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Check out what’s new at CEAVCO Audio Visual and in the world of video, audio, lighting, scenic design, and creative services.

CEAVCO Attends Annual RSN Meeting in New Orleans


RSN Attendees in New Orleans (CEAVCO president Matt Emerson far left)

In February, the Rental & Staging Network (RSN) hosted two important meetings in New Orleans: the RSN Board’s Long Range Planning meeting and the annual Spring Meeting.

The group focused on RSN’s core values: Community, Trust, and Shared Knowledge. Attendees participated in roundtables focused on Marketing, Sales and Operations in the AV production industry.

As with all RSN meetings, the Spring Meeting was a great opportunity to network, discuss best practices face to face with fellow RSN members, and brainstorm ideas for RSN’s continued growth.

  Carolyn Daughters   Feb 29, 2016   Blog   0 Comment Read More

CEAVCO Audio Visual Celebrates Its 55th Birthday


Jack Emerson, Founder of CEAVCO Audio Visual

On January 21, CEAVCO celebrated its 55th birthday. Jack Emerson’s original vision from 1961 is still at the core of CEAVCO’s success today.

Says Jack: “When I came to Colorado to explore opportunities, federal funds were being invested in education, and schools were buying a lot of audio visual equipment. I saw it as a good opportunity because I had always wanted to be in business for myself and live where I wanted to live.”

Today, the company is run by Jack’s son, Matt. “I have an early memory as a child of being taught a lesson about honesty and integrity,” Matt says, “and that lesson has stuck with me throughout my entire life. We’ve incorporated those values into the company — we’re committed to always doing the right thing for the client.”

Jack knew from the start that surrounding himself with the right people was key to the success of his business. “You have to be ready to adapt to changes in the marketplace and changes in technology,” he says, “and we have done that over the years. A great place to work attracts really good people, and really good people attract customers.”

  Carolyn Daughters   Jan 25, 2016   Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

CEAVCO Remains Anonymous

anonymous-titleCEAVCO Audio Visual recently produced a tongue-and-cheek video featuring CEAVCO’s founder, Jack Emerson, and Blake Holmes of the Creative Services Department. In the video, Blake hits the streets of Denver to ask random people if they’ve ever heard of CEAVCO.

The gist? When something goes wrong at an event, you remember the AV company. In the live-event production industry, remaining anonymous is an indication of your success.

Check out the video here.

  Carolyn Daughters   Dec 17, 2015   Blog   Comments Off on CEAVCO Remains Anonymous Read More

CEAVCO VIP Open House and Interactive Demonstration

E-Vite-Penguin-finalCEAVCO will be hosting a VIP open house on December 16. Events will include a lunch with current clients and a cocktail hour for prospective clients. Guests will have the opportunity to socialize with members of CEAVCO’s team, tour CEAVCO’s space, and explore in-house technologies and production ideas related to lighting, sound, video, scenic design, and creative services.

In addition, freelancers and partners will come in on the afternoon of December 15 to learn about and receive hand-on training on the use of all the new toys CEAVCO has added in the last 12 months.

  Carolyn Daughters   Dec 01, 2015   Blog   Comments Off on CEAVCO VIP Open House and Interactive Demonstration Read More

Matt Emerson Named InfoComm Leadership Search Committee Chair

infocommIn November, InfoComm International, the trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry worldwide, announced election results for the 2016 InfoComm International Board of Directors and Leadership Search Committee. CEAVCO Audio Visual President Matt Emerson has been named Leadership Search Committee Chair. It’s his seventh year serving on the board.

InfoComm hosts trade shows around the world, where the industry’s foremost experts share best practices on innovative, technology-enabled solutions. In 2015, CEAVCO sent a team to the June show in Orlando, Florida, and Matt also attended the shows in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in May and Mumbai, India, in September.

For more information, read InfoComm’s press release.

  Carolyn Daughters   Nov 25, 2015   Blog   Comments Off on Matt Emerson Named InfoComm Leadership Search Committee Chair Read More

InfoComm Exceptional Experience

AV Alliance Members in GreeceIn October, CEAVCO Audio Visual president Matt Emerson delivered a presentation on InfoComm’s Exceptional Experience at the 5th AV Alliance Get-Together Meeting in Athens, Greece.

To define exceptional experiences in audio visual technology, InfoComm engaged Gravity Tank, an innovative consultancy firm out of Chicago that interviewed dozens of end users, technology managers, event producers, integrators, and consultants in the AV space.

