MeetingPlay and Aventri announce merger and new CEO

Eric Lochner has been named CEO of the new company.

Event software companies MeetingPlay and Aventri have merged and received a growth equity investment from Sunstone Partners and Camden Partners.

In conjunction with the merger, Eric Lochner has been named CEO of the new company.

“We are excited to bring these two inventive companies together to create a new cutting-edge experience for the meetings and events industry,” said Lochner.

“We have a strong opportunity to deepen the process of hosting in-person, hybrid and virtual events and are excited to be able to better support meeting planners and event organizers while offering a wider range of products and experiences.”

Co-founder and former MeetingPlay CEO Joe Schwinger and co-founder and former MeetingPlay COO Lisa Vann will remain with the new company and undertake executive roles.

Former Aventri CEO Jim Sharpe will remain a shareholder and advisor to the new company.

“Two great companies are coming together, leveraging secular tailwinds to increase market share and expand their innovative software capabilities to benefit top companies and brands,” said Sunstone Partners co-founder and managing director Michael Biggee.

“We’re delighted to continue partnering with them on their exciting future as one company.”