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Industry Veteran Larry Luteran Joins Freeman Leadership Team

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Larry LuteranFreeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, welcomes 30-year live-engagement industry veteran Larry Luteran to Freeman Audio Visual, as the company continues to grow its global presence. Named chief sales officer, Luteran is responsible for the revenue performance of Freeman Audio Visual, Freeman Audio Visual Canada, and Encore Event Technologies.

Committed to serving its clients with an enhanced presence and consistent brand experiences, Freeman continues to invest in a global infrastructure by extending its leadership team. This strategic expansion of executive leadership will enrich the client experience and effectively manage the organization’s growth. Over the past six years, Freeman has broadened its Audio Visual presence by expanding its AV technology division through organic growth and acquisitions around the world. It is through these offerings that Freeman remains the most diverse company in the industry.

“We’re building a strong leadership team with a focus on extending the company’s reach, with expanded programs that drive continued growth,” said Ken Sanders, president of Freeman Audio Visual. “To do this, we are investing in exceptional talent and bringing the right people on board, like Larry, who can authentically integrate the voice of our customers into our comprehensive global strategy.” Sanders adds, “I consider Larry a ‘triple threat’ talent with significant experience in not only hospitality, but corporate and association sales.”

Luteran, the former senior vice president of group sales and industry relations at Hilton Worldwide, brings a unique, client-minded perspective to Freeman. With three decades of progressive leadership in the meeting and events industry, he will be invaluable in aligning the strategies and objectives of Freeman’s sales teams, with a strong emphasis on personalized customer service. Luteran will report to Ken Sanders, president of Freeman Audio Visual.

“The opportunity to be part of the team at Freeman is very exciting given its rich culture and commitment to connecting people in meaningful ways. I’m thrilled to join the Freeman family, where I look forward to extending our client relationships and contributing to Freeman’s growth as a leader in the meetings and event industry,” said Luteran. “I look forward to providing meaningful experiences to our audio visual customers. I’ve spent a big part of my career advocating for the power of face-to-face meetings and Freeman is the company that brings it all to life and that for me is very exciting.”

About Freeman Audio Visual

Freeman Audio Visual connects people in meaningful ways by enhancing the power of meetings, conventions, special events and trade shows through leading-edge presentation technology solutions. With dedicated, state-of-the-art inventory in every province and all major cities coast to coast, Freeman Audio Visual provides a full range of services to support the modern meeting environment, including creative and digital services, virtual meeting technology, social media engagement tools and mobile-app event solutions.

The company has received numerous awards recognizing its outstanding efforts in technical support and staging, corporate social responsibility, environmental leadership, customer-service excellence and customer-driven partnerships. Together with its customers and partners, Freeman Audio Visual will transform, grow and extend the world of live engagements throughout North America. For more information, visit www.freemanav-ca.com.

About Freeman

Founded in 1927, Freeman is the leading global partner for integrated experiential marketing solutions for live engagements including expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits. Headquartered in Dallas, with over 70 offices in North America and the U.K., Freeman produces more than 4,300 expositions annually, including 135 of the 250 largest U.S. trade shows, and 11,000 other events worldwide. Customer-driven, Freeman offers a total package of solutions, with a scope of products and services unmatched by the competition. Freeman places an emphasis on respect for people and providing unparalleled customer service. Freeman has received numerous trade show industry awards for excellence in leadership, creative design, community service, innovation and customer-driven partnerships. For more information, visit www.freemanco.com.

 

Freeman Audio Visual Canada wins 2016 Canadian Event Perspective Award

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(L to R) Dianne King General Manager Toronto, Brian Johnston Manager Creative Services, and Jay Lanchbury Director of Sales Toronto accept Canadian Event Perspective Award

(L to R) Dianne King General Manager Toronto, Brian Johnston Manager Creative Services, and Jay Lanchbury Director of Sales Toronto accept Canadian Event Perspective Award

Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to announce that it has won the Canadian Event Perspective Award in the category of Best Audio Visual Design for an Event for production of the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-Up. The award was presented by the Canadian Special Events Media Group.

The inaugural Winter Cities Shake-Up, held in Edmonton in January 2015, served as a gathering of urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. The conference featured three days of presentations from internationally-renowned experts and rising stars in winter design, winter business and winter fun. Given its focus, the Winter Cities Shake-Up needed a differentiator from other conferences.

