Category AV Events

CS2 Brings the Biggest Screen Ever to Tampa Convention Center

Tampa Convention Center will host the annual It Works! global sales conference entitled Freedom 2014, January 16-18It Works! is an international health and beauty supply company and the event is expected to attract over 8,000 sales representatives from all over the country.

For AVI-SPL, this will be the first year staging the conference. In 2013, AVI-SPL was awarded the Tampa Convention Center AV contract and became its in-house provider for audio visual and production services.

The next few days, CS2 and the in-house team will be joining forces to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for the attendees. Over 20 crew members are already working at the Center to build the stage and prepare for this conference.  Aside from all the lighting, audio, video, production and staging support, we have designed a gigantic 256 ft. x 24 ft. projection screen for the general sessions.

It is definitely something worth seeing, so check back later for pictures from the event, coming soon!

To get a sneak peek, check out the event hashtag on Twitter: #MyItWorksReality

Meet Alexis La Broi from our Creative Show Services Team

Alexis La Broi rejoined our team nearly 10 years after she left the AV industry. With 18 years of industry experience under her tool belt, we were thrilled when she accepted a position as account manager with our Hotels & Event Production team in Columbia, MD.

Since coming back to AVI-SPL in 2012, Alexis has received accolades from leaders in both the AV and meeting planning industries, winning awards like the Women in AV Mentor award and the Meeting Professionals International Star of the Quarter award.

Check out this in-depth profile by rAVe [Publications] to learn more about her 18 year journey through the world of AV and event production >

The Creative Show Services Team Welcomes Andrea Bocelli to Tampa

Our Creative Show Services team is excited to announce that Andrea Bocelli is returning to Tampa on December 14th for his Christmas tour. The world renowned tenor will be joined by conductor Eugene Kohn, soprano Svetla Vassileva and guest vocalist Heather Headley.

As we informed you earlier this year, Bocelli kicked off his 2013 U.S. Tour “Passione” with a show-stopping concert on February 8th in Sunrise, FL. The tenor sang to a crowd of more than 12,000, delivering a pop and operatic performance that drew standing ovations during several encores. Bocelli performed the well-known “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás” and “New York, New York” among many other favorites.

The Christmas tour, which is part of the “Passione” tour, started on December 7th in Las Vegas and the last stop will be in Atlanta, GA on December 15th. Of course, the entire event would not be complete without the incredible support of our own team from Creative Show Services, led by executive producer John Orchard and technical director Keith Lasher.

For the past 12 years, AVI-SPL has supplied all video and lighting equipment for Bocelli’s U.S. tours. This year the staging features a 60`x40` LED screen that projects live segments from the concert combined with imagery provided by the Bocelli creative group. A team of 15 people from AVI-SPL, 5 lighting and 10 video operators, together with 30 local stage hands, work each show.

As usual, the CS2 team will be there to ensure that Bocelli’s admirers will receive an amazing and unforgettable experience. For more information about the tour, go to For additional information on our services, please visit

CS2 Brings PhoCusWright Conference to the Big Screen

For the 11th consecutive year, our Creative Show Services team is gearing up for one of the biggest annual events in the online travel, tourism and hospitality industry, The 2013 PhoCusWright Conference November 19-21 in Hollywood, Florida.

About The PhoCusWright Event

The conference is the flagship event of PhoCusWright – a leading travel and hospitality industry research company. Every year, the three-day event attracts an average of 1,600 attendees who gather together to share industry know-how; learn about market-changing innovations, technologies and solutions; obtain fresh ideas; and create new partnerships and investment opportunities.

This year’s keynote speakers include the CEOs of major corporations including Expedia, Kayak, TripAdvisor, Priceline, Orbitz, and, as well as representatives from Google, IBM, and Facebook.

The conference will be streamed live for those unable to travel to Florida for the event. Additionally, attendees and online viewers will be able to utilize social media to interact with the speakers and moderators, who will see a live-feed of questions and comments.

During the Travel Innovation Summit, which is part of the conference, a panel of judges will determine the award winners in select categories including Startup, Emerging, Established, Best B2B and Best B2C companies, as well as the People’s Choice Award. The top award, sponsored by the leading venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners is a $250,000 convertible bridge loan to the travel technology company that demonstrates the most groundbreaking travel solution.

Our Partnership: 11 Years and Beyond

An event of such scope requires intense preparation. We’ve worked closely with the event’s Executive Producer Richard Zucker for the last 11 annual events, and this close relationship allows us to successfully translate his creative vision to the stage year after year. The dynamics of this show require many months of meetings as concepts are developed and come to life for each year’s event. These efforts are led by CS2’s Producer Bill Baxter and a team of nearly 30 members working to support the event theme through HD animations, graphic packages, videos, lighting and audio effects.

This year, we are projecting on giant 120 ft. x 15 ft. screens using state-of-the-art Spyder technologies. In addition, we incorporate television-style Chyron graphics that you see on network sports and news programs. Our executive team describes this event as a cross between a network television show and a live sporting event environment.

Previous Year’s Photos

Here are a few photos from prior PhoCusWright Conferences. Check back here after the event for photos from this year’s event.


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Creative Show Services support Governor Bush’s Educational Summit

Boston, Mass. – AVI-SPL’s Creative Show Services team took part in the 2013 National Summit on Education Reform that was held Oct. 17-18.

The Summit is the flagship initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. FEE was founded in 2008 by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The National Summit’s main goal is to share strategies to improve the quality of education for all children. The two-day reform event attracted 800+ participants from across America and around the world, combined with heavy media attention. In addition, all sessions were made available to the general public via live stream.

For AVI-SPL, this was the second year to service the event. Last year the Summit took place in Washington, D.C. We provided all the audio, video, lighting equipment, as well as the set designs. For the Strategy Sessions, we created smaller stage sets that matched the look and feel of the General Session.

Governor Bush personally acknowledged AVI-SPL’s professionalism saying, “Thank you for the great AV work at our Summit. I am so appreciative.”