GoVision Email Newsletter - December 23, 2015
We've recently dipped our toes into the LED videoboard installation market. Actually, it's more like we dove in headfirst ...
In October, Bristol Motor Speedway announced that it would soon be home to the world's largest outdoor, permanent, center-hung digital display. Fittingly named "Colossus," the screen -
comprised of 10,800-plus square-feet of state-of-the-art GV 6mm LED panels - will give race fans unprecedented high-resolution and sound when it debuts in April 2016.
GoVision has been there from the beginning, from initial design and engineering to proof of concept. And once the screen is in place, GoVision will manage, market, operate and maintain the screen
in a partnership modeled after its long-standing relationship with the Dallas Cowboys.
As with the screens outside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, GoVision will have access to the LED panels that make up Colossus when they are not in use at the Speedway. They will add to the largest
rental inventory of state-of-the-art LED panels in the industry, further expanding our ability to serve more, and larger, events around the country.
"This is truly a one-of-a-kind, first-of-its-kind installation and I'm proud that our organization is the one with the capabilities to pull it off," said Chris Curtis, CEO and founder of GoVision, L.P.
On a significantly smaller scale, GoVision also recently installed a state-of-the-art 9' x 16' 10mm LED screen in the gymnasium of Liberty Christian School in Argyle, TX. As with Colossus,
these LED tiles will be available for rental purposes when not in use through a revenue-sharing agreement with the school. We're also installing a custom-designed, portable control room that will
serve as a key element of a new production class offered at Liberty Christian in which students will run the school's live game-day productions and broadcasts.
When enormous crowds gathered along the National Mall to get a glimpse of Pope Francis' historic address to Congress, they watched on giant LED screens provided by GoVision.
We provided five massive screens in all, including a 19' x 33' G16 unit and
a 17' x 27' G12 unit that flanked the U.S. Capitol lawn. In addition, three 9' x 16' LED walls comprised of
GV6mm ultra-lightweight panels were positioned on the steps of the Capitol for invited dignitaries and other VIPs.
The Pope's visit served as a fitting showcase for our new GV6 panels, which weigh in at just 40 pounds per tile and offer extremely high resolution both indoors and out. The GV6 product is
a solid/black face LED technology, which eliminates the transparency issues often found in other panels, allowing them to be viewed from as close as three feet without loss of clarity.
Our transition from a purely LED rental company to full-service solution provider has never been more evident than in the projects recently undertaken by our Creative Services division.
At Arizona State University, our team handles the entire in-house game-day production for ASU Athletics, providing everything from the technical crew to branded graphics packages that
promote sponsors and greatly enhance the in-game fan experience. The GoVision team essentially acts as an extension of the ASU staff, providing a comprehensive turnkey solution that extends far
beyond video content.
At Brigham Young University, GoVision extends the "bandwidth" of the school's staff by providing customized motion graphics, sponsorship elements, player animations and in-game content.
We build these elements using a graphics program that allows the client to make last-minute changes on their end using their own staff and equipment. The final result is a high-quality,
cohesive look that is fully customized to BYU's brand.
Most small- to mid-sized universities crave the excitement and game-day impact of a big-time video production, but their venue sizes and budgets present significant obstacles. Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, reached out for our help. And we delivered. GoVision provided the crew, scheduling, payroll and graphic/video content services for the new videoboard at
home games for the men's and women's soccer teams and for Boxer football, while staying within the school's strict budget parameters.
For the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, we played an integral role in the massive, $100-million-plus overhaul of AT&T Center that was completed in October, just in time for the start of the 2015-16 season.
The Spurs' vision was to create a first-class facility and unparalleled fan experience, which included a new, state-of-the-art main HD video scoreboard.
Creative Services VP Joshua Echo-Hawk served as project manager, technical/production consultant and lead content provider for the remodeling of the video boards at the arena.
The project required not just the creation of eye-catching graphics, but also an overhaul of their entire production process to ensure that the team had the right people in the right positions on game day.
Echo-Hawk described the project this way: "State-of-the-art equipment comes with its joys and its challenges. Our team did an extraordinary job re-working 100% of the Spurs'
show in a very short amount of time. It was a massive undertaking, and I'm proud to have been a part of it."
Apparently things aren't only bigger in Texas. They can be bigger in Canada, too. Much bigger!
The FC Edmonton soccer club recently unveiled the largest mobile video display trailer in North America, dubbed TITAN. Created by GoVision's Custom Design & Fabrication division,
TITAN is a state-of-the-art 39' x 22' LED screen supplied by Daktronics (NASDAQ: DAKT) mounted on a 53-foot trailer. The unit is also equipped with a complete control room with full live production
and broadcast capabilities.
The NASL team commissioned the giant rig along with M31 Design Group, both of which are divisions of The Fath Group, based in Edmonton. The club plans to use TITAN primarily as its end zone
video board at home games, in lieu of a fixed video screen. When not in use at Clarke Field, the trailer will be deployed at other sporting events in the Edmonton area and offered to club
sponsors for use at their promotional events.
Full-service media support company adds to GoVision's growing tournament services offerings
Already one of the leading production-services providers in the golf tournament space, GoVision LP announced today that it has expanded its offerings by acquiring the assets of Events Cable and Sound.
