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Mike Lane Joins CEAVCO as VP of Operations

IMG_1676In early July, Mike Lane joined CEAVCO Audio Visual as the company’s new VP of Operations. Mike has 40 years of experience in the industry and particular expertise in analyzing all aspects of event execution. Two of Mike’s key focus areas at CEAVCO will include (1) integrating production (client-centered, front of house) and operations (production support, back of house) and (2) digging into the details of each.

Says CEAVCO President Matt Emerson, “One of Mike’s many talents is analyzing post-show elements — what went well and what could be improved — and developing strategic plans of action going forward. We’re fortunate to have his expertise on our team, and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”

 

  Carolyn Daughters   Aug 23, 2016   Blog   0 Comment Read More

CEAVCO Attends RSN Leadership Symposium

RSN LOGOCEAVCO Audio Visual’s Eric Newkirk, Rick Eichenberger, and Sidney Reed attended the Rental & Staging Network (RSN) Leadership Symposium in Washington, DC, on July 27-29. RSN welcomed four new members, three from the US and one from Mexico. As RSN’s footprint continues to expand, members benefit from peer-based learning and diversity of event design and production experience.

5This year’s theme was Exceptional Experience, and creativity was a key focus of the Symposium. Member companies engaged in in-depth conversations about creative services offerings and other ways to elevate the attendee experience.

CEAVCO, for one, often integrates creative services efforts into the video, audio, lighting, and staging solutions we provide our customers. As just one example, our Creative Services team often helps meeting planners “see” their events in advance by producing detailed concept renderings.2016-07-28 14.44.58

Says Sidney, CEAVCO’s Creative Services Manager, “A visual depiction is key to helping people understand how a space can look and feel. If I tried to explain what a Tesla car looks like, I might say it’s an awesome-looking electric vehicle with a sleek interior. But if I hand you drawings that show the Tesla inside and out, you would get a much better idea as to why this car is so special.”

As with all RSN meetings, the Symposium provided a great opportunity to network, discuss best practices and technology solutions face to face with fellow RSN members, and brainstorm ideas for RSN’s continued growth.

RSN member companies are part of an alliance across North America of the audio visual industry’s best providers, offering a consistent level of professionalism, knowledge, capabilities, and live event production experience wherever their clients’ events are happening.

To learn more about RSN, visit http://rentalandstaging.net/.

  Carolyn Daughters   Aug 16, 2016   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Saundra Lamden Retires After 19 Years at CEAVCO

Saundra Lamden-2CEAVCO Audio Visual Account Executive Saundra Lamden recently retired after 19 years at the company.

Says CEAVCO President Matt Emerson, “Saundra was a real asset to the company — she has always been willing to do anything for CEAVCO. She was a real delight to have around, and we’ll miss her around the office.”

Over the next 12 months, Saundra will continue to be involved in the successful execution of the shows she has booked and in the smooth transition of her accounts to other account executives at the company.

  Carolyn Daughters   Aug 09, 2016   Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

Creative Services Support Leads to Better Audience Experiences

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CEAVCO Audio Visual’s Creative Services team — Sidney Reed and Blake Holmes — focus their efforts on what CEAVCO’s clients want their audience to feel and experience during their meetings and events. They begin with renders and concept art, then aim to give audiences an exceptional experience they’ll remember through video editing, original video content development, highlight reels and promotional videos, pre-show and onsite interviews, graphics and slideshow development, custom screen savers, podcasts, voiceovers, and music selection.

“We make sure we have a high-level understanding of a show — what comes before, during, and after,” Sidney says. “We have to be thinking two steps ahead in order to design and build custom creative content and provide cohesive, modern branding for every element of the show.”

Sidney’s and Blake’s efforts are helping CEAVCO meet a broad range of client needs while truly engaging audiences in innovative ways that exceed client expectations.

  Carolyn Daughters   Jul 25, 2016   Blog   0 Comment Read More

CEAVCO Invites Guests to Share VIP Experience at Red Rocks Amphitheater

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(L-R) Karl, Matt, Pete, and Brian

Every summer, CEAVCO’s business development team invites a few current and prospective clients to join them for a VIP experience at Colorado’s historic Red Rocks Amphitheater.

