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ATLANTA – Shepard, an event production company, announced today the acquisition of Northern Virginia-based Production Associates. Founded in 2004, Production Associates is a full-service audio visual management, staging and consulting company that provides a wide array of services to association, corporate and government events.

“We are excited to welcome Production Associates to our growing Shepard AV family. They bring to the team a strong service-based culture, innovative technology, and a thriving presence in the Virginia, Maryland and DC markets,” says Stuart Danneman, Executive Vice President of Shepard AV.

Production Associates brings to Shepard a breadth of experience and custom-developed, dynamic tools. Speaker Vision, their presentation management platform that was desig...



ATLANTA – Shepard, a full-service event production company, announced today the acquisition of California-based McCUNE Audio-Video-Lighting as an expansion of Shepard AV, the company’s audio-visual division. McCUNE is an established provider of audio-visual and entertainment services, serving domestic and international events for more than 75 years.

“It’s an exciting time for Shepard AV. This acquisition will help us accelerate our growth in the western region, and allow us to continue providing the highest level of service standards to all our current customers,” says Stuart Danneman, Executive Vice President of Shepard AV.

McCUNE produces a wide variety of events, including corporate events, special events, exhibitions, general sessions, and concerts. McCUNE is headquartered ...



ATLANTA – Aquarian, Shepard’s entertainment and production arm, today announced the hire of Chris Cherek as Director of Sales and Executive Producer.

“Chris will jump in and lead our current business development efforts while developing new strategies to grow our account base and drive revenue,” says Gene Lundgren, President of Aquarian, A Shepard Company, “He brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing and sales and an impressive track record in producing high-end, dynamic events, so this is a tremendous addition to the team.”

For over 25 years Chris Cherek has managed and produced large-scale experiential event programs for a wide-range of corporate customers.  His experiences range from producing a public seminar series throughout North America for speaker and bestselling a...



Atlanta, GA – Shepard, a full-service event production company, announced today the launch of tecCONNECT, a suite of solutions designed to help event organizers navigate and select the right technology offerings for their specific needs. The solutions range from tech vendor matchmaking to integration & implementation, and to artificial intelligence-powered data services. Cory Smith, Shepard’s managing director of digital solutions, was brought on in September to lead the development, launch, and servicing of tecCONNECT.

tecCONNECT is comprised of three primary service offerings: Select, Consult and Insights. Each service offers a different level of engagement depending on the unique needs of the...