GoVision Email Newsletter - April 30, 2014
LED video screens take center stage at events from coast to coast
DALLAS (March 31, 2014) - It's a good thing GoVision has dramatically expanded its LED
inventory over the last couple of years, because the company's screens are in demand all across
the continent this week.
GoVision's state-of-the-art LED panels will give fans and spectators great views at more than
20 events - from Palm Springs, Calif., to Nashville, Tenn. - marking the highest-grossing week
in its 11-year history. The Argyle, Texas-based company is one of the nation's premier
suppliers of customized modular LED walls and turnkey mobile LED units.
GoVision is no stranger to the spotlight, but this week the lights will be shining brighter than ever.
The highlight of the busy week comes Saturday when the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four® tips
off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. GoVision is constructing and suspending four
massive LED screens beneath the stadium's iconic 60-yard-long video screens to enable fans
seated courtside to watch replays and see the scoreboard. The four-sided, scale-model video
wall is configured with two 18' x 40' screens flanked by two 15' x 18' screens comprised of
468 Panasonic 8 mm tiles.
"We are proud to have worked with the NCAA on the Final Four, and most of the regional
tournaments, since 2008, and they are always a highlight of our year," said Chris Curtis, CEO of
GoVision, LP, who also serves on the NCAA Local Organizing Committee. "Having the
chance to work on this amazing event in our own backyard is just the icing on the cake. It's a
genuine thrill seeing our screens hanging right above the court when the national championship
In addition, GoVision is providing a 3' x 50' low-profile LED ribbon board for the five
courtside scorers tables, comprised of 60 GV5 indoor panels, and two LED shot clocks above
the backstops. The screens hanging in the plazas outside AT&T Stadium are likewise part of
GoVision's LED inventory, through an innovative partnership with the Dallas Cowboys.
But the screens at the stadium are just the beginning. GoVision is also constructing five LED
walls - two measuring 48' x 24', two 9' x 16' and one 24' x 60' - and all of the video
production services for the three-day March Madness Music Festival featuring Bruce
Springsteen, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, fun. and The Killers in downtown Dallas.
"The March Madness Music Festival is actually a bigger and more complicated undertaking
than the games, especially since we're also responsible for production during the concerts," said
Add in two more screens (and video production services) at the Tip-Off Tailgate presented by
Infiniti and four corporate events tied to the tournament, and a total of 8,000 square feet (and
11.5 million pixels) of GoVision LEDs will be scattered around North Texas just for Final Four
Weekend. A technical crew of 55 will make certain that every event goes off without a hitch.
But wait. There's more!
GoVision will be front and center at several other events this week, from coast to coast,
- NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville
- NASCAR Victory Lane at the Duck Commander 500 and O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway
- PGA Shell Houston Open
- LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship in Palm Springs
- USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Phoenix
- Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival in Wyoming
- American Ninja Tour in Dallas
- Academy of Country Music Fan Jam in Las Vegas
- Chilifest 2014 in Snook, Texas
"We began 2014 at the NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, worked the Super Bowl in New
Jersey, provided screens for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans and covered NASCAR
races, PGA tournaments and dozens of other sporting and corporate events, festivals and more
over the past three months," said Curtis. "We opened our first West Coast offices in Los
Angeles in February, and we've hired several more talented employees. I'd say it's been a
pretty exciting year so far, and we've only just begun!"
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GoVision is all about work hard, and play hard. Every year, GoVision initiates a bracket competition centered around the NCAA basketball championships with our clients, vendors, friends, and family. We encourage everyone to be a part of our unique madness that occurs in the Spring with a friendly competition amongst friends. Over the years, the pool of participants has grown from about 30 in the beginning to over 100 in 2014. The competition has been such a hit that we have several people who begin asking about the bracket challenge before we've even had a chance to think about it. We challenge our peers and friends to play for bragging rights, especially if they can beat their favorite sales rep! We take this competition seriously, but love to have fun with it too!
Kent Underwood, of Leo Events, was our Buzzer Beater Bracketology winner for 2014!! Kent blew away the competition with a final score of 304. Kent finished off the challenge 50 points ahead of the rest of the competition because he was only one of two people who chose Kentucky to win. Way to go, Kent! I guess it pays to be a Kentucky fan. We'll be sending you a personalized framed bracket to hang on your wall, along with a colorful GoVision golf shirt and a few other GoVision goodies. Congratulations!
The following participants were also winners in our random drawings: Debra Goodlett, Kenton Nelson, Prashant Kulkami, and Jessica Durbin. We'll be in touch next week to get your GoVision gifts to you.
Thank you to those who participated. We hope you'll join in the fun again next year!
Acquisition of InnoVision Media Group's assets sets stage for additional growth
ARGYLE, TX (February 26, 2014) - One of the nation's premier suppliers of customized
modular LED walls and turnkey mobile LED units just made a significant acquisition that
establishes a West Coast beachhead and increases its manpower and technical capacity.
