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FMAV’s Year in Review

Taking a look back on a fantastic year of events that made up 2019. Thank you for being part of our journey.

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Rob Yawroski-FMAV appointment

Rob Yaworski appointed to lead FMAV production and PSAV venue operations
(MISSISSAUGA, ON) – August 22, 2019

FMAV announced today that Rob Yaworski has been named as Director, Production Centre and Area Venues, Ottawa. In his new role, Rob will be responsible for overall management of the combined FMAV and PSAV operations in the Ottawa region.

“Rob has extensive experience in developing and leading customer focused teams,” said Neil MacNeil, VP, Production Centre Operations, FMAV. “His depth of experience in event production as well as venue operations is a unique combination that will benefit both of our brands in the Ottawa market.”

A 20-year veteran of PSAV, Rob has held progressive leadership roles including Director of Audio Visual Services and most recently Area Director for Ottawa venues. In his new position, he will lead the management of FMAV’s Ottawa Production Centre, responsible for operations and production functions as well as responsibility for the area venues serviced by both brands.

“Over the years, Rob has demonstrated a growth orientation towards both the development of the PSAV Ottawa business and his team members,” said Bill Brown, President and CEO, FMAV and Division Vice-President, PSAV. “We look forward to his ability to lead our continued growth in the Ottawa market”.

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Alissa Hurley Inducted into Canadian Meetings + Events Expo Hall of Fame

We are pleased to announce that Alissa Hurley, VP, Marketing at FMAV has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the recent Canadian Meetings + Events Expo! The Hall of Fame program, now in it’s 11th year, is comprised of 68 industry leaders who have made, and continue to make outstanding contributions to the Canadian meetings and events industry. Alissa was inducted as the 2019 Industry Innovator; a category that recognizes a planner or supplier who has developed and implemented a service, product, or concept that modernizes today’s industry and moves it forward.

Throughout her 25 years of experience in the events industry as both planner and supplier, she has been implementing innovative solutions to demonstrate the strategic impact of meetings and events. In 2007, while at Maritz Canada, she developed a proprietary measurement approach leveraging audience segmentation research expertise. This approach helped clients optimize their event marketing portfolio. In addition, she was a member of the project team that developed the initial Canadian Meetings Industry Economic Impact Study which provided the framework for other global regions to follow. Over the years, Alissa has been an active industry volunteer with MPI and currently serves as a member of the MPI Canadian Advisory Council.
“I am so grateful to have met Alissa over 9 years ago, when I just started EventMobi,” said 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee and EventMobi founder, Bob Vaez. “As an early technology adopter, she took a chance and let me pitch this crazy idea of an event app in 2010 while she was at Maritz. Not only she provided countless feedback to help me understand the industry better and fine tune our product, she also leveraged technology in bold new ways when no one else was paying attention. She has always been 2 steps ahead of everyone else pushing the boundaries and creating exceptional experiences at events. But what is so unique about Alissa is her passion to help others and pull everyone behind her to elevate how we manage and run events and conferences with or without technology.”

An advocate for industry education, Alissa spent 6 years as part of the faculty for the Event Management Certificate Program at Mount Royal University and has served as both as part of the CMM Advisory Board and as a CMM Program Mentor. In 2016, Alissa became the first Certified Event Designer in Canada and the first certified instructor of the Event Canvas methodology in North America.

“There are very few people who have given as much back to the industry as Alissa,” said 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee and Head of Events, SITE, Tahira Endean. “She has focused on educating bringing new and better ways of doing things to the entire industry while caring what planners have to say and bringing that to life.”

Event_Design_Alissa_HurleyOver the past 3 years, Alissa has made it her mission for the Canadian meetings and events community to adopt a common language of event design using the #Event Canvas approach. As the official representative of the Event Design Collective in Canada and through the support of FMAV, she has:
o Trained over 500 Canadian meeting and event professionals on the Event Canvas methodology.
o Brought the 3-day Event Design Certificate program to Canada which enables participants to achieve the Certified Event Designer (CED) designation.
o Awarded 18 scholarships for Canadian meeting and event professionals to achieve the Certified Event Designer (CED) designation

“Alissa is a true leader in the events industry. Her forward thinking and technical knowledge combined with her passion to innovate has made immense impact on the event industry in Canada,” said Bill Brown, President and CEO of FMAV and Divisional Vice-President, PSAV. “I’m very proud to have her as part of our team.”


Canadian company’s live event production expertise supports PSAV’s growing capabilities

SCHILLER PARK, Ill., October 26, 2018 – PSAV, a global leader in event experiences, is pleased to announce the acquisition of FMAV, a leading audiovisual and live event production company in Canada.  The transaction allows PSAV to continue building upon its purpose of Connecting and Inspiring People by expanding the breath of its capabilities, particularly in the live event production business in Canada.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

FMAV was founded more than 40 years ago and has won numerous industry awards, including multiple Canadian Special Events and ILEA awards.  The FMAV team provides extensive creative production services for galas and special events, conferences and conventions, corporate meetings, outdoor events, and hotel venues.  FMAV has a celebrated customer base throughout Canada’s major metropolitan areas who rely on the company’s services to engage their audiences.

The company, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSAV, will continue to operate under the well-known and highly respected FMAV brand name.  FMAV CEO Bill Brown and his senior team will remain in place and continue to execute on their growth plans, now in partnership with PSAV.

“FMAV is an ideal addition to the PSAV group of companies due to its event production expertise and strong alignment to our purpose and mission,” said Mike McIlwain, CEO for PSAV.  “Bill is an exceptional leader who has built the FMAV business and team into an industry leader across Canada.  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 in many different types of locations.”

“We are certainly familiar with PSAV and its long-standing history as a leader in the event experience industry, not just in Canada, but across the globe,” commented Bill Brown.  “The entire FMAV family is eager to be joining forces with PSAV and establishing more impactful ways of serving our collective customer base.”

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 exclusive 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]