Illumin8 Outdoor Media and MK Solutions Group Announce Strategic Business Alliance

Arizona State University startup to sell LED signage products to venues nationwide through partnership with technology solutions provider.

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Illumin8 directional signage for MGM Grand
Illumin8’s static LED products strategically complement MK Solutions Group’s portfolio of products and services.

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) January 23, 2014

Illumin8 Outdoor Media, a Scottsdale-based company that provides innovative LED signage products, and MK Solutions Group (MK), a technology solutions provider for sports and entertainment venues, have announced the formation of a strategic alliance to sell Illumin8’s products to venues nationwide. Illumin8 will join an impressive list of current alliance partners held by MK Solutions Group, including Panasonic Eco Solutions, TS Sports, goCharge, and Faucet Impressions.

“Illumin8’s static LED products strategically complement MK Solutions Group’s portfolio of products and services,” said Douglas Moss, CEO of MK Solutions Group and Partner in Illumin8. “We have positioned our company as a single-source technology solutions provider for sports and entertainment venues, providing everything from large, iconic digital LED signage to LED/LCD TVs to innovative charging stations and more.”

Under the terms of the partnership, Jeff Kunowski, founder of Illumin8, will become VP of Sales and Marketing at MK Solutions Group.

“Illumin8’s LED signage products are located throughout many professional sports and entertainment venues in Arizona,” said Kunowski. “Our recent expansion into the Las Vegas area has shown that this success can be replicated in other markets, which is why we are working with MK Solutions Group to expand our reach to venues nationwide.”

Kunowski, a 2011 alumnus of Arizona State University, founded Illumin8 in 2010 with the support of ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, a startup accelerator that provides funding, office space and mentorship to student entrepreneurs from all university disciplines.

“Illumin8 is a true Edson success story and an inspiration for all of ASU’s student entrepreneurs,” said Gordon McConnell, assistant vice president of innovation, entrepreneurship and venture acceleration within ASU's Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. “We look forward to seeing the company’s continued growth and success."

Illumin8’s LED products can be found throughout the Valley, with clients that include the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Live Nation, Levy Restaurants, Vee Quiva Casino, Maya Day and Night Club, and numerous valet companies. In 2013, Illumin8 expanded into the Las Vegas market, securing as a client the MGM Grand Resort and Casino, the third-largest resort property in the world.

Illumin8’s signs are currently being used to direct traffic to events at the Grand Garden Arena, organize valet operations, promote concerts and shows, and assist guests with navigating the property. Illumin8’s most recent project was a joint venture between the MGM Grand and Anheuser Busch/InBev in which 15-foot-by-4-foot static LED signs were installed inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena bowl to promote AB’s Budweiser and Bud Light brands.

MK Solutions Group has also established an alliance partnership with Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America, a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, in which MK is the premier sales agent for sports markets.

About Illumin8 Outdoor Media
Illumin8’s LED static signs utilize bright and efficient LED light panels to provide vibrant backlit platforms which can be used for advertising, promotional, and directional purposes. Illumin8’s signage platforms come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and applications, ranging from wall mounted indoor signs, to secure outdoor signs, to portable/rechargeable platforms. They are ideal for high traffic areas where there is pedestrian and/or vehicle ingress/egress. For more information, visit http://www.mksolutionsgrp.com.

About MK Solutions Group:
MK Solutions Group focuses on providing comprehensive technology solutions for sports and entertainment venues. MK’s alliances with innovative technology providers allow for custom tailored solutions for any size project. Current alliance companies include: Panasonic Eco Solutions, TS Sports, Illumin8, goCharge, and Faucet Impressions. For more information, visit http://www.mksolutionsgrp.com.

About Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America:
Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company develops and provides customized and integrated technology-based systems solutions for enterprise customers in the sports and entertainment industries as well as in the education sector. To learn more about the company or read case studies about solutions created for other customers, visit http://www.panasonic.com/business/pesna/av-solutions/.

About the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative:
The Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative gives Arizona State University’s student entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas and launch viable startup companies. The initiative offers approximately 20 student-led teams each year up to $20,000 each in seed funding as well as office space, training and mentorship to help launch and grow their for-profit, nonprofit or more-than-profit ventures. For more information, visit http://edson.asu.edu.


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