On July 11, Matt Emerson, Brian Miller, Pete Goetz, Karl Becker, and their guests had a rare backstage tour complete with dinner backstage and VIP seating to watch the classic film The Sandlot. They even got to check out the hidden concrete tunnel beneath the stage, where thousands of famous musicians and performers have added their signatures to the narrow concrete walls.

“It’s a great chance to talk to clients and prospects in a lighthearted, social setting,” says Pete. “The Denver Film Society is a valued partner of ours, and Red Rocks is one of the ultimate Colorado experiences. Everyone had a blast.”

The 16th annual Film on the Rocks series includes nine events throughout the summer featuring films, a live concert, and a set by a comedian. Located in the foothills of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Red Rocks Amphitheater is one of the world’s most beautiful venues and is known for its acoustically perfect sound. 

  Carolyn Daughters   Jul 12, 2016   Blog   0 Comment Read More

CEAVCO Audio Visual Attends InfoComm 16

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CEAVCO Audio Visual’s Matt Emerson and Eric Newkirk attended InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas from June 4‑10.

The largest AV tradeshow in North America, InfoComm 2016 boasted more than 1,000 exhibitors, 500,000 net square feet of show space, thousands of products, and 40,000 attendees from all 50 states and 110+ countries.

  Carolyn Daughters   Jun 30, 2016   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Dat’s Awesome!

BlakeHere’s the first installment in CEAVCO’s new series, Dat’s Awesome, hosted by CEAVCO’s own Blake Holmes. This short segment introduces CEAVCO’s new Yamaha TF1 16-Channel Digital Mixers.

You should watch it. It’s awesome.

  Carolyn Daughters   Jun 20, 2016   Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

Short Attention Span Theater

GoldfishRemember Short Attention Span Theater? Jon Stewart’s first on-air gig, it ran from 1989-1994. The show’s fast-moving clips suggested that even 20+ years ago attentive audiences were already a thing of the past.

According to a recent study from Microsoft, people generally lose concentration after 8 seconds. Even the most skittish of goldfish have 9-second attention spans.

That’s right. Tcoinhese days goldfish pay more attention than people do.

What does this mean for your meetings and events? For one thing, you’d better begin with the end in mind. For another, you need to think way outside the fishbowl to capture your audience’s fleeting attention – the same old same old ballroom and conference environments might not do the trick.

So how do you get your audience emotionally invested in what you are trying to communicate?

  1. Pick an unconventional setting. A local performance arts center, a history museum, an art gallery, warehouses, converted spaces, nightclubs for daytime events, rural settings for glam tented events.
  1. Choose the right visual and audio stimuli. Sharp, short video segments heavy on images and light on text. (Keep promo videos to a minute.) Presentations that move at a quick clip, TED Talk style. Interactive tools for audience engagement. Lighting that surprises as it sets the scene.

Create an intentional event design from the ground up. Ditch cookie cutter plans in favor of captivating, integrated audio and video experiences that attendees will long remember.

The right audio visual production partner is key to entertaining, engaging, and educating attendees in today’s Short Attention Span Theater. Promise your guests that you’ll use their time wisely, then give them a one-of-a-kind experience. And always make sure you deliver.

 

  Carolyn Daughters   Jun 10, 2016   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Exceptional AV Experiences

Exceptional ExperienceAn exceptional experience in AV should start with the end in mind. For example, what are you hoping to accomplish during the event? Maybe you want to transfer knowledge. Or maybe you want to entertain the audience or enable them to work together to shape the content. And just as important – What do you want the audience to feel, think, or do after the event ends?

Regardless of the desired outcome or the audience’s level of interaction, an exceptional AV experience occurs when content, space, and technology are aligned to achieve a specific goal and engage the audience from beginning to end. Watch the InfoComm International video.

 

 

  Carolyn Daughters   May 31, 2016   Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

New Sony PXW-FS5 4K Camcorders

imageControllerCEAVCO Audio Visual recently purchased 3 Sony PXW-FS5 4K Camcorders. The camcorders are versatile and compact, capturing UHD video using a Super 35mm-sized sensor for cinematic imagery. The handheld camera systems can be used to shoot high and low angles, and they offer the ultimate mobility, an adaptable modular design, flexible controls, and a broad range of robust capabilities.
  Carolyn Daughters   May 31, 2016   Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More