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CEAVCO Hires a New Apprentice Through an Innovative Career Program

Members of CEAVCO’s Team, Including New Apprentice Joaquin Perez (black tee shirt, center)

CEAVCO Audio Visual is developing its skilled-talent pipeline by hiring Joaquin Perez through CareerWise Colorado’s modern youth-apprenticeship program. CareerWise offers work-based learning opportunities for students in 21st-century career fields and an innovative approach to talent acquisition that leaves businesses with a positive return on investment and a workforce fit to take on the 21st-century economy.

Joaquin, soon to be a high school junior, started his three-year apprenticeship with CEAVCO on June 12. He’s working as a Quality Control Technician, performing quality control checks on equipment, assisting with a wide range of warehouse operations to track inventory, and helping to order replacement parts. He’ll work 15 hours a week during his junior school year, 20 hours a week during his senior school year, and 25-40 hours a week after graduation. Continuing education is important, and he receives both a paycheck and the equivalent of 30 hours of college credit or trade school credit.

The hiring process works like this. CareerWise teens access a CareerWise job portal, identify open positions that interest them, and then apply for a job with a prospective employer. Joaquin was excited at the prospect of working for CEAVCO, and applied for a position. CEAVCO Operations Manager Justin Read and CEAVCO Controller Don Ortiz interviewed Joaquin and thought he would make a great fit. Justin serves as Joaquin’s supervisor, and Don serves as Justin’s mentor. Justin and Don both received 6 hours of CareerWise training to set Joaquin up for success in his new position, and Joaquin attended a two-day apprentice boot camp to learn the basics of working for a company.

Says Don, “We see many benefits to bringing the right people on early in their careers to help shape their skills and cultural development. We’re excited to be participating in the CareerWise program, especially since we’re seeing that it doesn’t take long for an apprentice to become a productive, contributing member of the team.”

CareerWise Colorado’s statewide program creates pathways for students to access high-demand, high-paying careers at leading Colorado companies. Student apprentices work toward high school graduation and earn postsecondary credit and industry credentials, performing meaningful, productive work as they are trained to step into full-time roles. Employers benefit from an innovative talent pipeline of productive apprentices for hard-to-fill positions. In its third year, CareerWise Colorado works with education and industry partners in Metro Denver, Fort Collins, Estes Park, Loveland/Berthoud, Grand Junction, and Eagle County.

  Carolyn Daughters   Jul 07, 2019   Blog   0 Comment Read More

CEAVCO’s Support for Continuing Education

CEAVCO Audio Visual makes continuing education a priority for employees. In this short video, CEAVCO’s Creative Services Director Sidney Reed describes how CEAVCO encourages staff to take advantage of classes and training that will help them build and strengthen their audiovisual production skills.

Sidney got her master’s degree in cinematography and video/film production because she loves learning. At CEAVCO, she has signed up for online master classes focused on video design and direction. As she points out, many employees take advantage of the continuing education opportunities CEAVCO offers.

For example, from May through July of this year, CEAVCO staff have attended or will be attending courses and workshops led by such organizations as InfoComm, the Rental & Staging Network, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. This training covers such topics as leadership development, exhibit design, warehouse operations, Vectorworks 3D design software, quality control, and equipment rental software.

As CEAVCO continues to grow, CEAVCO’s employees need opportunities to learn and grow too. Keeping employees engaged in their professional development and making their ongoing education relevant help to ensure our team members are well-trained, challenged, and always up on the latest trends. 

  Carolyn Daughters   Jun 25, 2019   Blog   0 Comment Read More

Audiovisual Production Support at High-Profile Events Nationwide

Washington, DC-based National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) is the place where apartment industry leaders come together to guide their future success. As a nationwide forum for insight, advocacy, and action, NMHC needed continuity of audio visual production service, reliable equipment and labor, and standard pricing at their six annual events held at locations around the country.

To support these diverse NMHC events with up to 4,000 industry experts in attendance, CEAVCO offers the consistency of staff, service, quality, and pricing NMHC requires. We travel with NMHC to provide audio, video, lighting, staging, and set design for their events in Washington, DC, Chicago, Orlando, San Diego, Huntington Beach, and Denver.

Says Jennifer Angebranndt, NMHC Vice President of Meetings, “I appreciate CEAVCO’s professionalism, can do and easygoing approach to projects, and flexibility in finding a solution. With regard to logistics, I love knowing that CEAVCO has my back and is a top-notch company with the necessary tech expertise to pull off flawless events, freeing me up to deal with other elements of meeting management. CEAVCO isn’t just a hired AV equipment supplier – they’re part of our team.”

  Carolyn Daughters   Jun 11, 2019   Blog   0 Comment Read More

CEAVCO President Celebrates 30 Years with the Company

CEAVCO Audio Visual President Matt Emerson

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!”

  Carolyn Daughters   May 22, 2019   Blog, Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

What Differentiates CEAVCO from the Competition?

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.

  Carolyn Daughters   May 13, 2019   Blog   0 Comment Read More

CEAVCO’s Commitment to Advancing the Audio Visual Industry

CEAVCO’s Eric Newkirk, RSN Symposium

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.

  Carolyn Daughters   May 06, 2019   Blog   0 Comment Read More

A Conversation with Nick Hague Aboard the International Space Station

Perhaps the greatest highlight of this year’s Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the live video conversation on April 9 between Air Force General John J. Raymond at the Broadmoor and Expedition 59 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA aboard the International Space Station. U.S. Air Force Colonel Hague discussed his military heritage and his life and work on the orbital outpost with General Raymond, the commanding general of U.S. Air Force Space Command. Colonel Hague is in his second month of a six-and-a-half-month mission aboard the complex.

Here’s an excerpt from an email sent by U.S. Air Force Colonel Westover to the members of the NASA, Space Symposium, and CEAVCO Audio Visual team that made this conversation possible: “The audience was packed with thousands of the world’s space industry leaders (including NASA), and standing room only in the overflow rooms – the whole of the conference tuned in to see the NASA team rock their world. Mitch Brown [General Raymond’s aide] said later that General Raymond was hounded all day by folks saying how cool the downlink was – especially his water magic at the end.”

During the conversation, Colonel Hague talks about the power of team and collective accomplishments. We couldn’t agree more. Establishing the video link was critical, and expectations regarding staging, imagery, and lighting were literally sky high. CEAVCO’s team, including Brian Miller, Steve Struble, Rick Eichenberger, Eric Newkirk, and Nick Williams, was instrumental in making this inspirational, tightly timed conversation happen.

The Space Foundation’s Space Symposium is the premier global, commercial, civil, military, and emergent space conference. Each year, the Space Symposium brings together space leaders from around the world to discuss and dream about the future of space. The event attracts more than 11,000 attendees from 30 nations. This was CEAVCO’s 13th year of support, and together NASA, the Space Symposium, and CEAVCO knocked it out of the park. Go team!

  Carolyn Daughters   Apr 30, 2019   Blog   0 Comment Read More