41 | TAG (formerly the Appointment Group)

TAG (formerly the Appointment Group)
2018 sales: $266 million
Employees: 332
Previous ranking: 40

10940 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90024
T (424) 248-2600
Website

Executives

CEO: Steve Barrass
FOUNDER/PRESIDENT: John Gianquitto
CFO: Jens Penny
MANAGING DIRECTOR, USA: Gabrielle Carr
MANAGING DIRECTOR, U.K.: Jodie Edwards-Locke
MANAGING DIRECTOR, APAC: Shane Barr
GROUP TOURING DIRECTOR: Byron Carr
GROUP CORPORATE DIRECTOR: Daniel Price

2018 Developments

Was acquired by Apiary Capital, a U.K.-based private equity firm.

Appointed a new senior management team, including a new CEO, CFO, chairman, chief technical officer and chief people officer.

To mark its 30th anniversary, the Appointment Group was renamed TAG, introducing a new logo and website.

Acquired the travel management division of Satellite Office Services, a provider of logistical support for large-scale, international events.

Relocated into larger office space in Manchester, England. Opened an office in Leeds city center in February 2019.

Company Facts

Specialist global travel management and events agency operating in the corporate, touring, events, sports, film and media and leisure sectors.

ARC sales of $125 million.

Works with 14 hosted agents.

91% of sales from business, 5% leisure, 4% other.

Member of Virtuoso.

Member of Advantage Travel Partnership and CT Partners.

Privately held; Apiary Capital LLP is majority shareholder.

Looking Ahead

Plans during the next two years to invest more than $2.5 million into technology, including new finance, midoffice, human resources and payroll solutions; the launch of a mobile app for touring personnel; transitioning its infrastructure to a global managed service provider; corporate travel portal; unified communications solution and further investment into compliance, specifically PCI and GDPR.

A new partnership with Nan Hwa Express in Hong Kong will enhance client offerings in the Asia-Pacific region.

Will relocate its Nashville team to a new and larger office in the Capitol View building in the North Gulch neighborhood.

Plans to launch TAG24, an improved global emergency service.

Will explore further global acquisitions.

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