GoVision Email Newsletter - March 2011


GoVision Screens Brave the Elements at 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic

GoVision Delivers North -- and South -- of the Border, too

GoVision LEDs Pump Up Courtside Effects during Conference Tournament Week

NFL Honors North Texas' Entrepreneurial Spirit at Business Leadership Forum

Meet GoVision's Scott McKinnon

Massive LED wall, ribbon boards perform flawlessly in Calgary's winter wonderland

Add GoVision to the short list of die-hards that deliver even when snow or ice or other brutal elements stand in the way. Exhibit A: The 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, held February 20 at Calgary's McMahon Stadium, with bone-chilling temperatures in the single digits.

GoVision (, one of North America's premier suppliers of turnkey mobile LED units and customized modular LED walls, was hired by BaAM Productions to construct a massive 34-foot x 60-foot video wall inside McMahon Stadium to give fans a larger-than-life view of the outdoor action between the Montreal Canadiens and host Calgary Flames. The giant screen also offered clear views of the high-profile musical acts featured during the annual "celebration of hockey's Canadian roots."

The video wall was assembled from the same Daktronics PST-12HD panels installed in the outdoor plazas of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. GoVision dismantled the screens immediately after Super Bowl XLV and shipped them to Calgary for the Heritage Classic. The Argyle, TX-based company also installed LED ribbon boards around the stadium to add more value and visibility for the event's sponsors. The 3-foot-high Daktronics PST-12HD boards were similar to the configuration GoVision used at the 2010 NBA All Star Game in Dallas, and the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.

"The Heritage Classic was quite an undertaking, which required our on-site team and our equipment to perform under the most extreme conditions," said Chris Curtis, CEO of Argyle, TX-based GoVision, L.P. "But, as always, they rose to the challenge and delivered flawlessly while an entire nation was watching."

February was "International Month" at GoVision. At the same time several of our LEDs were heading north for the NHL Heritage Classic in Calgary, we were shipping tiles to Playa del Carmen for the 5th annual Mayakoba Golf Classic, the first and only PGA-sanctioned tournament in Mexico.

For our second year at the tournment, we installed a 9'x16' Daktronics PST-12HD board by the 18th green to give spectators an extraordinary view of the action at the final hole. We shipped the tiles out of Florida three weeks in advance to allow sufficient time to get through customs. It took two weeks to get them back by boat.

Just another way GoVision delivers "More Ways to Get Noticed."

Scoring tables and other screens enhance tournament, NCAA® Final Four® coverage

Fans following their favorite teams during Conference Tournament Week were bound to see more than great college basketball action. They may have found it hard to miss state-of-the-art LED screens provided by GoVision as well. And when teams take the court for the NCAA Men's Final Four in Houston, GoVision will be courtside again.

One of the nation's premier full-service LED screen providers, GoVision, L.P., installed custom-built LED screens at tournament sites across the country to enhance the viewing experience for fans on-site and those following the action on television. Some highlights

SEC Men's and Women's Tournaments
GoVision installed 3-foot by 60-foot LED scoring tables comprised of Daktronics PST-12HD tiles to run sponsorship content, game statistics and other graphics throughout the Southeastern Conference Men's Tournament being held in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. In addition to displaying sponsor and team logos and other graphics, GoVision presented real-time game data fed by the SEC. So when the University of Kentucky's Terrence Jones stepped up to the free-throw line in the fourth period, his headshot appeared on the screen along with up-to-the-moment game stats (e.g., points scored, free-throw and field-goal percentages). GoVision provided the same service during the SEC Women's Tournament in Nashville earlier in the month.

Conference USA Tournament
GoVision provided two 9-foot x 16-foot LED scoreboards, powered by a Daktronics Sports Controller, for the Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament in El Paso, TX. A far cry from standard scoreboards, GoVision has configured full-blown, state-of-the-art LED screens with templates to display real-time scores, statistics and sponsor content. The Company also provided and serviced the tournament's shot clocks.

Sun Belt Conference Tournament
GoVision provided a 12-foot x 16-foot LED video screen for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at the Hot Springs Convention Center Arena in Hot Springs, AR. The giant screen offered fans superb views of the live game action, replays and sponsor advertising. GoVision also installed 3-foot x 40-foot LED scoring tables, comprised of Daktronics tiles, and formatted all of the content and graphics supplied by the Conference and its sponsors.

SWAC Tournament
A similar set-up was in place for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament in Garland, TX, where GoVision configured 3-foot by 40-foot LED scoring tables. Game statistics, conference and sponsor graphics and other content were displayed throughout the SWAC Men's Tournament action.

NCAA Final Four
And, for the third consecutive year, GoVision's screens will be deployed for the NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Championships. A 30-inch by 50-foot sideline board, made from Daktronics I6-BK LED tiles, will be installed between the two team benches at Reliant Stadium during the NCAA Men's Final Four tournament. The board will display player headshots and statistics, sponsor graphics and other game content.

"We're proud to earn the NCAA's business again at their most-watched sporting event, and very excited to add so many conference tournaments to the mix this year as well," said Chris Curtis, CEO of GoVision. "Our LED scoring tables and sideline boards have become a huge hit with our clients in the sports industry, which has enabled us to expand the scope of our service offerings to this important segment."

The North Texas Small Business Alliance, led by Collin Small Business Development Center, will join the NFL and the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee to present the Business Leadership Forum, the culmination of a 14 month long business outreach initiative to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit which characterizes each Super Bowl region.


Go larger than life. That's how LED screen provider Chris Curtis, president of GoVision and Innovation Impact Award honoree, does business every day. His company provides larger-than-life mobile LED walls with high definition screens for large and small special events.

GoVision has had a prominent role in countless national events, including NCAA Final Four, the Texas Rangers World Series celebration, Dallas Cowboys Stadium Plaza, two Presidential Inaugurations, and the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee.

"I am truly honored to be the first recipient of the NFL Emerging Business Program Impact Award", said Curtis. "As a company that has built our business on innovation in the event world, it is extremely exciting to be honored by a league that is built on events and innovation."


Considering you can't mention this one, what is the worst job you have ever had?
Without a doubt, a college job of throwing hay into the ass-end of a trailer in the Texas Summer heat .... while wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt so the hay wouldn't cut you up! You dreaded when it was your turn in the rotation to stack the hay bales in the trailer.

Since there are many to choose from, in your time at GoVision what has been your favorite show to be a part of?
I really enjoyed working the Jimmy Buffett show in Gulf Shores, AL, last year when we placed GoBigger (the largest mobile LED screen in the country) on a barge and floated outside Jimmy Buffett's sister's bar and restaurant, LuLu's Homeport. It was amazing to see the reaction of the Parrotheads when this massive LED screen pulled up on a barge and could be seen for miles and miles away!

Since you are probably due some time off soon, what would be your dream vacation?
Tough call .... private hut hanging out over the water in Tahiti or a cruise through the Greek Isles.

When you're not smiling and dialing trying to book the next show, what do you do to relax away from work?
I love chasing my daughters around all their various activities: basketball, volleyball and dance, when time allows ... hunting with my bird dog, catching some bass and drinking a few cold ones while the smoker rolls low and slow!

Considering you sell some of the largest televisions in the country, what size is your TV at home?
60" HD LCD, but my favorite is a little 32" LCD in the outdoor kitchen/bar area.

Knowing that you're a gourmet chef with a smoker/grill, what is your favorite meal after a long day at the office?
Lamb rib chops, grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes and grilled sourdough bread!

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