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After 40 Years of Entertaining, EastCoast Entertainment Adopts New Name To Reflect Its National Scope

Since its founding forty years ago, EastCoast Entertainment has grown into the largest full-service entertainment agency in the U.S., boasting 14 offices along the East Coast. The company has flourished as a go-to source for creative events, booking entertainment and producing custom events from not only here in Charlotte, but from coast-to-coast and around the globe.

In January, the company announced it changed its name to ECE. The new name reflects its growth into a national and international powerhouse for entertainment. ECE’s new brand identity includes a new logo and redesigned website.

“The evolution of our name ensures people understand we can serve almost any need anywhere, across the country and internationally,” says ECE President Doug Daniel.

ECE books and oversees entertainment for weddings, social events, corporate events, universities, performing arts venues, and private parties. The company is known for creative entertainment and excellent customer service.

You can hear more from Doug Daniel on ECE’s mission as an industry leader in this video.


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Mobilize Rescue Systems- 1175 Pittsford-Victor Road, Pittsford, NY 14534. Mobilize Rescue Systems is helping untrained bystanders save lives, by equipping them with knowledge and equipment to respond to medical emergencies like severe bleeding, cardiac arrest, seizures, overdoses, choking, and much more. The new technology uses an innovative, diagnostic app to help bystanders assess, manage, and monitor the unexpected until professional first responders arrive. For more information, contact Matt Ort @ 585-635-7260 or visit

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204 North Kitchen & Cocktails - 204 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails is a modern farm to table restaurant with craft cocktails, local beer and bottles of wines to share. We locally source our meats and produce allowing the natrual flavors of the Carolinas to come through with each dish. Stop by and enjoy some Carolina flavors! For more information, contact Kristin Denise @ 704-333-3747 or visit

Academy Bus- 1251 West Craighead Road, Charlotte, NC 28206. Academy bus is the largest privately owned transportation company in the United States. We are known for outstanding customer service, as well as operating one of the newest and most diverse fleets on the east coast. As your group transportation specialists, we can handle groups ranging from 20 to 20,000. For more information, contact Phil Rabe @ 704-596-2222 or visit

Four Points by Sheraton Charlotte- 315 E Woodlawn Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Gehr Hospitality, a California based company, recently acquired the Four Points Charlotte as part of the ongoing expansion of its hotel portfolio. The 132-room hotel features 56 two-room suites and 76 standard guestrooms, a restaurant & lobby bar, outdoor swimming pool, and a complimentary airport shuttle. The hotel will be undergoing a public space and systems renovation over the next several months. The hotel will be managed by Real Hospitality, a professional management company. For more information, contact Molly Caccamo @ (323) 727-2435 or visit

HMV Properties- 10415 Centrum Parkway, Pineville, NC 28134. Behind every great stay is a great night at the Comfort Suites Pineville and Comfort Inn Fort Mill. These hotels offer more of the space you need to spread out, relax, and work. We cater to both vacationing tourists and business travelers alike with complimentary services and amenities such as meeting space. Get rested, set, go. For more information, contact Hank Viroja @ 704-540-0069 or visit

Homewood Suites & Hilton Garden Inn SouthPark – 4808 Sharon Road, Charlotte, 28210. Chartwell Hospitality is proud to introduce the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Charlotte SouthPark. This is a dual-branded property. The Hilton Garden Inn has 150 rooms and the Homewood Suites has 120 suites. The hotels are scheduled to open Q1 of 2017. For more information, contact Mike Scaffidi @ 704-442-4050 or visit

Sunway Charters – 2400 Queen City Drive, Charlotte, NC 28206. As the largest motorcoach operator in the Carolinas, Sunway Charters provides charter and sightseeing services for pre-arranged groups, and operates contact and shuttle services for private and public events, conventions, and individual travel. Sunway Charters operates 100 + vehicles and offers on-board amenities including Wi-Fi, USB portals, and satellite TV. For more information, contact Lee Helms @ 704-348-1200 or visit

Truliant Federal Credit Union - Truliant Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution promising to always have its member-owners’ best interest at heart by improving their lives through guidance and affordable financial services. Chartered in 1952, it serves 200,000+ members. Fourteen of its 33 locations are in the Greater Charlotte area. For more information, contact 704-916-4790 or visit

Turner Construction Company- 4601 Park Road #601, Charlotte, 28209. Turner is a North America-based, international construction service company and is a builder in diverse and numerous market segments. With a staff of 5,200 employees and 1,500 projects each year, we offer clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization. For more information, contact Josh Dobeck @ 704-554-1001 or visit

