Tharpe honored by ARA

February 13, 2012

Michael Tharpe, director of sales at TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., received the Special Service Award at The Rental Show in New Orleans, La., earlier this month. Tharpe was selected due to his considerable contributions to the industry through his involvement in the American Rental Association (ARA). Tharpe has participated in ARA events since 1989 …

Event Service Professionals Association rebrands

February 6, 2012

The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) (formerly Association for Convention Operations Management) celebrated the launch of its new name, logo and mission statement at its annual conference Jan. 6-8 in San Diego, Calif. David Dvorak, CMP, vice president, catering and convention services at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, was announced as ESPA’s 2012 president. “This year’s …