GoVision Email Newsletter - December 2010


GoVision Screens Dazzle at Gaylord Opryland's Grand Reopening

GoVision Provides High-Def Backdrops to Bush Library Groundbreaking

Texas Rangers "Go Bigger" for World Series Celebration

Meet GoVision's Brett Amman

GoVision Launches New Web Site and Social Media Outreach

Wide array of LED configurations deployed during spectacular three-day show

In early May 2010, the banks of the Cumberland River overflowed, resulting in an unprecedented flooding of the city of Nashville and its premier resort, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Six months later, thousands of meeting planners, convention organizers, travel industry leaders and dignitaries gathered here to celebrate the grand reopening of the Gaylord Opryland with a spectacular, three-day series of events that showcased both the resilience of the city and the re-birth of what many consider to be the best convention hotel in the world.

Every awe-inspiring moment was captured by a wide array of LED screens provided by Argyle, TX-based GoVision L.P. (, one of the nation’s premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls.

The main event, held in the hotel's massive Delta Atrium, featured modern dancers hoisted above the crowd on wires, indoor fireworks and a breathtaking pyrotechnics display, all choreographed to a variety of musical scores. GoVision integrated four diverse types of LED screens into the show, including –

  • A 15-foot x 40-foot main screen comprised of Daktronics HD12 LED boards;
  • Two 9-foot x 16-foot remote HD12 LEDs;
  • A 20-foot diameter cylinder of Winvision 1875, which was raised and lowered throughout the show as part of the complex and elaborate staging; and
  • Eight shared effects elements constructed with Barco Mitrix panels

In addition, GoVision incorporated three new 13-foot x 13-foot Pix20 Rollup LED screens into the annual Lighting Ceremony for the resort's "A Country Christmas" attractions. In a dramatic and unique effect, the screens rolled up to allow the world-famous Rockettes and other high profile entertainers to enter the stage, then back down to provide a dramatic, high-definition backdrop. At the end of the show, the screens rolled up completely to provide an unobstructed view of the hotel illuminated in the background. (Highlights of the lighting ceremony can be seen here:

"The Gaylord Opryland reopening was about as elaborate a production as you could imagine, which allowed us to get extremely creative with the types of cutting-edge technologies we used at the various events," said Chris Curtis, CEO of Argyle, TX-based GoVision. "We deployed flat panels, wrap-around boards, cylindrical and rollup LEDs, and just about every type of equipment and configuration possible to help deliver some absolutely extraordinary images."

The festivities were orchestrated by Dallas-based messaging architects Corporate Magic (

With 3,000 employees and nearly 3,000 rooms, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is the largest hotel in the United States outside of Las Vegas. GoVision's screens can best be viewed beginning at the 23:40 mark of the "Gaylord Opryland Grand Reopening Ceremony" video posted at

Nationally televised ceremony features three jumbo LED screens

In January 2005, when President George W. Bush took his second oath of office, GoVision's giant LED screens positioned at the foot of the U.S. Capitol provided a spectacular view of the Inauguration festivities. And when the President landed in Midland, Texas, for a welcome home rally at the end of his term in January 2009, GoVision's screens were there, too.

So it was only fitting that GoVision was called upon yet again Tuesday for the official groundbreaking of the new George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University.

An invitation-only audience of 3,000 friends and supporters was treated to an elaborate multimedia production orchestrated by Dallas-based messaging architects Corporate Magic ( Corporate Magic, in turn, engaged GoVision to provide three jumbo video screens to ensure that the entire audience – as well as millions watching the event around the world – got an up-close look at the former president, First Lady Laura Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other dignitaries who addressed the ceremony.

GoVision (, one of the nation’s premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls, provided a 16-foot x 9-foot Barco Nx4 video wall as the backdrop to the speakers' platform. The Nx4 LED screen allowed Corporate Magic the ability to change backdrop displays throughout the event while maintaining a high-resolution image for the television broadcast and print photography. GoVision also positioned two 12-foot x 20-foot Daktronics HD12 LED boards on either side of the stage to feature video highlights and additional views of the speakers.

"This event was a monumental undertaking, involving specially produced video clips, stirring graphics, live text-to-screen and several extremely high-profile speakers," said Brian Greenway, director, alliances and business development for Corporate Magic. "The screens were absolutely integral to the production, so naturally we knew it was a job tailor-made for the pros at GoVision."

"Any time you're asked to work with the President of the United States, it's an incredible honor and the stakes are obviously very high," said Chris Curtis, CEO of Argyle, TX-based GoVision. "The Bush Library groundbreaking was yet another extraordinary event we were privileged to be a part of. As usual, our team, and our screens, were up to the task."

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is scheduled to open in 2013. The 225,000-square foot facility will include a museum, a library and a policy institute. It is expected to attract 250,000 visitors annually.

