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Congratulations to CEAVCO Audio Visual President Matt Emerson, who is celebrating 30 years with the company!
Matt was hired as the VP of Finance by his father, Jack Emerson, on May 22, 1989. Matt was the 15th employee of the company, which Jack founded in 1961. When Matt started in 1989, the company primarily sold audio visual equipment and had a two-person rental department. In 2003, Matt became the company’s executive vice president, and in 2013 he was named president.
“We no longer sell equipment, and equipment rentals are a much smaller piece of our business,” says Matt. “CEAVCO is an example of how companies can thrive by adapting to changes in the industry. I’m really proud of our reputation and our relationships with our clients. Though it may sound clichéd, we do everything we can to help our clients meet their objectives. That’s our niche and our passion.”
Meeting planners and our corporate and association clients take their meetings and events very seriously. CEAVCO, in turn, takes very seriously the hiring and retention of dedicated employees who are committed to making planners’ lives easier and helping them achieve their vision. And while the CEAVCO of today barely resembles the CEAVCO of 30 years ago, one thing has remained the same: the team’s dedication to sharing industry knowledge and providing exceptional support to our valued clients.
Says Matt, “Jack grew the company he loved for 52 years, and for the past 30 years I’ve had a challenging and rewarding career that I love. I’m deeply appreciative of the opportunity my father gave me. We have a great workplace, a great team, and great clients and partners — I honestly couldn’t ask for more. I’m amazed by the evolution of the company over last 30 years, and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring!”
In this short CEAVCO Audio Visual spotlight, CEAVCO President Matt Emerson talks about our brand promise, Love What You See and Hear. This brand promise relates not only to what event attendees see and hear but also to how we want our clients to feel when they work with us. A lot of little things make CEAVCO different. For one thing, we’re intentional in learning about our clients’ needs and desired outcomes. For another, we do what we say we’re going to do. Our clients trust us to help them make each new event better than the last.
CEAVCO Audio Visual regularly partners with the world’s best audio visual companies, which enables us to travel with our clients wherever their events are happening while ensuring consistency of staff, service, and quality. Through our active membership in the Rental & Staging Network (RSN) and AV Alliance, CEAVCO team members collaborate with other industry leaders to discuss best practices, technology solutions, and lessons learned.
CEAVCO is a founding member of RSN, a highly selective professional organization of top-tier North American audio visual production companies. RSN members provide a consistent level of professionalism, capabilities, and live event production experience nationwide. AV Alliance, in turn, is an international network of the world’s best audio visual production companies. As AV Alliance continues to expand its global reach, cooperation among members is reaching new heights. Member companies are working together to provide exceptional audio visual production support for events worldwide.
Eric Newkirk, CEAVCO Vice President of Design and Creative, attended a recent RSN Symposium, showing CEAVCO’s commitment to creating value for our clients and their attendees by sharing innovative ideas that are advancing the industry. The RSN network is growing, with the addition of new Canadian members, Toronto-based Bespoke Audio Visual and Montreal-based Expert*Ease.
In addition, owners of AV Alliance member companies, including CEAVCO’s Matt Emerson, recently met in Las Vegas to engage in lively discussions on such topics as business growth, market challenges, recruitment opportunities, and event production skills development.
Membership in RSN and AV Alliance keeps CEAVCO at the forefront of diverse event design and production technologies and trends. Membership also gives CEAVCO the global reach needed to support conferences, corporate meetings, town halls, and product presentations anywhere around the globe.