ANDREA WAGNER JOINS BESPOKE AV

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ANDREA WAGNER JOINS BESPOKE AV AS MANAGER, CLIENT DEVELOPMENT & EVENT STRATEGIST

October 10, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Bespoke Audio Visual is pleased to announce that Andrea Wagner has joined the organization in the role of Manager, Client Development & Event Strategist.  

Andrea spent twelve years working in Guest Services in the hotel industry and then another seventeen years seventeen years as an Event Planner / Manager in the government and the not-for-profit sectors.

Positioned in Ottawa and working alongside Mark Millar and the business development team, Andrea's focus will be on business development in the National Capital Region.  Andrea will also dedicate a portion of her time to building Bespoke’s industry association presence both inside and outside of Ottawa.

“I couldn't be happier with the addition of Andrea to our team." says Kyle Brooks, Principal at Bespoke.  "Andrea's experience in customer service and event planning fits perfectly with the Bespoke mentality.  Our customer-first mentality has catapulted our business to success and Andrea is aligned with that philosophy in her approach to business and business development."

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ABOUT BESPOKE AUDIO VISUAL

Bespoke AV is a full-service audio visual equipment rental, staging and production company.  With offices in Toronto and Ottawa, Bespoke AV provides Technical Event Production and Production Management.  To learn more, visit www.bespokeav.ca

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OTTAWA OFFICE:

Mark Millar

Production Executive, Bespoke AV

[email protected]

613-986-7275

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kyle Brooks

Principal, Bespoke AV

[email protected]

416-830-4312

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Director of sales and marketing

BESPOKE AUDIO VISUAL

A customer-focused technical production and equipment rental company.

Bespoke's value to its customer is bringing together Technical Design, Production Management and Technical Production. By offering experienced guidance in the staging and setup of events, Bespoke ensures the best media optics and brand awareness. Armed with decades of industry experience we understand that an event is more than a gathering. It might be the one and only opportunity to communicate your message or brand. It might be the the culmination of a significant fundraising effort or it might be the pinnacle of a building process. All of these require the fundamental principles of good Technical Design, Production Management and Technical Production.

www.bespokeav.ca

DESCRIPTION:

The Director of Sales and Marketing will be responsible for driving all sales functions and operations while developing marketing programs to increase the company’s visibility. This individual is responsible for achieving sales goals, building strategic business relationships, formulating innovative business development strategies and providing vision for all sales strategies and their execution. The Director of Sales and Marketing is also responsible for containing the costs of selling to achieve predetermined profit margins.

KEY DUTIES:

·       Devise and deploy all sales goals and objectives across the organization.

·       Develop and execute strategic marketing plan.

·       Conduct market research and analysis.

·       Create training and development plans for sales representatives.

·       Carry out feasibility studies/business plans for product or service improvement, customizing, re-modeling and new product / service development.

·       Collaborate with the executive team to develop short- and long-term strategic plans, including the preparation of annual business plans.

·       Communicate brand identity to key business partners, and the customer base.

·       Develop, manage, and nurture new business accounts

·       Develop execution strategies and tactics to support strategic plans at the divisional, regional, and national levels.

·       Participate in developing a process to gather continuous feedback from clients.

·       Responsible for planning and monitoring the marketing budget.

REQUIREMENTS:

·       Appropriate combination of education and practical sales experience.

·       Experience with CRM.

·       Excellent organizational, strategic, planning and implementing skills.

·       Ability to process vague, abstract verbal and written instructions to create marketing plans for services.

·       Excellent management writing and verbal communication skills.

·       Able to build and maintain lasting relationships with corporate departments, key business partners, and customers.

·       Strong presentation, written, and verbal skills.

·       Able to create realistic schedules and meet deadlines under stress and interruptions.

·       Ability to assign and delegate work, problem solve, answer questions and evaluate results of performance.

·       Computer literacy, including effective working skills of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe products and e-mail required.

·       High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis, and/or reasoning to identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts. 

How to Apply:

[email protected]

Application Deadline:

July 12, 2017

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BESPOKE AUDIO VISUAL ACQUIRES AV PROJECTS

Monday December 19, 2016:  Bespoke Audio Visual is pleased to announce that it has acquired AV Projects.

