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Destination Management Leader Rhonda Marko Acquires GAGE from Grand Avenue

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by grandave No Comments

Middle Tennessee’s Leading Ground Transportation Provider
Sells Events Arm to Nashville’s Top Destination Management Exec


Nashville, Tennessee – Grand Avenue, the region’s ground transportation leader, today announced that it has sold sister company Grand Avenue Global Events (GAGE) to Rhonda Marko, CMP, CMM, DMCP, founder, president and CEO of Destination Nashville, a Global Events Partner and the area’s top destination management company and events specialists.

Grand Avenue founder, president and CEO Carl Haley said the partnership with Marko will enable his company to focus wholly on providing exceptional transportation, while Marko expands her events management reach in the region. Haley noted that this alliance comes at a critical time for the local hospitality industry, as the Music City Center nears completion, bringing thousands of additional events to town.

“By joining forces with industry leader Marko and her team, we are now positioned to work in tandem on behalf of our clients,” Haley said. “All of us at Grand Avenue are excited to build upon our mutual strengths, particularly at this important juncture for the hospitality industry in Nashville.” Grand Avenue will continue to specialize in corporate, special occasion and customized transportation to businesses and individuals throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond, while Destination Nashville will focus on providing comprehensive event planning and management solutions for clients. Due to the partnership, Haley and Marko explain that their respective companies will be able to provide turn- key events and transportation solutions to conventions, local businesses and others seeking their mutual expertise.

“This is a momentous day for me and my team, as we simultaneously grow our footprint and revolutionize the level of service available in this region,” Marko said. “We look forward to the opportunities for both of our companies to flourish in the months and years ahead, as we work together to serve Music City.” 

About Destination Nashville 

Destination Nashville, a Global Events Partner, is an award winning destination management company and event specialist. We partner with clients to produce flawless events and turnkey solutions through creative design, event management and on site production. For more information, visit Destination Nashville or call 615.851.9190.

About Grand Avenue

The leading ground transportation company in Middle Tennessee, Grand Avenue provides corporate, special occasion and customized travel options in the region and beyond. Grand Avenue’s hallmarks are a commitment to customer service, extensively trained drivers and an impeccable fleet of vehicles — ranging from hybrid sedans, to stretch limousines, to mid-sized and full-sized motorcoaches, and vintage automobiles. For more information, visit or call 615.714.5466 locally or toll- free 1.866.455.2823.

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