“The City of Edmonton’s approach to winter was aiming to be different,” said Doug Hawtin, Account Executive with Freeman Audio Visual Canada. “The goal was to embrace how winter can feel and show new ways of looking at something that has been lived through a million times before.”

There were a number of major innovative technical aspects to Winter Cities Shake-Up that garnered industry and social media attention. Among them was the curved 132’W x 21’H Peroni projection screen which has been widely touted as the first if its kind in Canada. The second creative technical aspect was the life-size snow globe in the centre of the stage.

“As our audio visual partner, Freeman Audio Visual understood what we were doing from the start and helped us enhance the experience, which aligned with the way that we were aiming to change the perception of winter for our delegates,” said Rebecca Swanson, Director of Communications, BUKSA Strategic Conference Services. “They came to BUKSA Strategic Conference Services with an idea, which was to create a screen that encompassed the room. This was something that had never been done in Canada, and we were keen to be the first to try it. It surpassed our expectations.”

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Freeman audiovisuel remporte le prix du Canadian Event Perspective Award 2016

(G à D) Dianne King, directrice générale ; Brian Johnston, Gérant, Services créatifs ; et Jay Lanchbury, Directeur des ventes, Toronto reçoivent le Prix Canadian Event Perspective

(G à D) Dianne King, directrice générale ; Brian Johnston, Gérant, Services créatifs ; et Jay Lanchbury, Directeur des ventes, Toronto reçoivent le Prix Canadian Event Perspective

Freeman audiovisuel Canada est fière d’annoncer qu’elle a remporté le prix Canadian Event Perspective dans la catégorie « Best Audio Visual Design for an Event » (Meilleure conception audiovisuelle pour un évènement) pour la réalisation du Winter Cities Shake Up 2015.

L’évènement Winter Cities Shake Up se devait de se distinguer des autres conférences, puisque par sa nature, la vision de l’hiver de la ville d’Edmonton se voulait différente. Le but était de s’ouvrir aux diverses sensations de l’hiver et d’illustrer une image renouvelée de ce que nous avons vécu un million de fois. Freeman audiovisuel a su retenir l’attention de l’industrie et des médias sociaux en utilisant, entre autres, deux aspects techniques particulièrement novateurs. Le premier aspect comportait un écran de projection incurvé de marque Peroni d’une largeur de 40 mètres et d’une hauteur de 6,5 m, écran largement reconnu comme étant le tout premier du genre au Canada. Le second aspect technique innovant fut le globe immense au centre de la scène représentant une boule à neige géante : https://youtu.be/EIgu36AqLxQ

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel Chooses Freeman Audio Visual Canada as its Official Event Technology Partner

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Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel as its official supplier of audio visual and event technology services, effective immediately.

Located downtown in Halifax’s business district, the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel has 22,000 sq. ft. of total event space, including eight event rooms.  One of the largest conference venues in Halifax, it can easily accommodate up to 1,000 attendees.

“We are excited to have audio visual specialists like Freeman partnering with us,” said Jeff Ransome, General Manager, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. “Moreover, we are enthusiastically looking forward to creating imaginative and exciting meetings together.”

Ryan McKinnon, a 15-year Freeman veteran, will serve as the Director of Event Technology at the hotel and oversee client care, sales and operations.

“Marriott’s and Freeman’s values are very closely aligned,” said Angie Ambrose, General Manager–Atlantic Region, Freeman Audio Visual. “We are very excited to grow our businesses together and propel the Halifax events industry to the next level.”

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L’hôtel Marriott Halifax Harbourfront choisit Freeman audiovisuel Canada comme partenaire technologique officiel pour ses événements

Freeman audiovisuel Canada est fière d’annoncer qu’elle a été sélectionnée par l’hôtel Marriott Halifax Harbourfront comme fournisseur officiel de services audiovisuels et de services technologiques événementiels. Ce partenariat entre en vigueur dès maintenant.

Situé dans le quartier des affaires de Halifax, l’hôtel Marriott Halifax Harbourfront à plus de 2 000 mètres carrés d’espace événementiel englobant huit salles d’événements. L’un des plus grands centres de conférences et de congrès de Halifax, il peut facilement recevoir un millier de participants.

