GoVision Email Newsletter - July 10, 2012

GoVision Brings "Largest LED Screen in Golf" to the Nelson
Three NCAA Conferences Hand Baton to GoVision

H2O Music Festival Just Adds GoVision

GMA Summer Concerts Featuring GoVision LED Backdrop

This BBQ Grill Ain't No Smoke and Mirrors!

GoVision Employee Spotlight - Kim Hinnrichs

Recent News Stories and Features

2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship pushes the envelope to deliver ultimate spectator experience

Golf fans that attended the HP Byron Nelson Championship didn't have to strain to see their favorite players thanks to the Texas-size LED video screens stationed around the TPC Four Seasons Resort. And as they approached the 18th green, they were treated to something truly awesome: The largest LED screen ever placed at a PGA Tour event.

GoVision LP, one of the nation's premier suppliers of customized modular LED walls and turnkey mobile LED units, provided the massive, daylight-visible LED screens, along with live camera production throughout the course, and live coverage of the evening concerts and day-time caddie races.

The 18th green LED screen - measuring a record 39-feet-high by 32-feet-wide - was comprised of state-of-the-art Daktronics PST-12HD tiles. Another massive screen - a 12-foot x 20-foot LED on the 17th green - was also providing larger-than-life video coverage for spectators during the tournament.

"We couldn't wait for fans to see the giant screen GoVision constructed on the 18th hole," said Jon Drago, tournament director for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. "It's all part of our continuing effort to make our tournament the most exciting and enjoyable spectator experience possible. GoVision is a huge part of what we're doing on-site."

Two more large LEDs were stationed inside the world-renowned Byron Nelson Pavilion. The 7-foot x 13-foot screen is built with GoVision's new inventory of Panasonic 8mm tiles. The Impact 8mm panels are the highest resolution outdoor rental LEDs in the world. GoVision is the first company in the industry to offer these "true 8mm" outdoor products.

"We've provided our jumbo LEDs to the Nelson for many years, but they wanted to create a real spectacle this time around; so we suggested going larger vertically to meet that challenge," said Chris Curtis, CEO of Argyle-based GoVision. "They wanted the on-site spectator experience to be even better than you can get by watching the coverage at home on TV, and we're brought that goal to fruition."

The HP Byron Nelson Championship is the second stop on the "Texas Sweep" of PGA Tour events. GoVision provided similar big-screen coverage at the Shell Houston Open in March, and were stationed throughout Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth for the 66th Annual Crowne Plaza Invitational. GoVision screens were also on-hand during the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last month, and will be featured during the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago this fall.

Outdoor Track & Field Championships for Big 10, Big 12 and SEC Sport Company's LED Screens

On one busy weekend in May, GoVision's array of state-of-the-art LED screens was front-and-center for the Outdoor Track & Field Championships of three of the NCAA's biggest conferences. It was another vivid display of GoVision's operational bandwidth, industry-leading LED inventory and geographic flexibility.

In Madison, WI, the company provided its 9-foot x 16-foot "GoBig" mobile LED unit for the Big 10 Championships held at the University of Wisconsin's Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex.

At the same time, a GoVision crew constructed a 12-foot x 20-foot modular LED screen comprised of Daktronics PST-12HD panels on scaffolding at the R.V. Christian Track Complex at Kansas State University in Manhattan, for the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Meanwhile, down in Bayou Country, GoVision's team erected another 12-foot x 20-foot modular screen comprised of Barco D10 tiles on scaffolding for the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

"Needless to say, the weekend of May 11 through 13 put our team to the test; but, as usual, they came through with flying colors," said Chris Curtis, CEO of GoVision. "We were able to cover so much territory thanks both to our terrific technical crew and our extensive modular and mobile LED inventory."

"Track and field events can be a challenge for spectators to follow, so having GoVision's massive video wall in the stadium made all the difference," said Casey Scott, senior associate athletics director at Kansas State University. "Their people did a remarkable job assembling the screen on-site, and everything went off without a hitch throughout the weekend."

"Hats off to the GoVision team," said Daron Jones, event manager at the University of Wisconsin. "From beginning to end, their equipment and their people were first-class all the way. The GoBig unit was exactly what we needed to take the fan experience to the next level."

Massive LED screens give concert-goers incredible views of world-class performers

As thousands of music fans streamed into Dallas' historic Cotton Bowl stadium recently for the inaugural H2O Music Festival, they were greeted by three massive LED video screens engulfing the stage. The modular video walls, provided by Argyle-based GoVision, ensured that every seat in the house had a larger-than-life view of Tiesto, Weezer, Mana, Juanes, Snoop Dogg and the other chart-topping acts.

