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PSAV Acquires Hawthorn

October 3, 2017 | Press Release
Bob Niersbach
Director, Communictions
rniersbach@psav.com
(847) 385-3619

PSAV Acquires Hawthorn®
Expansion in United Kingdom adds to U.S.-Based company's European presence

SCHILLER PARK, Ill., October 3, 2017 – PSAV, a leading global provider of event
technology services, and Hawthorn Theatrical, Ltd. ("Hawthorn" or "Company"), one of the
largest live event production companies in the United Kingdom, announce the acquisition of
Hawthorn by PSAV. The joining of companies delivers on PSAV’s vision to connect and
inspire people around the globe with impactful meeting and event experiences.

Founded more than 30 years ago by its CEO, Martin Hawthorn, the Company is an award winning
creative technical event production company, recently recognized as ‘Production,
Rental and Staging Company of the Year’ at the prestigious AV Awards. Hawthorn offers a
comprehensive suite of services, including creative design, production, lighting, audio, video,
staging, power distribution and rigging services in the U.K. Working with long-term clients,
Hawthorn is known for producing impressive events in a wide range of venues that connect
technology with creativity. Hawthorn also has a strong and growing presence in the theater
and concert touring market within the U.K.

Hawthorn strengthens PSAV’s presence in the U.K. with the addition of its highly talented
creative team, technical resources and customer-focused delivery model. “Martin and his
team have built a remarkable business, and I’m excited to welcome them all into the PSAV
family.” said Mike McIlwain, President and CEO for PSAV. "I look forward to the opportunity
to introduce their customers to the global reach of PSAV."

The Company, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSAV, will continue to operate under the
highly respected Hawthorn brand name. Martin Hawthorn and his senior team will remain in
place and continue to execute on their growth plans. "Hawthorn and PSAV have very similar
innovative and passionate cultures focused on delivering truly exceptional experiences for
our customers,” commented Martin Hawthorn. “We are thrilled to be joining forces with the
industry leader to be able to offer our clients more services in more places."

About Hawthorn®
Hawthorn is a leading U.K. production company founded more than 30 years ago. It is known for
providing creative design combined with innovative audio, video, lighting, staging, scenic and power
distribution services for small and large live events. Hawthorn’s clients consist of a broad range of
corporate customers and agencies, along with concert and theater productions. Hawthorn serves its
clients in both traditional and non-traditional venues such as stadiums, theaters and outdoor festivals,
along with being the preferred provider of its services in several notable venues in the U.K. Visit us at
www.hawthorn.biz.

About PSAV®
PSAV is a leading provider in the global event technology services industry delivering creative
production, advanced technology and staging to help our customers deliver more dynamic and
impactful experiences at their meetings, tradeshows and special events. As the provider of choice at
nearly 1,500 leading hotels, resorts and convention centers throughout the U.S., Canada, the
Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East, PSAV’s customers comprise event organizers,
corporations, trade associations and meeting planners. Our customers choose PSAV for its
innovative and comprehensive service offerings, as well as our exceptional customer service from
more than 8,800 highly trained staff across a global platform. Visit us at www.psav.com.

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