President & CEO, GoVision L.P.
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Christopher Curtis is president of GoVision L.P., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of customized modular LED walls and turnkey mobile LED units. Curtis founded the company in 2002, following nearly two decades as an independent investor and entrepreneur who played a defining role in his industry.
GoVision (www.jumbo.tv) is a full-service LED screen provider that specializes in state-of-the-art video solutions, from the most complex modular configurations, custom-built to any size, to its fleet of turnkey mobile units. GoVision has provided broadcast and production support for countless national events, including the 55th (Bush), 56th and 57th (Obama) Presidential Inaugurations, Major League Baseball and NBA All Star Games, NCAA Final Fours, the Ryder Cup and U.S. Open Championships, the 100th Anniversary Scouting Jamboree and the Gaylord Opryland Grand Reopening. The Argyle, Texas-based company is the screen provider of the Texas Motor Speedway, Dallas Cowboys Stadium Plaza, the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, University of Oklahoma football and several PGA tournaments.
Curtis was largely responsible for the creation of the portable daylight large screen industry. He co-founded Motion Graphics, the pioneer of the category, in 1991, and purchased the business outright in 1992. Three years later, Curtis merged the company with BCC Video’s Jumbotron division to form Screenworks, now the industry’s largest player. He sold his interest in Screenworks in 1998 to concentrate on other opportunities.
In 1995, Curtis was the original investor in Field Source, Inc., which created unique relevance marketing programs for companies such as PepsiCo, Coors and Nestle. The business was acquired by The Mosaic Group in 1998.
Curtis is an investor in various real estate partnerships and venture capital funds.
In February 2013, Curtis was appointed to the 2014 North Texas Final Four Local Organizing Committee. He was the first winner of the Innovation Impact Award, presented in January 2011 by the NFL and the North Texas Small Business Alliance, for embodying the characteristics of leadership, innovation and social responsibility. In 2009, Curtis was among a select group of leaders appointed to the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. He is a founding member of the Argyle ISD Education Foundation Board.
A graduate of Texas Christian University, Curtis is a past member of the TCU Board of Trustees and is only the second individual in school history to serve as president of both the TCU Frog Club and the National Alumni Association. He received the university’s prestigious President’s Service Award in April 2011. Curtis and his wife, Nicole, are Patron and Lifetime members of the Clark Society. They have four children, and live in Flower Mound, Texas.
Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing
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Scott McKinnon joined GoVision in May of 2010 after 18 years of senior sales leadership at several global technology companies. McKinnon is a proven leader in developing, building and managing successful sales models/teams with both a direct and indirect sales force, resulting in high growth, gains in market share, and positive earnings.
Throughout his career, McKinnon has negotiated deeply rooted, long-term relationships with Fortune 500 clients such as American Airlines, Ford, Motorola, Lockheed Martin, Valero, FedEx Office, Sabre and Dell, to name a few. McKinnon has developed a passion for aligning tactical initiatives between sales and marketing organizations that has fueled double, and in many cases triple, digit growth.
McKinnon oversees all aspects of GoVision’s sales and marketing as well as serving in a key management role on both day-to-day and strategic operations of the company.
A native Texan and graduate of Texas Christian University, McKinnon was a three-year letterman for the TCU football team and loves to hunt, fish and coach youth athletics. He and his wife, Kim, have two children and live in Southlake, Texas.
Executive Vice President
Kevin Faciane joined GoVision in December 2014 as a Partner and Vice President of Business Development. He now oversees the integration of GoVision’s acquisitions, partnerships and strategic alliances while spearheading the company’s expansion into non-heritage markets and business channels.
Faciane previously spent 15 highly successful years with the Mead Johnson Nutrition Division of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, where he held senior leadership positions within the organization’s Sales and National Accounts departments. In 2008, he traded his Fortune 500 career for equity positions in several closely held businesses in the food distribution, grocery and commercial property development sectors.
A graduate of Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law), Faciane was a Varsity Letterman at TCU as a member of the Men’s Soccer Team. He was an appointed member of the Board of Visitors for TCU’s College of Science and Engineering and was elected to the Argyle Independent School District Board of Trustees in 2011; serving as School Board President from 2012 to 2014.
