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DRPG Acquires The Special Event Company

Maddy Ryley, Managing Editor
DRPG Acquires The Special Event Company

CHICAGO — DRPG, a UK-based global creative communications agency, acquired The Special Event Company (TSEC). TSEC is a North Carolina-based live and virtual event agency that has produced more than 5,000 events worldwide with more than 2 million event attendees.

Founded in 1987, TSEC provides services for academic, corporate, incentive and virtual events, as well as creative and technical services.

The acquisition provides DRPG will a wealth of expertise and experience, while expanding both companies’ presence in the North American and global business events markets. TSEC also provides DRPG with turn-key solutions, innovative event strategies and a virtual communication studio in North Carolina.

Given TSEC’s location, DRPG will have increased access to a strong business landscape, reflecting the company’s desire to strengthen its footprint on the continent and leverage the region’s culture of collaboration.

“This strategic step forward is not just a milestone in The Special Event Company’s history but a testament to our dedication to delivering stronger live and virtual experiences to clients across the globe. We are excited about the opportunities it brings to advance our in-house capabilities and provide unparalleled value to our clients,” said Susan Fishel, President of TSEC.

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TSEC will continue to operate as its own brand with extended services offered between both companies. TSEC’s President and Vice President will continue leading the business, with Founder Sally Webb becoming a Non-Executive Director and Matt Franks, DRPG’s Group Director of Events, assuming the role of CEO.

“We recognize there are great synergies between the two companies and culturally the teams are very similar,” Franks said. “These mirrored attributes and core values gave us the confidence this partnership and fit would succeed in delivering the very best experiences for our clients.”

Reach Susan Fishel and TSEC at (919) 459-8777

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