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PRO EM Party & Event Rentals Acquires Universal Resource Supply, LLC and SoCal Tent & Events

PRO EM Party & Event Rentals has recently acquired University Resource Supply, LLC and SoCal Tents & Events. This is the second acquisition in 45 days, having acquired Partytime-HDO Productions in May. These acquisitions follow PRO EM's recapitalization by Dos Rios Partners in October 2016. After the recapitalization, PRO EM decided it wanted to acquire entities from other markets like URS and Partytime-HDO Productions, in order to expand its menu of services, product inventory and to offsest seasonality.

Kindred Resorts & Hotels Debuts Properties

Kindred Resorts & Hotels has added seven new properties to the family. A collection of independent hotels and resorts focused on the group and meetings industry, these new properties are each uniquely suited for event planning professionals.

International Live Events Association Recognizes More Than a Dozen New CSEP Recipients

The International Live Events Association announced recognition of the following event professionals who recently earned the Certified Special Events Professional designation.

ILEA endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet standards. Earning the CSEP designation demonstrates a continuous dedication to enhance individual and professional performance.

Meet Karen Staples

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Karen Staples was recently hired as the Northeast director of convention sales for Visit Salt Lake in Utah.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as Northeast director of convention sales for Visit Salt Lake?

Meet Mary German

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Mary German was recently hired as the COO for the Arlington CVB in Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role the Chief Operating Officer of Arlington CVB?

Meet Mary German

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Mary German was recently hired as the COO for Arlington CVB in Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as COO of Arlington CVB?

Industry Professionals Expect Growth in Holiday Business This Year

The National Association for Catering and Events, with more than 4,000 members, is the largest and oldest association in the industry. Recently, they conducted a survey in which industry noted there will be an increase in holiday business compared to previous years.

Overland Park Convention Center Has Certified Meeting Planners On Staff

Six Overland Park Convention Center staff members in Kansas have become Certified Meeting Planners.

“This is a monumental achievement for any individual in our industry,” says Brett C. Mitchell, general manager of the Overland Park Convention Center. “With approximately 140,000 sq. ft. of space, our building is a lot smaller than most big convention centers and with that comes a smaller staff, however we are fortunate enough to have added yet another talented and dedicated CMP to our team.”

Hilton Announced Newest Initiative at IMEX

IMEX America, an expo for the travel, meetings and events industry, took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 10–12. There, Hilton announced and launched their new initiative, WowMakers, which will help recognize the hardworking professionals in the hospitality industry.

The program is intended to celebrate the 100,000-plus professionals in the industry by sharing their stories and helping them connect with others in the business—giving them the recognition they deserve.

Hilton Crystal City Gives Back to Charities and Meeting Planners

Believe it or not, the holidays are coming, and that means the season for giving is right around the corner. Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, is donating up to $250 to a charity in the name of each meeting planner who books an event.

The hotel has been giving back to charities both locally and nationally for years, working with foundations such as Wreaths Across America, Wounded Warriors, Toys for Tots and many more.

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