When Extraordinary Ventures first got it’s start, the founders thought it would be great to have regular movie nights for our employees and friends so they installed a high quality home theater system in the Great Hall. This system has served us well over the past 5 years and as our Event Center has grown and evolved, the AV system has been adapted to include wireless mics and an improved sound system. These installation and upgrades were done over the years by Fred Abernathy, an AV professional who has been a generous supporter of EV with both his time and his money. We really appreciate all Fred has done to keep this system running and improving.
As our daily events are now  including more and more university and high level business conferences, it has become obvious that we were going to need to make a technological leap to a professional grade of equipment and interface. Fred, once again came to the rescue and suggested that we contact Pete Platz at Whitlock. Ironically, Gregg Ireland, one of our founding board members, knew of Whitlock because his son, Vinnie had worked there for a time. Vinnie is now a regular employee of EV working in our laundry services.
The people at Whitlock have worked with us to redesign the AV system so that it offers a professional grade high-definition 52 lumen projector that is perfect for showing high-resolution graphics, photos, and video presentations. To go with this, we added a new larger 137″ screen so movies and presentations can be easily seen even from the back of the room and a new Sony BluRay.  There is also a new control panel that provides a wide range of connection options to work with a variety of computers, I-pods, I-pads, and other technology sources for presentations. What we have now is a pretty complex system that makes everything simple to use.  The control panel allows the user to choose the AV need and adjust the levels of sound. Everything else is pre-set so it’s always perfect
We are still making a few tweaks to the system and the staff is being trained on how to use it, but we are excited to get out the word about this advance in technology at Extraordinary Ventures.  Our next EV Movie Night will be on July 19, 2013 at 6:30pm and you are all invited to join us for the first high definition event! Thank you for your donations to our Annual Fund that helps supports events like Movie Night and the equipment needs like the new AV system. We couldn’t do it without you.