from Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee
Thursday, July 26, 2012
2012 Convention Host Committee Announces Premier Sponsor, Companies
Contracted for the Media Welcome Event
Charlotte, N.C. –Today
at the North Carolina Music Factory, the Charlotte in 2012 Convention
Host Committee announced the premier sponsor, logistics manager,
entertainment management team, catering
company, audio visual services team, and rental company for Charlotte
in 2012’s Media Welcome Event. The event will be held on September 1
and will serve as the official welcome to the City of Charlotte for the
members of the media coming from across the United States and around
Warner Cable was announced as the event’s premier sponsor. The
telecommunication company employs more than 5,000 North
Charlotte at its second-largest corporate campus and has 1.7
customers in the state.
are proud to partner with Time Warner Cable as the premier sponsor of
this event,” said Dr. Dan Murrey, Charlotte in 2012 Executive Director.
“This partnership ensures that we will make the most of this incredible
opportunity – an international media spotlight brought by the very
people we will be welcoming here at the Music Factory.”
credentialed to cover the 2012 Democratic National Convention will be
invited to the Media Welcome Event at the NC Music Factory. This venue
was selected both for its capacity and for its story that is
illustrative of the spirit of Charlotte. Father and son Rick and Noah
Lazes recognized an opportunity to transform an aging, unused textile
mill into a 37-acre entertainment district on the edge of Uptown
Charlotte. The NC Music Factory offers 14 world-class venues, from
upscale dining, to comedy clubs, concert venues, intimate bars, and
Media Welcome Event will demonstrate how Charlotte takes a modern
approach to its rich history and entertain the media with a variety of
local and national performers.
in 2012 and the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) adopted
a diversity contracting policy for the 2012 Democratic National
Convention. The policy states that the organizations have a goal of
spending at least one-third of its funding on contracts and projects
with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises
(WBEs), Disability-Owned Businesses, LGBT-Owned Businesses, and
Veteran-Owned Businesses. Seven out of the ten selected partners are
diverse: four of the selected partners qualify as MBEs and three
qualify as WBEs.
of the companies assembled to put together the Media Welcome Event are
local and were registered in the vendor directory launched nearly one
year ago by Charlotte in 2012. Their ties to the region will give
convention visitors a flavor of Charlotte’s local businesses.
companies represent the high-quality, diverse business culture that is
the base of our city’s economy. We look forward to partnering with them
to create an event that is memorable and helps us set the stage for
this historic convention,” said Mary Tribble, Charlotte in 2012 Deputy
Executive Director of Hospitality and Events.
The following firms were awarded contracts for the Media Welcome Event:
JHE Production Group: This 25-year-old
based in Harrisburg, NC and has received recognition for
excellence in special event planning thanks to its proven record in
strategic event planning, presentation, and execution of large-scale
Blumenthal Performing Arts: This
partner is centered in Uptown Charlotte and home to
outstanding arts organizations such as the Charlotte Symphony,
Community School of the Arts, and the North Carolina Dance Theatre.
Blumenthal Performing Arts is donating their time and service for this
Imagine Music Group: Tina
Gibson, a lifelong Charlottean, formed this small, local business in
1998. The company specializes in providing professional live
entertainment for any function or venue.
Key Signature: Brandon
Crumpton founded this Charlotte company three years ago. Prior to
starting Key Signature, Brandon worked in the entertainment and events
industry for 15 years. The company has annually programmed music for
the large-scale event Matthews Alive for the last four years.
Something Classic: Something
been one of the top companies in the food industry in the
region since 1989. They encompass full-service event styling and
catering, three sandwich boutiques, one children’s café, two
farm-to-table restaurants, and have established their own green action
program called The Green Goddess Alliance.
Audio Visual Services Team
Total Event Production: The
is one of the largest in the region
specializing in high-quality event design, management, and production
support. They use cutting-edge technology and equipment along with a
talented team of event experts.
Rutherford Media: Steve
Rutherford started Rutherford Media, a certified small business, in
2003 in the basement of his home producing documentary films. Nine
years later, the company has grown to be a full service digital signage
and audio video production company in Charlotte.
Advanced Media Network: The
been providing audio visual production services to the
Charlotte area for four years. This Minority Business Enterprise
already been a welcome addition to the mid-Atlantic event industry and
continues to grow.
Cecil & Company: Based
in Shelby, N.C., Cecil & Company is a small, minority-owned
business owned by Cecil Partlow. Cecil & Company offers DJ and
emcee services and has been a part of various Charlotte events for the
last 20 years.
The company is a woman-owned, family run company that has served both
North and South Carolina since 1958. Their extensive inventory allows
them to provide quality equipment at reasonable prices with a great
personal attention to detail.
The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee
non-partisan organization established by the city of
Charlotte to fulfill obligations of the master contract with the
Democratic National Convention Committee. In addition to those
obligations, Charlotte in 2012 works to engage the citizens of
Charlotte and the Carolinas through business and civic opportunities,
ensure that the Convention leaves a positive lasting legacy, and tell
Charlotte and the region's story to the nation and the world. For more
information, visit us online at www.charlottein2012.com
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Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, made
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