GoVision LP, one of the nation’s premier suppliers of customized modular LED walls and turnkey mobile LED units, erected twin 39-foot x 28-foot LED walls on each side of the main stage, along with a split 30-foot x 48-foot upstage backdrop screen. The screens were configured entirely from GoVision's vast inventory of Daktronics PST-12HD tiles. Very few companies in the LED rental business can deliver such an extensive array of common inventory, color-matching LED panels.

"For me, it was essential that the screens used on the main stage could compete with the sunlight during the day-time shows, and fortunately that's one of GoVision's claims to fame," said Stefan Beese, co-owner of RE:BE, the Production Designer for the festival in Dallas and the second show in Los Angeles scheduled for August 25th. "We couldn't have put on the amazing event we did without the GoVision team and their incredible LED equipment. The headliners all incorporate creative video and special effects into their acts, and GoVision made it all come to life in a spectacular way."

In addition to providing close-up views of the performers throughout the day-long festival, GoVision's screens displayed sponsor-driven content specifically created by RE:BE Design for the video production to reinforce the brand culture of lead sponsors Univision and MiO. "Since I was asked to design the festival with just six weeks' notice, I was very fortunate to have been working already with Brady Haass from GoVision on next month's Essence Music Festival," continued Beese. "I immediately asked for his help and he came through like a champ."

"The festival designers pulled out all the stops to create an extraordinary multi-sensory experience for the fans, and GoVision played a central role in the production," said Chris Curtis, CEO of GoVision. "Among other things, Beese's production design bucked the conventional rectangular video aspect ratio seen at most concerts by going vertical with the live I-mag on the video walls."

"The vertical format allowed a much larger artist presence during close-ups as well as a visually larger height appearance than the typical horizontal 'letter box' format can deliver," said Beese. "In addition, the main stage needed to appear more vertical in design to blend in with the overall festival design of branded custom towers that we paired up with the light show after dark."

GoVision rigged and customized the upstage screen by splitting it in two, though this was not apparent to the audience until the final headline artist, Tiesto, performed. During his act, the screens moved three feet apart to allow a special lighting truss to jump into the breach and provide a dazzling, custom-built lighting element.

"There were several creative visual elements and crowd-pleasing surprises throughout the event that really rocked the house," said Curtis. "This wasn't your father's music festival!"

For more information on the H2O Music Festival, which moves to Los Angeles for an August 25th show, visit

Audiences at live Central Park shows by "Good Morning America"
treated to outstanding views of chart-topping acts

ABC's "Good Morning America" has assembled a sizzling line-up of performers for its 2012 Summer Concert Series. And this year, it's added another crowd-pleaser to its Central Park stage: a massive LED screen from GoVision LP.

GoVision, one of the nation's premier suppliers of customized modular LED walls and turnkey mobile LED units, is providing a 9-foot tall x 32-foot wide high-definition, modular LED screen for the live, weekly shows that began May 25 and run through August.

The series, which features some of the biggest names in pop, rock, country and classic music, recently kicked off its fourth year at the Rumsey Playfield in New York's Central Park with a rousing performance by Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and judge of ABC's "Duets," Robin Thicke. Other chart-topping acts include Brad Paisley, No Doubt, Demi Lovato, Counting Crows, Green Day, Linkin Park, Mary J. Blige, the Beach Boys, Neon Trees, The Wanted and party rockers L.M.F.A.O.

"GMA has put together a fantastic lineup of performers for this year's Summer Concert Series, and we're excited they've asked us to make the shows as visually captivating as possible for the fans on-site and watching from home," said Chris Curtis, CEO of Argyle-based GoVision. "We've had a lot of experience with live, outdoor music events and concert tours over the last 10 years, so we're prepared for anything Mother Nature, or the rock stars, have in store for us."

All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America," Fridays from 7:00-9:00 a.m., ET. Viewers interested in joining "GMA" in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6:00 a.m., when the park opens to the public. For more information, click on the "GMA" web site at


When you head out on a nationwide tour with something called "The Ultimate Smoker & Grill," you'd better be ready to back up the big talk.

It's safe to say that nobody will question this Texas-sized BBQ grilling display once they see the 20-foot-long wood-fired grill mounted on an eye-popping 18-wheeler and sporting a specially mounted 6-foot x 8-foot GoVision screen, comprised of Daktronics PST-12HD tiles.