Argyle, TX-based GoVision LP announced today that it has acquired the assets of InnoVision
Media Group, another prominent player in the LED rental space. The transaction gives
GoVision its first physical presence outside North Texas, expands its inventory of state-of-theart
LED equipment, supplements its portfolio of blue-chip clients and adds depth and
experience to its management and technical teams.
Los Angeles-based InnoVision was founded by Darren Moffett in 2005. The company
specialized in providing creative event technology solutions for the live event, corporate,
broadcast, trade show, marketing, sports and touring industries.
"I've been impressed by how Darren built InnoVision into one of the most admired companies
in our industry," said Chris Curtis, founder and CEO of GoVision. "I'm glad he's now part of
GoVision acquired InnoVision's LED inventory and other advanced technology and Moffett
has been hired as a Vice President of GoVision.
As a result of the asset acquisition and already-planned growth, GoVision is expected to add a
dozen or so employees this quarter.
"GoVision is clearly one of the elite companies in our business, so I am excited to join forces
with Chris and his team," said Moffett.
Like GoVision, InnoVision worked with most of the top sports and event properties in North
America, including the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA, X Games, U.S. Open, AEG, ESPN and Red
"We've wanted to open a West Coast office for years, just to make it easier for us to serve
current and future clients out there," said Curtis. "This is the best of both worlds, because we
not only plant GoVision's stake in the ground in California, but we add a team of professionals
that will make us an even better service provider and a more formidable competitor. This is
an exciting day for everyone at GoVision."
Daktronics veteran Jay deBlonk to add engineering expertise on front end of sales process
ARGYLE, TX (April 28, 2014) - GoVision has experienced tremendous growth and success
over the years thanks in large measure to a talented sales team backed-up by an envelopepushing
technical staff that continuously looks for innovative LED applications to add
excitement to clients' events.
In an effort to further integrate the sales and technical elements at the front end of the
process, GoVision created a new position of Solutions Manager, and recruited Jay deBlonk for
the role. The 10-year veteran of South Dakota-based Daktronics will work with the sales staff
on the company's more complex and creative projects, helping to design and engineer the
LED screens, trusses and rigging necessary to support them.
"Jay is going to play a critical role in helping GoVision leap to an even higher level on our
clients' larger and more creative projects," said Chris Curtis, CEO of GoVision. "We've
obviously done fine doing things the same way for years, but we felt that in order to continue
being one of the most innovative LED solution providers in the industry, we needed to modify
our process. Jay brings the expertise, the energy and the attitude we've been looking for. I'm
very pleased he has joined the GoVision family."
deBlonk initially joined Daktronics in 2004 as a Project Manager/Applications Engineer, where
he worked directly with sales on the front end while managing the project on the back end. He
later moved into Video Products Engineering as Product Manager for mobile and modular
products as well as Architectural Lighting and Freeform Elements.
"I believe my experience at Daktronics gave me valuable insights into how sales, project
management and engineering interrelate, and how to implement cost-effective and repeatable
solutions, rather than one-offs," said deBlonk. "I've worked with GoVision for nearly an entire
decade at Daktronics, and I've always admired the company and the way Chris treats his
team like family. Chris says what he does and does what he says, and that's the kind of
leader I'm happy to follow."
deBlonk graduated from South Dakota State University in 1989 with a B.S. in geography. He
was commissioned by the United States Army to the Corps of Engineers prior to graduating,
and later spent more than three years stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. He has also served as a
Field Artillery Officer in the Minnesota National Guard.
deBlonk is in the process of moving his wife and three young children from South Dakota to
Employee Spotlight - Jay deBlonk
Before joining the GoVision team, you had a long career with Daktronics. Tell us how your work there has prepared you for your new role with GoVision.
I initially joined Daktronics as a Project Manager/Applications Engineer. In that capacity, I worked directly with sales on the front end as well as managed the project on the back end. From there I moved into Video Products Engineering as the Product Manager for mobile and modular products as well as Architectural Lighting and Freeform Elements. The experience from those positions gives me the insight from sales, project management and engineering. I hope this ensures that the solution I work with sales on will be something GoVision can implement cost effectively and create a repeatable solution, versus a one off.
You're the newest member of the GoVision Sales team, but your background has not necessarily been focused on sales. What challenges do you anticipate working alongside the Sales team? What part of being in "Sales" are you looking forward to most?
While I do not have an extensive background in sales, my positions have always put me in front of customers. I find this exciting. I really enjoy working directly with the customer to tailor our products to suit their needs. Simple or complicated, each customer needs to feel that the project will meet or exceed their expectations and that GoVision is there to help them "wow" their audience. I think I can help do that.
Since you'll be relocating from South Dakota to Texas, have you heard about the differences in the weather? Are you excited about the warmer temperatures? Or do you think you'll miss the snow? Is your family excited about the move yet?