Matt presented the results of their research. As he described in the presentation, content, space, and technology, when combined, are greater than the sum of their parts—enabling strategic AV production companies to create immersive, thought-provoking experiences that are rich in content and memorable for all the right reasons.
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During the presentation, Matt shared examples of exceptional experiences in AV from Aram Multimedia, Blitz Communications, Pearl Group, Bluewater, Habegger (IOC), Satis-fy, Bright Group, and Gearhouse.

For more information about InfoComm’s Exceptional Experience, check out the video at


  Carolyn Daughters   Nov 01, 2015   Blog   Comments Off on InfoComm Exceptional Experience Read More

CEAVCO Invests in New LED Performance Lighting

CEAVCO Audio Visual recently made a substantial investment in LED performance lighting. CEAVCO now has 12 Chroma-Q Color Force 72 LED battens, along with 24 Chroma-Q Color One 100 LED PAR fixtures. The goal was to expand the range of gear used by the lighting department, as well as to realize the benefits of maintaining a consistent product line inventory with a common color palette. This new inventory will soon be bolstered by 48 Chroma-Q Color Force 12 LED fixtures.

  Carolyn Daughters   Oct 14, 2015   Blog   Comments Off on CEAVCO Invests in New LED Performance Lighting Read More

AV Alliance Employee Exchange Program

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CEAVCO’s Matt Emerson and Habegger’s Sven Burger

In 2015, AV Alliance launched a new employee exchange pilot program. As part of the program, employees from two member firms swap places to gain insight into each other’s organizations and participate in event production activities.

CEAVCO Audio Visual and Switzerland-based Habegger were two of the pilot program participants. In fact, CEAVCO is the only U.S. member of the AV Alliance global network to participate in the two-way exchange thus far. Habegger sent project manager Sven Burger to CEAVCO for three weeks in September, where he worked closely with CEAVCO’s team.

Says CEAVCO General Manager Eric Newkirk, “Sven took a lot of new ideas back to Habegger. We’re glad he had the opportunity to learn how CEAVCO lives up to its brand promise – love what you see and hear.”

In December, CEAVCO is planning to send project manager Rob Schmidt to Habegger’s office for three weeks. Habegger is located in Regensdorf, 30 minutes northwest of Zurich.

  Carolyn Daughters   Oct 01, 2015   Blog   0 Comment Read More

An Innovative Event Produced in an Unconventional Space

ceavco imageCEAVCO Audio Visual recently collaborated with Xero, a game-changing global software company headquartered in New Zealand. Xero is known for thinking outside the box, so they chose the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) as their venue for Xerocon 2015, an innovative annual conference for leaders in cloud accounting. The DCPA is a world-class facility designed for stage productions. It’s also an unconventional location for corporate meetings and events.

The event took place in three theaters and a ballroom, so it was critical that CEAVCO and the center’s in-house crew work well together. Through exceptional teamwork, CEAVCO’s staff and the theater staff created a customized, engaging experience.

Visit our Lookbook to check out a video of CEAVCO’s work with Xero.

  Carolyn Daughters   Sep 14, 2015   Blog   Comments Off on An Innovative Event Produced in an Unconventional Space Read More

RSN Members Share Best Practices and Technology Solutions

At the end of August, CEAVCO Audio Visual’s Assistant Operations Manager, Justin Read, and Floor Leader, Jared Richardson, visited Chicago-based Stage Right, Inc., and Michael Andrews Audio Visual Services, located in the heart of Manhattan. Their goal? Get a firsthand look at how both shops operate, collaborate to identify ways to improve processes, and exchange ideas.

“We got a firsthand look at how the crews work at Stage Right and Michael Andrews, as well as the chance to share feedback and learn a whole lot in the process,” Justin says. “I think everyone involved thought the time spent was really valuable. It was a great trip.”

The biggest takeaway: Both Stage Right and Michael Andrews use digital signage in the warehouse to provide live agenda updates. As a result, their crews receive up-to-the-minute information about new and changing tasks. Justin has since begun using live-update digital signage at CEAVCO.

Other takeaways include cable labeling methods, vertical storage techniques that make the most of limited storage space, use of container IDs, and split-shift scheduling.

Says Justin, “All three companies have already begun implementing changes since the visits. What I’m most excited about is how the tools and techniques we’ve learned will help streamline our processes and make our day-to-day operations more efficient.”

  Carolyn Daughters   Sep 10, 2015   Blog   Comments Off on RSN Members Share Best Practices and Technology Solutions Read More