Urban Trends Real Estate- 333 West Trade Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Chris Ogunrinde is the CEO of Urban Trends Real Estate Inc., a Charlotte based Real Estate Development and Investment Company with a mandate to develop middle income housing projects in the US metro markets. Mr. Ogunrinde is an Architect by training with over 25+ years of experience in the development of Master Planned Communities in the Southeastern Region of the U.S. Prior to Urban Trends, Mr. Ogunrinde practiced architecture and was founder and principal of Neighboring Concepts, a community planning, architectural and development firm located in Charlotte, NC. He received his bachelor of Architecture Degree from Southern University School of Architecture and is a Registered Architect in the State of North Carolina. For more information, please contact Chris Ogunrinde @ (704) 612-0971 or visit

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Advantage Truck Center - 3880 Jeff Adams Drive, Charlotte, NC 28206. Advantage Truck Center is one of the Southeast’s largest providers of trucks and truck related products and services between our four convenient locations. We offer the following: authorized dealer for Autocar, Hino, Isuzu and Volvo trucks, and Autocar terminal tractors (X-Spotter); full services lease and rental operations; complete parts; services and collision center; extensive inventory of used trucks-all sizes and makes; complete finance and insurance services. For more information, contact Jay Patel @ 704-597-0551 or visit

Century Link- 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217. We are the 3rd largest telecommunications company in the US providing voice and data solutions to 98% of the Fortune 500. 56 global data Centers providing true Enterprise hosting and cloud solutions. Centurylink is 1 of 2 companies that the Department of Homeland Security can use for colo and hosting. For more information, contact Jay Hatcher @ 704-837-1031 or visit

Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar- 4905 Ashley Park Lane, Suite J, Charlotte, NC 28210. Corkbuzz Restaurant and Wine Bar is guided by a simple but important philosophy: wine is meant to be enjoyed and shared! At least that is the ethos of Co-founder and Master Sommelier, Laura Maniec. This is also true of her new retail and wine bar project, The Cellar @ Corkbuzz. Whichever environment you choose, the wine selection is dynamic, smart and approachable, and the food is meant to engage the senses. Come discover for yourself! For more information, contact Elizabeth Tackett @ 704-625-1328 or visit

Dan Deas & Associates- PO Box 3151, Rock Hill, SC 29732. We are proud to be the sales representatives for Dyer-Royce Manufacturing, a USA manufacturer of furniture for the hotel industry. Our manufacturing plant in eastern Tennessee places us in a great place to service the Carolinas with furniture that will meet your expectations and enhance the experience of your Guests……making them want to stay with you whenever they leave home. For more information, contact Dan Deas @ 803-230-6334 or visit or

Deborah Bell and Company, LLC - Through an artist’s eyes, event decor interior and exterior design company, focused on corporate, weddings, seasonal and convention projects. In March of 2017 we competed against Charlotte’s top 4 design companies and were chosen by Herbal Life to design their top 3 International events in Charlotte. Artful reflections…experienced. For more information, visit

Ecoscape Solutions Group - P.O. Box 3328, Huntersville, NC 28070. Serving North Carolina and beyond, Ecoscape Solutions Group provides professional, high qualified and experienced commercial landscaping services. Our specialties include landscape maintenance, landscape design and installation, fertilization and pest management, irrigations services, and flowers and snow removal. We look forward to the opportunity to make our team your partners in success. For more information, contact Kelly Jimenez or Jed Warner @ 704-509-0020 or visit

Fairfield Inn & Suites/Residence Inn Charlotte Airport – 2220 West Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Marriott Dual Branded Fairfield Inn & Suites & Residence Inn Charlotte Airport Opening November 2016. Co-located under one roof with 204 rooms and just minutes from CLT Airport, the property offers complimentary airport shuttle service, breakfast and Wi-Fi. The hotels will share an outdoor pool, large fitness center and 2250 square feet of meeting space. For more information, contact Randy Rushakoff @ 980-265-5544 or visit or

Fitzgerald's- 201 East 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Fitzgerald’s is an American Tavern with an Irish Twist! Lively and festive any time of the day, Fitzgerald’s is the perfect place to gather with friends or meet new people. A variety of menu items and a perfect pint awaits which can be enjoyed alongside our large-screen TVs spread throughout the pub! For more information, contact Lauren Shoaf @ 704-900-8088 or visit

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar- 210 E Trade Street, Ste C-110, Charlotte, NC 28202. We Live, Breathe and Dream Steak & Wine. Our vision is to create a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and the finest aged USDA Prime Beef. In addition to inspired service and expertly prepared Prime Steak, we offer an exceptional selection of wines. For more information, contact Megan Martin @ 704-333-4266 or visit

