WASHINGTON—The recent Government Video Expo
2012 co-located with GovComm 2012 to offer the
largest professional video, audiovisual/information
technology expo on the East Coast targeted to government
producers, the military and broadcasters. It
was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention
Center in Washington.
|Carmel King, executive vice president for NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group, met “Teddy Roosevelt” the
racing president, one of four Washington Nationals’ mascots. Teddy greeted GV Expo 2012 attendees and participated in the Expo’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
The joint three-day expo offered numerous
opportunities for attendees to learn about emerging
technologies and techniques and to get handson
with the latest gear in an expanded exhibit hall.
Exhibitors noted that this combined event proved
successful in driving more traffic — and therefore
better business leads — in addition to filling a larger
space with more than 150 exhibitors.
Dan Holland, vice president of product marketing
for audio and video equipment supplier PESA,
said, “It was great to see the two venues combined.”
Prior to 2012, “the two venues were too
close together in dates and created a division for
exhibitors deciding which one would draw a better
crowd,” he said. “We decided to attend this year
specifically due to the combined organizations.”
David Rahvar, a general partner at Houston-based
server management company Rose Electronics and a
fifth-year exhibitor, also believes the new format
was a success.
“I liked the idea of mixing up the two shows and
having a larger space and more exhibitors,” he said,
adding that he believed he found some “hot leads”
from the pool of attendees. Rahvar also said that the
quality of the leads was high.
Unlike Rahvar and Rose Electronics, GV Expo
2012 was the first show for Kristen Harold, marketing
manager at production music provider Audio
Network. Nonetheless, she agreed with Rahvar that
the show’s format worked well for the exhibitors.
|The Exhibit Floor of GV Expo 2012 was bustling with
vendors and attendees.
“For a show this size, I was very pleased with
the traffic level to our booth. We had numbers on
par with trade shows triple the size, which was
really great for us,” Harold said. “I was also
impressed that everyone who came by was
genuinely interested and great to talk to.”
Harold found the show to not only be good
for business, but she also enjoyed the networking
opportunities. “Even in line getting lunch,
everyone was friendly and truly interested in
having a conversation, whether or not there
was a business need to be met,” Harold said.
“We made a lot of really valuable connections
As a first-time GV Expo exhibitor, Harold
said the speakers and presentations served a
different role for Audio Network. “I thought
the programs were definitely relevant and
useful to the core audience of the show. For
us, it was interesting to see how the different
government sectors work in production and
the process they go through to create quality
|The daily drawing is a popular event of GV Expo. The winners of the first day’s drawing, what they won and the donating company are: Joss Bass, who won $250 worth of music licensing from Omnimusic; Jeff Vertsky, who won a gift bag provided by Jersey Shore; Nicole Haddock, who won an iPad donated by NewBay Media; Daniel Watkins, who won a gift certificate provided by Tiffen; A. Mitchell, who won an
iPad provided by VBrick; Amanda Deprez, who won a Vizio TV given by Communications Engineering Inc. and Andrew Herbert, who won a gift bag provided by Audio Network USA Inc.
Joe Leonard, business development manager
for video surveillance company GeoVision,
was another first-time exhibitor. He found the
show to be productive and different from others
he had attended. “Some of the people that
visited were not our usual target market or
customer base, but it was a good amount of
traffic through the booth,” Leonard said.
This year’s presentation theater events covered
the government video industry with both
depth and breadth, including Katie Snider
of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, who shared her experiences
on putting together museum audiovisual presentations
on a limited budget; Hope Hall,
the official White House videographer for
the Obama administration, who spoke about
“doing no harm” as she records the presidency;
Sam Reed, a video producer for the U.S.
Secret Service, who explained how he deals
with the challenges of producing video for the
service; and Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko,
who covered funding for projects. Government
producers’ panels and demonstrations also
informed attendees about opportunities and
Klimko said once he finished with the presentation,
the audience made both of the speakers
“feel like conference rock stars,” adding, “it was
the most fun I’ve had in making a presentation ever,
and I’m usually making speeches at least once or
twice a month.”
|The winners of the second day’s drawing, what they won and the donating company are: Greg Smalflet, who won a $50 gift certificate provided by Barbizon; Christie Starley, who won a Kindle Fire donated
by Onstream Media; Maisha Pope, who won a JVC Portable Audio System provided by JVC; Christine Cafasso, who won Bose Sound Dock speakers provided by Audio Network; James Thompson, who won a
Phoenix Duet PC Speaker Phone provided by Phoenix; Michael Sitar, who won a Handy Video Recorder given by Full Compass Systems and Chacie Sunshine, who won an iPad provided by NewBay Media.
Due to the positive responses to this year’s event,
GV Expo will again co-locate with GovComm in