Gather, the leading event management software platform for restaurants and venues, announced strategic growth and significant achievements in the midst of a momentous year for the company. Gather has made recent additions to their executive team, acquired the company EVENTup in June, garnered industry accolades (including recognition from the Inc. 5000 Awards), launched the Gather Booking Network, and relocated to a new office to manage a rapidly growing team. By the end of 2018, the company projects to more than double its headcount with 130 total employees.
Last year, Gather helped plan and manage over 700,000 events for more than 5,000 restaurants and venues across the U.S., powering more than $1 billion in event revenue.
“The growth and momentum Gather has had so far in 2018 puts us in an excellent position to continue driving the event industry forward,” says Nick Miller, co-founder and CEO of Gather. “While I am proud of the company’s success, we’re also excited to bring new resources to our customers to continue to propel their events business forward.” In July, Gather launched the Gather Booking Network, the world’s largest events network, allowing restaurants and venues to tap into a larger audience by promoting their businesses in the top places where millions of event planners go to find and book events. The growing partner list includes Yelp, EVENTup, BizBash and Wedding Spot.
Gather also added Thomas Angst to its executive leadership team as Senior Vice President of Sales. Thomas brings 20 years of leadership experience in growing and scaling companies, most notably in his role as Regional VP of Sales & Restaurant Relations at OpenTable.
“Throughout my 14 years with OpenTable, I became passionate about the hospitality industry,” adds Thomas Angst, SVP of Sales, Gather. “Through OpenTable customers that were using and loving Gather, I learned how the software works and truly saw the value it added to business owners in building additional revenue streams. The leadership team at Gather is like-minded and focused on helping restaurants and venues succeed in their business. I believe in the opportunity of creating a positive impact for our present and future customers and am proud to be a part of the team.”
Thomas will be instrumental in helping scale Gather’s sales team, supporting the company-wide team growth by adding over 100 jobs through 2019. To accommodate the growing team, Gather relocated offices in August from Inman Park to a 31,000 sq. ft., fully custom-built office space, designed by Nelson Design, in Midtown Atlanta’s 715 Peachtree building.
Gather continued to celebrate excellence, most recently with recognition in the top ten percent of the 2018 Inc. 5000 awards (ranking at #442). The company achieved additional accolades and awards this year, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2018 Pacesetter Award, Product/Service of the Year – Event Management Solution by the 2018 Stevie American Business Awards, and as one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 2018 Top Workplaces.