GoVision Email Newsletter - July 11, 2016
Company Adds Best-in-Class Mobile, Modular LED Display Firm
Learfield has taken another step to expand its range of services to sports and entertainment partners with the acquisition of GoVision - a leading provider of state-of-the-art mobile and modular LED video
technology to many of the country's major sports, concerts and racing events. Today's announcement was made jointly by Learfield President and CEO Greg Brown and GoVision Founder and CEO Chris Curtis.
"GoVision is a terrific company with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit," said Brown. "The services and equipment they provide help bring events to life and it will be a fantastic addition to
capabilities we can provide our partners."
The transaction, the terms of which are confidential, takes effect immediately. The company will continue to operate under the GoVision name and brand, and all current employees will remain with the firm.
Curtis will report to Learfield COO Marc Jenkins.
"We have long admired the relationships Learfield has cultivated throughout college athletics and in the business community," said Curtis. "This is a great day for GoVision and our employees and customers.
With Learfield's help, we will be well-positioned to greatly expand the award-winning services we provide our clients, delivering unrivaled experiences."
Notably, GoVision recently completed a breathtaking installation of the world's largest outdoor, free-standing, center-hung digital display, dubbed "Colossus," for Panasonic and the Bristol Motor Speedway,
site of college football's September 10 Pilot-Flying J Battle at Bristol featuring Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Argyle, Texas-based GoVision was founded in 2002 and has evolved into a premier,
full-service provider of large-scale LED video displays and related services, including production, creative content, custom design, fabrication and installation. Its cutting-edge technologies and
services currently are being integrated into nearly 1,000 major sporting events, concerts, festivals and corporate events around the world.
"Many of our schools and other partners organize and stage huge events every week and our new association with GoVision will equip us and our clients with the ability to add excitement and
new entertainment capabilities to these incredible games and events," noted Jenkins.
Glaucon Capital Partners acted as GoVision's financial advisor for the transaction.
Forgive us if we haven't called lately. We've been a little busy.
How busy, you ask?
Busy as in fanning out 31 full semi-trailer trucks across the country to deliver 5,000 LED panels (encompassing 30,000 square feet of LED and 40 million LED pixels) to nearly 80 events across the country.
And that was just in April!
The busiest month in GoVision's 14-year history featured several notable highlights, including the installation of the world's largest, outdoor, freestanding, center-hung digital display -
dubbed "Colossus" - for Panasonic and Bristol Motor Speedway. Our screens were on full display during the NCAA Final Four and March Madness Music Festival in Houston. We helped fans get an up-close
view of their favorite rookies during the NFL Draft in Chicago and provided massive screens for spectators and racers during the Boston Marathon.
Add in the Cheerleading & Dance World Championships in Orlando, several tours, multiple NASCAR and Grand Prix races and, well, you've just scratched the surface!
We covered rodeos and bull riding competitions. Bike races and marathons and charity walks. Music festivals. And more golf tournaments than you can swing a driver at.
"April was an extraordinary month, thanks to solid contributions from both our core rental division and our rapidly growing install business," said Scott McKinnon, partner and VP of Sales & Marketing.
"Being continually involved in projects that are 'the largest' or 'first' in the world is a huge testament to our capabilities and to the quality of the team we've assembled here at GoVision.
We take great pride in being front and center on the world's biggest stages."
Not so long ago, on a golf course far, far away, Brett Amman was GoVision's "golf division." When he joined our team in 2008, Brett was charged with building the golf business, which, at the time,
consisted of the Byron Nelson in Dallas, the Colonial in Fort Worth and the Shell Houston Open - one of the company's longest-tenured clients.
He not only wore the sales hat, but covered operations as well. Brett literally pitched and sold every new golf client, served as project manager leading up to each tournament,
went to every site to set-up and stayed to operate our LED screens throughout the event.
Today, thanks to Brett's leadership and topline execution by our operations and technical teams, GoVision's golf portfolio spans nearly 35 golf tournaments, including the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.
Don't worry ... he has help now!
"Being entrusted with the growth of GoVision's Golf Division has been the highlight of my career," said Amman, during a short break between tournaments. "Over the years, we've assembled an awesome
team to help pitch and cover the tourneys, and we've expanded our capabilities well beyond the basic operation of the LED screens."
