Markey's Travels With NCAA for National Convention at Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center

The 2013 NCAA National Convention took place January 16-19, 2013 in Grapevine, Texas, where most sessions were held in the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center.  Because of a strong relationships with the NCAA Headquarters, this was the 13th year that Markey's Rental & Staging has partnered with the NCAA to provide audiovisual services.

Two high-profile sessions at this convention were the Keynote Luncheon, featuring former Louisiana State University All-American and NBA Most Valuable Player Shaquille O'Neal, and the Association-Wide Inclusion Luncheon.  Both were held in the same ballroom, with two Christie HD12K projectors and 9' x 16' screens, with 2-camera IMAG, graphics support and video playback through a Grass Valley T2 iDDR.  JBL Vertec Line Arrays provided the sound, along with a DigiDesign SC48 Digital Audio Console and the Shure Axient Microphone system.  ARRI 1Ks supplied the stage wash, while Martin Mac 700 Profiles provided color and texture to the 5' x 10' upright Plexiglas panels that formed the backdrop to the stage set.  All lighting was controlled with a Jands Vista lighting console.

In addition to the luncheons, there were 65-70 unique events for which Markey's supplied audiovisual support, ranging from an LCD monitor in a trade show booth all the way up to the Division II and Division III Business Sessions with 11.3' x 20' screens, high definition projection, JBL Vertec line arrays and more.

For this event Markey's shipped three semi trucks full of gear from the national warehouse in Indianapolis, and a crew of 18 Markey's employees traveled to Grapevine to provide the professional services.  We were supported by a local labor company with whom we have a long history, so on any given day, there were up to 40 project managers and technicians to handle all of the moving parts that made up the 2013 NCAA Convention.