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PSAV® Outlines MeetSAFE Guidelines for Event Industry

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Leading Response to Evolving Customer Needs

SCHILLER PARK, Ill., May 18, 2020 – PSAV, a global leader in event experiences, has created MeetSAFE, a set of guidelines to help the live event industry safely adapt to the changing landscape for meetings and events. As the world begins to reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns, PSAV successfully provides guidance for event planners on how to safely and responsibly host events.

Designed to inspire trust and confidence, the set of tools is focused on redesigning events to successfully deliver on the strategic goals of the meeting while defining new guidelines to minimize risk and promote health. Doing so safely will be the first priority of all planning activities as the ability to conduct in-person meetings will be dependent on making people feel safe in any setting.

“Our industry has more to consider when planning live events in the future. While there has been an explosion of virtual events due to today’s environment, we know there will be a time when both hybrid and fully live meetings will return,” said Ben Erwin, President of PSAV. “People feel a strong desire for face-to-face interactions, so we wanted to be proactive and offer guidance on how they can ensure important live meetings and events are productive, but also safe at the same time.”

The MeetSAFE guidelines were developed with four key areas of focus in mind: event design, room layout / traffic flow, technology enhancements, and cleaning guidelines. With input from venue partners, event planners and leading industry associations, the new guidelines include a series of meeting formats, technology solutions, and other recommendations that outline paths around how the event industry could re-open during the early phases of recovery.

“The Events Industry Council applauds PSAV for its leadership through this effort to provide relevant guidance and tools to industry professionals,” commented Amy Calvert, CEO of the Events Industry Council. “We are encouraged and inspired by the work we are seeing in all segments and regions to address today’s challenge and adapt for the future. The APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force is focused on curating and sharing accepted practices across the global events ecosystem and will include this tool in that work.”

“PSAV has long been a pioneer in the meetings and events space, and their MeetSAFE initiative demonstrates their commitment to meeting the challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19,” said Chip Rogers, President & CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. “Aligned with the hotel industry’s newly announced Safe Stay standards, these tools will be critical in preparing America’s hotels to safely welcome back guests and employees as the economy reopens.”

To view the overview of PSAV’s MeetSAFE guidelines, visit https://www.psav.com/what-we-do/industry-advocacy/meetSAFE

About PSAV®
The PSAV family of companies serves as a global leader in event experiences, providing creative, production, advanced technology and staging services to help meeting professionals deliver more dynamic and impactful experiences at their meetings, trade shows and events. The team consists of approximately 14,000 professionals across 2,100 on-site venue locations and more than 50 regional warehouses. The company operates in more than 20 countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. It is the trusted partner and exclusive on-site provider of choice at leading venues worldwide. PSAV was recently named to the Forbes 2018 and 2019 America’s Best Employer list. The company is headquartered in Schiller Park, Ill. www.psav.com.

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Media Contact

Bob Niersbach
Director, Communications
rniersbach@psav.com
(847) 385-3619

Freeman Audio Visual Changes Name to Encore

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Freeman Audio Visual Changes Name to Encore

Toronto, ON – March 31, 2020 – Freeman Audio Visual Canada announced today it has changed its name to Encore. Earlier this year, PSAV announced plans to align its portfolio of companies under a new master brand, beginning with Freeman AV Canada. Freeman AV Canada was included in the Encore acquisition by PSAV last year and was required to change its name by March 31, 2020.

“We are excited to be bringing the Encore brand to the Canadian marketplace,” said David Campbell, Managing Director, Encore Canada. “Our adoption of this new name will better reflect the full suite of event capabilities we can provide to our clients and venue partners.”

The Canadian division of Encore will continue to service their clients and venue partners as before with David Campbell leading the organization.

