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AVI-SPL Expands International Presence With New Offices in the UK and Canada

AVI-SPL has expanded further internationally with the opening of four new offices outside the U.S., including London, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.


“AVI-SPL is committed to being a truly global provider,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “Today’s companies operate around the world so we’re growing our footprint to keep pace with their needs wherever they are, while providing the highest level of video communications service.”


AVI-SPL has launched European operations with headquarters in the UK. Leading operations as managing director is James Shanks, an industry expert with strong leadership experience in the unified communications market in Europe.


“The UK office will operate independently but will benefit from access to AVI-SPL’s global resources,” said Shanks. “With AVI-SPL’s financial stability, strong vendor relationships, and rich capabilities in managed services, we’re confident about the future of our business in Europe.”


AVI-SPL has also added operations in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto through the acquisition of selected assets from audio video and information technology firm Duocom. Industry veteran and recognized IT business leader Zoreena Abas will lead AVI-SPL’s eastern Canada offices. With this addition, AVI-SPL now operates in five Canadian cities which also include Calgary and Vancouver.


“I’m excited to join the AVI-SPL team as the company strategically positions itself for rapid growth outside of the U.S.,” said Zoreena Abas, managing director, AVI-SPL. “AVI-SPL’s excellent reputation and breadth of services and expertise will allow us to reach our goal of becoming number one in Canada.”


The new UK and Canada offices are staffed with solution architects, engineers, project managers, and installation and service technicians. AVI-SPL’s VNOC Symphony software platform and Customer Care International Help Desk will also be a part of the UK operations.


AVI-SPL’s new operations in the UK and Canada will offer complete video communications solutions from design and integration to ongoing support. This includes solutions from video collaboration and conferencing support, to digital media and signage, advanced 3D visualization, advanced audio engineering, and command and control centers.


“It’s strategic moves like this that make AVI-SPL a leader in the industry,” said Rob Arnold, senior analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Last year’s acquisition of Iformata added VNOC services which strengthen AVI-SPL’s managed service offering.They’ve built upon that to take a significant step towards expanding internationally in order to meet customer demands for high quality video solutions backed by locally provided support and services.”


“The expansion of our geographic footprint reinforces our overall sales growth strategy. AVI-SPL’s new international offices will be supported by our sales operations teams just like the rest of our offices,” said Don Mastro, executive vice president of sales. “Starting off the year with four new international offices is very exciting and we’re looking forward to a big year.”


AVI-SPL will exhibit at ISE January 29-31, 2013 in Amsterdam RAI, NL. To learn more, visit


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In the press:


Commercial Integrator’s editor Tom LeBlanc speaks with CEO John Zettel and EVP of Operations Doug Carnell about how video managed services led AVI-SPL to expand internationally. Read the story


Chris Fitzsimmons, editor of InAVate, interviews AVI-SPL’s new UK Managing Director James Shanks and Doug Carnell to learn about the enticing factors leading AVI-SPL to set down roots abroad.  Read the Q&A


The Ottawa Business Journal’s Courtney Symons catches up with Brad Fairhold, who leads the new Ottawa office, to discuss how thrilled the Duocom team is to join AVI-SPL. Check it out



AVI-SPL Event Production Team Lights Up the Holidays

"Event Production" "AVI-SPL" "Creative Show Services" PriceWaterhouseCoopersTampa – Our Event Production team put the new PriceWaterhouseCoopers building in the spotlight. The corporate holiday party hosted a crowd of more than 1,800 PWC employees and their families outside the new facility.

In planning the event, the PWC team originally envisioned a daytime event, but when our Event Production team suggested a light and music show on the building facade, the event planning team decided to reschedule the party to early evening.

To light up the building, our team spent about eight hours programming the show, nine hours on set-up (over two days) and two hours to strike after the event.

Equipment used includes:

  • 52- Hanson Wireless LED fixtures
  • 48- Colorblast 12 TRX LED Fixtures
  • 36-Colorblast 12 TR LED Fixtures
  • 12- Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures
  • 4- Impression LED moving head

The team used WYSIWYG software in-house to pre-visualize the show and program before making tweaks live on-site at PWC. The show was programmed through a GrandMA 2 Light console, MAnet to DMX node, which was programmed manually, then synced to SMPTE time code.

The total power for the lighting and sound was only 60amps– about as much as your home stove. Wow!

Our team also provided a stage for announcements, and a truck-mounted video wall for digital signage throughout the event.

Watch the video of the light and sound show:

AVI-SPL Employees Give Back This Holiday Season

One of our major focuses for 2012 has been giving back in the communities where we live and work. In keeping with that theme, our team members are volunteering their time this holiday season to give back to the less fortunate.

Just before Thanksgiving, more than 40 Tampa-based employees volunteered for half-day shifts in the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent. Teams stocked shelves with canned food and dry goods, and helped local needy families choose which items they’d like for their Thanksgiving meal. Celebrating its 40th year, Metropolitan Ministries provided holiday meals for more than 2,200 families in November alone.

Our Houston team will be volunteering at the Houston Food Bank phone center in early December. Phone volunteers register clients by phone to receive holiday food boxes from the food bank. According to the website, tens of thousands of people in the greater Houston area receive access the food they need over the holidays through these volunteer efforts.

Employees across the country are also hosting food, clothing and toy drives for their local charities. Stay tuned to read more about these drives.

View photos of our holiday volunteerism on Facebook

AVI-SPL Employees Give Back During AV Week 2012

Our theme for this year’s AV Week celebration was giving back to the communities where we live and work. In the spirit of giving, we challenged our team members to collect donations for a local charity. We had more than 20 teams participate in the drive.

"AV Week" AVI-SPL Charity Donation DriveOur employees donated food, cleaning supplies, gifts and more to local food banks, animal shelters and other charities. Check out our Facebook page to see photos of some of the donations: AV Week Charity Donation Drive on Facebook

In partnership with the donation drive, we also hosted a technology contest for non-profit organizations. Charities across the U.S. entered for a chance to win a 32″ display and a Cisco Flip Video camera. Check out the blog post to see the winners!

Charities supported include:

Thanks so much to everyone who helped support those in need this AV Week!

Winners Announced: AV Week Non-Profit Technology Giveaway

"AV Week"In celebration of AV Week 2012, AVI-SPL is giving away a 32” NEC display and a Cisco UltraHD Flip Video Camera to two lucky non-profit organizations!

Congratulations to our winners:

  • First Place – NEC Display: Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of NC, Inc.
  • Second Place – Cisco UltraHD Flip Video Camera: Brandens Cause Outreach

Other important info:

  • Entries will be accepted October 15 – 29.
  • Voting will be open October 31 – November 8.
  • The entry that receives the most votes will win a 32” NEC display.
  • The second place entry will win a Cisco UltraHD Flip Video camera.

Click here to read the official rules