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Global Experience Specialists (GES), a global provider of exhibition, event and entertainment experiences, will offer audio visual services. Initially introduced at IAEE’s Expo! Expo! in December 2013, GES made it official at EXHIBITOR2014 held Mar. 16-20 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Deemed as “The Art and Science of Engagement,” the general contractor announced its new division with musical fanfare during EXHIBITOR2014. Showcasing the firm’s multimedia capabilities, William Close and the Earth Harp Collective performed on harp strings connected to the ceiling of the convention hall played against a video wall backdrop.

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Driven by client request, in-house audio visual services and production is being added for efficiency.

“Clients have told us that they want to work with one partner for all of their event needs,” said Steve Moster, president, GES.

Aiming to be a complete solutions company, an in-house audio visual division will enable GES to work with client budgets to plan an event in its entirety. This also provides a cost-savings opportunity to the client by using one complete show partner.

According to Paul Wedesky, senior vice president of audio visual services, GES, existing staff already experienced in graphics, lighting, rigging and audio visual equipment readily accommodated the move.

“GES has all the components for audio visual services – graphics, creators, producers on staff. To bring it back in-house was just putting all the puzzle pieces together,” said Wedesky.

Having previously worked at traditional audio visual companies for over 25 years, Wedesky stated that staff creativity is one component that will set GES apart. Using software and hardware to combine audio visual and visual design will round out the firm’s offerings not previously seen by the end-user.

Directly providing audio visual services will also save time for the firm and its customers, added Wedesky. GES will coordinate all aspects from the loading docks and electrical components to management of audio visual equipment. Online client-facing tools also eliminate the need to place orders with a third-party vendor and allow GES to deliver services more efficiently.

Hand-selecting the most experienced people to build its audio visual team, GES plans to add account managers to accommodate growth.

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