Fire and Ice for CEDIA Awards Dinner

The CEDIA Expo was held September 10-13 at the Colorado Convention Center for the second year in a row.  Markey’s has been a partner of CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) for 14 years, traveling throughout the country with CEDIA for this annual event. 

This year’s Expo attracted 18,500 attendees, with 480 exhibitors in the expo hall and 110 training sessions taking place that week.  Markey’s provided a record amount of audiovisual equipment for exhibitors and for all the breakout sessions, but of special note was the Awards Dinner, which takes place during the expo.



The Awards Dinner was held in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Denver, based upon the chosen theme of “Fire and Ice.”  Markey’s creative team contracted with Convention Designs and Colorado Ice Sculptures to bring this vision to fruition.Six custom chandeliers were designed to simulate ice and actual ice sculptures served as many of the table centerpieces.Other décor items included table linens, other centerpieces, and two more ice sculptures in the foyer – one used as an interactive activity for attendees, who could carve into the ice sculpture themselves.With strategic lighting around the room and on stage, accomplished with Mac 700 profiles, Mac 250 Entours, Mac 250 Washes, Mac 101s and Mac Stagebars, both fire and ice looks were evoked.
For this prestigious awards event, production and stage design were of utmost importance.  Markey’s produced the opening video and graphics to grab attendees’ attention, and special video interviews and final production video were created to highlight this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Frank White.

To guarantee that everyone in the audience had the same view as the best seat in the house, Markey’s incorporated a 9’ x 27’ center screen with two 11.3’ x 20’ screens adjoining it in the stage design.  Double-stacked 10k and 14k Christie HD projectors ensured that the images on the screens, whether video or live action, were crisp and bright for all to see.