February 2017 eNewsletter

GoVision sprints into the new year working some of the largest events in the world!

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Inauguration Crowds Witness History on GoVision Screens
 
Let’s not worry how many were actually there … What’s important is that for the fourth consecutive time, GoVision was tasked with providing the massive LED screens for a solemn and historic ceremony celebrating the peaceful transition of power.

 When Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20, he was flanked by two 19’ x 33’ G16 mobile LED screens positioned on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Nine additional mobile and modular screens were set-up in strategic locations around the Capitol to enable the crowds to enjoy a larger-than-life view of the ceremony.
 
 The modular LED screens were configured from 6mm tiles, which are lightweight and offer extremely high resolution both indoors and out. GoVision’s team likewise supplied the wireless transmitters that sent the video signal from the U.S. Capitol to each of the screens.

 “We will be taking our screens to more than 1,000 events across North America this year, but none carries more historical significance, or will be viewed by more people worldwide, than a Presidential Inauguration,” said Chris Curtis, founder and CEO of GoVision, before the event. “We’re honored to be entrusted with this extraordinary responsibility for the fourth time, and we look forward to providing the huge crowds with a front-row seat to the ceremony.”
 
A total of 11 GoVision screens were arrayed throughout the Capitol as follows:
 

  • U.S. Capitol Steps – two G16 19’x33’ mobile units
  • Reflecting Pool – two 9’x16’ GV6mm modular screens mounted on scaffolding
  • 3rd Street – 9’x16’ GV6 modular screen mounted on scaffolding
  • Peace Circle – G6 9’x16’ mobile unit
  • Garfield Circle – G6 9’x16’ mobile unit
  • Grant Memorial – two G4 9’x16’ mobile units
  • Opposite side of U.S. Capitol – two G4 9’x16’ mobile units
 
GoVision provided several additional LED screens across the city for the Trump Inauguration, including a 14’x24’ G10 mobile LED unit for a private party at the Canadian Embassy. A GoVision screen was also on-hand during President Obama’s Farewell Celebration in Chicago.

GoVision Scores At Super Bowl LI

The Patriots weren’t the only ones to leave Houston with a smile. Team GoVision also enjoyed a winning Super Bowl Weekend, with all 22 of our mobile units – sporting their newly retrofitted 10mm screens – busy at events across the city.  

GoVision provided a screen comprised of 36 GV6 panels for Leigh Steinberg’s 30th Annual Super Bowl Party at Hughes Manor. The LED wall served as the stage backdrop during the awards ceremony. Meanwhile, a brand new GoVisionTV was a big hit out on the patio, as countless big-name guests used the state-of-the-art outdoor TV as a backdrop for selfies and photo ops.

GoVisionTV regional dealers and reps like Jason Jobe of Jobe Systems in Houston are seeing tremendous interest in the new products designed for the residential and commercial hospitality markets. Visit the new GoVisionTV web site to learn more about this game-changing product and to find the dealer in your area: govisiontv.com/.

Across town, our G16 mobile unit helped fans track the twists and turns of the game during a killer Super Bowl Watch Party. ESPN2 was also there hosting the Mike & Mike and First Take shows.

GoVision Raises the NYE Star for Chi-Town

  For the second consecutive year, GoVision helped ring in the New Year in Chicago. The centerpiece of the downtown “Chi-Town Rising” event was a giant Rising Star constructed from LED panels that – rather than dropping like the ball in Times Square – rose 360 feet in the air during the final countdown.
 
 GoVision’s Custom Design & Fabrication division constructed 145 GV10CF panels into a star-shaped fascia that was attached over the panels to complete the dazzling effect. The custom six-point star spanned 60’ wide and nearly 70’ tall and the entire structure weighed in at 13,000 lbs. The panels were then attached to a custom truss structure erected next to the Hyatt Regency. Motors hoisted the star up as the countdown began and fireworks exploded.
 
 This one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve tradition would not have been possible just a few short years ago, but can now be accomplished thanks to the creativity of GoVision’s technical team and the ultra-lightweight of our GV10CF tiles.

Parades, Pucks and Pigskin
 
 On Jan. 2, GoVision helped the nation celebrate the New Year at the granddaddy of them all, The Rose Parade. Our G6 LED screen, located in the Grandstand area, enabled the massive on-site crowd and television viewers from around the globe to take in the excitement of this breathtaking, internationally acclaimed procession of fanfare and flowers. 

  Concurrently in St. Louis, the NHL celebrated its Centennial year at the annual NHL Winter Classic. As we have in the past, GoVision provided a supplemental LED screen – this one a GV6 measuring 30’ x 42’ – to the permanent stadium screen. NBC covered both the Rose Parade and the Winter Classic and, at one point, went to a split screen in which both of GoVision’s screens were in the picture.
 
  Shortly thereafter, at the College Football Playoff Championship, our G6 screens straddled the entrances to both sides of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Our tech team fed live, interactive social media posts to one screen while fan tweets were displayed on the other. “It made for a very scenic entrance to the venue,” said GoVision’s Adam Vahl. Our two trucks also streamed the game live for fans who didn’t make it into the stadium.

Las Vegas Open House Kicks Off New Year

GoVision opened a new office and equipment facility in Las Vegas last July, headed by Account Executive Joe Danczak. The facility – which houses a substantial amount of our state-of-the-art modular and mobile LED inventory, as well as both Sales and Technical/Operations staff – is helping us to better serve our clients in the western half of the country.

The Vegas office kicked off the New Year by hosting a multi-day open house which attracted more than 50 current and prospective West Coast clients to the facility. We teamed with our manufacturer partner DigiLed to showcase our LED solutions and demo’d 12 different types of products, from our 1.8mm installation tiles to our 16mm outdoor panels. We likewise featured a 9’ x 16’ G4 trailer with its true 10mm SMD self-contained product along with our CrowdLEAD units.

The event was a great success and underscored our growing presence and wide range of capabilities in this dynamic and rapidly growing region.

Employee Spotlight

Joe Barnes joined GoVision in October of 2013. He oversees the maintenance and repair of GoVision’s entire inventory of LED screens and production equipment. From coordination with international vendors, development of maintenance procedures, and component-level repair, Joe’s extensive technical knowledge is integral to GoVision’s unparalleled product reliability.

A native of Paris, TX, Joe has over forty years’ experience in the commercial and consumer electronics industries. When he is away from work, Joe enjoys fishing, songwriting, and playing the guitar.

How did you come to be part of the GoVision Family? 
Chris Curtis, whom I have known for years, asked if I would be interested in repairing some of our large LED inventory, I said yes and we evolved into an electronic repair and Quality Assurance and Control department.
 

Tell us a bit about your background in the tech world? How did you become the expert Quality Assurance Quality Control Director you are today?
 In the mid- seventies, I took courses in electronic theory and repair while working in consumer electronic repair facilities etc. for the next 40 years.
 
You’ve been with GoVision for a while now, what has been your favorite GoVision moment?
 Any of the GoVision Mudbug Boils in the warehouse. 
 
If you could describe GoVision in one word what would it be and why?
 Resilient, because through our employees we are able to adjust and adapt to reach our goal.
 
Tell us a bit about you: your favorite sports team, your family, hobbies — We want to get to know you personally!
I formerly played a lot of competitive tennis but knee injuries ended that so, now I play guitar and try to write a few songs.
Dallas Cowboys always!
I have 4 grandchildren, 3 boys, 1 girl and 1 great grandson.

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