Vice President, Client Services
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Brady Haass joined GoVision in 2003 as an account executive after graduating from Texas Christian University with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Radio, Television, Film and Speech Communications. Brady gained valuable sales experience, accumulated a strong base of nationally recognized clients, and has been largely responsible for the company’s rapid growth in clients as well as its successful expansion into new markets.
Brady was promoted to Director of Sales in 2007 and began to manage and train a full-time sales staff while still increasing GoVision’s national sales effort with such prestigious clients as the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, Tostitos’ Fiesta Bowl, and Bank of America Chicago Marathon. In celebration of his 10th anniversary with GoVision, the company rewarded Haass with a promotion to Vice President, Client Services in 2013. In his expanded role, Brady has been charged with further developing GoVision’s product offerings, entering additional new markets, and continuing to grow the company’s client roster.
Among his favorite memories at GoVision, Haass lists the 2:00 AM shuttle launch at Kennedy Space Center in 2009, President Obama’s historic first inauguration ceremony, and the March Madness Music Festival during NCAA Final Four. “The best part of working at GoVision is the people, but a close second is being at ground zero for some of the coolest events on the planet,” said Haass.
Vice President, Business Development
GoVision recently announced the hiring of Mark Johnson to become the company’s new Vice President, Business Development. In his new role, Johnson will lead GoVision’s fixed installation sales efforts while also helping to expand the service and maintenance group to support the company’s fixed installations.
Johnson joins GoVision after 18 highly successful years with Daktronics (NASDAQ: DAKT). During his career with the South Dakota-based LED video screen manufacturer, he held several positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s sales organization. Most recently, as Regional Sales Manager, Johnson was responsible for directing a sales group focused on Sports and Venues. He and his team celebrated several high profile wins, such as the installation of the plaza and in-arena LED boards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Johnson earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska. He will continue to be based in Colorado, where he resides with his family.
Vice President, Production Services
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Justin Eaton joined GoVision in 2003 as its operations manager. In this position, Justin oversees all aspects of the mobile units at client events, from beginning to end. He coordinates all technological elements needed for each show, along with the screens and/or mobile units, and on-site staffing.
Eaton is an experienced audio/visual manager who approaches each project with a strong eye for detail. He rose quickly within the audio/visual field, beginning his career as a video engineer/projectionist with a Dallas-based A/V company. Working primarily on traveling projects, he began his career overseeing the set-up and operation of video systems, projection and video walls.
Eaton was later recruited to join Audio Visual Headquarters in Dallas as a video engineer, projectionist and QC manager. He coordinated the entire production for a number of high-profile events, including road shows for Bristol Myers and Kraft, and general sessions for Internet World and the National Homebuilders Association. Eaton coordinated the entire production of each event, including lighting, sound, video, labor and all other A/V requirements.
Vice President of Operations
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Jeff Williams was recently promoted to the new position of Director of Operations. Williams, who previously served as production manager, has been instrumental to GoVision’s rapid growth in staff, equipment and events since he joined the company six years ago. When Williams began as logistics coordinator in 2006, GoVision had a staff of 12 and its mobile LED units were integrated into 135 shows. This year, the company’s state-of-the-art modular LED panels and mobile units will be featured at more than 500 shows. The staff has grown to 24 during that span.
In his role as director of operations, Williams will take on increased responsibility for the entire operational side of the business, which is poised for continued expansion in both new and existing market segments.
Among many highlights during his six years at GoVision, Williams counts the 2013 Big Dance Music Festival in Atlanta, the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Final Four tournaments in Detroit and Indianapolis and the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic in Calgary among his favorites.
Williams finished his education locally at the University of Texas-Arlington after a storied baseball career at Wichita State University, which included two trips to the College World Series and one National Championship in 1989. From there, Jeff played minor league baseball from 1990-1998, including some time in Triple A. He and his wife, Holly, have two children and live in Argyle, Texas.
VP, Design & Engineering
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Wickstrum brings nearly 20 years of engineering experience with Peterbilt Motors in Denton, Texas, to his new role at GoVision. He will lead the company’s continued focus on cutting-edge design and engineering projects associated with its permanent installations, custom design and fabrication projects, custom trailers, GoVisionTV installations and more.
