How We Got Here

A lot has happened over 20 years, and EST03 has grown to become something greater than the sum of it’s parts. Here we have provided a quick look at our history and where we are going. 

2002
2 Guys and an Idea.
Ken Black and LV Semona meet at Clear Channel Communications. As the advertising market continued to evolve, both Ken and LV knew that radio wasn't the future. This began their search for a new business idea - and the beginnings of what would start as Advertising Vehicles.
2002
July 7, 2003
It Starts.
First day of work at Advertising Vehicles. The company began with vehicle wraps, but also branched out into other aspects of advertising agency work. Pictured is the first wrap created by Advertising Vehicles, for LV's college buddy Mark Stuhlreyer and his company Contingent Network Services.
July 7, 2003
April, 2004
The Team Grows.
Hired Michael Ries, the first "real" employee. Soon after, later, they would hire LV's brother-in-law, Tom Smith.
April, 2004
Anything It Takes.
In the early days of Advertising Vehicles, the team was willing to wrap or decal anything to offset costs and make a profit. Pictured are the personal vehicles of Ken, LV, Michael, and Tom with a client's advertisement on them!
2005
Branching Out.
Tom Smith calls SORTA, the transit authority in Cincinnati, Ohio, to see if they would wrap their buses, beginning their first adventure into transit advertising
2005
Clever Cars.
The first Advertising Vehicles wrap! If you look closely, you'll see Ken, LV, and Michael's faces "pressed" against the glass.
January, 2006
Welcome Transit Advertising.
SORTA becomes the first awarded transit advertising contract for the company. Pictured is the first bus ad for Advertising Vehicles.
January, 2006
Creativity Is Key.
The Advertising Vehicles team was always finding ways to keep pushing forward with new ad formats and creative photography. In this ad, the team staged their own photo shoot with Ken's wife "reaching" for the ring.
2007
Moving Forward.
Transit partnerships with Lextran in Lextington, Kentucky and TARC in Louisville, Kentucky begin.
2007
2008
Continued Momentum
Business continues to expand as a new contract is signed with WeGo, the transit authority in Nashville, Tennessee.
2008
December, 2014
Fleet Frenzy.
Advertising Vehicles begins contract with Anheuser-Busch, one of the largest fleet orders in company history.
December, 2014
2016
The Launch of A New Brand.
Adsposure is created to differentiate the transit advertising portion of the business from vehicle graphics.
2016
2016
A Monumental Year.
Under the new Adsposure brand, three new transit advertising markets were launched, TANK in Northern Kentucky, DART in Des Moines, and KCATA in Kansas City. A monumental year indeed.
2016
October, 2019
Taking on Texas.
Branching out of the Midwest, Adsposure adds Trinity Metro in Fort Worth, Texas to the list of transit partners.
October, 2019
October, 2020
Windy City Success.
In a time where many businesses stepped back, Adsposure charged forward with a new partnership in Chicago with PACE Suburban Bus.
October, 2020
2021
Powerful Partnerships.
Advertising Vehicles begins its partnership with Sysco, a major agreement.
2021
May, 2023
Hello Indianapolis.
A new partnership begins with IndyGo, the transit authority in Indianapolis, Indiana. Under 2 hours from HQ in Cincinnati.
May, 2023
July 7, 2023.
20 Years Later.
EST03 is established as the parent company of Advertising Vehicles and Adsposure, as the company celebrates 20 years of success. this photo was taken on July 7, 2023 during a dedication to Rick Kruse Sr. Longtime CPA for EST03. (From left to right, LV Semona, Michael Ries, Rick Kruse Jr., Ken Black, and Tom Smith)
July 7, 2023.

Where We Are Going.

You’ve seen how we got to 2023. Not let’s show you where we are going.