Travel Technology Group, Ambassadors Merge

Two meetings, housing and event management companies, Chicago-based Travel Technology Group and Atlanta-based Ambassadors, have merged, they announced yesterday, forming what they say is the nation's "most experienced event housing management powerhouse."

The new, combined company—which will be called TTG|AMB—will undergo a strategic re-branding initiative this fall and will now offer a new menu of event management services for its corporate clients, including:

• Room block reservations
• Event marketing
• Housing management
• Hotel, flight, car and destination attraction booking

"Though Travel Technology Group and Ambassadors were competitors, we shared the same vision of redefining event housing management," TTG|AMB President Michael Howe said in a statement. "This merger has brought the best of both companies together, and our strategy is to continue delivering outstanding customer service, a flexible event management system and innovative solutions for event management."

TTG|AMB will be led by a new leadership team consisting of executives from both Travel Technology Group and Ambassadors. Howe, previously TTG's senior vice president and CFO, will be president and CFO while Bob Derham, co-founder and managing director of TTG, will be vice chairman of the board.

Other appointments include Tim Whorton as managing director and executive vice president, sales and new business development; Todd Lambert as chief operations officer; Scott Tallarida as executive vice president and chief technical officer; Jennifer Kimball as senior vice president, operations; Rose Dubrovich as senior vice president, sales and new business development; and Dahlia El Gazzar as vice president, marketing.