ACCESS Destination Services, one of the most recognized destination management and event production companies in the industry, announced today it is expanding nationally in conjunction with industry veterans Phil Lehman of Experience Florida and Gary W. Marr of Chicago based Eved Services. Both companies will be aligned under the ACCESS Destination Services brand along with the existing six ACCESS offices.
Founded in 2002, Experience Florida has operated thousands of successful client programs and events under the direction of founder Phil Lehman, co-owner Susan Van de Bogert and their long-time management team J.B Ryan and Jeff Nelke. Lehman has more than 15 years of experience as a DMC owner and expertise in overall management and client relations with a focus on complete customer satisfaction and program success. Phil and Susan will continue as owners of the newly branded ACCESS Florida.
“We wanted to align with a company whose values, service levels and standards match ours,” says Lehman. “The ACCESS brand stands for excellence and innovation throughout the industry, just as Experience Florida has in the Southeast region.”
Under the direction of Gary Marr, the former Eved Services has been the fastest growing DMC in Chicago for the past eight years and has been featured on the Inc. 500 list and in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Forbes Magazine. In addition to being a Certified Meeting Planner and Learning Environment Specialist, Marr has over 30 years of experience in hotel, special event and meeting management. Prior to joining ACCESS, Marr was Senior Director of Catering with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, where he directly operated Chicago’s largest convention hotel and conducted training nationally for Hyatt.
“ACCESS is the perfect path for our destination management company to continue to grow and better service clients and hotel partners nationally,” says Sam Mashiach, Co-Founder of Eved Services. “We are very excited to be a part of the ACCESS brand,” adds Marr. Independent of ACCESS Chicago, Talia Mashiach will continue as CEO and Founder of Eved, an online meeting and event marketplace.
Chris Lee, DMCP, Chief Executive Officer of ACCESS Destination Services expresses, “These partnerships expand our ability to deliver long-term value to our clients and industry partners across the country as we continue to expand into destinations where clients say they want us to be.”
Since 1970, ACCESS Destination Services has provided the highest caliber of full-service, professional destination management and event production services in North America, with offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas and now, in Orlando, Miami and Chicago.