Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Moving Pictures: Oklahoma Family Business Evolves with the Times

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Moving Pictures: Oklahoma Family Business Evolves with the Times

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In 1953, Joseph F. Cory started Cory Motion Picture Equipment Co. in Oklahoma City.

The company mainly provided film projectors and related products for schools and supported movie theaters in the area.

Now, 61 years later, the company has evolved into Cory Audio and Visual Services, a third-generation, family-owned business providing audio and visual services for venues including hotels, schools and churches and for events and concerts.

Today Cory Audio and Visual Services is owned by the founder's great-grandsons, cousins Brad Poarch, CEO, and John Cory, chief operating officer.

"Our grandfather ran the company until 1982 when John's father, my uncle, took over," Poarch said.

That was Joseph A. Cory, who ran company until 2012 when Poarch and John Cory became owners. Today Poarch and John Cory are the only family members involved with the company, which has 29 full-time employees and a large network of part-time employees.

"There are 30 part-time employees who just help with events," Poarch said.

It was during Joseph A. Cory's ownership that the direction of the company changed from motion pictures to audio-visual services and the name was changed to Cory Audio and Visual, Poarch said.

Poarch started working part time at Cory Audio and Visual Services in 1998 while he was a student at the University of Central Oklahoma.

He graduated from UCO with a degree in theater arts and minors in broadcasting and business administration. Poarch started working full time for Cory Audio and Visual Services after graduating from UCO in 2002.

"I have a degree in technical theater," Poarch said. "I was an audio engineer doing sound for theater and concerts before I got here."

John Cory's path to the family business was not as direct. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and worked for the National Weather Service for several years before joining the family business. In addition to being an owner, Cory is lead design engineer for Cory's Audio Visual Services. …

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