 

AV Projects is an experienced leader in the event staging and audio visual business.  Led by Ken Morris for over 25 years, AV Projects is known for their unrivaled customer focus and boutique business for some of Canada’s largest companies and event planners making it a perfect fit for Bespoke AV.

    

“It was an obvious and natural fit when we met Ken and his team.  His focus on customer service is completely synergistic to ours and we knew immediately that AVP would make a great addition to our organization.” says Kyle Brooks, Partner at Bespoke AV. “They bring a customer profile that is complimentary to us, with a depth of talent in their team that is the envy of the industry.”

 

AVP is warehoused with Bespoke AV in their new premises at 907 Oxford Street.  Jim Armour, Director of Operations AVP, will run AV Projects independently while having enhanced access to equipment, staff and other resources.        

For more information please watch:  https://vimeo.com/196304412

 

ABOUT BESPOKE AUDIO VISUAL:

In early 2015 Bespoke Events and The Production Agency merged their businesses creating Bespoke Audio Visual. Bespoke Audio Visual is a full-service audiovisual equipment rental, staging and production company.  We provide Technical Production, Production Management and Event Management services. 

 

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Jim Armour, Director of Operations

AV Projects

416-452-4048

[email protected]

Contacts:

Kyle Brooks, Principal

Bespoke AV

416-830-4312

[email protected]

 

 

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Mark Millar joins Bespoke as Production Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mark Millar joins Bespoke Audio Visual as Production Executive, Ottawa

October 28, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Bespoke Audio Visual is pleased to announce that Mark Millar has joined the organization in the role of Production Executive. 

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the industry.  Working with some of Canada’s leading audio visual companies Mark has worked through the spectrum of roles from technical operator, operations manager, business development and account management. Positioned in Ottawa, Mark’s focus will be on business development in the National Capital Region.  He will also dedicate a portion of his time to building Bespoke’s nationwide business development strategy.

“The most important thing for me is to work with a firm that values their staff, values teambuilding and a firm in which I can believe in the product; Bespoke is all of those things.” says Mark.  “Bespoke is the perfect mix of technical excellence and technical creativity and I couldn’t be happier to contribute to their growth.”
“In this next phase of our growth Mark is a key component.  His knowledge of the National Capital Region, his deep desire to grow the business and his engrained ability to understand the needs of our customers are all perfectly aligned with our next steps.” says Kyle Brooks, Principal at Bespoke.  “Mark value's his clients input and works with them from inception to successful completion of their event.”

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About Bespoke Audio Visual

Bespoke AV is a full-service audio visual equipment rental, staging and production company.  With offices in Toronto and Ottawa, Bespoke AV provides Technical Event Production and Production Management.  To learn more, visit www.bespokeav.ca

 Ottawa Office:

Mark Millar

Production Executive, Bespoke AV

[email protected]

613-986-7275

 

Media Contact:

Kyle Brooks

Principal, Bespoke AV

[email protected]

416-830-4312

 

 

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Dan Lamoureux joins as Senior Technical Producer

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bespoke Audio Visual Announces Dan Lamoureux as Senior Technical Producer

August 18, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Bespoke Audio Visual is pleased to announce Dan Lamoureux into the position of Senior Technical Producer. 

Dan joins Bespoke AV with over 20 years’ experience in the audio, visual and event staging industry.  Dan has worked with some of Canada’s leading audio visual companies in Quebec City, Toronto and Ottawa.  Dan brings a unique perspective to the role of Senior Technical Producer by combining a superior technical knowledge with an ultra-creative eye for technical event design.  Dan’s focus will be on designing and managing new and existing business and broadening Bespoke’s client base in the National Capital Region and around the Country.

“Bespoke is everything I have wanted to find in an audio visual company.  They have a holistic Production Management mindset that is unique in the industry.  They also own a ton of really cool, really new, top-of-the-line equipment” says Dan.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Dan join the Bespoke team.” Says Kyle Brooks, Partner at Bespoke AV.  “His approach to his work is completely cohesive with ours and I can’t wait to see what Dan can do when we set him loose on the industry.”

