new long-range voice communication solution will finally allow hospitality staff to move about the property without losing contact with guests, customers and other staff.

Venue News

Lee & Associates, a leader in commercial real estate services throughout North America, announces one of the largest-ever sales of hotel property in Santa Barbara, the Hotel Californian located at the front door of the city’s booming Funk Zone has traded to one of businessman Bill Foley’s companies for an undisclosed figure. Foley is the founder of Foley Family Wines, which includes top-tier vineyards and wineries in the US, France, and Argentina, including northern California properties in Sonoma and Napa Counties and in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley. He is also the chairman of Foley Entertainment Group (“FEG”), which oversees a swath of sports properties including the perennial Stanley Cup contending Vegas Golden Knights, Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League, Vegas Knight Hawks of the Indoor Football League as well as leisure properties and restaurants across California, Nevada, and Montana. FEG operates two community hockey facilities in Southern Nevada and will be debuting a 6,000 seat arena in Henderson, NV in the spring of 2022.  Located just a block from Santa Barbara’s waterfront and occupying three corners of the prominent State Street and Mason Street intersection, the 121‐room hotel, which recently underwent a major re‐development, includes over 21,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The property has been heralded as the “gateway to the city” and is widely considered the major catalyst for development and renewed interest in Santa Barbara’s historic Funk Zone district upon its opening at the end of Summer 2017 after about 17 years and millions invested in planning, permits, and construction.  

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