Category AV Everywhere

AVI-SPL Creative Show Services Presents Stadium of Fire

"Stadium of Fire" "Independence Day" "AVI-SPL"Provo, UT – This Independence Day, for the 8th consecutive year, AVI-SPL’s Creative Show Services team joined one of the biggest patriotic celebrations in the country – the America’s Freedom Festival in Provo, UT. The festival dates back to 1870s. The signature event is Stadium of Fire that takes place on July 4th and has been ongoing for the past 33 years.

The event attracts an average of 40,000 visitors from all 50 states and in addition, it is televised to more than 1 million military men and women around the world via American Forces Network. This year the event was sold out and reached 65,000 spectators.

While the rest of the country was celebrating, we were behind the scenes, making sure that everything goes as smooth as planned. AVI-SPL, as a proud owner of catalyst media servers, provided all media control-playback equipment. We also created all lighting and visual elements that were projected during the entire Stadium of Fire. Those included creative designs for the performance of Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson, who headlined the event, as well as for pop star Carly Rae Jepsen and the acrobats from Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil.

The celebration culminated with breathtaking fireworks, said to be the largest stadium fireworks show in America.

Go behind-the-scenes in this video:

AVI-SPL Thought Leaders to Speak at InfoComm 2013

Join AVI-SPL at InfoComm 2013 to hear about industry trends from our experts.

Don’t miss the following sessions:

The Merger of IT and AV – What Works? What Doesn’t?

  • Wednesday, June 12
  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Room 315A
  • Panelist: Tim Riek, AVI-SPL SVP of Service Operations

The merger of audio visual communications with information technologies has been happening for several years as more AV tools have IT attributes associated with them. How have organizations addressed the merger of AV and IT? What has worked well to make the merger successful? What has not worked and needs improvement? This session will address issues of importance to working in an environment where both IT and AV are important – in other words how to work together in most rooms! Panelists will share stories about user experiences and discuss steps to take to make the merger of AV and IT successful and seamless.

IMCCA State of the Industry Lunch and Learn

  • Wednesday, June 12
  • Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Room TBA
  • Panelist: Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL EVP of Video and UC

Join industry experts and senior executives as they address the latest issues related to conferencing, collaboration, and unified communications. How are mobility and interoperability impacting the industry? What are the latest user applications in business, education and healthcare? What does convergence look like in the home, as well as in business? What impact are mobile devices having within organizations? What role do managed services offerings and the cloud play in making use of these technologies effective and seamless? Attend the luncheon to learn, ask questions and challenge the panelists.

User Forum: Effective Deployment of UC (Vendor Panel)

  • Thursday, June 13
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Room TBA
  • Panelist: Mike Brandofino, AVI-SPL EVP of Video and UC

Users of collaborative communications technologies are seeking ways to communicate with anyone, anywhere, and on any device. Video needs to be as easy to do as making a telephone call. Are more video systems with greater availability better than few systems with greater quality? Video anywhere has taken over from telepresence as the hottest trend. Is it really telepresence if it’s on an iPad? Does it matter? Join us for our annual half-day seminar where this year we will answer these and other questions and present the latest industry trends regarding audio, web, video & UC technologies Follow this session up with a visit to the IMCCA UC & Collaboration InfoComm pavilion where you can see all of the technology in action.

Visual Collaboration in the Cloud – Choreographing the Event

  • Thursday, June 13
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Room 315A
  • Panelist: John Vitale, AVI-SPL VP of Products

Organizations may find value in offering some communications capabilities in the cloud. Is visual collaboration one of the technologies suited to the cloud? Is it just a different way to position the managed services that are already being offered? This session will address the pros and cons of putting video in the cloud and explain what you need to know in order to do so effectively. The session will also look at the most recent offerings in this space.

AVI-SPL Sr. Design Engineer Dick Tollberg will also be presenting a three-day session (June 8-10) entitled AV Design Level 2: Infrastructure. In this course, Dick will explore elements that affect the planning and design of the infrastructure supporting AV environments including HVAC, electrical, cable pathways, lighting and IT connectivity.Session attendees will earn 24 RUs in this Intermediate level course. For more information, refer to session IUPC14.