For example, during this month's U.S. Open in Oakmont, Pa., the GoVision team provided all the audio and video feeds to the networks (including FOX Sports, CNN, ESPN and the Golf Channel),
24 radio stations and more than 450 media outlets from around the world. The team also recorded interviews for the USGA and edited them into 1-2 minute highlight videos that reached millions more golf
fans via the USGA's social media platforms. See Link
From the RBC Heritage Classic in Hilton Head to the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis to an LPGA Tour stop in Hawaii, GoVision is changing the way golf is experienced on the course,
via television and even over the Internet.
Multiple screens help performers, execs shine at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville
When thousands of Walmart shareholders arrived at Bud Walton Arena for their annual meeting recently, they were greeted by more LED firepower than they'd find at most professional sporting events or superstar concerts.
The three-day event, managed by Memphis, Tenn.-based LEO Events, was a massive undertaking, befitting the world's largest retail corporation. And at the center of it all were LED video screens and monitors provided by GoVision, L.P., a premier, full-service provider
of large-scale LED video displays and related services, including production, creative content, custom design, fabrication and installation.
The arena stage was dominated by LED screens, from the floor - comprised of three 15' x 15' 10mm VISS LED panels - to the twin 37' x 21' chevrons suspended above, configured with state-of-the-art lightweight GV6 tiles. A pair of lower chevron screens - each spanning
26.5' x 9' and also comprised of GV6 tiles - flanked a 5' x 9' center screen that moved on a track to allow Walmart executives to walk out onto the stage. Additional upstage GV6 screens measuring 34' x 12' flanked stage right and left along with a
pair of I-MAG 27' x 18' GV6 screens.
"As you might imagine, Walmart goes all out when it comes to its Shareholders Meeting, and that gave us the opportunity to get very creative with a huge array of LED panels,"
said Brady Haass, Vice President of Client Services for Argyle, Texas-based GoVision. "Working
closely with LEO Events, we were able to design and deploy some truly awesome screen configurations that made every seat in Bud Walton Arena a great one."
The event, which began May 31, was part business, part celebration, so GoVision's elaborate array of screens required flexibility as well. James Corden of The Late Late Show emceed the proceedings, which included two days of business meetings and two evenings featuring
major ticketed concerts.
During the daytime sessions, the upper and lower chevron screens lifted up to unveil such chart-topping stars as Katy Perry, Nick Jonas, Maxwell and Jordan Smith. The chevrons were then removed prior to the evening concerts headlined by Three Doors Down, Daughtry, Goo
Goo Dolls, American Authors and Train.
Comedian Steve Harvey made a special appearance during the Associates Meeting on June 1, which was web-streamed live to allow all of the nearly 11,000 Walmart stores worldwide to tune in. A replica of Harvey's
Family Feud set was built
for a special company-themed staging of the game show.
"The GoVision team did a magnificent job, not only configuring the LED screens and monitors, but designing a stage that worked perfectly for both a substantive Shareholders Meeting and, in effect, a three-day,
star-studded music festival to which the public was also
invited," said David Kenyon, Senior Vice President of Production for LEO Events. "Corporate events don't get any bigger than those done by Walmart, so everything had to be perfect. I'm pleased to say it
was, and our clients at Walmart were extremely pleased with the
In all, GoVision provided 480 GV6 panels for the video screens and 243 VISS 10mm panels for the LED floor. Load-in began on May 23 - a full week before the meeting commenced - and the strike
was finished on June 4.
To see GoVision's screens in action during the 2016 Walmart Shareholders Meeting, visit http://corporate.walmart.com/shareholders-2016.
This Spring, GoVision employees formed a Kick Ball team and joined a league for some after-hours entertainment. Originally, the organizer, account exec Brad Merriman, signed up for the competitive league,
but fortunately there weren't enough teams to make two brackets. The league became a combination of recreational and competitive teams. Of course, GoVision was competitive!!
A season of 8 weeks turned into 12 weeks due to rainy weather in Texas. The "Pitches Be Crazy" GoVision team made it to the playoffs, despite multiple players on the Injured/Disabled List (including pulled
hamstrings, ankle surgery, and a tendon tear most likely ending with surgery). Who knew kickball could be so challenging?!? Thanks to many substitutions and additions to the roster, the team ended up
in the Semi-Final Championship only to lose to a VERY serious team of kickball "nerds." To be fair, they looked like they actually practiced.