About PSAV®
The PSAV family of companies serves as a global leader in event experiences, providing creative, production, advanced technology and staging services to help meeting professionals deliver more dynamic and impactful experiences at their meetings, trade shows and events. The team consists of approximately 14,000 professionals across 2,100 on-site venue locations and more than 50 regional warehouses. The company operates in more than 20 countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. It is the trusted partner and exclusive on-site provider of choice at leading venues worldwide. PSAV was recently named to the Forbes 2018 and 2019 America’s Best Employer list. The company is headquartered in Schiller Park, Ill. www.psav.com

About Encore Canada
Encore Canada, previously Freeman Audio Visual Canada, is a leading provider of event technology, staging, creative and production services. Encore serves as the in-house provider at more than 120 properties across Canada including hotels, convention centres, and unique venue. The production division of Encore is a full-service creative production company helping clients tell their stories around the world. For more information, visit: www.encore-can.com

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Media Contact

Madeleine Bart
VP, Creative, Digital and Marketing
Madeleine.bart@encoreglobal.com
905-366-9241

905-366-9241

PSAV® Announces Plans to Move to New Master Brand

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Growth and capabilities support change to acquired company name

SCHILLER PARK, Ill., March 3, 2020 – PSAV, a global leader in event experiences, announced today that it will align its portfolio of companies under a new master brand and will assume the name Encore.

With a global footprint reaching more than 20 countries, PSAV has experienced tremendous growth in recent years extending the solutions it provides customers to create event experiences. The Company has built a strong portfolio of event experience capabilities with the recent acquisitions of Encore Event Technologies and other leading brands such as Hargrove, Hawthorn, KFP, FMAV and Eclipse. This move will unify the brands to more accurately depict the combined companies’ industry leadership, end-to-end event capabilities, and service excellence.

“Encore is a strong brand in our family of companies and adoption of its name will better reflect the full suite of event capabilities we provide,” said Mike McIlwain, CEO. “Together, the brands in our portfolio provide creative, production, advanced technology and staging services to customers all around the world. We are very excited to begin this transition that strongly supports our mission to connect and inspire audiences.”

Under the Encore name, the new brand will be launched later this summer with an entirely new brand identity. Over the coming months, the migration strategy for the complete portfolio of companies will be defined, beginning with Freeman AV Canada, which will adopt the new brand name on March 31, 2020. Freeman AV Canada was included in the Encore acquisition by PSAV last year.

“The evolution of our brand is in response to simplifying our message to customers,” added Cathy Schlosberg, SVP, Marketing. “We know our customers desire to deliver innovative, impactful, transformative event experiences, and they want to work with a provider who can deliver a seamless experience no matter where they are in the world. We believe we can more effectively represent that under a new, global master brand that maximizes the very best from our already strong roster of leading companies.”

About PSAV®

The PSAV family of companies serves as a global leader in event experiences, providing creative, production, advanced technology and staging services to help meeting professionals deliver more dynamic and impactful experiences at their meetings, trade shows and events. The team consists of approximately 14,000 professionals across 2,100 on-site venue locations and more than 50 regional warehouses. The company operates in more than 20 countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. It is the trusted partner and exclusive on-site provider of choice at leading venues worldwide. PSAV was recently named to the Forbes 2018 and 2019 America’s Best Employer list. The company is headquartered in Schiller Park, Ill.  www.psav.com.

Bob Niersbach
Director, Communications
rniersbach@psav.com
(847) 385-3619

Encore Canada Establishes Partnership with Fox Harb’r Resort

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Halifax, Friday, November 8, 2019 – Encore Canada is excited to announce a new partnership with Fox Harb’r Resort in Wallace, Nova Scotia, becoming their primary partner for audio visual services. This partnership will provide meeting planners hosting events at the luxury Fox Harb’r Resort with a one-stop shop for all of their event technology needs.

“We are thrilled to have solidified this partnership with Fox Harb’r Resort,” said Encore Canada Atlantic Canada General Manager, Hélène Moberg. “Fox Harb’r Resort’s luxury and East Coast charm bring a multitude of meetings and events that we are excited to help support from a technology perspective”.

By creating this partnership, Encore Canada and Fox Harb’r Resort will be able to better serve their existing client needs. Both are set to make their mark on the meeting and events industry through helping clients create memorable experiences for their audiences. While Encore Canada is the primary partner, the agreement is not exclusive, providing clients with choice.