Dan can be reach at:

[email protected]

613-700-9949

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About Bespoke Audio Visual

Bespoke Audio Visual is a full-service audio visual equipment rental, staging and production company, founded in 2014.  Based in Toronto and Ottawa, Bespoke AV provides Technical Production, Production Management and Event Management Services. To learn more, visit www.bespokeav.ca.

Media Contact:

Kyle Brooks

Partner, Bespoke AV

[email protected]

416-830-4312

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NORM MOSS NAMED GENERAL MANAGER, OTTAWA

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Bespoke Audio Visual Names Norm Moss as General Manager, Ottawa

July 4, 2016 – Ottawa, ON

Bespoke Audio Visual is pleased to announce the appointment of Norm Moss to the position of General Manager, Ottawa.

Norm comes to Bespoke AV with more than 15 years experience working with some of Canada’s leading audio visual companies. Norm’s focus will be on business development in the National Capital Region, offering key operational support and expertise to the Ottawa office.

“I was attracted to Bespoke by its unique approach to client service and the standard of excellence they adhere to from planning through to execution,” says Norm. “I am excited for the opportunity to deepen my relationships in the national capital region and contribute to Bespoke’s growth, I am thrilled to be part of this amazing organization.”

"Norm’s reputation as being a consummate event professional precedes him" says Kyle Brooks, Principal with Bespoke AV "his 15 plus years in the industry is exactly what we were looking for and his knowledge of the Ottawa region is invaluable."
 “We are excited to have Norm join the Bespoke team and look forward to the expertise he will bring to driving growth for our Ottawa business,” says Mike Wilson, Partner at Bespoke AV. “Norm’s extensive experience will make him a valuable addition to our team and will help us further strengthen our service offering for our clients.”

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About Bespoke Audio Visual

Bespoke AV is a full-service audio visual equipment rental, staging and production company.  With offices in Toronto and Ottawa, Bespoke AV provides Technical Event Production and Production Management.  To learn more, visit www.bespokeav.ca

 

 

Norm Moss

Media Contact:

Kyle Brooks

Principal, Bespoke AV

[email protected]

416-830-4312

 

Ottawa Office:

Norm Moss

General Manager, Bespoke AV

[email protected]

613-406-6676

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PRODUCTION MANAGER

BESPOKE AUDIO VISUAL

A customer-focused technical production and equipment rental company.

Bespoke's value to its customer is bringing together event planning and management with equipment rental. By offering experienced guidance in the staging and setup of events, Bespoke ensures the best media optics and brand awareness. Armed with decades of industry experience we understand that an event is more than a gathering. It might be the one and only opportunity to communicate your message or brand. It might be the the culmination of a significant fundraising effort or it might be the pinnacle of a building process. All of these require the fundamental principles of good project management, experienced event production management and technical equipment expertise.

www.bespokeav.ca

DESCRIPTION:

Working as part of a team and reporting to the Director of Production, Bespoke's Production Managers are the key technical contacts for our clients.  As a Production Manager, you will provide expert technical guidance, event production and technical quotations and technical design expertise.  Servicing our clients from initial contact, through to post-event follow-up and continued development will be of key importance. 

KEY DUTIES:

- Expert production consultation
- Direct quotation of events
- Technical drawings
- Pre-planning meetings with Operations and Logistics teams to ensure a successful event
- Updating of quotes for internal and external customers and clients
- Post event follow-up internally (technicians, operations and sales)
- Show reports following events
- Post event invoicing and client follow-up to ensure continued relations

REQUIREMENTS:

- Expert in the technical event production industry
- Thorough understanding of current audio, visual equipment
- Event production experience
- Computer automated drafting skills are mandatory
- Computer skills are mandatory
- Desire to assist our customers in creating their ideal event experience

How to Apply:

[email protected]

Application Deadline:

July 21, 2016

 

 

 

 

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MERGER:  TPA and Bespoke

MERGER: TPA and Bespoke

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Introducing Bespoke Audio Visual: Two great Canadian Companies merging to change the audio visual landscape in Canada.

 

Toronto, ON, June 1, 2016:  The Production Agency and Bespoke Events are pleased to announce their official amalgamation creating Bespoke Audio Visual.  

