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 GoVision Email Newsletter - June 28, 2013

 
GoVision Teams with Mavericks, FSSW to Benefit West
Simple Video Screens No Longer Par for the Course
 

GoVision's Brady Haass Promoted to VP, Client Services


GoVision's Jeff Williams Promoted to Director of Operations


Oklahoma Tornado Chases GoVision Technician to Texas and Back


Our Clients Are Going Bigger and Better ... Why Not Our Web Site?


GoVision Tech Comic Strip


Recent News Stories
 
Sports stars, hoops drills, dance camp to generate smiles, relief for town this Saturday

Nearly two months after a catastrophic fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people, injured more than 200 and destroyed structures in West, the Dallas Mavericks and FOX Sports Southwest are staging a major event here on June 15th to support the restoration effort.

To ensure that all the town's residents will have a front-row view of the action, the Mavericks asked GoVision to provide one of its massive mobile LED units for the festivities. The Argyle, TX-based company is sending a 9' x 16' "GoBig" LED screen, comprised of Daktronics PST-16HD tiles, to Saturday's event.

"All of us at GoVision were deeply saddened by the tragedy in West, and we've been looking for an opportunity to pitch in to the relief efforts," said Chris Curtis, CEO & President of GoVision LP, one of the nation's premier suppliers of customized modular LED walls and turnkey mobile LED units. "We're grateful to the Mavs for reaching out to us, and we look forward to doing our part to bring smiles to the faces of the good people of West."

The event is scheduled to tipoff at 10:15 AM with Opening Ceremonies featuring West Mayor Tommy Muska, Texas Legends Assistant GM Nancy Lieberman and Mavs legend Rolando Blackman. The Dallas Mavericks Dancers will then lead a Dance Camp for girls of all ages, while coaches from the Texas Legends will run a Hoops Camp for boys and girls interested in honing their basketball fundamentals. All participants in the camps will receive a voucher for four tickets to a 2013 Mavs preseason home game.

The day will culminate with a "Guns & Hoses" basketball game featuring the men and women of the West police and fire departments. The teams will be coached by Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle and Texas Legends General Manager Del Harris. All residents of West are invited to attend the game.

The Mavs ManiAACs and Street Team will also be in attendance throughout the day. ESPN Radio Analyst Chuck Cooperstein will call the game.

The event is expected to conclude by 4:00 PM with a check presentation. It will be held at the Church of the Assumption (301 S. Harrison Street, West, TX 76691).

 

Golf tournaments across the nation have seen the future, and it's displayed on bigger, sharper and more creative LED screens. GoVision's golf division, headed by Brett Amman, is advising and supporting several tournaments that are committed to providing their spectators with the best possible views of the action spread across miles of fairways.

At the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, for example, GoVision built an LED arch that served as an eye-catching entryway to the 13th Hole hospitality area. A four-sided pylon constructed from modular LED panels was also used as an information board. Similarly creative designs were employed at the Shell Houston Open with their angular LED sign. At the HP Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas, Amman and his team created video walls for the Media Center that displayed media coverage, results, statistics, and social media.

Amman works on-site at each of the tournaments to provide operational support - including installation, setup and teardown - while serving as an expert LED Technician throughout each event. He's been busy, as GoVision's screens have been front and center at ten PGA tournaments thus far in 2013.


 
10-year veteran recognized for contributions to growth in new clients, markets

Brady Haass, the third-most-senior employee at GoVision LP, was promoted to the new position of Vice President, Client Services today, the company announced. Haass, who has been largely responsible for the company's rapid growth in clients as well as its successful expansion into new markets, celebrated his 10th anniversary with GoVision on March 27th.

Argyle, TX-based GoVision is one of the nation's premier suppliers of customized modular LED walls and turnkey mobile LED units.

"Brady has been an invaluable member of our team from virtually the very beginning," said Chris Curtis, founder and CEO of GoVision. "I don't even want to think where we'd be without him. He has been the face of GoVision to the vast majority of our loyal clients, the driving force behind our entry into new markets and a relentless and creative advocate for both our company and our clients."

In his expanded role, Haass has been charged with further developing GoVision's product offerings, entering additional new markets and continuing to grow the company's client roster. Haass joined the company after graduating from Texas Christian University in 2003, starting as an account executive. He was promoted to director of sales in 2007.

"Brady's professional growth has tracked the company's growth, and vice-versa," said Curtis. 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 Big Dance Music Festival during this year's NCAA Final Four in Atlanta.

"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. "It was truly surreal watching that shuttle light up the night sky, and to look out over 1.2 million people gathered on the National Mall. And I learned a long time ago to give due respect to our production management clients that put on major music festivals. What an undertaking!"

Haass lives in Trophy Club, Texas, with his wife, Stephanie, and two young children.

 
Logistics and production expert rewarded for contributions to company's rapid growth

GoVision, one of the nation's premier suppliers of customized modular LED walls and turnkey mobile LED units, announced today that Jeff Williams has been promoted to the new position of Director of Operations, effective immediately. Williams, who most recently 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.

