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Trish Hook joins Town and Country as an event director.

Who’s News in Special Events for Aug. 10, 2017

Event news this week includes a new event director at Town and Country and a new owner for AlliedPRA.

Trish Hook has joined big event rental company Town and Country in Van Nuys, Calif., as an event director.

CI Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, and AlliedPRA, a leading destination management company based in San Diego, announced Tuesday that an affiliate of CI Capital has acquired a majority interest in AlliedPRA from U.K. private equity firm sector Core Capital Partners. The management team of AlliedPRA will continue to lead the company and has a significant equity ownership in the company, according to a statement from AlliedPRA. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Allied is included on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs” list.

Gina Mann has been named vice president of groups and events for SpeedVegas, a Formula One-inspired driving experience in Las Vegas.

Big tent and structures company Mahaffey Fabric Structures, based in Memphis, Tenn., has announced the acquisition of more than $24.2 million in assets from Los Angeles-based Classic Party Rentals, including tents, structure frame, fabric pieces, and specialty structures. Once the leading event rental company in the U.S., Classic has sold off both inventory and outlets this summer.

ILEA has saluted eight event professionals who recently earned the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation: Kaelin Caldwell, Premium Franchise Brands; Sarah Cash-Darvell, Augsburg College; Jennifer Gowers, GoPro Event Solutions; Jeffrey Hudson, Spacecraft Entertainment; Elaine McLoughlin-Overhold, The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University; Jessica Ruth, Children’s Cancer Research Fund; Ondria Torres, NYC & Co.; and Erica Vasquez, MorEvents.

DMC marketing group Euromic, with offices in Chicago and Brussels, has added Green Inspirations DMC as its newest member, covering the meetings, conferences and incentives destinations of Tanzania and Kenya.

Global DMC Partners, included on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs,” announced yesterday that 200 attendees will attend its fourth annual “Connection” at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Aug. 24-27. Event professionals and DMC industry leaders from around the world will have the opportunity to learn about key industry trends and the current global outlook, discuss and share best practices, meet one-on-one with DMCs and sponsors, and network with their peers, according to GDP.

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