Bespoke Audio Visual will build on the legacy of The Production Agency and Bespoke Events and will provide client-focused, tailor-made audio visual and event production services. The merger has expanded the footprint and scope of Bespoke Audio Visual to a prominent position in the Canadian audio visual events and rental market.

“TPA and Bespoke have complimented each other for years and the merger has allowed for enhanced integration of services and state-of-the-art event equipment,” says Mike Wilson, Partner at Bespoke AV. “2015 was spent integrating both of the teams and building on a strong culture focused on client service and equipment rentals.”

“Bespoke AV has seen unprecedented growth this year and is poised to continue growing,” said Kyle Brooks, Partner at Bespoke AV. “The merger means a significant growth in our capacity and creativity.  Our success is attributed to our continued focus on client service, as well as our expertise and a continuous quest for innovative technologies.”

Bespoke Audio Visual is a full-service audio visual equipment rental, staging and production company.  We provide Technical Production, Production Management and Event Management Services. 

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Contact:

Kyle Brooks, Partner, Bespoke AV, 416-830-4312 [email protected]

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Screen size calculation

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LED/LCD/Plasma monitors now come in increments from very small (13" diagonally) all the way up to extremely large (103" diagonally) and beyond.  If you're like us, it's hard to commit the screen dimensions (width and height) of each of those monitors to memory.   We use this handy equation to calculate the width and height of your monitor.

 

For a 16:9 aspect ratio screen:

Width = Diagonal X 0.87157552765421

Height = Diagonal X 0.490261259680549

 

For a 4:3 aspect ratio screen:

Width = Diagonal X 0.8

Height = Diagonal X 0.6

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The etymology of Bespoke

When we started building Bespoke we knew we were going to be different from our industry counterparts:  our service offering would always revolve around the client and what they were looking for. We would look at each event from a new point of view and never replicate because of ease. Every event would be custom just like each customers needs. But what could we name our new company that would encompass that? One late night of planning and it came to us.

Bespoke used to refer to custom clothing; a tailored suit was 'bespoke'.  In modern language it is used to describe many items that are custom, custom-made or made to order, as distinguished from ready-made.  That idea resonated with us just perfectly.

We have always believed that the sooner we are engaged in the event process the more effective we are able to be as problem solvers.  Even if we're providing a simple technical setup it is still beneficial to have us engaged from the outset.  We wanted our customers to see us a resource instead of a supplier and bespoke captured that sentiment entirely.   

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Movie Nights in the Park

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As the summer wraps up and we head into the fall planning season you're probably starting to plan activities for next summer.  Consider a movie night in the park.  Movie nights can be a excellent way to engage your community in a fun, interactive and memorable event.  We have staged dozens of movie nights across Toronto and they're really fantastic events.  With plenty of time to plan throughout the fall/winter a movie night can be a truly special community event.  They can be used as the impetuous for a community festival or they can dovetail in with an existing community event, the key is to plan far enough ahead.  

Often staged in local parks or community gathering areas we setup a huge HD projection screen with a sound system so that the movie can be seen and heard throughout the area.  Families and friends are encouraged to come together and enjoy the event.  Because of the choices made with our technology, the entire movie night can be run off one household electrical outs let which avoids the use of costly and bothersome electrical generators or the need for additional power because most community areas have access to one electrical outlet.  Bespoke can assist with the movie licensing or we can direct you to the vendors and you can make the arrangements yourself.  

Consider getting in touch with your neighbourhood association, Friends of the Park association or your city councillor.  These are all groups that may have an interest or experience in staging a movie night in your community. 

Or call Bespoke because we can help.

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The power of LED

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LED, light emitting diode.  It's hard to say that it's the way of the future since LED's have been used for decades but in recent years they have started showing up in every lighting source you can imagine from residential light bulbs to municipal street lamps and car break lights.  

The same is true for the theatre and special event industries.  Until recently LED has been an expensive option but in recent years the price has dropped to a point that it's now viable to outfit your warehouse with LED lighting fixtures; and the advantages are significant.  

