Let the tenting season begin

April 1, 2011

Glawe kicks off the year with training and networking at IFAI Tent Expo. By Kathy Schaefer This past winter was a challenge for those of us in a weather-related business. Recent sales calls with clients surveying an ice- and snow-covered site have me anxious for spring and the coming season. The Midwest tent season typically …

A party for party experts

EventQuip brings back the glamour for chapter gala of National Association of Catering Executives. When the Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey/Delaware chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) began planning its annual black tie gala, organizers needed a venue for cocktails, seated dinner and dancing for 200 guests. But what they wanted was a “Bring …

Seating trends

The new rule for event seating is that there are no rules. Everything is mix and match now,” says Tom Budas, director of marketing for AOO Events in Los Angeles, Calif. “No one wants to see only matching table rounds. Mixing in custom-made belly bar height with high-backed bar stools makes the design more interesting.” …

Riat joins Anchor Industries

Niki Riat has joined Anchor Industries Inc., Evansville, Ind., as marketing manager.

TopTec Event Tents hires Holmes

TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., has hired Christine Holmes as director of marketing.

Dietz joins Traube Tent & Structures

Deryck Dietz has joined Traube Tent & Structures, Columbia, Ill., as general manager, operations.

Aztec hires McWilliams and Matyasovsky

Aztec Tents, Torrance, Calif., has hired Brant McWilliams as regional account manager for the Midwest U.S. region and Dave Matyasovsky as regional account manager for the Northwest U.S. region.

Jaslow joins R. A. Markert & Assoc.

Eric Jaslow has joined R. A. Markert & Assoc. as a field sales and service representative for Eureka! Tents in the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York State and in the southwestern Connecticut area.

Mahaffey Fabric Structures wins shelter contract

Mahaffey Fabric Structures, Memphis, Tenn., was awarded a contract for more than $16.5 million in December to provide shelter at Fort Polk, La. Mahaffey will shelter up to 6,000 soldiers a month. The company opened a field office on the base and will run the contract independently from its special events division. The contract allowed …

Big tops on the big screen

Aztec Tents manufactures historical circus tents for “Water for Elephants.” A chapter of tent history hits theaters this month with the worldwide release of the movie “Water for Elephants,” featuring tents by Aztec Tents of Torrance, Calif. Based on the novel by Sara Gruen, “Water for Elephants: A Novel” tells the story of a veterinary …