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On Location Experiences Buys Anthony Travel, No. 1 College and Sports Travel Partner

On Location Experiences Buys Anthony Travel, No. 1 College and Sports Travel Partner

John Anthony, CEO of Anthony Travel[/caption] As part of the deal, John Anthony will become an equity holder in On Location Experiences and will join its board of directors. He will also remain CEO of the continuing Anthony Travel business within the On Location Experiences platform. Financial terms were not disclosed. “Anthony Travel began as a dream and a business plan scribbled on a napkin. Since then, we have become the leading sports travel management company in the country,” says the company. Based in Dallas, Anthony Travel was founded in 1989 and currently partners with 67 universities, along with many amateur and youth sports organizations, to provide creative and comprehensive travel management services. Anthony Travel is the largest contractor of group hotel rooms, airline seats and bus charters in sports. Key industry partners include Disney Sports and ESPN Events. One of the highlights of Anthony Travel’s international work was managing the travel needs of more than 10,000 fans in Dublin for college football’s 2012 Emerald Isle Classic between Notre Dame and Navy. The Boston College-Georgia Tech game on Sept. 3, 2016 in Dublin will be Anthony’s fourth college football game in Ireland. “Anthony Travel is the perfect fit as we continue to expand the services and offerings within the On Location Experiences platform,” said John Collins, CEO of On Location Experiences. “As the number one authority in sports travel, John Anthony and his team immediately provide us with important new expertise that will transform our company and position us well for future growth. Adding the travel component enables us to go deeper with our existing core business, offer fans a more complete and customized experience and creates unlimited new opportunities with major international events.” “Joining On Location Experiences will drive transformational growth for our company and new opportunities for our people and current clients,” said John Anthony. “Over 26 years we’ve grown by aligning with exceptional people and iconic brands. Our people, values and core purpose align extremely well with the On Location team and vision.” Added Anthony, “We’re going to be exposed to the best practices in the guest experience world while taking on exciting new projects. We’ll have more resources and technology behind us and with increased volume, there will be tangible benefits for our client organizations and travelers.” “John Collins, Jon Bon Jovi, Gerry Cardinale and George Pyne are people and partners we believe in and who share our core purpose of helping people experience and enjoy the world. Together, we aspire to create lifetime experiences for guests around iconic events. With this partnership, we are well-positioned for success and know the best is yet to come for Anthony Travel, our clients and our people.” anthony_travel1 On Location Experiences specializes in custom domestic and international event and hospitality experiences in the worlds of sports and entertainment. On Location is the official event and hospitality business of the NFL, providing proprietary fan access to marquee NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL Draft, and International Series Games in London and Mexico City. On Location is expanding its offerings through new partnerships, including the acquisitions of Anthony Travel, the nation’s largest provider of sports and travel management services, and Runaway Tours, the VIP hospitality business for premier music acts that was founded by Bon Jovi. Anthony Travel is the nation’s largest provider of sports travel management services. With 40 offices nationwide, Anthony Travel partners with nearly 70 of the nation’s most prestigious universities, along with leading amateur and youth sports organizations, to provide comprehensive travel solutions and unforgettable experiences to teams, alumni and fans at more than 300 domestic and international events annually. Anthony Travel is a division of On Location Experiences, a premium experiential hospitality business owned by RedBird Capital Partners, Bruin Sports Capital, 32 Equity (the entity that oversees the NFL’s private equity efforts), Jon Bon Jovi and John Anthony. The integration with On Location Experiences forms an unmatched vertical offering of hospitality, experiential and travel management services. RedBird Capital Partners is a New York and Dallas based principal investment firm focused on providing flexible, long-term capital in growth equity, build-up, and structured equity investments to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. RedBird seeks investment opportunities in growth-oriented private companies in which its capital, investor network, and strategic relationships can help prospective business owners outperform operationally, financially and strategically by virtue of RedBird’s involvement. Bruin Sports Capital is a privately held international media, sports, marketing and branded lifestyle company. Bruin Sports Capital raised $250 million in equity capital, which provides for $500 million dollars in buying power to acquire, operate and build businesses in the respective segments. WPP, the world’s largest communications services group, is leading Bruin Sports Capital’s international syndicate of investors. George Pyne, an international business executive, founded Bruin Sports Capital in 2015. Pyne’s twenty-five year record of accomplishments in building businesses and superior management teams led to the transformation of both NASCAR and IMG, creating billions of dollars in shareholder value for the respective companies. Bruin Sports Capital’s investor base, along with Pyne’s reputation, will allow access to the best deals, and will provide a long-term and flexible capital structure, operating expertise and a heightened speed of execution. Bruin Sports Capital’s global access and wherewithal will position the company for unparalleled value creation opportunities.]]>

