History

Once Upon a Time
 

From the humble beginnings in a family basement to a driving force in video and event production, the Sardis Story has several chapters.

Lighthouse Productions

Once upon a time (1978) an organization known as H&M Productions set up shop. Chip Moore, then 18, and Rick Hunt, 20, began operations in the Moore family's basement, producing slide presentations for a church group and local business professionals.

Lighthouse Productions founded by Rick Hunt and Chip Moore in 1978. 

Lighthouse Productions founded by Rick Hunt and Chip Moore in 1978. 

Age was not a deterrent to success. Three years later in 1981, with a solid base of accounts, H&M changed their name to Lighthouse Productions. By the time Lighthouse left the basement in 1982 to rent 2,000 square feet in a building in Mount Prospect, Illinois, they had six employees and a client list rapidly expanding to include many large corporations.

In 1983, Lighthouse invested $250,000 in video equipment and became a full-service video house capable of producing multi-image and video extravaganzas. A print design resource was added by teaming up with Al Burlini of Design Source in 1984.

Video production has always been a mainstay of the business.

Video production has always been a mainstay of the business.

Growth dictated the need for more space. Lighthouse bought the entire building in Mt. Prospect, expanding to 5,500 square feet. By 1985, with 25 employees, another 4,000 square-foot facility in Wheeling was leased. During the next several years, Lighthouse grew and concentrated on developing a broad range of business communications services.

In 1989, a major project for Motorola allowed Lighthouse to break into the planning and production of major corporate theater and purchased an 18,000 square-foot building in Rolling Meadows.

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In 1992, Lighthouse acquired a friendly competitor, TransLight Media. Another allied business, Chicago Multi-Media, was acquired in 1993. To help support the expanding multi-media department we acquired another firm, Desktop Resources, in late 1994.

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Carabiner Chapter

A paragraph describing the Carabiner story. 

 

Sardis Chapter

A summary of the re-birth into Sardis Media - I'll take some beauty shots of the office lobby, plus maybe an abstract shot in the warehouse illustrating vast mountains of equipment.