The Ultimate Smoker & Grill is the centerpiece of the HISTORY® Cross-Country Cookout, a nine-city tour of the hottest festivals in America. No ordinary backyard BBQ, the giant grill has the capacity to cook up to 2,000 pounds of meat at one time on its 48" x 120" surface.

"I've seen guys mount a flat-screen TV on their outside patio so they could watch the game while they're grilling, but this thing takes the cake," said GoVision CEO Chris Curtis.

"The only thing better than eating our BBQ is getting to watch sports while you're enjoying it," said Trace Arnold, owner of The Ultimate Smoker & Grill. "So we figured we'd put the best of both worlds together and take our show on the road!"

For tour dates and other details on the HISTORY® Cross-Country Cookout Tour, visit

Two years ago in July, Kim Hinnrichs responded to an email Chris Curtis sent out looking for a new Receptionist. After a few discussions, Kim was offered the job of Office Manager for GoVision. At the time, they were still defining what that position would entail - answer the phones, manage the office, assist the sales team, and cook breakfast on Tuesdays for the weekly Operations Meeting with all the GoVision staff.

Two years later, GoVision has recently hired another new Receptionist, but Kim is still very much involved in the daily operations of the GoVision office. In addition to the Office Manager responsibilities, Kim is transitioning into a Sales/Production Coordinator role where she'll assist the Sales team and the Production team, working with the clients once the contracts go out until the Production team takes over with the logistical/technical details of the show.

Q&A with Kim Hinnrichs:

1) We all know GoVision is your dream job but if you didn't get into the exciting world of LED Screens and Entertainment, what would you be doing?
I would probably still be working for the Argyle Chamber of Commerce planning events and meetings for the thriving metropolis of Argyle, Texas, with its huge population of 3,500 people. It was fun working with the business leaders of the community planning meetings, mixers, fundraising events, and other business generating activities. It's fun and exciting to be involved with an organization that continuously has new projects and activities to work on. Fortunately for me, my position at GoVision offers me the same fun and excitement. GoVision is growing rapidly, and there is never a dull moment. Every week we have new shows to work on, and each day brings a new challenge. On most days, it is my dream job . . . .

2) You've had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with GoVision so far, what show stands out to you the most and why?
Since I'm in the office most of the time, I don't get the opportunity very often to go to all the great concerts and sporting events our technicians do. I do make most of their travel arrangements, and I get the chance to work with many of our clients answering questions about the equipment, content requirements, power needs, or other logistical details. So I'm always watching for our GoVision screens on TV or in the newspapers. It's always cool to see our screens and technicians involved with shows like Good Morning America, Dallas Mavericks or Texas Rangers championship celebrations, or MLB All-Star Games to name just a few. For me, the show that stands out the most, though, was the GoVision Grand Opening celebration that we planned about five months after I joined GoVision. Planning a party for 300 people, spending someone else's money, is fun in itself, but that was the first time I got to see our whole team come together to make it all happen within a short amount of time. It was amazing to see everyone from the warehouse crew to the LED technicians to the Sales and Operations teams working together to build screens, move gear, and pull everything together for a great show when our guests arrived. I knew that day that we had a great team of people who could make things happen and help each other be successful! I'm proud to work with people like that!

3) Not that you have one coming anytime soon, what would be your dream vacation? Consider money as no object ...
If money were no object, I would probably take a permanent vacation. I love to travel and always want to see new places and meet new people. So I would just keep moving from one beach to another during warm weather seasons and then move on to mountain ski resorts during winter months. I'm not sure I would even need a house to live in. I could learn like Room Service and Maid Service a LOT! In reality, I'm about to go on a "dream vacation" to Spain in August. I've always wanted to go to Europe and haven't had the opportunity yet. This summer, my oldest son is living in Spain doing a study abroad program for six weeks. So my husband and I will be joining him in Spain during the last week of his trip. I can't wait!

4) When you're not working on a GoVision show, how do you normally spend your free time?
When I'm not working at GoVision, I'm usually spending time with my husband Greg or watching one of my two boys play football or baseball. During football season, every Friday night we will be at the Argyle Eagles football game (wherever that may be) watching our son Colton. Then either that night or first thing the next morning, we travel to wherever the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions are playing their football game on Saturday. Our son, Brandyn, is their starting Center. On the rare occasion we don't have a game to watch, I'm usually reading a book or getting together with friends or family. I have two more years of high school football and Summer baseball, and then I'm afraid I won't know what to do!! I'm sure I'll find something to occupy my time - I have lots of remodeling and gardening projects I've put off for way too long OR I might take up painting or jewelry making or welding. Who know!?!


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