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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 11, 2016
First Protocol, an events agency with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Singapore, has acquired Barkley-Kalpak Agency (BKA), an experiential events and planning firm based in New York City. Just last month, BKA was named a Best Places to Work in the Meetings Industry by Meetings & Conventions.

"We are excited about the acquisition of BKA, which will expand upon our overall offerings, add to our capacity, complement our creative and production service offerings, and strengthen our international presence to design, produce and execute world-class event experiences," said Maureen Ryan-Fable, CEO Americas at First Protocol. "Our two companies share similar cultures and values -- putting clients and our people first in all we do. We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding service and experiences to our clients."
 
"We have known and worked with First Protocol for many years, and we have a shared vision of becoming the best in the industry," said Jeff Kalpak, BKA President. "We believe the unification of our two companies will uniquely position us as a world-class creative and strategic partner that creates unforgettable event experiences that bring client visions to life."
 
The measure increases First Protocol's workforce to approximately 185 employees worldwide, with 125 based in New York City. This summer, BKA will relocate its 30 New York-based employees to First Protocol's offices in Manhattan. Ryan-Fable will continue in her role as CEO Americas at First Protocol, while Kalpak will assume the role of president and join the First Protocol Group Board.