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First Protocol Acquires Barkley Kalpak Agency (BKA) First Protocol, a leading international events agency operating from offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Singapore, on 11th May announced the acquisition of Barkley Kalpak Agency (BKA), an award-winning creative and experiential agency based in New York City. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

The acquisition of BKA further establishes First Protocol as one of the leading international events agencies, enhancing its client portfolio in several key industries and service areas.

world’s most iconic companies. The acquisition will further complement First Protocol’s offerings in strategy, concept development and creative direction, which are strengths of BKA.

“We are excited about the acquisition of BKA, which will expand upon our overall offerings, add to our capacity, complement our creative and production service offerings, and strengthen our international presence to design, produce and execute world-class event experiences,” said Maureen Ryan-Fable, CEO Americas at First Protocol. “Our two companies share similar cultures and values – putting clients and our people first in all we do. We pride ourselves on both delivering outstanding service and experience to our clients.”

“We have known and worked with First Protocol for many years, and we have a shared vision of becoming the best in the industry,” said Jeff Kalpak, BKA President. “We believe the unification of our two companies will uniquely position us as a worldclass creative and strategic partner that creates unforgettable event experiences that bring client visions to life.”

First Protocol, which celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year, specializes in the design and delivery of high-quality, live events for some of the

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The acquisition also increases First Protocol’s total workforce to approximately 185 employees worldwide, approximately 125 of whom are based in New York City. This summer, BKA will relocate its 30 New York-based employees to First Protocol’s offices on 630 Ninth Avenue. Ms. Ryan-Fable will continue

in her role as CEO Americas at First Protocol, and Mr. Kalpak will assume the role of President and will join the First Protocol Group Board. Both companies have been recipients of the Crain’s New York “Best Places to Work” list for the several years, and also have common accolades from a number of professional organizations including Event Marketer’s Agency IT List, Special Events Magazine Top 50 Event Companies, BizBash Event Style Awards and more. Both Ryan-Fable and Kalpak have been inducted into the “Hall of Legends” in the International Special Events Society (ISES) New York Metro Chapter, an honor that recognizes event industry colleagues for their leadership, exemplary achievements and tenure in the special events industry. Additionally, First Protocol has also been recognized by the British Government and awarded Investors in People Gold Status in the United Kingdom.

AI Magazine May 2016  
AI Magazine May 2016