« Nous sommes heureux que des spécialistes de l’audiovisuel tel que Freeman soient nos partenaires » de dire Jeff Ransome, directeur général de l’hôtel Marriott Halifax Harbourfront. « De plus, nous anticipons avec enthousiasme la création de réunions imaginatives et captivantes », a-t-il ajouté.

Chargé d’offrir des solutions depuis quinze ans chez Freeman, Ryan McKinnon occupe le poste de directeur des technologies d’événements à l’hôtel et il supervisera le service à la clientèle, les ventes et les opérations.

Selon Angie Ambrose, directrice générale de la région de l’Atlantique chez Freeman audiovisuel, « les valeurs de Marriott et de Freeman sont étroitement liées. » « Nous sommes très heureux de faire croître nos activités ensemble avec enthousiasme, intégrité et innovation et de propulser l’industrie des événements de Halifax à un niveau supérieur », a-t-elle déclaré.

Freeman Audio Visual London Wins Consumer Choice Award for Third Consecutive Year

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London Convention Centre Technical Services Manager Dave Mann (pictured left) and Freeman Audio Visual London Branch Manager Dan McGrath accept Consumer Choice Award

London Convention Centre Technical Services Manager Dave Mann (pictured left) and Freeman Audio Visual London Branch Manager Dan McGrath accept Consumer Choice Award

Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to announce that it has been selected by London consumers and the local business community as the Consumer Choice Award (CCA) winner in the category of Audio Visual Services for three years in a row. CCA was established in 1987 and is considered the most distinguished award for business excellence in Canada.

“This is truly a testament to the hard work and outstanding service Freeman Audio Visual has continued to provide over the past year,” said Marcel Sbrollini, President, CCA. “You are again part of a very select group of business owners and entrepreneurs recognized by the people of London for their business excellence over multiple years.”

Through an independent market-research survey, consumers and businesses in the London area voted Freeman Audio Visual as the top-ranked organization in its industry, without the influence of industry insiders, advocate groups or unethical business practices.

“We are so grateful to our customers and the community to receive the acknowledgement this award represents,” said Dan McGrath, Branch Manager, Freeman Audio Visual London. “Our staff works tirelessly and is very deserving of this recognition; and I couldn’t be prouder of their efforts day in and day out.”

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Freeman audiovisual London Gagne le Prix du Choix du Consommateur pour une Troisième Année Consécutive

Dave Mann, gérant des services techniques au London Convention Centre (à gauche) et Dan McGrath, directeur de la succursale Freeman audiovisuel de London, reçoivent le Prix Choix du Consommateur

Dave Mann, gérant des services techniques au London Convention Centre (à gauche) et Dan McGrath, directeur de la succursale Freeman audiovisuel de London, reçoivent le Prix Choix du Consommateur

Freeman audiovisuel Canada est fière d’annoncer qu’elle a été sélectionnée pour le Prix du Choix du consommateur (PCC) dans la catégorie des services audiovisuels par les consommateurs et la communauté d’affaires de London, pour une troisième année consécutive. Le PCC a été créé en 1987 et est considéré comme le prix le plus prestigieux d’excellence en affaires au Canada.

« Il s’agit d’un véritable témoignage du travail acharné et du service impeccable que Freeman audiovisuel a continué de fournir au cours de l’année passée », a déclaré Marcel Sbrollini, président, Prix du Choix du consommateur. « Une fois de plus, vous faites partie d’un groupe prestigieux de propriétaires d’entreprises et d’entrepreneurs reconnus depuis plusieurs années par les gens de London pour leur excellence en affaires. »

Au moyen d’une étude de marché indépendante et sans l’influence d’intervenants du secteur, de groupes de défense d’intérêts, ni de pratiques d’affaires contraires à l’éthique, les consommateurs et les entreprises de la région de London ont choisi Freeman audiovisuel comme la meilleure organisation de son industrie.