Vice President, Creative Services
Josh Echo-Hawk manages GoVision’s Creative Services division from Portland, Oregon, with production sites/offices in Washington, Arizona and Texas. He brings more than 20 years of experience in live event production, sponsorship, marketing and motion graphic design for sports. He has worked on over 2,500 live event productions all over the world, in such varied roles as executive producer, director and operations.
Josh’s expertise has been on display at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, as well as a wide range of broadcasts with ABC Sports, ESPN, FOX and NBC. He helped launch Action Sports Cable Network (ASCN), where he produced some of the first pure HD sports programming in the nation.
In 2007, Josh founded Graystone Media, which quickly grew into a national full-service production company, offering graphics and production for LED, sports and live events. GoVision acquired Graystone in 2014.
Director of Golf Sales and Operations
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Brett Amman joined the GoVision staff in 2008 after 5 years of working in the golf operations industry. Brett moved to Dallas directly after finishing college at the State University of New York – Cortland with a degree in Sport Management, where he won the national club lacrosse championship in 2006.
With his first responsibilities being a mobile LED screen operator/salesman, Brett was moved and began a true focus on sales and the development of the GoVision Golf product. Amman’s passion for the sport of golf and the industry created a perfect fit for the roll of working with and implementing LED screen technology with numerous PGA Tour events, Champions Tour Events and PGA of America Championships. When the busy travel and work schedule allows, Brett finds as many chances as possible to escape the Texas heat to enjoy skiing where ever he can find it.
Justin Barrow joins GoVision’s rapidly growing Golf Operations team, where he will oversee the load-in, operation and strike of the various technology solutions provided by GoVision at tournaments across the country. Barrow earned his BS in Sports Studies and an MS in Sports Management from East Carolina University. While in college, he worked for the athletic department, filming sporting events and traveling with the football team. He previously interned at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas and with the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League.
Regional Account Executive
Carlile joins GoVision with more than 18 successful years in relationship sales, with an emphasis on negotiations and brand building. He most recently served as National Sales Director for Blue Ribbon Products, following successful sales stints at Malco Products, ITW, Atmel and Hitachi. Carlile has likewise developed long-standing and mutually rewarding relationships with major retail companies such as Sony, Motorola, Pep Boys, Mother’s and Meguiar’s Industrial Products. During his tenure within the semiconductor and retail industries, he negotiated and managed a $25 million portfolio of branded sales.
Carlile is a 1989 graduate of West Texas A&M University, and also attended Dallas Baptist University.
Regional Account Executive
Joe Danczak, who has joined the GoVision team as Account Executive. Joe brings more than 25 years of experience in the hotel, event and audio-visual industry – most recently with Encore Event Technologies and AVT Event Technologies – to his new role.
Regional Account Executive
Rich McGill, an 18-year veteran of sales, sponsorships and digital media, recently joined the GoVision team as Regional Account Executive. McGill has worked with some of the largest brands in the world – including American Airlines, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch and Gatorade – and brings extensive experience delivering digital marketing solutions to Division 1 universities throughout the Midwest.
Regional Account Executive
Mike Renfro will assume responsibility for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and most of the Southeast Region. Patrick Carlile will serve as Regional Account Executive for Arkansas,Kansas, parts of Texas and most of the Northeast Region.
Renfro was an original member of the team at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, where he led business development until 2009. He was instrumental in securing the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in 2004, which generated more than $60 million in economic impact for the DFW Metroplex. He joined Quicksilver Resources in 2010, representing the company as a Host Committee member for the 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington.
Renfro is best known for his prolific career as a wide receiver with Bum Phillips’ Houston Oilers and later with Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys. He earned All America honors at Texas Christian University, from which he graduated in 1978. He is a member of the TCU Hall of Fame and the SWC Texas Hall of Fame.
National Account Manager
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Robert Rhodes joined GoVision in 2013 as an Account Executive. Rhodes graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Sports Broadcasting and a minor in Journalism. During his time with ESPN and the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Rhodes worked with game operations and helped manage various events during bowl week. While at TCU, Rhodes expanded on his love for sports while working with the Mountain West Conference television network producing and directing sporting events for several TCU sports. A native of San Antonio TX. When not in the office, Rhodes enjoys fly fishing, playing golf and being outdoors whenever possible.
