ACCESS Expands into Colorado!

ACCESS-Colorado-Danielle+Heidi-websizeACCESS is very happy to announce our expansion into the heart of the Rocky Mountains with Heidi Brown and Danielle Mason Phippen, owners of the Workshop! The Denver-based DMC joins the ACCESS brand as ACCESS Colorado along with our 15 existing offices across North America.

With 30 years of combined industry experience, Heidi and Danielle are known for their creativity and developing memorable, cutting-edge events. Their team’s customer-centric approach and dedication to operational excellence has made them a DMC leader in the greater Rocky Mountain including Denver, Colorado Springs and the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen and more.

ACCESS is comprised of like-minded DMC owners who share a passion for our industry and the clients we serve, and it was these very owners and their teams that convinced us that joining ACCESS was absolutely the perfect choice for our company.ACCESS creates a one-of-a-kind partnership where information, best practices and industry excellence is shared and fostered. Without question, ACCESS is the wave of the future and we are beyond excited to be part of it!”
– Danielle Mason Phippen, Partner, ACCESS Colorado.

“We are excited to have Heidi and Danielle join the ACCESS team. They are charismatic leaders, known for their commitment to service and creating unique experiences for clients. This expansion into Colorado is part of our continued commitment to providing our clients with the local expertise and consistent service levels that they want on a national and global scale.”
– Chris Lee, CEO, ACCESS Destination Services.

Here’s looking forward to many successful events in the wild, wild west with ACCESS Colorado!

ACCESS Makes Inc 5000 List for Second Consecutive Year!

Finc-5000-2014bor the second consecutive year, ACCESS has made Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America list! In addition to ranking #50 among the Top Travel & Hospitality companies ACCESS is the only Destination Management Company (DMC) to twice make the prestigious list in the Travel & Hospitality category.  The Inc. 5000 is considered the most comprehensive portrait of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

Since making the list in 2013, ACCESS has grown considerably, adding offices in New York, Philadelphia and San Antonio.  Global alliances with leading DMCs Pacific World and Amstar have also expanded ACCESS’ reach to over 100 destinations in 30 countries.

“To make the Inc. 5000 list for the second year in a row is very exciting! Being a 45-year old company and finding ourselves among the fastest growing companies in the country is a testament to our commitment to customer service and innovation in a changing marketplace.”   – ACCESS CEO Christopher Lee, DMCP

For 10th consecutive year, ACCESS named Top 25 DMC!


top-25-dmc-2014-227pxFor the tenth consecutive year, ACCESS Destination Services has been named one of the Top 25 Destination Management Companies by Special Events Magazine!   DMCs from around the world were selected based on annual revenue, number of events produced per year, capabilities and noteworthy events. ACCESS is one of the only DMCs to appear on the list every year since its inception.

Over the past year, ACCESS has expanded into New York, Philadelphia and San Antonio. Through global alliances with Pacific World and Amstar, ACCESS now serves over 100 destinations throughout 30 countries.

ACCESS CEO Christopher Lee, DMCP, said, “It’s an honor for the ACCESS team to be recognized as a ‘Top 25’ Destination Management Company for ten consecutive years, and we’re proud to be one of the only DMCs to hold that distinction.”

Official Opening of San Antonio/Austin office!

ACCESS is thrilled to announce the official opening of ACCESS San Antonio! Our talented and creative ACCESS Texas team has been servicing clients in the greater San Antonio/Austin area for several years under the leadership of DMC leaders Jeff Davis, Robert Hayden, Patty Phelps, Meredith Hartley and Tammy McCormick, CMP. Growing client demand for full-time, local high-quality DMC services in the area has resulted in the opening of an official ACCESS office in the market. The new location will be known as ACCESS San Antonio.

tammy-mccormickLeading the team will be industry veteran Tammy McCormick, CMP. Tammy brings more than 10 years of both Sales and Operations experience to the San Antonio/Austin office and is known for her creativity and focus on customer relationships.

“I am so thrilled to be part of this expansion and to have the opportunity to service our meeting and incentive clients throughout San Antonio and Austin!”
- Tammy McCormick, CMP, Senior Sales Manager, ACCESS San Antonio

The expansion into San Antonio and Austin marks the third new ACCESS destination in four weeks, following the announcement of New York and Philadelphia in June!

“It’s exciting to see the growth in Texas. This continued growth is the result of ACCESS‘ commitment to our company vision and values, listening to our clients, and being where they want and need us most.” – Chris Lee, DMCP, CEO, ACCESS Destination Services

Learn more about ACCESS San Antonio!

Announcing ACCESS Philadelphia!


ACCESS is excited to announce our expansion into Philadelphia with industry expert Maria DiBenedetto of Uniquely Philadelphia! Maria and her team will join the ACCESS Destination Services brand along with the 13 existing ACCESS offices across North America.

With more than 20 years of experience in events and destination services, Maria has a reputation for creativity and top-quality customer service in the greater Philadelphia area. With an emphasis on event production, innovation, and impeccable attention to detail, the ACCESS Philadelphia team prides themselves on creating experiences that exceed expectations.