« Nous remercions sincèrement nos clients et la communauté d’affaires de la reconnaissance que représente ce prix », a dit Dan McGrath, directeur de la succursale de Freeman audiovisuel London. « Notre personnel travaille sans relâche et mérite vraiment cette reconnaissance. Je ne pourrais être plus fier des efforts qu’il déploie chaque jour. »

 

Fredericton Convention Centre Welcomes Freeman Audio Visual to Its Event Services Team

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Freeman Audio Visual is pleased to announce it has recently been selected by the Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) as its official in-house supplier of audio, visual and presentation technology services, effective immediately.

“Freeman is a great addition to our team,” said Cathy Pugh, General Manager, FCC. “We are pleased to offer their depth of experience and full range of advanced technology and staging solutions to enhance the meeting experiences for our clients.”

Working as an extension of the FCC’s staff, Freeman is committed to providing word-class event services to local businesses and collaborating to bring new international convention business to the City of Fredericton.

“The FCC is an outstanding facility with diverse capabilities and an excellent service record,” said Angie Ambrose, General Manager–Atlantic Region, Freeman Audio Visual. “As our organizations align to deliver excellence through innovative and personalized customer service, we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

About The Fredericton Convention Centre

The Fredericton Convention Centre, located in downtown Fredericton, features a 1,159-square-metre (12,480 square foot) ballroom, which can accommodate a banquet for 1000 people or 100 exhibit booths, and can be configured into multiple rooms for conference breakout sessions. The facility includes an additional 799-square-metres (8,600 square feet) of flexible meeting space, ideal for concurrent conference sessions, executive board meetings and special events.

FCC features a high definition video conference room, complimentary high-speed internet, and programmable digital signage. It is connected to the 709-seat Fredericton Playhouse and Chancery Place. Delegates are within walking distance of the many cultural attractions, shops, boutiques and restaurants of New Brunswick’s Capital City.

Since opening five years ago, the FCC has served more than 120,000 delegates for all sizes of events, from small meetings to multi-day conferences and trade shows with hundreds of delegates. For more information on FCC, visit www.frederictonconventions.ca, get in touch with Director of Sales, Erin Blanchard at erin.blanchard@frederictonconventions.ca, and follow us on Twitter @FredConvCentre.

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Le Palais des congrès de Fredericton accueille Freeman audiovisuel dans son équipe de services événementiels

Freeman audiovisuel a le plaisir d’annoncer qu’elle vient d’être sélectionnée par le Palais des congrès de Fredericton (PCF) pour être, dès maintenant, le fournisseur interne officiel de services audiovisuels et de services technologiques de présentation.

« Freeman est un excellent atout pour notre équipe », de dire Cathy Pugh, directrice générale du PCF. « Nous sommes heureux d’offrir sa grande expérience et toute la gamme de ses solutions technologiques et scénographiques d’avant-garde pour améliorer l’expérience vécue par nos clients. »

Travaillant dans le prolongement du personnel du PCF, Freeman est déterminée à offrir des services événementiels de premier ordre aux entreprises locales et à collaborer avec le PCF pour attirer de nouveaux congrès internationaux dans la ville de Fredericton.

« Le PCF est un lieu exceptionnel ayant diverses capacités et un excellent bilan en matière de services », a déclaré Angie Ambrose, directrice générale, Région de l’Atlantique chez Freeman audiovisuel. « Étant donné que notre entreprise cherche à assurer l’excellence en offrant un service à la clientèle novateur et personnalisé, nous nous réjouissons de la création d’un partenariat fructueux et durable », a-t-elle ajouté.

À propos du Palais des congrès de Fredericton

Situé au centre-ville de Fredericton, le Palais des congrès a une salle de bal de 1 159 m², où l’on peut servir un banquet à 1 000 personnes ou organiser une exposition de 100 kiosques et qui peut être configurée en multiples salles pour des séances en petits groupes. Il y a également un espace de réunion adaptable de 799 m², qui est idéal pour des ateliers simultanés, des réunions de conseil d’administration et des événements spéciaux.

Le PCF offre aussi une salle de vidéoconférence en haute définition, un accès internet haute vitesse gratuit et des affichages numériques programmables. Le PCF est connecté au Playhouse de Fredericton, un théâtre de 709 sièges et à la Place Chancery. Les congressistes se trouvent à quelques pas des attractions culturelles, des magasins, des boutiques et des restaurants de la capitale du Nouveau‑Brunswick.

