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Opus Hires Experienced VP to Global Accounts Team

PORTLAND, Ore. – September 11, 2018 – Opus Agency is excited to announce the addition of Kate Clarvoe as Vice President on the Global Accounts team. Clarvoe, who joined Opus September 4, will provide key guidance and leadership as the agency continues to evolve its model for strategic account direction.

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Maestro Labors of Love: Noah Dunham

Opus values work-life balance, and celebrates the amazing and creative passion projects that our employees maintain outside of work. In this series, we’ll be highlighting Maestro side hustles.

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Opus says “Farewell” to the Summer Interns!

Opus was excited to welcome a crew of interns this summer! Sadly, their internships are ending. We’re reflecting on their time with us and getting excited for the next steps in their professional journeys! Here’s what our interns had to say about their Opus experiences:

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Maestro Labors of Love: Valerie White

Opus values work-life balance, and celebrates the amazing and creative passion projects that our employees maintain outside of work. In this series, we’ll be highlighting Maestro side hustles.

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Opus Celebrates Women in Technology: Meet Petra

As an agency with an internal tech team that primarily serves technology clients, we are huge fans of women in tech. We understand the unique obstacles women in the tech industry face, and we’re proud to highlight our female tech team members who are thriving. In this installment of Opus Women in Tech, get to know Technical Project Manager, Petra Fasana.

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Opus Acquires Level 2 Design—Our Third Strategic Acquisition this Year

(PORTLAND, OR—JULY 10, 2018) Opus Agency, a leading provider of global event experiences, today announced it is acquiring Level 2 Design, an industry leader in technical design and production. Level 2 Founder and President, Tommy Melancon will join the Opus leadership team, offering strategic guidance and increased bandwidth to the Opus production team.

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Rethink Vegas: Unique Offerings Off the Strip

Event professionals and meeting planners spend a lot of time in Vegas. Like, a lot of time. My team often refers to Vegas as their second home, as they spend weeks there every year. When meeting planners think of Vegas, a few clichés come to mind: heavily air-conditioned meeting spaces, stereotypical casino carpet and décor, and the unmistakable sound of slot machines.

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Opus Team Donates Blood to American Red Cross

The team took some time out of their busy day to help save lives! American Red Cross stopped by the Portland office for a blood drive; Maestros were able to fill the entire donation schedule for their visit. Of the 30 employees who donated blood, 28 of them were first-time donors!

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Make Your Next Event a Strawless One

The “strawless” movement is in full swing. Major cities such as Seattle and Malibu have banned or limited the use of plastic straws. Restaurants across the country are voluntarily removing plastic straws from their businesses as well. Why? In America, we use over 500 million straws every day; most of them end up in the ocean.

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11 Ways C2 Montreal is Unlike any B2B Conference You’ve Ever Attended

Last week, I attended C2—the Commerce and Creativity Conference—in Montreal, Canada with my Opus colleagues, David Lemke and Jason Curtis. It had Snoop Dog (talking about the legalization of cannabis) as the big draw, but that’s not why I wanted to go. I was primarily interested in seeing a new event experience, and evaluating how that might be applied to the B2B events we work on, which are largely tech company user conferences. Luckily for me, there was no shortage of ideas to draw on.

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GDPR for Event Planners – Proceed with Caution

As if your job as an event planner isn’t stressful enough, along comes the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in all its complicated glory. Over the last several months, you need to have been living on a desert island to not have noticed lots of information and warnings about GDPR and its effect on the events industry (among others). The information that’s out there offers a wide range of advice, from taking a “wait and see” approach to encouraging outright panic!

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We Asked Our Team for Their Best De-Stressing Tips

In 2017, CNBC released a list of the most stressful jobs in America; event planner landed at #5. Additionally, May is one of the busiest times of the year for our team. How do you keep feelings of pressure at bay during this time as an event professional? We asked around the office for advice—here’s what these professional de-stressors do to stay sane.

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Opus Agency Makes a Big Move with the Acquisition of MAS Event + Design

BEAVERTON, Ore. — (May 10, 2018) Opus Agency, a leading provider of global event experiences, today announced it has joined with MAS Event + Design, an innovator in the area of experiential event design and implementation. The founders of MAS, Mia Choi and Sneha Bhatia, will both join the Opus executive team and lead all aspects of experiential design and production.

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Opus adds experienced producer in leadership role

PORTLAND, Ore. – May 3, 2018 – Opus Agency is excited to announce the addition of Wendy Rusk as Vice President of Production Operations. Rusk, who joined the team May 1, will fill an important leadership role in the agency, primarily responsible for guiding and executing the operations of the agency’s production service line.

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What I Learned from Attending Mule Design’s “Presenting Work with Confidence” Workshop at Design Week Portland

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure (and luck) to be one of 20 wannabe extroverts in Mike Monteiro’s Presenting Work with Confidence workshop during Portland Design Week. Yep, you read that right: 20 introverts arrived at Outlet PDX (a wonderful, visually stimulating little gem of an event space) to learn how to be more comfortable and confident while presenting to a crowd.

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Opus Celebrates Women in Technology: Meet Carleen

As an agency with an internal tech team that primarily serves technology clients, we value women in tech. We understand the unique obstacles women in the tech industry face, so we’re proud to highlight our female tech team members who are thriving. In the second installment of Opus Women in Tech, get to know Opus Director of Technology Operations, Carleen Nikzi.

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Projection or LED Screens: Which is Best for Your Event?

Finding the best way to display content or visuals at your event can be a difficult process. There are a few different approaches, two of the most popular solutions being LED screens and traditional projection technology. What you might want to do as a marketer may be at odds with your CFO or finance team!  In this showdown, I’ll be comparing the benefits and downsides of each approach. Which will come out on top?

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Pay Attention to What Inspires Your Designers

Designers don’t limit themselves to creating from nine to five. They draw inspiration from everywhere, all the time. As a creative director, it’s imperative that you know where their inspiration is coming from. In my team’s case, doing so has led to some incredible client work.

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