Gecko Hospitality- 1171 Market Street, Suite 201, Fort Mill, SC 29780. Gecko Hospitality teams up with a client, like you, to understand your company culture and management staffing need. We agree on the key skills that you want in a candidate. We screen, interview and present the best qualified candidate. Then we become your trusted resource for staffing. For more information, contact Joan Koelbel @ 704-780-1045 or visit

Grease Monkey- 9920 Pineville-Matthews Road, Pineville, NC 28134. Grease Monkey is your one-stop shop for oil changes and more. We provide quick convenient oil changes, A/C or brake services, radiator or coolant flush and many more automotive services for all vehicles. We offer fluid replacement, filter replacement and wiper blades. We are an N.C. inspection station. For more information, call Terry Anderson @ 704-889-3700 or visit

GreerWalker- 227 W Trade Street, Suite 1100, Charlotte, NC 28202. GreerWalker LLP is a CPA firm providing tax, assurance, accounting, and advisory services focused on the needs of privately held middle market companies, owners and individuals. From our offices in North and South Carolina, we provide specialized expertise across a varied spectrum of industries and market segments for a regional, national and international clientele. For more information, contact Justin Russell @ (704) 353-8259 or visit

Hoffman Insurance Agency- 2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Suite 202, Charlotte, NC 28273. As a Trusted Choice Affiliate and being Charlotte’s Premier Independent Insurance Agency, we are certain that you will find our ability to build an outstanding relationship is unparalleled among insurance agencies. We provide top rated service and solutions to each and every client. For more information, contact Tim Hoffman @ 704-280-8585 or visit

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Charlotte Airport- 108 Airport Commons Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208. A new “Aviation” themed hotel with open spaces and 117 large guest rooms on 4 floors. The hotel also has 1600 square feet of meeting space. We believe in “Happiness Through Hospitality.” For more information, contact Wendy Foster @ 704-900-8100.

Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport Lake Pointe – 4119 South Stream Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217. Hyatt Place Lake Pointe offers an array of services and accommodations designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s travelers. 122 guest rooms and 1736 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, guests enjoy free breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, airport shuttle and more. Great location; easy access. Dedicated team- ready to serve! For more information, contact Christy Szczukowski @ 704-357-8555 or visit

Illuminating Technologies- 401 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 110-119, Charlotte, NC 28204. With over 20yrs of experience, Illuminating Technologies is a premier source for hospitality, restaurant, and commercial lighting solutions. We are committed to meeting project goals by understanding your business, operations, and lighting requirements; the end result being a quality light fixture and control package for a new or retrofit project. Do you have a lighting question? For more information, contact Angela Saladino @ 704-995-5197 or visit

International Minute Press - 901-G N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206. We produce everything from business cards and envelopes to direct mail campaigns, promotional products, and signage. We’re also your source for screen printed and embroidered corporate apparel! With our onsite digital capacity, we can turn around most projects within a few days – and may be able to accommodate same day. For more information, contact Dan Haggerty @ 704-377-3464 or visit

Just Hanging Wallpaper Inc- 1227 Caldwell Williams Road, Charlotte, NC 28216. Family owned and operated for over 40 yrs. JHW is 4th generation professional finishes contractor. We have 20yrs+ as a Vendor for CHS and their construction division CSG. We have established ourselves as a leader in the field ensuring impeccable quality and dependable service for all of our clients. For more information, contact Lisa B Rushing @ 704-399-2266 x200 or visit

Mosaix Group- 15720 Brixham Hill Avenue, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28277. Mosaix Group, your event solution, is a full-spectrum event services and destination management company. True to our name, we synchronize the hundreds of details and decisions in producing everything from spectacular first impressions to the perfect finishing touch. We provide: Transportation Management, Off Site Special Events and Dinners, Customized Tours and Activities, Team Building Activities, Event Design and Décor, Convention and Meeting Services, Gift Concierge & Hospitality Services, Entertainment & Stage Production. For more information, contact Christa Hovis @ 864-304-9085 or visit

Residence Inn by Marriott SouthPark – 6030 Piedmont Row Drive South, Charlotte, NC 28210. Experience the modern style of this all suite hotel. Featuring Studio, One and Two Bedroom’s, a hot breakfast buffet served every morning and an evening MIX featuring light food and beer/wine. Located in a tranquil setting in a suburban area, across the street from SouthPark Mall. It’s not a room, it’s a Residence. For more information, contact Michael Owenby @ 704-554-7001 or visit

Utility Management Services - 913 Westbrook Drive, Unit B, Charlotte, NC 28208. Utility Management Services INC is the largest and most successful utility auditing firm in the Southeast. Our goal is to make sure power providers are not overcharging commercial and industrial businesses. Whatever refunds, credits, or savings we are able to obtain for you, we will just split them with you 50/50; otherwise our service is free. To schedule your free power provider audit or to have more information sent to you, contact Patrick Cerri at