FIRST

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First among equals

For more than 20 years, FIRST has been producing corporate events for top tier clients all over the world. Founded in London in 1996, FIRST provides event technology, venue sourcing, design and analytics solutions to global brands.

With more than 350 employees based in its New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Singapore and Hong Kong offices, FIRST operates across five continents and works with clients across the financial services, aerospace, technology and non-profit sectors.

FIRST is on a path of growth, recently acquiring Clive, an experiential events agency. FIRST has also expanded its capabilities, global footprint and the industries it serves.

“FIRST has enjoyed sustainable growth through extending client relationships across our three regions: Americas, EMEA and APAC. Our strategic plan is simply to put the needs of our client FIRST,” says Barry Richards, Chief Client Officer. “Our growth strategy has been consistent: we work with clients to ensure we understand their needs, deliver value and help them achieve their objectives. We’re large enough to have global resources for our clients, and flexible enough to evolve rapidly and roll out new capabilities as required.”

Maureen Ryan Fable, Group CEO and CEO Americas, notes the shifting landscape in the events sector. “More clients require global consistency as the marketplace gets smaller, with the ability to execute and truly deliver seamlessly across borders. Operating globally is both an opportunity and challenge.”