The Wizards of Northwest Arkansas


Spend any time in Northwest Arkansas on business and chances are you’ve been inspired by dazzling video and special effects at a large sales meeting, picked up or presented valuable knowledge in a breakout session, or been moved to open your checkbook at a perfectly executed gala benefit.

But did you ever stop and wonder who shot and edited that dazzling video, who seamlessly manages all the A/V equipment in multiple breakout rooms, or who assembled the lights, staging and sound at that glittering gala?

If not, then the live event wizards of Vista Productions are doing their jobs. Much like the Wizard of Oz, the crew at Vista Productions has worked hard to stay out of the spotlight and allow the magic of the message to shine. Vista brings their passion for technical excellence to every event and video production, whether local, national or international.

“Vista Productions is not a household name because we’re focused on helping our clients – meeting planners, creative companies and corporations – achieve their vision,” explained Angie Warnock, owner of Vista Productions. Angie brings nearly 25 years of personal experience in live events to the business. “Experience on both the client side and the vendor side helps us customize our services based on each client’s specific needs, the venue, and the audience.”

Founded in 1982, and a U.S. Certified woman-owned small company since 2005, Vista Productions specializes in meeting and event planning, production and staging, and video production and editing anywhere clients need a dependable touch of magic.

“The constant challenge in the event industry is keeping pace with changes in technologies,” added Vista Productions founder Mick Warnock.

Vista Productions stocks the latest cutting edge equipment at its offices in the Kansas City community of Harrisonville, Missouri and Bentonville, Arkansas, and offers a robust menu of services, including: HD and SD video, live iMag, multi-screen video routing and management, media control systems, presentation graphics, video playback, ENG camera packages and crews, editorial, and a complete range of staging and lighting equipment.

Recent high profile jobs in the region include unveiling Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner components for Spirit Aviation in Wichita, Kansas, the grand opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the 2012 Veterans Day on the Square celebration with Senator John McCain, the Mercy Health Gala, and the Grand Opening of the 21c Museum Hotel, complete with a pajama party and extreme indoor bike stunts.

Rick Reed, Director of Sales and Marketing for 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, reflected on his recent experience with Vista Productions. “Vista proved to be a fantastic partner for our grand opening,” Rick said. “The Vista team really helped the 21c Museum Hotel make a dramatic entrance into the Bentonville community.”

Asked what sets Vista Productions apart from its competition, Angie and Mick Warnock stated in unison, “Our people!”

“Flawlessly executing these productions requires highly skilled specialists who know their jobs,” Mick explained. “They know production. They know technology. They know our clients. And they bring integrity to every job.”

While many team members have been with Vista Productions since its early days, the company is proud of the fact that they’ve been able to develop a number of talented employees from Northwest Arkansas.Vista-Staging1

Cheri Jones, Vista’s Certified Meeting Professional, calmly manages complicated flowcharts of meeting details. Michael Forehand solves head-scratching audio challenges unique to every venue. Sam McDonald edits compelling video and manages events. And Eric Halsell brings in creative design along with expertise in everything from directing and producing, to sound, cameras and projection. Together, Vista helps inspire, educate and inform clients’ associates, managers, shareholders, and the public.

“I think Vista Productions’ culture of midwestern values blended with southern charm is a real strength,” Angie said. “Our people are friendly. They’re conscientious, genuine, polite, and driven to please.”

It’s that personal connection with Northwest Arkansas that motivates Vista Productions and its people to remain closely involved with local causes.

“Vista Productions has been an absolute lifesaver for the Mercy Gala,” said Clark Ellison, Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Mercy Health in Northwest Arkansas. “Vista’s people, experience, technology and vision add another level of professionalism that benefit both the client, and attendees.”

“Northwest Arkansas has been very good to Vista Productions,” Angie added. “It’s a great feeling to be able to use our talented team, our equipment, and our passion for causes and events that give something back to this amazing , vibrant community.”

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