It was a difficult loss, but they gave it their all. GoVision is always up for FUN and games!
In March, a few college basketball games create a lot of Madness and end with a Final Championship of Four teams. GoVision provides basketball scorers tables and LED screens for many of those games,
including the Finals. Naturally, we make a game of it with a Bracket Competition amongst our clients and friends. We host the competition just for fun, but more importantly, the winner gets bragging
rights for the next year.
We want to recognize the 2016 winners:
1st Place: Jeremy Plofker - Score of 143 - Picked NC and Villanova in the final game AND had Villanova as the winner! Jeremy will receive a copy of his winning bracket along with an invaluable GoVision prize!
2nd Place: Ryan Clark - Score of 104 - Picked NC and Kansas in the final game
3rd Place: David Swain - Score of 102 - Picked Oklahoma to win
GoVision hosts a skybox on the 13th hole at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth. During that week, we play a Golfer Game with our guests where they each pick a golfer to
follow for the day. If their golfer gets to lowest score that day, they get a GoVision prize. If their golfer ends up winning the tournament, they get another GoVision prize.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Kelly Eberflus - Jordan Spieth (Tournament Winner)
Russ Spears - Bryce Molder (Low Score on Thursday)
Jenny McGhee - Jordan Spieth (Low Score for Friday and Winner!)
Cade Curtis - Jordan Spieth (Tournament Winner)
No one picked Matt Kuchar who had the low score on Saturday
Wendy Sybesma - Chad Campbell (Low Score for Sunday)
Richard Sybesma - Jordan Speith (Tourament Winner)
Congratulations to the winners! As always, we had fun and enjoyed visiting with our clients and friends.
Tommy Shaw joined the GoVision team in April 2012 and quickly learned that his Audio Editor skills didn't translate to Video Technician as well as he thought; however, with some training, he soon
learned the new skills needed to run video screens. Tommy grew up in Madill, OK, but moved to the Dallas area in 1992 to attend The Art Institute. He worked as an Audio Editor at TM Studios
for 18 years before coming to GoVision to learn the video world.
Tommy has a common law wife of 11 years ("one of these days we'll have the time and money to make it official") and a 22 year old step-daughter who calls him dad.
His interests: TV, movies, podcasts, rock concerts, pro football, mountain biking. Guilty pleasures: Hard rock and heavy metal, Minnesota Vikings and Howard Stern.
Q&A with Tommy Shaw
How did you find GoVision? Or did GoVision find you? Please explain what you were doing when you were hired to join the GoVision team.
I got laid off from my previous job as an audio editor in early 2012. Since that job is such a small niche and hard to find and I needed to pay the bills, I started calling friends.
I've known Justin since around '94 and I had assisted him on a GoVision show before, so I called him begging for a job. He then put me in touch with Jeff.
So after interviewing with Jeff and Adam and failing the company video aptitude test miserably, they decided to hire me anyway.
Your job has taken you all over the country and you've been involved in many shows or venues. Which one is the most memorable and why?
I'd have to say my most memorable show was doing the NCAA basketball tournament in Spokane, WA in 2014. I fell in love with that part of the country and for some strange reason,
I felt very "at home" in Spokane for the week I was there. I made a few friends and actually didn't want to leave when it was over. Felipe did that show earlier this year and the
guys at the stadium were asking about me. That's something that makes you feel good.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The stress far outweighs any real enjoyment, but I'd have to say I enjoy when the client is satisfied and sometimes even reports back about how pleased they were.
(If you haven't seen the Meet the GoVision Team video on our website, you'll have to see it to understand the pressure of the live events business.)
When you're not driving a GoVision mobile LED screen around, what do you like to do for fun?
There's no time for anything substantial, so I'd have to say just spending time with my family. Something as simple as watching The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones with them is what
I look forward to these days.
If you could wake up tomorrow in someone else's body, living their life, who would it be? And why?
I wouldn't want to be anyone else. Making it through this life and hopefully leaving a positive impression on friends and family along the way is good enough for me.