"GoVision's business has essentially tripled during Jeff's time with us, and his leadership and expertise have been integral as we have built our operational infrastructure and procedures along the way," said Chris Curtis, founder and CEO of GoVision. "This promotion is longoverdue recognition of the pivotal role Jeff has played at our company. He's one of our true stars, and I can't thank him enough for all he has done, and will continue to do in the future, for GoVision and our clients."

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.

"I get to work with some of the best people in the business every day," said Williams. "We all wear many hats and our culture of teamwork is what makes everything we do possible."

Williams pitched on the Wichita State baseball team from 1988-90, including the 1989 National Championship team. He went on to play professionally from 1990-1998, before finishing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2000. Jeff and his wife, Holly, now live in Argyle, Texas, with their two children


Q & A with Jeff Williams


In your life before GoVision, you were a High School teacher and coach. What prompted you to leave teaching and coaching to join the GoVision team?
I met Chris before I knew anything about GoVision. I quizzed him the first time I saw one of the GoBigs and went to the old Keller location and saw the operation. I may have jokingly said "if you ever have anything open up, give me a call." Well, he called and I jumped at the chance. Six years later, here we are. I needed something different, and did I ever get my wish!

As our Sales teams sells more modular, customized and creative shows, your Operations team is expected to "figure it out" and bring all the creative elements to fruition. What show has presented the greatest challenge to make happen? Can you enlighten us on some of the preparation involved?
Every show is unique. There may be some consistency in repeat or yearly shows, but as soon as you get comfortable or assume you have it all figured out, you make mistakes, so I think as a staff we take that approach every day. That being said, I think logistically coming out of the North Texas Super Bowl and straight into the NHL's Heritage Classic ranks way up there. Horrible weather in the Dallas area created a special challenge and having to get loaded out within hours of the game's completion, on trucks and on the way to Calgary was exhausting. Once in Calgary, sub-zero temperatures for the load in and event made it very difficult. Some of the sleet melted on the way up and when the temperatures dropped our tiles were frozen together and we had to heat them up to get them apart to get home.

You've been with GoVision for six years now. Besides the increase in the number of shows per year, how has your role with the company changed over the years?
Managing more people and shows and being able to delegate more and more responsibility to the individuals on the ground. I used to be able to keep a ton of stuff in my head and it was easy to recall most of our shows, who was where etc. Now, I have no chance with the amount of shows and the intense detail we go through on each show. Comforting thing for me, we have talented people that are the best at what they do.

One of the perks of working at GoVision is getting to attend some high profile events. What show has been the most memorable to you? And Why?
I cannot narrow it to one, but there are a couple that really stick out to me. I am an NHL fan, so the Heritage Classic in Calgary in 2011 and the Winter Classic in Philadelphia in 2012 were amazing to me. I am usually pretty calloused to the events as it is simply what we do and we have to remove our individual excitement and focus on our jobs. The 2013 Final Four in Atlanta was special to me as my Wichita State Shockers made it and I got to sneak over and watch them play Louisville. Never thought I would see them make it, much less get to attend the game.

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?
I would dine with Holly, Jack and Abby Williams at Arii Moana in the Four Seasons Bora Bora.

 

Tyler Alexander, one of GoVision's top video technicians, was managing our LED screen/screens in Oklahoma City during the Women's College World Series last month when he learned he was in the direct line of a rapidly approaching tornado. Tyler jumped in his rental car and raced 20 miles south of the city in an attempt to evade the storm; but that proved fruitless. The killer tornado had grown wider and more powerful, and radio reports soon warned it was bearing down directly on him again. He then drove another 30 miles south and hunkered down at truck stop parking lot with about 200 people for the next two hours.

Once the storm passed, Tyler's ordeal was just beginning. "I tried to head back to Oklahoma City but, of course, the emergency crews had shut down the main highways due to all the devastation," he recalls. "So I turned back around and started looking for a hotel room, but there wasn't a single vacancy all the way back to the Texas state line."

Tyler decided to drive back to his home in Dallas, where he arrived at 2:00 AM. After a quick catnap, he drove back to Oklahoma City and arrived at the stadium just in time for the next game.

"Others caught in the tornado's path obviously fared much worse than I did," said Alexander. "It was a horrific storm, and I feel very fortunate that I emerged safely and was even able to get back to the World Series without missing any of the action."


 

If you haven't checked us out online in the last day or two, you haven't seen our cool new web site. GoVision's site -- www.jumbo.tv -- now sports a better look and feel, and includes a cutting-edge "responsive" feature that feeds data dynamically in the optimal viewing format back to the device of your choice. So no matter whether you click from your PC, your iPad, your smartphone or whatever gizmo you're surfing on these days, the viewing experience is awesome. We call it "LED eye candy," but maybe that's just us.

We've added a new timeline, bigger pictures and more slides from the amazing events we serve, and more bells and whistles are on their way in the weeks ahead. So what are you doing reading this mumbo jumbo? Click here to see it for yourself!

 

 
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