Depuis son ouverture il y a cinq ans, le PCF a servi plus de 120 000 personnes assistant à des événements de toutes tailles : petites réunions, congrès de plusieurs jours et salons professionnels avec des centaines de participants. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur le PCF, vous pouvez visiter le site http://www.frederictonconventions.ca/accueil/, communiquer avec la directrice des ventes, Erin Blanchard, en lui écrivant à erin.blanchard@frederictonconventions.ca et nous suivre sur Twitter @FredConvCentre.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada Achieves New Milestone in Sustainable Event Standards

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Freeman Audio Visual Whistler APEX-ASTM certification

In partnership with Tourism Whistler and the Whistler Conference Centre, Freeman Audio Visual Canada has recently become the first AV company in the country to achieve Level 1 APEX/ASTM sustainability certification.

APEX is spearheaded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and its relationship with the Green Meeting Industry Council. Standards were developed in collaboration between APEX and ASTM (an ANSI-certified international standard development organization). The standards are referred to as the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards. There are nine independent standards, relative to meetings and events. Each standard is comprised of eight environmental impact areas including staff management and environmental policy, communications, waste, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada has been influential in implementing sustainable operational and event practices for several years. Recognized by the industry with InfoComm International’s Sustainable AV Technology Award in 2010 and 2014, the company also achieved REfficient’s Waste Diversion Champions Master Level twice for diverting between 10,000 and 99,999 pounds from landfills in 2014 and 2015.

“Freeman has a reputation as a responsible leader in the audio visual industry, due in no small part to its invaluable business relationships,” said Kevin MacKillop, National Director of Operations, Freeman Audio Visual Canada. “We are fortunate to be the in-house audio visual provider to facilities like the Whistler Conference Centre which prioritize green-meeting options and help us to meet our sustainability goals.”

Tourism Whistler led the certification process achieving a level 1 certification in the following four standards: Meeting Venue, Food and Beverage, Destination, and Audio Visual.

“We celebrate this achievement with Freeman Audio Visual Whistler, the conference centre and the entire resort,” said Karen Goodwin, Tourism Whistler’s Vice President of Market Development and Sales. “The certification offers event organizers added assurance that they are working with proven leaders in sustainability.”

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Freeman audiovisuel Canada franchit une étape clé relativement aux normes d’événements écoresponsables

En partenariat avec Tourism Whistler et le Whistler Conference Centre, Freeman audiovisuel Canada est devenue tout récemment la première entreprise de technologie audiovisuelle au pays à obtenir la certification de durabilité APEX/ASTM de niveau 1.

APEX (pour Accepted Practices Exchange) est une initiative menée par l’EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) des États-Unis en coopération avec le Green Meeting Industry Council. Les normes élaborées pour cette certification sont issues de la collaboration entre APEX et l’ASTM, un organisme voué à la création de normes internationales et certifié par l’ANSI (American National Standards Institute). On les appelle « normes APEX/ASTM pour événements écoresponsables ». Chaque norme inclut huit aspects ayant un impact environnemental, soit la gestion de personnel et les politiques environnementales, les communications, les déchets, l’énergie, la qualité de l’air, l’eau, l’approvisionnement et les partenaires communautaires.

Freeman audiovisuel Canada fait école depuis plusieurs années pour ce qui est d’adopter des pratiques durables en entreprise et dans l’organisation d’événements. La compagnie a reçu non seulement l’approbation de son industrie en 2010 et en 2014 lorsqu’elle a reçu le Prix de technologie durable d’InfoComm, elle s’est également illustrée en atteignant à deux reprises le Waste Diversion Champions Master Level (le niveau « maître » des Champions du détournement de déchets) de REfficient pour avoir détourné de 10 000 à 99 999 livres de déchets des sites d’enfouissement en 2014 et 2015.

« Freeman a la réputation d’être un chef de file de l’industrie audiovisuelle, en grande partie grâce à ses précieux partenariats d’affaires », rapporte Kevin MacKillop, directeur national des opérations chez Freeman audiovisuel Canada. « Nous avons le privilège d’être le fournisseur attitré de services audiovisuels pour des établissements comme le Whistler Conference Centre, qui mettent la priorité sur les options écoresponsables et nous aident à atteindre nos objectifs de développement durable. »

Tourism Whistler a coordonné le processus de certification qui a abouti à une certification de niveau 1 pour les quatre aspects suivants : installations de congrès, restauration, destination et services audiovisuels.