Israeli-American event-planning startup HoneyBook raises $22 mln Series B

Israeli-American event-planning startup HoneyBook raises $22 mln Series B

Israeli-American event-planning startup HoneyBook raised $22M in a Series B round of funding led by Norwest Venture Partners, with participation from Aleph and Hillsven. With a total $32M invested to date, this funding will help HoneyBook scale its collaborative platform and make it available to even more event professionals in every major US city. HoneyBook offers a collaborative platform that streamlines all of the elements and processes of event planning—from booking and collecting payments to collaboration—through an elegant, intuitive interface. HoneyBook has quickly become the most trusted tool for top event professionals to run their businesses and connect with their networks. In the last six months, the company has seen 10x growth, primarily from satisfied customers inviting their vendor networks to transact and do business together on the platform. “An event professional’s purpose is to create unforgettable moments for their clients. When an event comes together, every element—from the space to the sound to the visuals—works together in harmony to create the perfect experience,” said Oz Alon, CEO, HoneyBook. Unfortunately, the processes and tools used to plan these events are too often disconnected. At HoneyBook, we believe that this process should be as fluid as the event itself. We’re here to change that by enabling event pros to collaborate effortlessly with their networks, speak the same language with each other, and deliver those “wow” moments from the very first interaction with a client.” Until recently, HoneyBook’s services have been available only by invitation in the San Francisco Bay Area, following a people-first approach which has built a community based upon trust and shared social interactions. With the Series B funding, HoneyBook will launch similar communities in Los Angeles and New York, and will accelerate its city-by-city rollout to every major hub in the US within the next 12 months. HoneyBook will also continue to focus on unrivaled customer service, building infrastructure, and engineering horsepower to support rapid growth. “HoneyBook is part of a new breed of services that connects markets and people, around multiple transactions, creating new business opportunities that would have otherwise not existed,” said Jeff Crowe, Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners. “With an estimated market size of hundreds of billions, the events industry presents a ripe opportunity. HoneyBook has created a unique and very compelling ecosystem, with the right talent and proper positioning to take full advantage of it.” The events industry, worth an estimated market size of $350B1, has traditionally been driven by paper and disparate communication systems. In a short amount of time, HoneyBook freed event professionals from the hassles of paperwork, checks, and redundant email, by providing a better, proven method for transacting payments, contract signatures and proposals. Beyond streamlining administrative processes, event vendors are also winning more business on HoneyBook by building their networks and collaborating with other professionals. With HoneyBook, event pros can focus on the creative work they love while enjoying better success with their clients and vendors. Previous investors included Aleph, UpWest Labs, Hillsven, Evan Williams, James Currier and Stan Chudnovsky of Ooga Labs, Naval Ravikant of AngelList, Ben Ling of Khosla Ventures, Michael Birch of Bebo, and Ben Narasin. HoneyBook, headquartered in San Francisco, was co-founded in 2013 by four Israelis: CEO Oz Alon, head of product Naama Alon, CTO Dror Shimoni, and head of customer experience Shadiah Sigala. HoneyBook is an invite-only service that empowers top event professionals to be more connected, productive, and successful with their clients and vendors. Its collaborative platform allows users to tap into the power of their network to win new business and easily work with everyone involved in organizing an event.
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