The University of Toledo // Toledo Excel

In January of 2020, the Toledo Excel Program was challenged with hosting its 37th Annual Conference for Aspiring Minority Youth with an acclaimed speaker Dr. Yusef Salaam. At the time Dr. Salaam’s story was featured in the most viewed docuseries in Netflix history “When They See Us” about the Central Park 5 case in New York. We received calls from as far away as Illinois about registration for the conference. One of our chief challenges was a history of poor quality audio in the Thompson Student Union Auditorium. We knew this could quite possibly ruin the experience for what we knew would be a capacity audience. We decided against using the “house sound” and brought in the Touchdown Agency. It is a decision we will never regret. The sound was crisp and crystal clear. The staff from Touchdown was timely, highly skilled, and professional. Our keynote speaker was pleased, and our audience was thrilled as well. Had we not had many spring events canceled due to the pandemic, Touchdown would have been contracted to provide their expertise throughout the rest of the semester at The University of Toledo. I recommend them enthusiastically and without reservation.

David Young
Toledo Excel & Special Projects
The University of Toledo


Rise with Diana

I met Thaddeus and Darrell at an October 2019 event, where they were in charge of the audiovisual. The event host asked everyone at the close of the event, “have you heard any errors with the microphones, the sound, or with the slides, videos, and other visuals?” Of course, the audience replied “NO.”  And, that’s because of Thaddeus and Darrell’s expertise. At the event, I found out that their company, Touchdown AV, also did podcasts. That’s when I asked to set up an appointment with them.

At our meeting, I learned that in addition to their audio and visual expertise, they also offer marketing services. They listened to me, asked insightful questions, and then shared how they could help meet my needs. After our personal consultation, I knew I wanted to find a way to work with them, not only because of their professionalism and excellence but because they made me feel like I was their number one priority.

I hired them to assist with my audio and visual needs at my January 2020 debut “Helping Schools Rise” event, and I’m so glad I did. My event was flawless. Not only did they provide great services, but they also went the extra mile, by anticipating what I needed to make my event extra special.

Months before my event, Thaddeus found out that I could sing. Thaddeus is an accomplished guitarist, and also helps instruct people in the musical area. He told me I should sing at my event. After initially brushing this off, due to my own insecurities, he encouraged me to follow through and I took him up on the offer. I sang at my event.  I’m so glad I listened to Thaddeus as I believe the song was the added touch that made my event magical.

I highly recommend Thaddeus and Darrell, and Touchdown AV, for your next event, and to work with organizations interested in creating innovative marketing strategies.

Diana Patton
Founder and CEO
The Rise Program



We used TouchDown for our 2019 TEDxToledo event and I couldn’t have been more impressed. Toledo needed fresh, innovative pros in live event A/V. I couldn’t recommend these guys more highly.

Will Lucas
Curator at TEDxToledo