About Encore Canada
Encore  Canada (previously Freeman AV Canada) uses the power of technology to make meaningful connections with a multitude of audiences through the production of meetings, conventions, special events and trade shows. Encore Canada provides a full range of services to support the way audiences engage with content as the landscape continues to change. With a deep, rich history of success, Encore Canada has received numerous awards recognizing its outstanding performance in technical, staging, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, customer service excellence and partnerships. Together with its customers and partners, Encore Canada will continue to serve clients throughout North America and the rest of the world through its growing global network. For more information, visit www.encore-can.com

About Fox Harb’r Resort

Fox Harb’r Resort is East Coast Canada’s landmark Oceanside destination for custom events, meetings and incentives. Think beyond the boardroom box with 13,000 sq. feet of distinctive indoor venues ranging from classic to luxe lodge and blank slate. Take it outside to terraces overlooking the dramatic Atlantic shoreline. Unwind in Canada Select 5-Star and CAA / AAA 4 Diamond rated, residential style, all-suite accommodations. Enjoy true farm-to-table and pond-to-plate cuisine, including Nova Scotia’s famous lobster, oysters, scallops and clams. Play championship golf where Tiger Woods holds the course record, and stars of sports and politics get their game on. At Fox Harb’r, it’s easy to fill any kind of agenda with unmatched on-site activities and teambuilding, including an NSCA competition certified sporting clay shooting range, sea kayaking and horseback riding. Of course, you’ll also find an indoor pool, fitness centre, tennis and full-service spa here.

Beyond a spectacular location, what makes Fox Harb’r unique is that it’s big enough to offer first-class, luxury variety and small enough to provide truly personalized attention. Our proven sample itineraries and turn-key themed events also make it simple to plan any kind of event or incentive, stress-free. We’ll introduce you to all kinds of Nova Scotia surprises, like a thriving winery scene on the same latitude as Bordeaux, and the warmest water beaches north of the Carolinas. Just ask what Fox Harb’r can do for you and your group.

NOTE: Fox Harb’r is also very easy to reach, with two-hour flights from major cities on the East Coast and a scenic under 90-minute drive from two international airports, plus the resort’s own on-site 5,000 ft. fully serviced airstrip.

PSAV Completes its Acquisition of Encore Event Technologies

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Two companies unite to jointly serve a global customer base

October 15, 2019 10:00 ET | Source: PSAV
Schiller Park, Ill., Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PSAV announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Encore Event Technologies. PSAV and Encore, both global leaders in event experiences and production services, combine their deep expertise and shared commitment to be an invaluable global partner for the meeting industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The combination of Encore and PSAV is monumental for the industry and all who rely on us for their event experience needs. It provides us with the ability to expand our capabilities and footprint in order to better serve our collective meeting planner customers and valued venue partners,” said Mike McIlwain, CEO of PSAV. “The Encore team is very much aligned to our purpose, mission and values, and I am confident our expanded team will exceed our own expectations when it comes to helping our customers achieve their meeting and event goals.”

Bob Priest-Heck, Chief Executive Officer of The Freeman Company, said, “This divestiture is an important milestone and will allow Freeman to invest deeper in our broad competencies in brand and event strategy, world-class creative, event technology, digital and logistics. The combination of Encore and PSAV creates tremendous opportunities for Encore to accelerate its growth and provide enhanced value to its clients, partners and world-class team. We wish our Encore colleagues continued success as part of PSAV moving forward.”

Encore has a long and distinguished history dedicated to helping create high-impact meetings and live events for the hospitality industry. Encore operates as an in-house partner to some of the world’s leading resorts, hotels and casinos, as well as a creative production company for clients around the world.

PSAV has an equally impressive history that includes more than 80 years as a global leader in event experiences. Its extensive footprint and menu of capabilities have effectively served its customers across the globe.

About PSAV®

PSAV is a global leader in event experiences, providing creative, production, advanced technology and staging services to help meeting professionals deliver more dynamic and impactful experiences at their meetings, trade shows and events. The team consists of more than 10,000 professionals across 1,600 on-site venue locations and 49 branch offices within the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. It is the trusted partner and on-site provider of choice at leading venues worldwide. PSAV was recently named to the Forbes 2019 America’s Best Employer list. The company is headquartered in Schiller Park, Ill. www.psav.com.

