Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Look who made it BIG!

Patel Conservatory Suzuki violin student Soraya Keaton-Baldwin recently got to see herself larger than life at OAI Corp.

OAI Corp is the Patel Conservatory and Straz Center’s printing partner who produces our billboards, banners, signs and more.

From on-site signage to billboards around the community, OAI has been a supporter of the Straz Center for more than 20 years.

Michael Garcia founded OAI in 1989 to provide hand-painted signs, billboards and blank banners to companies around Florida. He started with a $5,000 credit card in a 200-sqare-foot room.

Now the company is the largest grand-format printer in the Southeast and known throughout the nation. Its 40,000 square-foot Tampa facility houses a variety of digital and screenprinting machines.

OAI uses one of the world's largest ink-jet printers to create multi-media for its clients.

It’s pretty cool when our students get to see themselves on those giant billboards and enjoy a bit of fame, at least in the Tampa Bay area.

Dylan Riveiro is a longtime theater student at the
Patel Conservatory who enjoyed seeing his own face on
a Conservatory billboard in Brandon.
Baldwin, 6, a student at Cambridge Christian School, has been taking violin lessons at the Patel Conservatory for nearly three years. She also takes dance classes here. She was impressed when she saw herself on the enormous 50-foot billboard before it went up.

Spot our Patel Conservatory billboards around Tampa Bay and tell us if you know someone who’s made it BIG!

And if you're actually on one of our summer camps and classes billboards, take a picture of yourself in front of it and post it to our Facebook page!

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