Stay Away From Them

I applied to Ampa Events many years ago as I got laid off of my last tech job. My ex-coworkers my former employer at the time (whose name I won't mention out of respect) talked all sorts of trash about them. Well, with the interview that I had along with what they said, they were correct. When I did the over the phone interview with their art director, Cyril Suaris, the guy wasn't a gentleman. He was very unprofessional in asking me certain questions and in general. For example, when he asked me how to make sure that a frame is square (even), I told him many different ways to check. Then he said that there are more ways and to ask my former boss (before I got laid off) and to give him a call back. Then he gave me a nasty attitude about the position that I applied for making it look like it was my fault that the job post didn't get taken off of After the interview, he called me offering a different position and I simply declined. I know the difference between a stress interview and someone with a social problem. If Cyril Suaris mistreated me during an over the phone interview, I can only imagine what the rest of the staff is like. If I really wanted to work with people that were fried in the brain, I'd apply to be a corrections officer or for a position in an insane asylum. Not an event company.
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I apologize if I offended you. I really am.

My interviews are very casual and not formal. I do that primarily to help the candidate relax. I am sorry if the interview did not go well for you. If I called you back to offer you another position that was available it meant, I was making the effort to offer a job you would succeed at the company and then grow into the position that you applied.

It was my approach of a foot-in-the door.

I was trying to be kind. I did not have to do that.

After reading your comment, I can see how perspectives can be different and can only learn form this.

I respect your comment.

Nevertheless, I will always have this approach to go out of my way if I can help.

I wish you all the best for your future.

map-marker Richmond, Virginia

Misogynist *** of an owner

Every negative comment that has ever been said about the misogynistic, out-dated, egotistical owner of Ampa Events, Ted Rubis, are the truest things you can read on the internet. The only positive review you can read here was coincidentally written by his own office manager. He is happy to take advantage of people while claiming to be a Christian man. His most loyal employees are treated to the highest levels of disrespect. It is unfortunate that Ted Rubis continues to do business.
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map-marker Chantilly, Virginia


If you are thinking about working for Ampa Events, think again. They lie to get you in the door, then flip the tables on you. The owner screams, lies, verbally abuses his employees. I have no clue how they stay in business. I ruined my contacts by working there because NO VENDOR wanted to do business there. The place has the worst reputation, but he owner has the biggest ego, and ego that makes NO ONE want to work for him, with him or around him. The constant verbal abuse of the employees, vendors and clients is unreal. I have never seen a company run this way.
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Ramar Zyy
map-marker Richmond, Virginia

Ampa Events did an amazing job

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I'm leaving a review because I read the other negative reviews about Ampa Events and I totally disagree. They did an amazing job helping me with a party. They gave me great customer service, design, products, lighting, installation, and pricing. The owner and staff were so nice. They worked with us to make sure that we got everything we wanted. The set up staff were professional and made sure we were all set once they were done. They arrived again the next morning, right on time, to take everything down. Everyone loved the decor and lighting. We had a wonderful time. Thank you Ampa for making our party a success.
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Martavius Tcq
map-marker Richmond, Virginia

Overcharges clients and lying

This is th most unethical company I have ever been involved with. AMPA CHARGES clients for things that are not even done. LABOR cost are way over estimated and the equipment is junk and the owner treats employees and clients like dogs. Stay far far away from this company they will overcharge and sulley your event. If you are a state funded school or university it is standard practice to charge extra. Thank you ampa for screwing th tax payers of Virginia for your own gain. The owner is a complete know it all and should not be in business period. Use any other event company.
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map-marker Williamsburg, Virginia

AMPA events has AWFUL service!

We booked Ampa Events, Richmond Virginia, about six month's in advance of our son's Bar Mitzvah. As we entered the party, about an hour before the start time, we discovered that the company decided to send completely different decorations than those we ordered. The on-site planner was fabulous, but didn't know that the company didn't even own the equipment that was sold to us months before by a salesperson who had left the company. It was too late to hire another company. The owner of the company refused to answer any of our phone calls or emails then overcharged us!
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I could only stand being at that company a short time. It's also sad that someone wants to micromange that business so poorly.

The lights circuit breaker blew during a "father/daughter" dance during a Wedding Re-vow reception. Poor decisions.

He refused advice and lost 2k in revenue because he ignored a lighting tech's advice. I feel sorry for anyone still working there...


I'm also a former Ampa Employee. I'm not disgruntled, but I do think people should know...

EVERYTHING that "own it" said is completely, 100% true. Ampa has some great and talented people, and they really do have beautiful products.

The owner is completely difficult to work with, and it doesn't surprise me that people are not happy with how he treats them (employees and consumers). If I were a client, I would specifically ask NOT to work with the owner, and you will get MUCH better service.


Beware of Ampa Events in Richmond. The owner makes sure customers get vague "contracts" so he can provide whatever he chooses.

And the answer to the customer complaints--"it's only business". No it's not!

It's a once in a lifetimme event for the customer! Horrible boss and even worse businessman.


Having worked at Ampa a while ago I can tell you exactly what happened. First, don't expect to talk to the same person twice.

People usually can only take about a month's worth of the owner, Ted, before they split. Second, the owner actually instructs the employees to say that he's not at his desk for certain people because he thinks they'll just go away eventually. For everyone that calls, you put them on hold and tell Ted who it is and then he decides whether or not he'll speak to you instead of being the great customer sales person any owner would be and just directly talking to anyone calling for him.

Second, most of the stuff is rented through another company so you're basically paying twice for one item instead of just going directly to the company that has the table or linens etc. And third, there is no set price, the owner decides how much he'll charge you based on how rich he thinks you are.


Yes, Ted Rubis is an as*. For owning a service company that is supposed to help provide fun and joy to a special event, he lacks in even the most basic human communication tools.

Try another company like Big Top next time. I have had great results with them for a couple of fun events.

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