About Encore Event Technologies

Encore is a leading global provider of audiovisual, event technology, staging and production services. Encore serves as the in-house provider at more than 500 hotels, casinos, conference centers and resorts in North America and Asia Pacific. Encore Productions, the production division of Encore Event Technologies, is a full-service creative production company helping clients tell their stories around the world. For more information, visit www.encore-us.com, www.encore-anzpac.com and www.www.encore-can.com.

Bob Niersbach
PSAV
847.385.3619
rniersbach@psav.com

The Benefits of LG Video Walls for Business

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Video walls are now used to present commercial material across a range of environments. From trade shows to product unveilings, video walls have quickly become one of the best ways to engage audiences and provide comprehensive information in an entertaining format. In this new post, our team explores the value LG video walls can bring to your business and its upcoming events.

Ultra-Thin Bezel

The ultra-thin .044 mm even bezel used within LG video walls makes all content pop on the screen and provides a life-like appeal that will transfix audiences. One of the reasons video walls are used throughout the entertainment industry is that the ultra-thin bezel makes the content appear without any distortions to the original image, helping to completely immerse the audience in the content.

Wider Viewing Angles

Across an environment such as a trade show floor, it often becomes important for businesses to captivate audiences at unique angles to the content. If the content cannot reach this audience, then the value of the screen is limited. However, those using LG video walls for their business can now achieve exceptionally wide viewing angles. The use of the LG IPS panel technology helps ensure content can be viewed more easily from all viewing angles, capturing greater attention at events.

Higher Viewing Angles

The need to present content across higher viewing angles is also critical for many business events. For example, a company unveiling their new product as part of an event at an auditorium will require those in the box seats to have just as good a view of the content as those in the orchestra seating level. The latest video walls from LG present crystal clear content to each member of the audience, with higher viewing angles limiting the distortion to those seeing the content from above.

High Scalability

One of the great advantages of the latest LG video walls is they can give software developers the chance to produce their own content for display at events. The built-in WebOS smart signage platform helps products such as the 55SVH7E execute various tasks at once, ensuring that software teams have complete control over the scale and style of the content showcased. In addition, the content can be produced without the need for an additional media player, simplifying the process of showcasing content for event management teams and those in control of the video wall on event day.

Reduced Image Gap

Perhaps one of the most common gripes associated with video walls is the black lines that separate the various boxes forming the wall. These black lines can interrupt the view of the audience and may take away from the return on investment of the content producer. The latest video walls from LG work to limit this issue with a reduced image gap. Working with an image improvement algorithm reduces the gaps between the tiled displays when video playback is in process. The audience sees a cleaner image that resonates with them.

Consistent Colour Expression

Another common issue associated with video walls is the lack of a uniform and consistent colour throughout the entire display. In some walls, the sides of the tiles bleed colour, which leads to a darker appearance around the edges, and limits the quality of the finished product. But the latest LG video walls are designed for consistent colour expression. The video walls display vivid colours, even in the corner space near the bevels, ensuring that promotional content is crisp, clear, and well-received.

Content Flexibility

One of the reasons many are now choosing LG video walls is that the systems provide true content flexibility. Teams can display various styles of content at the same time on screen. For businesses presenting related content, material such as graphs and charts can be shown alongside video at events to show the progress the company is making within the industry, while also highlighting product features. Companies can also choose to stream content in real-time to their video walls, keeping audiences at the leading edge of developments.

User-Friendly Menus

Presenters operating the video wall have to be given full control at the event. This is achieved by adopting user-friendly menus that can easily be utilized while the event is ongoing. Similar actions are grouped together within the unit so that presenters know where to go within the menus without interrupting the presentation.

Simple Adjustment

A leading challenge for those creating presentations for a large audience is adjusting pictures so the images can be optimized for all viewers. A great advantage of the LG video wall is that the system is designed for simple colour and white balance adjustment. The latest systems allow for full grey-scale level adjustment to the white balance so that colours are blended more effectively within the content.

Why Turn to Encore Canada for LG Video Walls?

It’s clear that LG video walls represent the next innovation in the video presentation marketplace. Our team at Encore Canada are leading this industry and providing our clients across the market with a range of options designed to help respond to their unique demands. Below are several reasons to turn to our company for your LG video walls:

  • Experience

Our experience in the industry means we can provide you with the best video wall system for your event. We can work with you to assess your requirements and choose systems that fit with your event objectives and your budgetary parameters.

