About Us

Total Events is the vision of owner and operator, Richard Carrier. In 1983 Rich moved westward to Las Vegas, NV to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Upon his arrival, he enrolled and later graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While attending college, Rich based himself at the Las Vegas Hilton, where he regularly produced events for celebrities including several U.S. presidents, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and many others. Hosting events for crowds of up to 10,000 developed his industry know-how and drive. After 9 years at the Hilton, Rich’s stellar reputation had been noticed by the Rio, where he later became the Director of Catering & Special Events.

In late 1997, Rich moved his family back to the Capital Region to be closer to his roots. After working as Director of Food and Beverage for the Crown Plaza and Director of Convention & Trade Show Services for Sodexo at the Empire State Plaza, Rich felt the need to fulfill a niche that Upstate New York area was lacking. In 1999 Total Events was born out of the idea that event rentals - tents and theme decor - could be fulfilled by a single qualified resource, much like the companies he had worked with in Las Vegas. 

Since its conception, Total Events has experienced remarkable growth in the event industry. Total Events has built strong relationships with corporate and residential clients alike, servicing Albany and the surrounding capital region as well as trade show & convention planning in Syracuse, NY. We work with Event Planner's in Hudson Valley and throughout the Northeast.