First and foremost is power consumption.  An LED lighting fixture will draw one tenth of the electricity when compared to a similar style conventional lighting fixture...one TENTH!  On a recent 40 day election campaign we traveled with 30 LED lighting fixtures and never once had to order an additional power service.  If those fixtures had been of a conventional, filament style lamp we would have ordered power at many of our stops and would have had constant concerns about overloading an electrical circuit.

Second is variable colour temperature and variable intensity.  These functions are relevant to the video production and broadcast industries and are features found only in high-end professional quality LED fixtures such as the Studio Force V12 which Bespoke owns and deploys.  This allows the fixture to output different colours of white light depending on the scenario.  Indoors vs. outdoors as an example or early morning vs. mid-day.  With a conventional lighting fixture you need clunky metal scrims to reduce intensity and sheets of coloured gels to change the colour of the output or you need to use large resistance dimmers, all of these peripheral devices are made irrelevant when using professional LED products.

Lastly is longevity, LED's are virtually indestructible.  With a lamp life of 50,000 hours the LED's will easily last for the usable lifetime of the fixture.  No more expensive bulb replacements, no more blown bulbs in the middle of an event.

LED's are cool to the touch, low power draw and require no replacement bulbs.  They are the way of the future in the special events industry and ultimately allow us to do our work better, faster and less expensively.

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4 ways you can green your event

These initiatives are excellent opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint of your event but we've identified these particular tools because they also make smart financial sense and can save you money.

Bespoke can help you with all of these initiatives, just ask how how!

LED Lighting:

  • A modern LED lighting fixture can draw one tenth of the power consumed by its conventional cousin.  Less consumption means lower costs for power.  Be conscious of what types of lighting fixtures are being offered by your vendor.  Insist that your event be lit with modern LED fixtures.

Webcasting:

  • Instead of having your staff or guests fly or drive to your event, consider webcasting it.  Your guests can have the same event experience by attending sessions, virtually interacting with other guests and participating in online discussions.  Modern webcasting is very cost effective, allows your guests to be selective about which sessions they attend and can also provide you with a new and valuable revenue stream.

Paperless:

Consider taking your entire event paperless, modern LED screens and projectors are very cost effective:

  • Electronic invitations, online registration and an electronic program
  • Develop your own conference app.  App development has moved forward by leaps and bounds in the past couple years.  Apps are now really cost effective and allow you huge opportunities with your guests.  An app will allow you to distribute materials and connect your guests in a meaningful way.  A app also allows you to update guests instantly if new information becomes available and provides you with important demographic and behavioural data.
  • Electronic signage removes the need for costly posters, banners and paper signage.  Display program and sponsor information electronically.
  • Project conference information, menus or sponsor information on large screens inside your venues instead of printing a program.

Energy offset:

Events can generate a significant carbon footprint.  The tools above will help you to minimize your footprint but it's very difficult to eliminate it entirely.  That's where carbon offsets come in.

 
"A carbon offset is a credit for greenhouse gas reductions achieved by one party that can be purchased and used to compensate (offset) the emissions of another party. Carbon offsets are typically measured in tonnes of CO2-equivalents (or CO2e) and are bought and sold through a number of international brokers, online retailers and trading platforms."

The David Suzuki Foundation

Carbon offsetting has become affordable, accessible and effective and Bespoke would be pleased to help you navigate the process of purchasing offset credits.

 

 

 

 

 

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And we're off!

It's official! Bespoke Events has launched and this is our first of a series of blog posts! Thank you for your overwhelming support so far.  Our roll-out over the last two weeks has far exceeded our expectations and it's very heartening to know that there is such overwhelming support for our initiative.

We've started Bespoke because we love the work we do and we want bring our expertise to our clients and partners. It's a fantastic feeling knowing that we are influencing and improving an industry. It's also a fantastic feeling knowing that we are impacted the lives of our clients and that the world will look just slightly different when we're done with it.  

Your experience with Bespoke will be different because we are a different kind of audio, visual and production company.

If you'd like to support us, please subscribe to our blog where we will keep you up to date on the latest technologies and innovation in the event industry.  Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bespokeeventstechnicalproduction and write us a review.

Thank you to all of you who have helped us get this far.  We are so pleased to be here!!

 

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