Company Veteran Chad Hines Promoted to VP of Sales for Meeting & Event Technology at Bluewater

Bluewater is happy to announce that company veteran Chad Hines has been promoted to vice president of sales for meeting and event technology at the company. Hines started his career with Bluewater as an intern in 2002 before working his way up to senior account executive. After a 2014 promotion, Hines was most recently the director of sales. He was promoted to his current vice president position in 2017.

“Chad is among Bluewater’s most seasoned customer advocates,” said Jeff Day, Bluewater CEO. “His deep experience and insight are assets to the strong brands he serves. Chad will now accelerate building of like-minded creatives intent on giving customers the best engagement experience.”

Hines has had a long and successful career with the company. For more than 10 years he has been supporting agencies, producers, and exhibit houses to produce best in-class events that have won many awards. Some of these end clients are major well-known corporations like Samsung, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Ford, Chrysler, Alienware, Dell, Nike, and Jim Beam.

“In the six months I’ve been with Bluewater, I have come to know Chad as one of the most effective hunters we have within the sales organization. He enables our clients with incredible insight on how to elevate their brand stories with technology, moving their employees and customers to action,” said Dave Olzak, executive vice president of sales at Bluewater. “It is my firm belief that the rare skill set he brings to the team will enable us to successfully grow the business at an exceptional rate and also assist in the expansion into new geographies.”

For more than 30 years, Bluewater has delivered live event and AV technology to create phenomenal technology-charged experiences for strong brands and their partners. The company works at the intersection of content, space, and technology, and supports clients nationwide with event and brand marketing needs. Bluewater maintains a team of producers, artists, scenic designers, engineers and a complete AV rental inventory consisting of professional audio, video, lighting, and staging products.

To learn more about the company, services, and projects, visit Bluewatertech.com.

About Bluewater

Bluewater works with agencies, producers, exhibit houses, architects, and consultants to create moving live event and AV technology experiences for strong brands. For more information, visit Bluewatertech.com.

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BlueWater Technologies adds Vice President/General Manager, Digital Media Division to enhance Interactive Engagements and Activations Business

Executive team addition signifies company’s commitment to growing its internal creative engine in support of corporate and agency clients

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc. (www.bluewatertech.com), an industry leading provider of audio visual integration, meeting & event technology, digital activations, and custom fixtures & displays, welcomed Detroit-native Kevin Gillespie as Vice President/General Manager of its Digital Media Division in late December 2013.

Kevin brings decades of experience in building teams that seamlessly combine technology and creativity. He previously served as EVP of Strategy at Harvest Creative Services, which creates and produces branded content for use in all media. His experience includes digital and traditional content creation, with extensive expertise in music, video and interactive production. At Harvest, he worked in creative partnership with ad agencies, marketing departments, and brand managers worldwide.

Kevin’s creative and production experience will benefit the digital team, ensuring even greater collaboration with agency clients and more innovate interactive engagements and activations for corporate customers.

“Having an in-house digital media team that combines creativity and technology expertise is a big differentiator for BlueWater Technologies. Building on the existing talent and growing their capabilities will enhance the end products for corporate and agency clients. Look for fresh, innovative and effective ideas that reach beyond traditional work as the team grows. It’s not about thinking outside the box for digital media at BlueWater, there is no box!” says Kevin Gillespie.

Kevin will be based at BlueWater Technologies headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, but continue to reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and children.

ABOUT BLUEWATER TECHNOLOGIES INC.
BlueWater Technologies is a national provider of Meeting & Event Technology, Audio Visual Integration, Digital Activations, and Custom Displays & Fixtures. We are an industry leader in the design, engineering and implementation of custom technology-based solutions. Our solutions have been exceeding client expectations for 30 years. We are a certified woman-owned business headquartered in Southfield, Michigan with offices in Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington D.C. and Grand Rapids (MI).

If you would like more information about BlueWater interactive engagements and activations, please contact Kevin Gillespie at 800-344-6675 ext 222 or email him at kgillespie@bluewatertech.com. For general information about BlueWater Technologies, please contact Mary Bujold at 800-344-6575 ext 572 or email at mbujold@bluewatertech.com

BlueWater Technologies provides audio/visual systems and integration for video wall, centerpiece of $13.3M communications technical operations center for Macomb County Michigan

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc. (www.bluewatertech.com), an industry leading provider of custom audio visual integration and event technology, recently completed work on a complex 20-by-50 foot video wall that is the centerpiece of Macomb County, Michigan’s state-of-the-art Communications and Technical Operations Center (COMTEC) facility. The Project Architect for the entire project was Partners in Architecture, PLC and the technology installation was completed in cooperation with Motor City Electric Technologies, Inc. with BlueWater Technologies providing the audio/visual systems and integration.

The video wall has 54 individual 70-inch monitors/LEDs and over 50 different display variations. Inputs on the Macomb County Police Fire and Emergency video wall include: weather and GIS mapping, TV/cable stations, Road Department cameras, Michigan Department of Transportation cameras, siren alerting system, computer displays, and video conferencing. In the future, the center will also be able to accept and integrate with other systems and live feeds from mobile command vehicles, private businesses and schools.