Based in Napa, CA, Events Cable and Sound LLC (ECS) was founded in 1996 by industry veteran Bob Bockhold while he was working full-time providing cable and sound systems for the PGA Tour. Bockhold joins the GoVision team as manager of technical services sales for
"Bob has a long and distinguished career in service management at the top levels of golf, and he has built ECS into one of the most respected A/V and multi-media solutions providers in the business," said Chris Curtis, founder and CEO of Argyle, TX-based GoVision, a premier,
full-service provider of large-scale LED video displays and related services, including production, creative content, custom design, fabrication and installation. "This acquisition adds significantly to GoVision's already-growing tournament services capabilities for our
clients in golf and other sports, and Bob will be an important addition to our world-class team."
With more than 25 years and roughly 900 tournaments under his belt, Bockhold has installed and operated some of the largest media centers in golf. ECS has served nearly 40 golf tournaments a year, and has enjoyed working with such clients as the PGA Tour, IMG,
Octagon, USGA, Greg Norman Productions and many charity-owned tournaments.
"I'm very excited to be stepping up to work with Chris and a great company like GoVision," said Bockhold. "Not only do they provide much-needed infrastructure support and overhead cost savings, but they are clearly among the best of the best in the business. Like us,
GoVision has an extensive network in the golf industry; so by joining together, we can offer our clients the most comprehensive array of services available under one roof."
Events Cable and Sound boasts an impressive list of industry milestones, including:
- First leaderboard displayed on television (1996)
- First Flash interview (1998)
- First three-way live press conference (1998)
- First Sat. based high-speed wireless Internet (US Open - 2006)
- First wireless headphones for 500 members of the media (US Open - 2008)
Bockhold began his career in electronics at the age of 21, working as Channel Master rep for the San Francisco Bay Area, where he trained television dealers how to build and install 12-channel cable systems. In 1976, he started his first company, Commercial Electronic in Napa,
Ca., which specialized in installing cable systems in commercial buildings and housing projects. When the PGA Tour came to Napa in 1988, Bockhold installed his first cable system to supply ESPN for the event, which provided the springboard for the next stage of
his career focused on media innovations in the sport of golf.
The ECS transaction gives GoVision another physical presence on the West coast, following its 2014 acquisitions of the assets of Los Angeles-based InnoVision Media Group and Portland, OR-based Graystone Media.
It is GoVision's fourth acquisition in the last 24 months.
By now, you should have received a very special Christmas hat from us, to serve as your constant companion in the cold and dreary weeks ahead.
If you play your cards right, that hat can score you another gift some time next year. Simply post a pic of your hooded self on Facebook, Twitter and/or Linkedin -
the more creative the better - and each month we'll pick a winner who will receive a special reward.
Here are a couple of our early faves ...
Al Garza joined the GoVision team in March 2010 as a Warehouse Assistant and has done an outstanding job - always completing each task without complaint and with a strong commitment to excellence.
When Al's not working at GoVision, he likes to work on cars (really cool, fast cars!! - they are when he's finished anyway), and he loves to spend time with his son, Jax.
Q&A with Al Garza
How did you find GoVision? Or did GoVision find you? Please explain what you were doing when you were hired to join the GoVision team.
Actually, I worked with Steve Daniels' (our previous Warehouse Manager who has been promoted to Fleet Manager) wife at World Market as her right hand man. She had always
mentioned wanting to help get me a job with her husband Steve. Finally one day an opening came available, I met with Steve, Thought it was a great opportunity, and here we are almost 6 years later
and I've yet to regret that choice!
You were promoted to Warehouse Manager this year. Congratulations! How has your job changed over the past few years?
Thank you! Well, before I got promoted, we really started picking up in the complexity in each show, which required a lot more time to dedicating myself to our inventory procedures, and
learning FLEX (Our New Inventory System at the time) which had become an ongoing battle. But since then, I've acquired a great crew. Its enabled us as a Team to become more thorough and
"High Speed Low Drag" as Steve used to say. lol.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Hmmm what do I enjoy the most ... Now that's a thinker! Lol.
Well Honestly I love organizing, So creating homes for our inventory and building new areas are like games of Tetris to me.
Plus ... I grew up with all women. So at my house it was either things were in there place, or I was being put in mine!
We know you're responsible for getting equipment out the door and receiving it back in, but have you had a chance to be involved in any shows or venues? If yes, which one is the most memorable?
Oh yes! When I first started working here, it was only me and Steve, with a hand full of Techs. So occasionally, I'd find myself out at Cowboys stadium, TCU or at Byron Nelson and Colonial.
But if I had to say most Memorable, it would have to be the Cowboys Stadium just because it was extremely new and to feel like I was working behind the scenes at a huge new attraction,
was a pretty cool feeling. Which may seem extremely silly now, compared to all of the amazing events we're getting into now! But that's mine, and I'm sticking to it.
Not that you have one coming any time soon, but if money were no object, where would you go for your "dream" vacation? Why and Who would you take with you?
Ha-ha very funny!
Well in the event Pigs began to fly, and Al became incredibly wealthy ... I'd have to say it wouldn't be just one place, it would be a month long adventure with my son. Because my family
never had the time or money to take vacations with us. So what better way to spend my money than with my Son and Family. Taking him to California to see family/friends and of course beautiful beaches -
Pun intended, then off to Orlando, Florida for Disney World and then I'd like to go to New York to eat some Pepperoni Pizza like His favorite Ninja Turtles did. And lastly we'd have to top it off with a
stop in Italy for some Gelato!