GES Expands its North American Event Production Capabilities

Aug 2016

LAS VEGAS – August 11, 2016 – GES, a global full-service provider for live events, announced the acquisition of the business of ON Event Services, LLC, a leading provider of live event audio visual production services that includes audio, video, lighting, mapping and scenic design. In addition, the business produces high-end entertainment events and provides in-house audio visual services to hotels, arenas, and conference centers. This expansion enables GES to serve more fully the live event needs of clients with industry-leading audio visual and event production services that engage participants and enhance productions.

With this latest expansion, GES is charting a course to become the leading partner for live events, offering the most comprehensive range of services and technology with unrivaled global reach. GES provides scale, scope, and strength in audio visual and event production services, which is a top priority for live events worldwide. Today’s announcement adds significant capabilities around live events including corporate events, conferences and exhibitions.

“We selected the business of ON Event Services because of its expertise in high-end AV production and extensive library of AV technologies. The addition accelerates our position and takes us to the next level of serving our clients with a full range of event and technology services,” said Steve Moster, president of GES and president and chief executive officer of Viad Corp. “The extensive event production capabilities of the business of ON Event Services perfectly complement GES’ core live event services for corporate events, exhibitions, conferences and exhibits.  I’m excited to welcome ON Event Services’ leadership team and its more than 225 talented team members to the GES family.”

The acquired business of ON Event Services will operate and go to market as ON Services, a GES Company, and Stan Milner, president of the company, will continue in his role, reporting directly to Moster.

“ON Services and GES are a great fit. It was important for us to join a company with a similar focus on creating live experiences and dedication to client service,” said Milner.  “We are looking forward to working with the GES team to help clients create engaging events from start to finish. This provides great opportunities for our clients and our employees.”

ON Services supports more than 1,000 events per year in vibrant industries, including technology, automotive, and oil and gas, complementing GES’ strength and experience in these markets. Its more than 800 clients include major corporations such as Coca-Cola, INFOR and World Financial Group, agency partners, venues and many leading hotel brand properties, including Marriott, Hilton, Westin, Embassy Suites, and Sheraton. In addition, ON Services is the preferred in-house provider of audio visual services for 30 venues and six major concert facilities. With the addition of ON Services, GES now has more than 85 facilities worldwide. For more information about ON Services, a GES Company, click here.

About GES

GES, a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a global, full-service provider for live events, producing corporate events, exhibitions, conferences, congresses, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event accommodations – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including Mary Kay, Spring Fair Birmingham, MAGIC, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Toronto Boat Show, and L’Oreal. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Programâ„  for the past seven years, and for the sixth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information visit www.ges.com.

About ON Event Services

ON Event Services is a leading national provider of live event audio visual production, encompassing AV design, lighting, mapping and scenic design services.  ON Event Services provides production services to more than 800 clients including agency partners, major corporations such as Coca-Cola, INFOR, and World Financial Group, venues including Georgia World Congress Center, Cobb Galleria Centre & Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and many leading hotel brand properties including Hilton, Marriott, Westin, Embassy Suites and Sheraton. For more information visit www.oneventservices.com.

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