« Nous célébrons cette réussite avec Freeman audiovisuel Whistler, le centre de conférences et tout le centre de villégiature », déclare Karen Goodwin, vice-présidente du développement d’affaires et des ventes à Tourism Whistler. « Cette certification donne aux organisateurs d’événements une assurance accrue qu’ils travaillent avec des chefs de file reconnus du développement durable. »

 

Freeman Brings Design Thinking to the Forefront of the Events Industry

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Appoints Renowned Designer Bruce Mau as Chief Design Officer

Freeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, announced the appointment of designer, author and visionary Bruce Mau as its Chief Design Officer. In a move to drive innovation in the events industry, Freeman has created this new role at the company and appointed Mr. Mau to its Executive Committee.

Mr. Mau is the co-founder of the Massive Change Network, which promotes the transformative power of design thinking to generate new ideas and help institutions and businesses innovate. He has worked with leading companies, including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, MoMA and Herman Miller; worked with countries such as Guatemala, Denmark and Saudi Arabia; and alongside star architects Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas on design thinking collaborations. Mr. Mau and his team are currently working with Walt Disney Imagineering, and he designed a master plan for Mecca to re-imagine this historic site for the next 1,000 years.

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Heidi Welker Elected to 2016 PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees

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Heidi Welker

Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to announce that Heidi Welker, vice president marketing, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

PCMA is a multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 39 countries. The PCMA Education Foundation is governed by the Board of Trustees that is responsible for fundraising, guardianship of the Corpus and funds raised, and support of PCMA and the industry.

A loyal, veteran PCMA member, Welker joined PCMA in 1982, and is a founding member and past president of the Canada East (CE) Chapter. She was instrumental in establishing and co-chairing the PCMA Canadian Innovation Conference, which in its first two years has raised more than $20,000 for CE Chapter education and the PCMA Education Fund. In 2012, Heidi was awarded PCMA CE’s Outstanding Service to a Chapter Award, and in 2013, she and her chapter were recipients of the PCMA Chairman’s Award.

“Committed to professional development and shaping tomorrow’s leaders, the PCMA Education Foundation fuels innovative and critical educational programming and research for our industry,” said Welker. “I am looking forward to contributing to its continued success story.”

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Élection d’Heidi Welker au conseil d’administration 2016 de la Fondation de l’éducation de la PCMA

Heidi WelkerFreeman audiovisuel Canada est fière d’annoncer qu‘Heidi Welker, vice-présidente du marketing, a été élue pour un mandat de deux ans au conseil d’administration de la Fondation de l’éducation de la Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

La PCMA est une ressource professionnelle multicanale et un fournisseur par excellence de programmes de formation pour les leaders de l’industrie des réunions, des congrès, des événements et des salons professionnels. Ayant son siège social à Chicago, en Illinois, la PCMA a 17 divisions réparties aux États-Unis, au Canada et au Mexique et compte des membres dans plus de 39 pays. La Fondation de l’éducation de la PCMA relève du conseil d’administration qui est responsable du financement, de l’administration du capital et des fonds recueillis ainsi que du soutien de la PCMA et de l’industrie.

Fidèle membre de longue date de la PCMA, Heidi Welker a adhéré à l’association en 1982, et elle est membre fondatrice et ancienne présidente de la division de l’est du Canada. Elle a joué un rôle-clé dans l’établissement et la coprésidence de la Conférence canadienne de l’innovation de la PCMA qui, au cours de ses deux premières années d’existence, a recueilli plus de 20 000 $ pour la division de l’est du Canada et le fonds d’éducation de la PCMA. En 2012, Heidi Welker a reçu le prix Outstanding Service to a Chapter (prix pour services exceptionnels) de la PCMA pour la division de l’est du Canada, et en 2013, elle et sa division ont été lauréates du Prix du président de la PCMA.