GoVision brings world's largest mobile HD LED, plus other screens to fan rally

When you wait nearly four decades to celebrate postseason success, much less your first World Series berth, it's easy to see why you’d want to extend the storybook season as long as possible. Which is why the Texas Rangers hosted a fan-appreciation rally in Arlington just days after losing the 2010 World Series to the San Francisco Giants.

And at the center of it all – offering hundreds of fans in attendance a larger-than-life view of the participating players and coaches, as well as highlights from throughout the magical season – were massive LED screens provided by Argyle, TX-based GoVision L.P. GoVision (, one of the nation's premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls, provided three huge screens to the festivities, including its massive 19' x 33' "GoBigger" unit – the world's largest mobile high-definition LED screen, featuring Daktronics HD-16 LED video technology. The company also brought its 9' x16' GoBig and 9' x 12' GoTron, to make sure every fan had a front-row-worthy view of the celebration.

"Like everyone else across North Texas, we were riveted by the Rangers' postseason run, and absolutely thrilled to watch them compete in their first World Series," said Chris Curtis, CEO of Argyle, TX-based GoVision. "So being invited to play a role in their end-of-season rally is a real honor for our company. Even though it was a last-minute thing, everything went extremely smoothly and our screens seemed to be a big hit with the fans and players alike."

"Holy guacamole! Those screens are huge!" said Oscar de la Fuentes, one of the jubilant Rangers fans participating in the celebration. "I was worried when I came down here that I'd be staring into the back of some guy's head, but I didn't miss a thing. I guess everything really is bigger in Texas!"

During the series, one of GoVision's "GoBig" units was leased to CBS Radio for a game-watching party at J. Gilligan's Bar & Grill in Arlington. The screen was a hit there as well.

"Our fans have carried us throughout this magical season, so we wanted to do something extra special to express our appreciation to them for their amazing support," said John Hardin, Vice President, Event Operations & Security for the Rangers. "One of the best ways we thought we could do that is to make sure that everyone that came out tonight had an awesome view of the action, so we're really grateful to GoVision for making that happen, all on pretty much a moment's notice."

You can't mention this one, but what is the worst job you have ever had?
- I've been fortunate enough to have worked in numerous scenarios that I would call "work". Everything from pruning Christmas trees during the summers (which entitled me to achieving new lifetime highs for getting stung by bees in a given summer), working in Golf Operations for the PGA of America, and selling skiing gear at a ski shop. The one that sticks out as being the worst, and simply because of the monotony of the task, would be painting my neighbor's house. It took me two consecutive summers, and everything was white. Enough said ...

Since there are so many to choose from, in your time at GoVision what has been your favorite show to be a part of?
- You'd think a golf tournament would have to be my answer here, but it's not. I'd have to say that in terms of an event that will be remembered forever in my mind, it would be the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. But for pure fun, it has to be the Mudstock ATV Races! A three day weekend involving ATVs that cost more than a lot of cars, barbeque cooking, mud and racing. Call me a redneck, but it's a damn good time when you can work in an environment that promotes getting dirty.

With all of the cities you have traveled to, what is your favorite place to grab a bite after a long day?
- After all of my travels so far, it's hard to really narrow it down to just one place. There are so many good places across the country that have their own specialties. The one that sticks out the most for me has to be La Taraya. This is a restaurant in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The only seating is under palm trees on the beach. They serve some of the best ceviche I've ever had, the beer is cold and cheap, and you watch fishermen bring in their fresh catch as they walk by you on the beach. How can you not enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean, along with some amazing seafood.

Since you are probably due some time off, what would be your dream vacation?
- Everyone in the office knows I am a ski fanatic (and go figure, I live in Dallas where I can't ski). My dream vacation would be heli-skiing in Valdes, Alaska in the Chugach National Forest. It could be an endless vacation as far as I'm concerned, but in the real world I'd say a week would be more than enough.

Considering you spend a lot of time on legendary golf courses servicing a lot of PGA clients, what is your favorite course to play 18 holes?
- I wish I had the opportunity to play every course that I work at, but at the end of the day, I am just a vendor for the event. My favorite courses I've played while working at a tournament have been Medinah Country Club in Chicago and Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I'll also rest my hat on the fact that my first ever round of golf was played at Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky! Not too shabby.


Recognizing the rapidly expanding movement to online advertising and social media marketing -- and the related steep decline of traditional, static advertising -- GoVision recently retooled its web site ( and established a substantial new presence on the leading social networking platforms.

"We've made a conscious decision to embrace the new technologies that allow us to stay connected with our customers and business partners in the 24x7 event business in which we live," said Scott McKinnon, vice president and partner at GoVision. "We also want to make it easier for prospective customers to find us and to quickly learn about our capabilities and areas of expertise."

The company has already experienced an uptick in both incremental leads and brand awareness through its large presence and growing following on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and YouTube. In addition, our new web site now features more robust content, photographs depicting the wide array of LED applications we deploy at various event sites, and updated technical details on our entire inventory of mobile and modular LED screens.

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