Unique Venues Has New Ownership With Two Pros Who Know
Friday, October 26, 2018
In August, long-time Unique Venues employee Chuck Salem acquired ownership of the marketing and membership company with his husband Neal Burghardt. While many ACCED-I members will recognize Salem’s name (he has worked together with the ACCED-I community since 1994, once serving as President of the Board), Burghardt has also been active in the industry as a co-owner of Event Guru Software alongside Salem. Event Guru Software was designed to help campuses manage conference and event venue logistics from A-Z, including a new registration system and soon-to-be-released self-service meeting room reservation module.
With such commitment to the needs of collegiate conference professionals, the blending of the two companies is a huge benefit with comprehensive solutions for marketing as well as managing campus conference and events operations. As the leadership behind Unique Venues, Salem and Burghardt will continue the company’s mission of providing exposure, lead generation and marketing support services for campuses throughout the USA and Canada, while also offering enhanced opportunities for more efficient day-to-day conference logistics management.
Says Salem, “Our goal is to help venues market, book and manage conference and events business using one set of services. Unique Venues helps campuses market and book more business in a very crowded marketplace, while Event Guru Software provides the support to help professionals comprehensively manage event business from start to finish. The synergy of the complementary services working side-by-side will be a positive for the industry.” Salem adds that both companies will retain their own unique brands while working together under one roof in the Unique Venues offices located east of Pittsburgh.
Burghardt also notes that corporate memberships with ACCED-I will continue as separate companies as well. “ACCED-I is a leading educational resource for our clients. Their professional development opportunities help our clients grow and strengthen our collective presence in the hospitality industry. This is a relationship that we intend to continue and grow in the years to come.”
Both Unique Venues and Event Guru Software will be exhibitors at this year’s conference in Pittsburgh.
Event Guru Software