Rachel Kaplan, born in New York City, is the President/Founder of the Paris-based Events & Company. Ms. Kaplan has had a life-long passion for French art de vivre and European history and culture.
Born into a family of Francophiles, she was educated at the Lyçée Français de New York. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Ms. Kaplan went on to pursue a career in business journalism and international media and marketing communication for such clients as Lintas Worldwide and the Lagardère Group’s US Division of Hachette Magazines.
She has lived in Paris since 1994, where she wrote and published six books including a series for Harry N. Abrams on four major European capitals, including Little-Known Museums In and Around Paris, London, Berlin and Rome. She is also the author of Best Buys to French Chic.
Acclaimed by such leading publications as Travel & Leisure, Departures, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and Town & Country, Ms. Kaplan has also made guest appearances on American, British and French television and radio.
Events & Company, backed by a team of multilingual guides and assistants, has hosted families and groups from all over the world including Middle Eastern royalty, U.S. political figures, and Hollywood talent. The company’s corporate and institutional clients have included the SimonWiesenthal Center of Tolerance, Bates College, Vodaphone, ANT Trust, the Australian Automobile Association, Condé Nast Publications, and Acorn-Stairlifts.
Thanks to Rachel Kaplan’s private “black book” of confidential addresses and local contacts, her guests receive exceptional treatment and unprecedented access to people and places in France and other parts of Europe.
Vincent-Emmanuel Ragot has joined the team at Events & Company as our VIP antique, jewelry and art buying specialist for groups and private collectors. A professional auctioneer, he has a degree in both gemology and in the legal aspects of art buying. His background in public relations includes director of communications for Buccellati, followed by a three-year stint as director of international public relations at Boucheron. During this period, Vincent-Emmanuel also communicated on the history and prestige of the Place Vendôme through the Comité Vendôme. His private and exclusive clientèle regularly benefits from the best advice in interior design, antique buying at the major fairs including Maastricht and the Biennale des Antiquaires. A passionate defender of French heritage and culture, as well as the author of an important book on Buccellati, Events & Company is honored to be collaborating with this outstanding talent.
Mantė Valotkaitė is the Events Coordinator at Events & Company. Originally from Vilnius, Lithuania, Manté has a Masters in Business Administration from the Vatel Hotel & Tourism Business School. Fluent in both oral and written English and French, Manté brings a particular dedication and energy to the different activities of Events & Company—whether it’s helping to organize a corporate event for 300 guests or a winter wedding for 50 guests. Her sunny personality and excellent people skills make her a precious asset to the Events & Company team.
Although Events & Company is a boutique destination management agency, the company works with over 75 dedicated partners in France providing the best in transportation, hospitality, catering, audiovisual, as well as multi-lingual guides and hostesses. Rachel Kaplan’s Black Book of confidential addresses and insider experts makes an event arranged through her company both special and unforgettable.