Business Development Manager
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Brad Merriman came to work for GoVision in August 2013 as an LED Technician. He spent more than a year traveling the country with one of GoVision’s mobile LED units where he gained valuable experience in the LED industry. Brad’s dynamic personality and field experience led to a promotion to sales in 2014. Brad handles rodeo and equestrian events, boxing and MMA events, cheerleading, as well as permanent installations and customized mobile solutions.
Brad received a B.A. in Marketing from Campbell University in North Carolina where he competed as a Division I wrestler.
Field Services Manager
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Adam Vahl joined the GoVision team in 2010, bringing more than eight years of experience in large-screen video display and production with Daktronics, Inc. Vahl stepped into a newly created position of Field Services Manager to bolster the company’s production team both on-site at key events and at GoVision headquarters. His technical skills and expertise have been invaluable to the improvement of quality control and safety, as well as leading GoVision into more creative and complex LED solutions.
Adam enjoys working directly with GoVision’s clients and providing them with exceptional service, always striving to exceed their expectations. Vahl has played an integral role in major events that include the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and Big Dance, NHL Outdoor Heritage Classic, PGA tours and the Ryder Cup, and a multitude of high profile concerts and corporate events. According to Adam, “My most memorable event was the Carrier Classic NCAA basketball game on board the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in San Diego, CA. Not only was it rewarding to provide the official scoring and timing equipment and interface for the event as well as LED scorers’ tables, but it was a remarkable experience to be courtside on top of an aircraft carrier surrounded by fans, celebrities and former great players, thousands of military personnel, and the President of the United State only 100’ away.”
Vahl was a native of Lake Benton, MN, and earned his B.A. degree at Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter, MN) in 2002. He and his family relocated to Texas in 2010 when he joined GoVision.
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GoVision hired Stephen Daniels as the Warehouse Manager in 2006. He is in charge of over 21,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space and inventory including our LED line-up, all ancillary gear as well as our motor vehicle fleet. In addition to overseeing day-to-day warehouse operations, Daniels maintains a close relationship with the entire staff to coordinate company readiness at the highest levels. When he is not in the warehouse, he can be found providing field support by driving one of GoVision’s commercial vehicles, helping staff local events, or coordinating on-site operations and logistics.
Steve holds a bachelor’s from the University of North Texas. Prior to his contributions at GoVision, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1997 – 2003. Some of his interests away from work include weight lifting, reading, watching movies and, of course, spending time with his family.
Joe Barnes joined GoVision in October of 2013. He oversees the maintenance and repair of GoVision’s entire inventory of LED screens and production equipment. From coordination with international vendors, development of maintenance procedures, and component-level repair, Joe’s extensive technical knowledge is integral to GoVision’s unparalleled product reliability.
A native of Paris, TX, Joe has over forty years’ experience in the commercial and consumer electronics industries. When he is away from work, Joe enjoys fishing, songwriting, and playing the guitar.
Director of Corporate Administration
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Kim Hinnrichs joined GoVision as Officer Manager in 2010 after serving as the Executive Director of the Argyle, TX, Chamber of Commerce. Her role at the Chamber of Commerce consisted of planning many events and meetings, as well as overseeing all aspects of the organization. That position, as well as previous experience in Sales, Customer Service, and the insurance industry, prepared Kim to handle her position with GoVision. Hinnrichs manages all aspects of the headquarters office and assists with several internal priorities including sales, marketing, and operations. Hinnrichs attended the University of North Texas in Denton.
When not working at GoVision, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband Greg and her two boys, Brandyn and Colton.
Vice President of Finance
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Kristy Johnston joined GoVision in November of 2007. Kristy is responsible for all facets of accounting.
She graduated from Texas A&M University (too many years ago to list) and is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas. She has worked for the Texas Comptroller as a sales tax auditor, a Fortune 500 company as a sales tax manager, and a manager at a national consulting firm specializing in state tax. Kristy has also served as treasurer for the Argyle Education Foundation for two years and sits on the children’s council at Argyle United Methodist Church.
She resides in Argyle with husband Roger and one son. Kristy enjoys doing things with her family and church when she is not crunching numbers.