  • Technology

Our understanding of the latest technology means you can impress all audiences with the video walls offered through our team. We can help you to set up your displays within any venue and ensure your presenting team has a clear understanding of the technology’s functionality.

  • Support

We’ll be with you throughout your events to support you in using the video wall. If you have any questions about your system’s performance, you can turn to us at any time for answers. It’s a level of support that ensures the success of your events.

To learn more about Encore Canada and our company’s services, call us today.

 

 

 

 

Encore Canada Announces Heidi Welker as Winner of 2019 Smart Women in Meetings Award

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Encore Canada is proud to announce that Senior Vice President, Business Development and Industry Partnerships, Heidi Welker has been named a 2019 Smart Women in Meetings Award winner in the Visionary category. This prestigious awards platform honors women who are making significant impacts on the meetings industry and inspiring female meeting ambassadors worldwide.

The Smart Women in Meetings Awards recognizes the industry’s top female meeting professionals in seven prestigious categories including Hall of Fame, Visionaries, Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Stellar Performers and Rising Stars. Nominated by their industry peers and colleagues, and ranked against hundreds of remarkable, qualified meeting candidates, these award winners have earned top honors for their commitment and significant contributions to the meetings industry.

“As the leader of a Woman Owned business under the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), I am honored to promote such a worthy cause for my fellow women in meetings to celebrate our industry, and support and salute each other’s goals and accomplishments,” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO Marin Bright. “The Smart Women in Meetings Awards are especially close to my heart. I am proud to provide a platform for all the women in our industry who drive change and celebrate our progress together as one united community.”

Encore Canada’s EVP & Chief Operating Officer, David Campbell responded to Heidi’s award stating, “It’s no surprise to our team that Heidi has been selected for this award!  Heidi is a vital member of our team, representing all of Encore Canada who is passionately involved in improving various aspects within our industry through her involvement with the advocacy group, Meetings Means Business. Furthermore, she’s an avid volunteer within the industry, contributing to associations like the Professional Convention Management Association and her ongoing mentorship. We are so proud of her!”

Heidi was quoted on Smart Women In Meetings website, sharing thoughts on her leadership, saying, “My role is not to provide answers. Instead, I ask the right questions, stay engaged in thought-provoking dialogue and support decisions regardless of the success or consequences that go with it.”

Smart Women in Meetings Award winners will be featured in the March issue of Smart Meetings magazine and will receive on-stage honors at the fourth annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala on May 8 at the Smart Woman Summit in Las Vegas.

2019 Smart Women in Meetings Awards Winners

The Smart Woman Summit

About Smart Meetings
Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. Providing best-in-class service, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts world-class hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited webinars and offers myriad digital resources.

About Encore Canada

As part of the world’s largest brand experience organization, Encore Canada uses the power of technology to make meaningful connections with a multitude of audiences through the production of meetings, conventions, special events and trade shows. Encore Canada provides a full range of services to support the way audiences engage with content as the landscape continues to change. Encore Canada has a deep, rich history of success and has received numerous awards recognizing its outstanding performance in technical, staging, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, customer service excellence and partnerships. Together with its customers and partners, Encore Canada will continue to serve clients throughout North America and the rest of the world through its growing global network. For more information, visit www.encore-can.com

 

Media Contact

Jenna West

Digital Marketing Specialist

Jenna.west@encoreglobal.com | 905 366 9144

Industry Leader Krista Cameron Joins Encore Canada as Business Development Director

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Industry Leader Krista Cameron Joins Encore Canada as Business Development Director

Cameron’s leadership, creativity, and passion will enable Encore Canada to further their growth in the marketplace

TORONTO, Friday, January 25, 2019 – Encore Canada is excited to announce that Krista Cameron will be joining the company as Business Development Director as of February 19, 2019. In this new position, Cameron’s responsibilities will include expanding Encore Canada’s portfolio in the Canadian corporate and association marketplaces, fostering client relationships, and representing the organization at industry events

“Krista is a proven leader and industry veteran who will playing a key role in developing our Canadian growth strategy as we continue our evolution in the marketplace,” said Jay Lanchbury, Vice President Client Solutions. “Her exceptional client relationship skills, creativity and passion for both people and our industry will be extraordinary assets to the team.”

