Lisa Hurley

Content Director
Conference Industry Promotes Security Initiative at IMEX America

A panel of heavy-hitting conference, expositions and venue-management associations took the stage at IMEX America in Las Vegas Tuesday to urge the industries to throw their support behind the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative.

Site Nite 2016
IMEX America 2016 Kicks off in Las Vegas

IMEX America 2016 kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday with a salute to the CMI 25 and Site Nite.

Big Event Companies Share Trends in Latest Special Events "50 Top Event Companies"

New technologies--such as virtual and augmented reality—and the continued role of social media are two of the major trends shaping special events this year and going forward. These insights appear in the 15th annual "50 Top Event Companies" article, featured in the latest issue of Special Events. Here are highlights:

Pastry chef Frania Mendivil
Rustic Romance: 2016 Emmy Balls to Feature 'Nature's Elegance' Theme

The team behind the 2016 Emmy Awards Governors Ball and Creative Arts Balls gave the media a sneak peek yesterday at what nearly 8,000 guests will experience when they enter "Nature's Elegance."

What's Next for Event Rental? Insights from the 19th Annual Special Events "30 Top Rental Companies"

For nearly 20 years, Special Events has tapped the biggest event rental companies in the business to see what is trending in inventory and the business as a whole. The full story will run in our Fall 2016 issue, but here are some quick takes:


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Esprits with Alice: ILEA Presents 2016 Esprit Awards at Alice-Theme Gala
The J.W. Marriott in Austin, Texas, turned into Wonderland on Aug. 13 as ILEA presented the 2016 Esprit Awards
Cannabis bar from Cannabis Concierge Events
Q&A with Cannabis Concierge Bec Koop
Bec Koop shares her insights into the world of weed at special events
A cannabis chocolate cookie from KarmaTreats for sale at an Oregon dispensary.
5 Ways Legal Recreational Cannabis Impacts Special Events 
With states lining up to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana, its impact on special events will continue to grow
12th annual Special Events 25 Top DMCs
12th Annual Special Events Magazine 25 Top DMCs

It's our annual look at the biggest brands in the world of DMCs—the experts on the best se

The Last Word: Patti Shock is a Class Act
Patti Shock, CPCE, CHT, has spent a lifetime educating future leaders in the event industry—and she isn't done yet
Rental Essentials: TLC for Inventory 1
Sure, you can recoup some of your investment by selling inventory that has seen better days. But how about keeping inventory quality up so its best days are still ahead
25 Young Special Events Pros to Watch: 2016 Edition 
Every year, the Advisory Board of Special Events points out 25 young event professionals—all under age 40—to throw the spotlight on their talents and insights. If you're looking for the future of the event industry, then look right here.
PCMA 'Brexit' Panel Warns of Confusion Ahead for Meetings, Events
PCMA's Education and Events team addressed the impact that the vote will have on meetings and events with a panel aired online today during its EduCon conference in St. Louis.
Brent Mumford
Mumford Out as CEO at Classic Party Rentals 1
Jeffrey Gault, a member of Classic's board of directors, will step in as interim CEO as the search is under way for a successor.
Special Events Releases 2016-17 Corporate Event Forecast
Every year, Special Events commissions a research study from Penton Media to forecast trends in the corporate event market, both for the current year and for the coming year.
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