To register for these and other sessions, visit www.infocommshow.org/register.

At the show, be sure to stop by AVI-SPL Booth #2381 in the Conferencing Pavilion to see how AVI-SPL Connects the Community.

AVI-SPL Connects the Community

At AVI-SPL, we aren’t just an AV integrator, or even a video communications provider. Our expertise lies in connecting people to make communicating and collaborating simple. Our team designs custom communication solutions for each client that combines all aspects of visual communications, from traditional audiovisual to video conferencing to unified communications to digital media, and more. We are a one-stop shop for your design, install, support, and services needs.

In this weekly blog series entitled “AVI-SPL Connects the Community,” I’ll share commentary from our Subject Matter Experts about how our solutions connect people in various environments, including a hospitalhigher-ed campus and the enterprise. Check back next week to read about trends, obstacles and more in campus communication technology.

Join us at InfoComm 2013 to see how we connect these environments in booth #2381. During the show, we’re launching several exciting new solutions, so be sure to stop by to experience these systems in person. Can’t make it to the show? No worries! We’ll be sharing demo videos on YouTube all week long.

For your free InfoComm Expo Pass, use VIP code AVI1596.

 

AVI-SPL Creative Show Services Hit the Road with Andrea Bocelli

"Andrea Bocelli" AVI-SPL "Creative Show Services"Andrea Bocelli kicked off his 2013 U.S. Tour “Passione” with a show-stopping concert on February 8 in Sunrise, FL. The world renowned tenor wowed his audience of more than 12,000 people with over 2 ½ hours of pop and operatic performance and drew standing ovations during several encores. Bocelli performed the well-known “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás” and “New York, New York” among many.

Of course, the entire event would not have been 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 tour required four 53` trucks to transport the gear. This year, the staging features a 60×40` 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.

While Bocelli is touring around the world, AVI-SPL is preparing for his next U.S. appearance on June 5th in Denver, CO, followed by Los Angeles, CA; Anaheim, CA; Newark, NJ and Albany NY.

In December, Bocelli will be back for his Christmas tour, starting on December 7th in Las Vegas, NV. He will also visit Phoenix, AZ; Brooklyn, NY; Washington, DC; Tampa, FL and Atlanta, GA

As usual, CS2 and AVI-SPL will be there to ensure that Bocelli’s admirers will receive an amazing and unforgettable experience. For more information, visit www.andreabocelli.com or www.creativeshowservices.com.

EVP Don Mastro Celebrates 10 Years with AVI-SPL

Don Mastro Anniversary
CEO John Zettel (left) presents anniversary plaque to Don Mastro

Congratulations to Don Mastro, our executive vice president of sales, on his 10th anniversary with AVI-SPL. Don joined the team in 2003 as vice president of sales after more than 30 years of leadership in the AV industry.

At his anniversary celebration, our CEO John Zettel and Executive Chairman Marty Schaffel spoke highly of Don’s accomplishments during his tenure with AVI-SPL.

“There’s nobody in our industry who is known by as many people as Don, whether they are our manufacturing partners or competitors,” said Zettel. “There has been no one during my tenure with AVI-SPL who has energized the sales team like Don. He comes to work everyday with fire in his heart, and he makes his team feel good about coming to work; he makes people feel good about selling. I truly appreciate that every single day.”

“The last couple of sales meetings, when the sales team gave Don a standing ovation, they sent us all a message,” said Schaffel. “We all see and appreciate and feel that message. That’s a very strong expression of their love and respect for Don, which we all share as a management team, and as fellow employees.”

We asked Don a few questions on his anniversary:

Q: How has AVI-SPL changed over the last 10 years?
A: AVI-SPL has transformed from a ProAV systems contractor to a complete provider of video communication solutions.

Q: What’s the secret to the success of the AVI-SPL sales team?
A: We have the very best sales team in the industry – world class sellers and sales leaders.

Q: What are three tips for being a successful salesperson?
A: 1. New business development everyday. 2. A heightened sense of urgency with every customer. 3. Listen to the customer and have insight into their needs.

Q: What motivates you every day?
A: I sincerely like to win as I am a competitor first and foremost.

View photos of Don’s anniversary celebration on Facebook >