Cameron brings to Encore Canada over 20 years of leadership experience in the meetings and events industry including her destination participation in up to 25 national and international shows annually. Cameron has actively engaged in the industry by sitting on numerous committees, was inducted into the M&IT Hall of Fame as Industry Mentor, and serves on the Professional Convention Management Association’s Board of Directors for the Canada East Chapter as Co-Chair of the Canadian Innovation Conference. Most recently, she was the Director of Sales at Destination St. John’s for 10 years.

“Krista is a celebrated dynamic leader in the industry who takes a hands-on approach with her clients,” said David Campbell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Encore Canada. “We are thrilled to bring this industry ‘rock star’ to the team and are so excited to watch her accomplish amazing things in this role.”

About Encore Canada

As part of the world’s largest brand experience organization, Encore Canada uses the power of technology to make meaningful connections with a multitude of audiences through the production of meetings, conventions, special events and trade shows. Encore Canada provides a full range of services to support the way audiences engage with content as the landscape continues to change. Encore Canada has a deep, rich history of success and has received numerous awards recognizing its outstanding performance in technical, staging, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, customer service excellence and partnerships. Together with its customers and partners, Encore Canada will continue to serve clients throughout North America and the rest of the world through its growing global network. For more information, visit www.encore-can.com

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For more information, contact:

Jenna West
Digital Marketing Specialist
jenna.west@encoreglobal.com

PSAV®Announce Purchase Agreement for PSAV to Acquire Encore Event Technologies

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SCHILLER PARK, IL, and DALLAS,TX – January 14, 2019 – PSAV, a global leader in event experiences, and The Encore Canada Company, jointly announced today that the companies have entered into a purchase agreement for PSAV to acquire Encore Event Technologies, a global provider of event technology, staging and production services.  The combination of PSAV and Encore will join two companies with deep expertise and a shared commitment to be an invaluable global partner for the meeting industry.  This transaction reinforces PSAV’s mission of Connecting and Inspiring People by expanding the breadth of its capabilities throughout North America and Asia Pacific.  The transaction is expected to be finalized later this year. Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.

Encore has a long and distinguished history dedicated to helping create high-impact meetings and live events for the hospitality industry. Encore operates as both an in-house partner to some of the world’s leading resorts, hotels and casinos, as well as a creative production company for clients around the world.

“Encore is an ideal partner for the PSAV family of companies given its shared commitment to meeting and event planners, and strong alignment with our purpose and mission,” said Mike McIlwain, CEO of PSAV.  I am excited about what this means for PSAV, and more importantly our customers, as we continue to focus on more ways to create amazing event experiences wherever an event is held.”

“We’re extremely proud of the success everyone at Encore – including our FAV Canada operations – has created in building one of the world’s leading in-house hospitality, event technology and production service businesses,” said Joe Popolo, CEO of  Encore Canada. “At Encore Canada, we continue our mission to provide powerful brand experiences, which include our audio visual solutions, for association and corporate customers around the world.”

“It has been an honor to lead and develop Encore and to witness its growth,” said Ken Sanders, chief development officer, Encore Canada. “I want to thank everyone at Encore for applying their work, skills, dedication and creativity to build this world-class company, and I look forward to watching their continued prosperity as part of PSAV.”

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Peter Wallace and David Kestnbaum of Blackstone’s Private Equity team commented, “We are excited about the combination of our portfolio company, PSAV, with Encore.  Blackstone sees continued growth opportunities in live events, and we are pleased that Encore will bring additional capabilities to support event planners and our venue partners.”

Bill Stein of Blackstone’s Real Estate team added, “The combination of PSAV and Encore will further enhance our strong capabilities to serve meeting event planners and our venue partners across a diverse suite of services as part of our mission of creating a world-class, diversified global live events platform.”

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as legal counsel to PSAV.

JP Morgan is serving as financial advisor to Freeman and Encore, and Baker McKenzie is serving as legal counsel to Freeman and Encore.

