Classic Party Rentals hires director of sales and marketing

December 29, 2009

John Rudy has joined the Classic Party Rentals team in Chicago, Ill. as director of sales and marketing. Rudy previously provided sales consulting services to the company. A graduate of Michigan State University and the Culinary Institute of America, Rudy also worked as the vice president of Food For Thought Catering, Chicago, Ill., and the …

Virtual reality for event planning

December 22, 2009

PartyCAD 11 has introduced its new Virtual Reality (VR) module. The new VR allows users to save PartyCAD movies in a format playable on most computers. PartyCAD 11 also offers: New and improved Virtual Reality (VR) module PartyCAD movies that can be saved as Windows Media Video (WMV) Finished designs that can be saved as …

New venture for Hospitality Performance Network and Meetings International

December 17, 2009

Hospitality Performance Network (HPN) and Meetings International announced today a joint venture that will result in a rebranding as HPN Global, a new, global site selection and meeting procurement company. The joint venture will take effect March 1, 2010 and the company will provide bespoke site selection and meeting planning services to corporate, association, and …

Howard Tabackman joins Choura Venue Services

December 15, 2009

Choura Venue Services, parent company of Anza Event Rentals, welcomed Howard Tabackman as executive vice president in November. Tabackman began his career in the events industry in 1979 and was most recently employed by Classic Party Rentals. Ryan Choura, CEO of Choura Venue Services, said, “It has been my dream to attract the very best …

Call for nominations: RISE Awards

December 7, 2009

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is accepting nominations for the Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence (RISE) Awards program. Nominees must clearly have contributed to the meeting and events industry through innovation, global reach and influence. Individuals may be nominated for the Meeting Industry Leadership Award, the Young Professional Achievement Award and the Member of the Year …

Rarest baseball card to date displayed at tented event

December 1, 2009

A Christmas party, a million-dollar baseball card and sparkling venue make for a memorable evening. Under a clear December evening sky in Little Rock, Ark., a world-renowned baseball card collector entertained friends at a holiday event to showcase a rare and valuable card. The baseball card on display was a T206 Honus Wagner—the rarest baseball …

Influencing flammability standards

Monitoring change in California State Fire Marshal Flammability Requirements. By Juli Case In the United States, the state of California is often the front-runner in addressing issues of flammability. Not only must companies that do business in California adhere to the California State Fire Marshal’s (CSFM) requirements, but those requirements are often adopted by other …

The benefits of attending trade shows

By Dan Nolan III Q: Is it really worth it to attend a trade show? And once there, how do I make the most of the experience? A: As management, we are always looking to find ways to save money—especially in this economy. Many times we make decisions that have an immediate impact on the …

Cross cable tent tops compatible with Canadian-made tents

Aztec Tents recently unveiled two new additions to its Compatible Plus Series with the introduction of the Canadian Style Cross–Cable Festival Tent Tops. The Festival CAN–T (compatible with cross cable frame tops offered by Surrey, British Columbia-based Tentnology® Co.) and Festival CAN–W (compatible with cross cable frame tops offered by Calgary, Alberta-based Warner Shelter Systems …

Event furniture lights up the party

Looking for a unique way to light up an event? The new Luna Lighting collection from CORT features a functional lighted bar with curved or rectangular top; bold architectural lighted columns; round and rectangular bar, café and cocktail tables; and illuminated cubes and pedestals. The rechargeable, battery-operated LED lighting lasts up to eight hours on …