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Influence Group

In January of 2022, CloserStill Media announced its partnership with the esteemed Influence Group, marking a major acquisition in the hosted buyer space. This exciting collaboration offers CloserStill Media an unparalleled opportunity to expand its reach and engage with new audiences.

Influence Group is a highly respected events business based in the United States. With an impressive track record of hosting intimate buyer and community-led events, they have made a name for themselves in a variety of industries, including retail, senior living, food service, hospitality, workplace, healthcare, and education. What sets their events apart is their content-led portfolio, which features invite-only forums, one-on-one meetings, and innovative networking formats. Influence Group also offers virtual roundtables and custom content to further support their events.

Founded in 2013 by managing partners Michael Owens and Michael McCarthy, Influence Group has over thirty years of combined experience producing business-to-business events and custom content. Their expertise and dedication to excellence have made them a trusted partner for many leading organisations across a wide range of industries.


In early 2023, CloserStill Media made a strategic move to acquire a significant stake in Openroom Events. Based in the United Kingdom, Openroom Events is a renowned business that specialises in creating and organising healthcare and retail events on a global scale.

Since its establishment in 2004, the company has been led by Fiona Horan and Emma Faure, both of whom have a wealth of experience in organising B2B events and creating custom content. They have built an impressive reputation for linking C-level end-users with innovative suppliers through their carefully curated events.

At the heart of Openroom Events' business model is the belief in nurturing strong relationships with their customers, business partners, and suppliers. This approach ensures that they can deliver maximum value to their clients. With a shared commitment to delivering results and organising high-quality events for their delegates, the Openroom Events team fits perfectly with our company's ethos and values.

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