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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...



Atlanta: Shepard announced today the expansion of their marketing and strategy services with the hire of Cory Smith as Managing Director of Digital Solutions. Cory’s role will be to work with clients to grow attendance and enhance customer experience with the activation of strategic technology planning at each touchpoint for the event.

Cory will join Shepard’s marketing services team which provides supplemental services for their clients to help design events and optimize their acquisition, retention, and engagement efforts.  The demand for expertise in the creation of engaging experiences has risen in the past few years, increasing the need for strategic implementation of event and marketing technology.

Cory brings a wealth of expertise to Shepard, having most rece...