I have actually heard about Texas weather ... and want to move there anyway. When I drove home last week, I left Dallas in 85 degree weather to drive into Brookings with 32 degrees on the thermometer. While we will miss the snow, we can always visit it. With active young members of the family, they will certainly enjoy being able to go outside and play year round. Mom will enjoy it even more.
When you're not creating new LED designs or engineering drawings, what do you like to do for fun?
First and foremost, I like hanging out with my family. Whether we're doing Sunday breakfast, fishing at the lake or anything they want to do, it is always fun watching them play and grow. Beyond that, I enjoy riding motorcycles with my friends and family and making things. I really like drawing something up and then go out to the shop and build it. Everything I have ever done as a job has involved taking ideas from paper to reality. This is just what I do.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be? And where would you go for dinner?
Truthfully, I would say my Grandfather. He is long departed, too many years to even fathom. I miss sitting at the kitchen table while Grandma made really bad hamburgers for lunch and listen to the stories about how they used to build houses and what they had to do to survive the "dirty thirties" of the dust bowl and depression. This is the man that would show up on my jobsite and "inspect" every inch of what we were building. Then pull me aside to discuss the gap in the door frame ("shouldn't be more than the thickness of a dime" even when I explained they were pre-hung doors) or the sheetrock finish ("never saw that when we used plaster"). While it may seem critical, he always expressed this lovingly. The fact is, he gave me the attention to detail I use to this day.
I think we would sit around the same kitchen table with the same meal ... Hamburgers with too many breadcrumbs (a means of stretching the meat from the depression), boiled potatoes with butter and a piece of bread. "It was good enough when we had a chance to eat." I really miss those times.
Before GoVision, Diane Green worked for Innovision Media Group for 7 1/2 years. Her other "jobs" include being a mom to the best boy and girl in the world, wife to Ron for almost 14 years, Girl Scout leader, & PTA board member. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to the movies and having dinner with friends.
Diane is originally from Lakewood, CA and graduated from Cal State, Long Beach. She has attended almost every single Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and back when she was young and brave, she entered the Miss Toyota Grand Prix pageant and went tandem sky-diving!
Mike Zoelle, one of GoVision's newest employees, serves as the Warehouse Manager in the West Coast office, as well as Project Manager for the LPGA tour among others. He has been in this industry since 2001 when he joined Innovision Media Group.
He enjoys participating in many outdoor action sports including mountain biking, motorcycle riding, baseball, surfing, and offroading. Mike was born and raised in Southern California, and has a wife, 8 year old son and 2 dogs.
Brandon Sutterfield is the newest member of the GoVision team. His video background stretches back to 9 years ago when he took a broadcasting class in high school, and he has pursued a video related career since. Brandon interned at several different video production companies in Kansas City, and worked many freelance gigs as well. While being an LED tech was not what he had originally planned, he's finding that he really loves this job and is looking forward to working on many more shows in the future! Brandon is an only child and his parents currently reside in Kansas in a small town called Spring Hill, about 15 minutes south of Olathe. Brandon says
he's a gamer, and probably always will be, as well as a bit of a nerd. He also enjoys soccer and running every now and again. Brandon has picked up learning Japanese recently too!
Originally from the Austin area, Brittany Guinn recently moved to the Fort Worth area when she got engaged so she could be closer to her fiancé and his family. GoVision hired Brittany shortly after her move to fill their Receptionist position. Prior to her move, Brittany attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Since she's getting married in October, much of her spare time is spent planning her wedding, but she would rather be out on her ranch working cattle or hunting. She grew up on a ranch in Lampasas, Texas, just outside of Austin, where ranching and working with cattle has been a big part of her life. Brittany shows Texas Longhorns and serves on the Board of Directors for the TLBAA (Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America). When she's not on the ranch or working at GoVision, she is usually hanging out with friends or family.
When GoVision needed a new Warehouse Assistance, our trusted employee Al Garza recommended his friend Brian Brutto for the job. Al and Brian have been friends since 2007 where they both played in a Christian rock band called Arbor View. Brian was the lead guitar player until the band recently disbanded and everyone moved on to new endeavors. After being involved in the entertainment industry for several years, Brian was intrigued with GoVision's clientele and he likes the physical work involved in his warehouse duties.
Brian is into fitness, and weight training in particular. He also has a keen interest in muscle cars and spends a lot of his free time working on his gorgeous orange Mustang.
Tyler Moffett has worked in the LED video industry for a little over three years. Prior to that he worked in the construction industry mainly focusing on kitchen and bathroom remodels with a strong attention to detail - which has proven helpful in this industry when dealing with thinking outside the box to get the job done right. Tyler joined the GoVision team in late January of this year and works in the West Coast office as a LED Technician/Project Manager.
Tyler Moffett and his wife Natalie have been married for 13 years. They have 3 boys Brandon 9, Andrew 7, and Nathan 4. Tyler grew up in Huntington Beach, California, and currently live there now. He enjoys spending time with his family. He and his boys enjoy being outside whether it's driving R/C cars or playing soccer or taking family bike rides.
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