From school projection rental to event staging and production company
1946 N High St
Cousino Communications expands Toledo-based business to Columbus and Steve Bartha relocates to Columbus to oversee the expansion. They open shop at 1946 High Street.
Bernie Cousino decides to pull his business out of Columbus. Instead, Steve Bartha purchases the business and renames it Bartha Visual Educational Service. The company sells and rents film projectors, portable sound systems, filmstrip projectors, and slide projectors.
Steve Bartha suddenly passes away from a heart attack at age 56. This creates a question of who will take over the family business. Defying the convention of the time, Steve’s wife Mildred takes over the company herself. Over the next 25 years, Mildred and Walt grow the business through sales.
1404 Holly Ave
Mildred makes a strategic move for the business and the Bartha office moves from High Street to 1404 Holly Ave. and grows from 3 employees to 18 employees.
Jim Bartha joins the family business as a salesman.
Bartha hires Dan Bashore in the shipping and receiving department. Dan grew the department from the delivery and setup of small systems to something more complex – and saw the potential to sell a service to clients in addition to the equipment.
In the late 1980s, Bartha does traveling shows for State Auto Insurance. It’s through the growth of these events that Dan sees the opportunity to actively pursue more meetings like this and become a national, traveling company.
As the rental and staging side of the business takes off, Jim Bartha is ready for a change. Dan Bashore proposes that he can purchase Bartha, keep the name and the people, and grow the business with the same commitment to quality and service that has made it successful thus far. Bartha is purchased by BKG Holdings, LLC (Dan Bashore, John Killacky, and Tom Gabbert).
600 N Cassady Ave
Bartha moves from Indianola Avenue to 600 N. Cassady Avenue, where it remains today.
Bartha begins to build a production team that is dedicated specifically to the creative content of our events. This includes set designs, motion graphics, HD video production and art direction and grows over the years to also include animations and event branding.