« Engagée dans le perfectionnement professionnel et le façonnement des leaders de demain, la Fondation de l’éducation de la PCMA alimente des programmes éducatifs novateurs et essentiels ainsi que la recherche pour notre industrie, de dire Mme Welker. J’espère pouvoir contribuer à la poursuite de sa brillante réussite. »

Freeman Launches Global Certified Partner Program

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Global Certified Partner Program bolsters its partner network, answering the demand for Freeman quality and reliability worldwide

Freeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, today announced the launch of its Global Certified Partner Program – a continuation of a focused effort that began several years ago to build a network of global suppliers, which has now become a formally recognized program that evaluates, qualifies and connects a community of suppliers who are able to meet Freeman’s high standards for quality, value, stability and customer service. Freeman uses these suppliers to support its teams as it delivers global programs for leading brands worldwide.

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“Our existing North American customers want to increase their presence and deliver consistent brand experiences worldwide,” said David Gauthreaux, executive vice president of global sales for FreemanXP. “Similarly, our clients in EMEA and Asia Pacific are looking to do the same. As a design-driven company, Freeman has been investing in its global infrastructure for many years, and today we have a solid base of operations in Europe, Canada and Mexico. By extending our reach through third-party partners with an expanded, formalized program, we can better create value for our customers and continue to manage global growth in a smart and meaningful way.”

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FREEMAN AUDIO VISUAL APPOINTS DAVID CAMPBELL AS EVP & COO OF CANADIAN DIVISION

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DAVID CAMPBELL 2015

Freeman Audio Visual is pleased to announce the appointment of David Campbell as executive vice president and chief operating officer of its Canadian division, effective immediately. David brings to the organization a wealth of experience, having spent nearly 30 years in strategic leadership roles, including seven as vice president and general manager of a large audio visual firm.

“Never resting on its laurels, Freeman is a dynamic enterprise that nurtures and embraces the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Campbell. “My approach to business strongly aligns with the core values of the company, and I look forward to working with this incredible team to further build upon its history of success and leadership in Canada.”

As the Canadian audio visual division’s most senior executive, Campbell is responsible for developing strategies, driving continuous growth, maintaining operational excellence, and ensuring customer and employee satisfaction. He will set the company’s short- and long-range goals related to sales, operations, financial performance and quality.

“We feel very fortunate to have found someone of David’s caliber to fill this multifaceted position,” said Ken Sanders, president of Freeman Audio Visual. “With his comprehensive business background and enthusiasm for our sector, I am confident David will thrive and empower others to succeed in our progressive and service-driven company culture.”

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FREEMAN AUDIO VISUEL NOMME DAVID CAMPBELL COMME NOUVEAU VICE-PRÉSIDENT DIRECTEUR ET CHEF DE L’EXPLOITATION DE LA DIVISION CANADIENNE

DAVID CAMPBELL 2015Freeman Audio Visual est heureuse d’annoncer la nomination de David Campbell au poste de vice-président directeur et chef de l’exploitation de la division canadienne, en vigueur immédiatement. Il apporte à l’organisation une vaste expérience, ayant passé presque 30 ans dans des fonctions de leadership stratégique, dont sept en tant que vice-président et directeur général d’une importante entreprise audiovisuelle.

« Ne se reposant jamais sur ses lauriers, Freeman est une entreprise dynamique qui nourrit et encourage l’esprit d’entrepreneuriat, a déclaré M. Campbell. Mon approche entrepreneuriale correspond tout à fait aux valeurs fondamentales de l’entreprise, et j’ai hâte de travailler avec cette équipe formidable pour continuer à bâtir sur les fondations de son incroyable succès et de son statut de chef de file au Canada. »

En tant que plus important dirigeant de la division audiovisuelle canadienne, M. Campbell est responsable d’élaborer des stratégies, de favoriser la croissance continue, de maintenir l’excellence opérationnelle et de garantir la satisfaction des clients et des employés. Il établira les objectifs de l’entreprise à court et à long terme en ce qui concerne les ventes, les opérations, le rendement financier et la qualité.

« Nous sommes vraiment choyés d’avoir trouvé quelqu’un du calibre de David pour occuper ce poste aux multiples facettes, a déclaré Ken Sanders, président de Freeman Audio Visual. Avec sa solide expérience et son enthousiasme pour notre domaine, je suis persuadé que David réussira très bien et habilitera les autres à réussir dans le cadre de notre culture d’entreprise progressive et axée sur le service.