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 …

Immersive media screen provides surround perspective

December 1, 2009

Geodesic projection cupola extends the possibilities of 360° screenings. ZENDOME the Berlin manufacturer of geodesic event architecture, has developed a mobile alternative to conventional projection screens: the immersive media screen. The screen provides a new surround perspective for use by event planners who want to communicate complex contents, present products or simply entertain. The unique …

NCTO urges Congress to expand export financing assistance

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is urging Congress to expand its export financing assistance to include both small and medium-sized manufacturers. Under a current program, the Small Business Administration (SBA) grants loans to small businesses with up to 500 employees. NCTO is urging Congress to authorize SBA to offer loans of $5 million, …

International rental exchange participants return home

While their travels were different, both participants in the latest international rental exchanges had similar revelations: each learned the differences in rental business practices between the U.S. and Australia, plus gained valuable lessons they can apply once back to their respective jobs. Todd Daymont, manager of American Party Rentals in Durham, N.C., is back at …

Moss Inc. moves to new facility

Moss Inc. has moved its corporate headquarters from Lincolnwood, Ill., to an expanded office in Elk Grove Village, a suburb west of downtown Chicago and adjacent to O’Hare International Airport. The new facility, featuring 105,000 square feet of manufacturing space, was specifically designed for the production of tensioned fabric structures, using lean manufacturing techniques for …

Custom Covers celebrates silver anniversary

At this year’s Showman’s Show at the Newbury Show Ground in the U.K, Custom Covers, the UK’s largest marquee manufacturer, celebrated its 25th birthday by throwing a party for its customers. At the show, the company also launched its 9m Tri Cone, a triangular tensile roof cone to complete the family of 6m, 9m and …