“This project took a lot of time, hard work, collaboration and creativity from all companies involved. David Lewis from Barco and Aziz Bou-Chaaya from BlueWater Technologies were instrumental in taking the visions of Adam Lach (Partners in Architecture) and Vicki Wolber (Macomb Director of Emergency Management), as well as Adam Merchant (Macomb Traffic Engineer) and his team, from an idea to a turnkey solution. This project was two years in the making and without consistent ideology, this could have failed; but the hard work and dedication of these teams made this a very streamlined and successful project,” explains Nick Marino, Account Executive and project lead at BlueWater.

At the grand opening of the COMTEC facility, Vicki Wolber, Director of Emergency Management, Macomb County commented,

“BlueWater Technologies had an incredible design team…I told them that I need versatility in an emergency because we never know where our inputs will come from…and that is exactly what they gave us. They are so creative.”

The BlueWater Technologies project team, led by Nick Marino, included Aziz Bou-Chaaya, Ken Box, Troy Ziegler, and Woody Booth. According to Ken Box, lead programmer and engineer on the project for BlueWater,

“The inclusion of a customizable touch panel allows users an intuitive way to customize and control all the technology including the audio and video content on the wall. We created 9 preset layouts for the video wall in standard mode plus a special emergency (county and national) and tour mode (for visitors). The panel also allows the user to search by local sources, jurisdiction and keyword from hundreds of sources.”
To learn more about the technology and implementation of this multi-jurisdictional government project, click on http://info.bluewatertech.com/comtec to see the video wall at the COMTEC grand opening and reach out to Nick Marino at nmarino@bluewatertech.com or 800-344-6575 ext 239.

About Macomb County Communications and Technology Center (COMTEC)
Completed in December of 2013, the $13.3 million dollar Macomb County [Michigan] Communications and Technology Center is a 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that provides 24/7 situational awareness for residents, businesses and first responders. The facility houses the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Centralized Dispatch, the Road Department Traffic Operations Center, the Information Technology Department and Data Center, and the Emergency Management & Communications Department. Placing all of these operation centers into one location allows COMTEC to maximize scarce resources and improve services.

About BlueWater Technologies Inc.
BlueWater Technologies is a national provider of Meeting & Event Technology, Audio Visual Integration, Digital Activations, and Custom Displays & Fixtures. We are an industry leader in the design, engineering and implementation of custom technology-based solutions. Our solutions have been exceeding client expectations for nearly 30 years. We are a certified woman-owned business headquartered in Southfield, Michigan with additional locations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Mesick, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Orlando, FL and Washington D.C.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mary Bujold at 800-344-6575 ext 572 or email at mbujold@bluewatertech.com.

Recognized as Leading Private Company Job Creator by Inc. Magazine, BlueWater Technologies opens downtown Detroit Office

 

The certified women-owned business, headquartered in Southfield, Michigan
opens its seventh location in North America and fourth location in Michigan

SOUTHFIELD, MI – BlueWater Technologies Inc. (www.bluewatertech.com), an industry leading provider of custom audio visual integration and event technology, was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s leading private company job creators. BlueWater Technologies was a recipient of Inc. Magazine’s 2nd annual “Hire Power Award.”

Recognizing “heroes of the U.S. economy” who have generated the most jobs in an 18 month period, Inc. Magazine ranked BlueWater Technologies as #9 in the State of Michigan for private job creation as part of its Hire Power Awards. This is the second time in 2013 that BlueWater Technologies has been recognized by Inc. Magazine, which previously named the company #67 in the Metro Detroit Area as part of its U.S. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.

“We understand the vital role of small and mid-sized businesses in Michigan’s economic resurgence, and especially Detroit’s. Opening a downtown Detroit office is a natural outgrowth of our expertise in historic building installations and audiovisual integrations. We are excited to bring our corporate audiovisual and event solutions to the growing list of companies committing to the “D,” said Tom Battaglia, BlueWater Technologies’ President.

The Detroit office of BlueWater Technologies is located at Campus Martius in the First National Building, 660 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48226. Contact Mr. Gary Lusk at 800-344-6575 ext 572 for more information about the latest business collaboration, meeting space, and corporate event technology.

ABOUT BLUEWATER TECHNOLOGIES LLC
BlueWater Technologies is a national provider of Meeting & Event Technology, Audio Visual Integration, Digital Activations, and Custom Displays & Fixtures. We are an industry leader in the design, engineering and implementation of custom technology-based solutions. Our solutions have been exceeding client expectations for nearly 30 years. We are a certified woman-owned business headquartered in Southfield, Michigan with additional locations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Mesick, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Orlando, FL and Washington D.C.

ABOUT INC. MAGAZINE
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2M in 2010 to over 6M today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mary Bujold at 800-344-6575 ext 572 or email at mbujold@bluewatertech.com.