About PSAV®

PSAV is a global leader in event experiences, providing creative, production, advanced technology and staging services to help meeting professionals deliver more dynamic and impactful experiences at their meetings, trade shows and events. The team consists of more than 9,000 professionals across 1,500 on-site venue locations and 49 branch offices within the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. It is the trusted partner and on-site provider of choice at leading venues worldwide. PSAV was recently named to the Forbes 2018 America’s Best Employer list. The company is headquartered in Schiller Park, Ill.  www.psav.com.

About Encore Canada

The Encore Company helps create meaningful connections for all types of global audiences. The family-owned company is comprised of leading brand experience company, Freeman; audio-visual and production company, Encore Event Technologies; and Alford Media, a premier event technology specialist known for the expertise and precision on large-scale shows. With more than 90 locations globally and 7,000+ employees who are dedicated to delivering the best experiences and business outcomes possible for their clients — from strategy and design to implementation and results. For more information, visit https://www.encore-can.com

About Encore Event Technologies

Encore is a leading global provider of audiovisual, event technology, staging and production services.  Encore serves as the in-house provider at more than 460 hotels, casinos, conference centers and resorts in North America and Asia Pacific.  Encore Productions, the production division of Encore Event Technologies, is a full-service creative production company helping clients tell their stories around the world.  For more information, visit www.encore-us.com, www.encore-anzpac.com and www.www.encore-can.com.

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For further inquiries and more information, contact:

Media Contact – PSAV
Bob Niersbach
Director, Communications
rniersbach@psav.com
(847) 385-3619

Media Contact – Encore Canada
Stephen Phillips
Director, Communications
Stephen.phillips@encoreglobal.com
(214) 445-1205

V.I.Plane ready for boarding to this year’s Canadian Innovation Conference

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TORONTO, Monday, October 22nd, 2018 – Tourism Saskatoon, WestJet, Tourism Victoria, Encore Canada, Destination St. John’s, Tourism London, pcnametag and Ignite Magazine announced that the V.I.Plane is ready to take flight to the 2018 Canadian Innovation Conference (CIC) this November with their professional event and conference manager guests.

The V.I.Plane will fly Professional Convention Management Association (PMCA) CIC 2018 attendees on a WestJet flight from Toronto to Victoria in time for the conference. By jetting together, professional convention, event managers and industry partners have a great opportunity to network, collaborate and hear from guest ‘Plane-ary’ Speaker, Jennifer Spear, who’s also the President and Chief Strategist of Clean Slate Strategies, all at 30,000 feet up in the air.

“Encore Canada is thrilled to be participating in this unique sponsorship activation, and as returning sponsors to this event, it’s great to see PCMA support this creative and exciting opportunity for sponsors and planners,” said Madeleine Bart, National Director of Creative and Innovation for Encore Canada.

“The Canadian Innovation Conference promises to take risks, and this V.I.Plane is a perfect example of the level of experimentation we can expect from this conference” she adds.

This unique experience will allow clients and colleagues to connect and catch-up before three days of learning in Victoria. Once the conference begins, attendees can expect to learn about the latest technology trends to increase efficiency and productivity, and create lasting connections with industry decision-makers in a smaller, more intimate environment.

The flight departs Toronto on November 17 at 12:30 p.m. EST. For more information and to get on board, contact ProPlanConferences & Events.

 

About Encore Canada

As part of the world’s largest brand experience organization, Encore Canada, uses the power of technology to make meaningful connections with a multitude of audiences through the production of meetings, conventions, special events and trade shows. Encore Canada provides a full range of services to support the way audiences engage with content as the landscape continues to change. Encore Canada has a deep, rich history of success and has received numerous awards recognizing its outstanding performance in technical, staging, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, customer service excellence and partnerships. Together with its customers and partners, Encore Canada will continue to serve clients throughout North America and the rest of the world through its growing global network. For more information, visit www.encore-can.com

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For further inquiries and more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Candace Schierling
Director of National Sales, Tourism Saskatoon
cschierling@tourismsaskatoon.com
T: 306-931-7588

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Reggie Lang
Mgr. Business Development, WestJet
Reggie.Lang@westjet.com
T:403-945-8957

For Planners wishing to receive an invitation, please contact:

Jenna West
Digital Marketing Specialist
jenna.west@encore-can.com
T: 905-366-9144