by Leo Jakobson | August 17, 2018
Leading engagement firm ITA Group announced on Aug. 15 that it has purchased experiential design and production company Hartmann Studios.

With offices in San Francisco and Atlanta, Hartmann is a full-service design and production studio "whose specialty lies in conceiving, creating and executing a vision to transform unique spaces into experiential environments for some of North America's most prominent brands," the company said in a statement.

"ITA Group is thrilled with the strategic acquisition of Hartmann Studios," said Tom Mahoney, ITA Group's chairman and CEO. "As event management continues to rapidly evolve, major clients are demanding a partner who can deliver unique, full-service engagement solutions. Hartmann Studios shares a similar passion around team members, unleashing their talents and expertise to deliver remarkable experiences for clients and event attendees. We believe the combined resources and expertise of both companies will provide the industry with a unique engagement agency. Together, we'll provide clients with better ideas that produce better results."

The purchase provides West Des Moines, Iowa-based ITA Group the opportunity to bring in-house the capability to provides clients with services including production, stages and sets, audio/visual and lighting.

"Together, ITA Group and Hartmann Studios are able to offer fully developed, holistic solutions for live events -- experiential design, creative content, stunning production and a full range of attendee services covering everything from travel and hospitality to comprehensive communications," said Mark Guelfi, president and CEO of Hartmann Studios. "But what really sets us apart is the superior level of customer service and attention to detail that serves as the bedrock for both our organizations."