Global full-service event contractor GES has announced, in the US today (12 August), the acquisition of ON Event Services, LLC, a provider of live event audio visual production services.
ON Event Services produces high-end entertainment events and provides in-house AV services to hotels, arenas, and conference centres.
This expansion builds on the acquisition of Blitz Communications in the UK (2014) and the company says the acquisition will help it serve more fully the live event needs of its clients.
“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 and conferences. 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 supports more than 1,000 events per year in industries, including technology, automotive, and oil and gas. Its more than 800 clients include Coca-Cola, INFOR and World Financial Group, on the corporate side, as well as agency partners, venues and hotel brand properties, including Marriott, Hilton, Westin, Embassy Suites, and Sheraton.
ON Services claims to be the preferred in-house provider of AV services for 30 venues and six major concert facilities. With the addition of ON Services, GES now has more than 85 facilities worldwide.