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Customer Creates Buzz, Wins Big

Long-time PSAV customer Cathy Clifton, director of meeting planning for Higher Education User Group (HEUG), participated in a Twitter-based contest, held during MPI’s WEC event in St. Louis, to share the most remarkable photo using bumble bee characters PSAV employed to promote its sponsorship of MPI’s The Hive.

Like Clifton, scores of other meeting-professional attendees participated, tweeting images of the squeezeball-like toys in various places about the convention center, in fun poses. Clifton won the contest with this photo and was sent an Apple gift certificate toward the purchase of a brand new iPad. Clifton said she loves the iPad. We love her enthusiasm.

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Last Minute Invention

CHICAGO—When the planned venue announced it could no longer support the kickoff of Immersa Marketing’s event, just two weeks before it was to begin, the group turned to the PSAV team at the Palmer House a Hilton Hotel with the task of reinventing a General Session and breakout sessions that originally took months to plan.

PSAV’s Sales Manager Agostino Capone, Project Manager Charlie Ward, Director of Event Technology Jeremy Cox and the rest of the team rose up to the challenge and coordinated the reinvention of the four-day program with Immersa Marketing during the two week timeframe.

After careful last-minute planning, the 40-person event staff set up the breakout sessions just one week prior, and set up he General Session in just 24 hours before the start of the event.

The team provided a full production and used a truss structure with 70-foot by 15-foot cyclorama, movers, two camera shoots, digital signage and more.

Though the client was a long-term client of a rivaled AV supplier, PSAV managed to impress the group with their exceptional capabilities and captured the event.

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A Spine-tingling Gala Dinner

OTTAWA, Canada– The Westin Ottawa opened its doors to the attendees of the ArticNet gala dinner and sent chills down their spines with an artic-themed gala.

Just a week prior to the event, the client approached the PSAV team and requested for a cold look for the dinner. PSAV Director of Event Technology Trevor Robinson and the rest of the team worked together to come up with a set that impressed guests and the client.

The PSAV team used 30 LED fixtures, 16 Mac 250s, JBL VRX, a Bose set, two 42-inch monitors, a custom-cut steel gobo, a dozen spandex sails, two 9-foot by 12-foot flown screens, black velour tie-off drape and Panasonic 7700 projectors.

“We achieved the goal of making the room look and feel cold, as people started shivering as soon as they entered the room,” said Robinson. “The client was so blown away by the setup that he has asked me to coordinate with PSAV Director of Event Technology Daryl Mikulinskin at The Westin Bayshore for ArticNet’s next event.”

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An Olympic-worthy Performance

ATLANTA—The PSAV team at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta put together an Olympic-themed event for the Northside Hospital here and received rave reviews from the client and attendees.

PSAV’s Director of Event Technology Paul Meder, Assistant Director of Event Technology Bryan Beauchamp and Event Technology Specialists Kyle Means, John Wall, Mark Vaccaro placed screens throughout the room to create the look Olympic rings and projected the client’s presentation on there.

To create the look, they used five Scenic Elements by MOSS, five NEC 550w projectors, six Color Force LEDs, 20 Chroma Q color blocks, 80-foot of truss, 60 pin spots, an Image pro and a Leper ion 612.

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Fine Arts of Engineering

BALTIMORE – The Hyatt Regency Baltimore recently held its Corporate Meeting for Directors of Rooms & Engineering here, and the onsite PSAV team received glowing reviews from attendees, hotel staff and hotel guests for their creative use of truss throughout the hotel.

Five immaculately designed truss structures embellished the event space, including three in the atrium and two in the general session. The team utilized staggered height LED truss towers in the reception area that had everyone buzzing with excitement.

“Unique, different, colorful and spectacular were just a few of the adjectives guests and attendees used to describe these fixtures,” said PSAV Director of Event Technology Brett Nix.

Prior to the event, the hotel staff was uncertain about what they wanted. PSAV’s Project Manager Julie Fredrickson and Nix proposed the idea of using the cost-effective truss art as a way to make a sizable visual impact to the engineers.

“Engineers love truss. It isn’t a look you can do very often, but it is highly effective in the right environment,” said Fredrickson.

After a touch of skepticism by the technicians in the beginning, the crew ultimately had a great time creatively designing the sculptures.

“I must admit I was surprised at the response to the sculptures,” said Fredrickson. “Everyone raved about them.”

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Rocking Out at the USS Midway

SAN DIEGO— In mid-August, PSAV Event Technology Specialist Ken Syson was awarded the “Token of Appreciation” by nonprofit software company Tessitura for his exceptional work at its conference on the flight deck of the storied USS Midway Museum.

PSAV put on a show for more than 1500 art administrators with audio, lighting and video services. Seven technicians, including Syson, and a project manager teamed up to set up a EAW KF650 sound system, a Yamaha LS9-32 that was controlled by the StageMix mobile app, four lighting trees with pars and lekos, Color Charge wireless LEDs for up-lighting, a 9-foot by 16-foot screen and an Analog Way Pulse 300.

For five days, attendees participated in breakout sessions, presentations, networking events and were treated to performances by a rock band on the last day.

“This event was different from all the other events I’ve worked at because it was on a flight deck of an aircraft carrier,” said Syson. “We received great feedback from many attendees and our client.”

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