Lisa Hurley

Content Director
Got Light for Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50 Events Take the Field
The big game is bringing big business to the San Francisco Bay area
A Way with Weddings
Janice Blackmon brings a head for detail, a cool head in crisis, and a robust resume to create unforgettable weddings
Party man all alone
Is the Corporate Holiday Party Fading Away? Caterers Weigh In
The Special Events informal survey shows that two-thirds of caterers say the corporate holiday party stays strong, but a whopping 87 percent say it has morphed into a new, more informal style.
2016 event forecast chart
Special Events Releases 2016 Event Planner Forecast

The 2016 Event Planner Forecast--a Special Events exclusive--shows that the majority of both in-house and independent event planners expect to produce more special events in 2016 than they did this year.

security forces at an event
Event Security Again at Forefront of Planning
The recent spate of terror attacks, including those in Paris on Friday, brings this painful issue back into the spotlight
Big Party Rental Companies Share 2016 Event Trends
The companies listed on the 2015 Special Events "30 Top Rental Companies" give their take on the top trends for the coming year.
Brent Mumford on Charting the Future for Classic
Classic Party Rentals' CEO Brent Mumford works to play on his company's strengths as he builds the behemoth brand
Ask the Insiders: Rental Pros Know the Inside Scoop
I've said it before and I believe it still—if you want to know what's really going on in the event industry, ask the insiders: party rental pros.
Kelly Murphy
After Party: Kelly Murphy on her Life After Special Events
Party rental leader Kelly Murphy looks back—and ahead
Lisa Hurley
Editor's Page: Events at the Epicenter

As many of you will remember—and it's a painful memory—face-to-face events took a beating during the Great Recession. Travel was too expensive, staffing was too expensive—and besides, all communication was going virtual, wasn't it?

What a difference the years make. Today, face-to-face events are at the epicenter of major marketing campaigns, as the big event producers we profile in our annual "50 Top Event Companies" prove.

Webb 360 and Ex Awards
Big Events from Our '50 Top Event Companies': Part 2
The big event companies on our 14th annual "50 Top Event Companies" share noteworthy special events from the last year
Shaklee Live from InVision
Big Events from our '50 Top Event Companies': Part 1
The big event companies on our 2015 list share big events they are proud of.
Top 2015-2016 Trends from the 50 Top Event Firms 1
The biggest companies in event planning share their take on the top trends shaping the world of special events for 2015-16
Daffodil Ball 2015
Growing Your Gala
Raising money is a tough job. Here, the brains behind five fabulous fundraising galas share what event elements they have kept and what they have changed to ensure they keep the funds flowing.
Jodi Collen Augsburg College wins Esprit Award ISES
Esprit Award Winners Named at ISES Live 2015

The Sugar Mill in New Orleans was the celebration site last night as ISES named the winners of its 2015 Esprit Awards. Photos by Special Events.

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