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AVI-SPL Lands on Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies List

Inc. magazine is recognizing AVI-SPL in their fifth annual Inc. 500/5000 ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.

According to Inc. magazine, the companies on this year’s list have created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and reached $366 billion in collective revenue, up 14 percent from last year. AVI-SPL joins television maker Vizio, Honest Tea, and LinkedIn among other prominent brands featured on the 2011 list.

“AVI-SPL is honored to be recognized among such a prestigious list of successful U.S. companies,” says AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel.  “We crossed the $500 million mark in revenue in 2010 and we’re continuing on a strong path through 2011. We owe our success to all of our dedicated and talented employees and their ability to meet our clients’ communication needs day in and day out. At AVI-SPL, we’re continuing to invest in new technologies in addition to training our employees to be experts in the very latest innovations.”

To learn more this announcement, read the full press release.

Bradley Harp Celebrates 20 Years with AVI-SPL

Tampa, FL – Team members at AVI-SPL are more like family members than employees. That’s one of the reasons why we have such a large group of long-term team members.

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This post is the first in a series of profiles celebrating major milestones with our team members.

In September, Account Manager Bradley Harp celebrated his 20th anniversary with the company. Here’s what he had to say about his time with AVI-SPL (and legacy AVI):

Who are a few of the people who have made the biggest impact on your career with AVI-SPL?

  • (Now-retired President) Stephenie Scanlon:  When I started  back in 1991, I was responsible for selling Varitronics PosterPrinters and lettering machines.  Customers were rarely calling us up asking for this equipment, so we had to research companies that might have a need for presentation and training materials creation equipment, find out who the potential end-users might be, send them mailers, follow up with phone calls, try to set an appointment, demo the equipment, and make the sale.  Stephenie, along with June Davies with Varitronics, taught a system that put all of these tasks together.  It took a lot of time and organization, but Stephenie was a great teacher and manager, and she helped me learn how to sell solutions and help customers.  She was always very supportive and did as much as she could to help me be successful.  I am so appreciative of her for always working hard and going out of her way for me.
  • (AVI-founder and AVI-SPL Chairman) Marty Schaffel:  He gave this very green salesman a chance.  I think back to the day that I sat in his office on the north end of the building during my very long interview process, and wonder what he saw in me.  I do know that he saw a lot more hair…

Can you give us an overview of your career with us?

I first started demoing and selling the Varitronics line of products.  Eventually, portable electronic displays came along, so that added LCD panels and portable overhead projects to the mix alongside the PosterPrinter and two or three lettering machines.  Then portable LCD projectors came along, and I thought I was thankful that a 35-pound projector took the place of a small LCD panel and portable overhead projector.  Then in about 2001, I moved into the Integration Department.

We’re very fortunate for your commitment to the company.  What have you especially liked about working with us?

I always liked the flexibility of my position, and the company’s small business feel.  It’s nice to see that some of the people I’ve worked with for so long are still around.

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Eric Headlee Joins AVI-SPL’s Strategic Accounts Team

Headlee to serve as VP, Strategic Accounts serving the Healthcare Vertical Market

Austin, TX – AVI-SPL is excited to welcome Eric Headlee to its Strategic Accounts team as Vice President serving the healthcare vertical market. In his new role, Headlee will be based out of Austin, Texas, and be responsible for promoting and marketing AVI-SPL to healthcare hospital systems, service providers and healthcare organizations.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Eric to AVI-SPL,” says AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “Eric boasts more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare and video communications industry, having most recently led the medical systems integration sales business for Olympus America,” says Zettel. “The healthcare industry relies greatly on new technology and with AVI-SPL’s comprehensive product offering, we can meet those demands.”

Our Strategic Accounts team is primarily responsible for the business development for targeted vertical markets at AVI-SPL. Services include centralized procurement for audio and video systems integration, collaborative communication solutions, transactional sales, managed conferencing services, event staging and production, meeting management, and product rental.

To read more about this announcement, read the full press release.