“We are honored to become part of the ACCESS team. It’s fantastic to know we’re joining an organization that is so client-focused and is providing a solution to customers that no other DMC is offering. We’re simply thrilled!”
- Maria DiBenedetto – President and Partner, ACCESS Philadelphia

“We are so happy to have Maria join the ACCESS team. She and her team are true professionals and exemplify the high quality standards of the ACCESS brand. This expansion into Philadelphia is part of our commitment to be where our clients need us most and to provide them with local expertise and consistent service levels.”
- Chris Lee – CEO, ACCESS Destination Services.

Click here to learn more about ACCESS Philadelphia and their modern renaissance city!

Announcing ACCESS New York!

jaclyn+robACCESS Destination Services is very happy to announce our expansion into the Northeast in New York with industry veterans Jaclyn Bernstein and Robert W. Hulsmeyer, owners of Empire Force Events! The New York-based company will be united under the ACCESS Destination Services brand alongside our existing 12 ACCESS offices.

With history dating to 1982, Empire Force Events has been a leading presence in the New York metro market. Celebrating 20 years of ownership together this year, Jaclyn and Rob’s long-term success can be attributed to their innovation, integrity and commitment to the profession and their destination.

“We are very fortunate to have Jaclyn and Rob join forces with ACCESS. They are true New Yorkers, as well as experienced industry leaders. I’m thrilled to have such an incredibly trusted and well respected New York team become part of the ACCESS brand.” Chris Lee – CEO, ACCESS Destination Services

“We are so excited to join ACCESS! This is the right model, and the right time, for the evolution of our Destination Management business. ACCESS has a strong reputation and successful, long-term track record and we couldn’t be happier to be part of this organization.” — Jaclyn Bernstein, President and Partner, ACCESS New York

As the industry continues to evolve, ACCESS will continue to build and strengthen our service scope and depth both here in the US and with our global partners. All while maintaining the same quality and consistency that you have come to expect from ACCESS.

ACCESS CEO Chris Lee named Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist!

ChrisLeeWe are very excited to announce that ACCESS CEO Chris Lee has been selected as a Finalist in the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program! (see list of Finalists here)

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program dates back to 1986 and recognizes entrepreneurs around the world for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, strategic direction, local and global influence, and personal integrity.  This prestigious award has been presented to leaders from over half of today’s Top 100 NASDAQ companies.

Nominations of Entrepreneurs and Chief Executives were submitted from across San Diego county, with 27 semifinalists selected to participate in a rigorous two-day interview process with local leaders and past EOY award recipients.  The interview process narrowed the field down to only 16 Finalists, including Chris.  “I’m thrilled to be considered for this award and to be recognized among such an impressive list of San Diego leaders.” - ACCESS CEO, Chris Lee.

 Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony next month at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego.

ACCESS Wins Shining Star Award for CSR Efforts

ACCESS is excited to announce that we were recognized as a recipient of the Shining Star Award for Corporate Social Responsibility at this year’ s Pharma Forum 2014 in Orlando, Florida!  The award focuses on celebrating and recognizing the people and companies that are making a difference and demonstrating significant achievement in the life sciences meeting management industry, including Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

ShiningStarAwardThe award was presented to both ACCESS and our long-time partner client Dräger for our collaborative work on the”Park Build in the Desert” CSR program.

The event took place at Sunshine Acres – a children’s home in Phoenix, AZ – where ACCESS worked with almost 500 Dräger employees to transform an empty dirt lot into a 20,000 square foot park – complete with 18,000 square feet of grass, hand-built park benches, a walking path, and freshly planted trees and bushes.  The team even had time to repaint a basketball court and skate park…all in less than 5 hours!

Giving back to our local communities is part of our core values at ACCESS.  When producing CSR programs, our goal is to create an event that will have a lasting and meaningful effect on both the beneficiary and our client.  We are truly honored to be recognized for these efforts!

See video from the event here:

ACCESS announces Strategic Partnership with Amstar


ACCESS is excited to announce our partnership with Amstar – one of the most highly regarded DMC brands in the Americas.  Together, ACCESS and Amstar will cover 53 destinations ranging from as far south as Jamaica & the Dominican Republic, north through Mexico, and throughout the United States.

From the sun-drenched shores of Mexico to the white sand beaches of the Caribbean and Hawaii, 17 new Amstar destinations are now available to clients of ACCESS Destination Services.   And the addition of ACCESSdestinations to the Amstar map yields an additional 36 locations — served by the ACCESS offices that range coast-to-coast across the US. Read More

ACCESS Orange County awarded Certified Tourism Ambassador Business of the Year!

AOCVCB logoThe Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) recently presented the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Business of the Year award to ACCESS Orange County during the AOCVCB annual meeting at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

ACCESS Orange County, which currently has 18 CTAs, has been an AOCVCB partner since 1974.

“Long-time partner ACCESS embraces the value of the CTA Program and has placed several of its staff through our program,” said Jay Burress, president and CEO, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Read More

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