Category AV Everywhere

AVI-SPL Project Recognized With Technology Award

 The City of Minneapolis’ new Emergency Operations Training Facility/Strategic Information Center (EOTF/SIC) recently received an award for “Technology Excellence in a Nonprofit Organization” from the Minnesota High Tech Association. The recognition was part of the 2011 Tekne Awards, which were held November 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Minneapolis EOTF video wallOver the course of two years,  AVI-SPL designed and integrated AV technology into the EOTF, which serves as the hub for training and emergency response needs for Minneapolis’ police, fire department and emergency management division. Video walls, high-end audio, video conferencing, classrooms and training areas equipped with visual presentation systems are now all part of the solution.

Read this press release from the Minnesota High Tech Association about the EOTF/SIC and more about AVI-SPL’s work on the Minneapolis Emergency Operations Training Facility in our 2011 Concept Catalog.

Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker Issues AV Week Proclamation

Making it official, the Mayor of Houston Annise D. Parker has signed a proclamation deeming October 16-22 “AV Week.”

AVI-SPL opened its doors in Houston in 2005 and today has about 30 employees. The Houston office has grown steadily in the past 6 years and today specializes in energy and higher education clients.

“Mayor Parker’s proclamation illustrates the significant impact the audiovisual industry has on the public,” said John Zettel, CEO, AVI-SPL. “Businesses are adopting video more and more and we’re happy we can lend our expertise so they can run their operations more efficiently,” Zettel added. “We’re very proud to have presence in the city of Houston. The region’s diverse industry landscape combined with the abundance of talented business professionals makes Houston a great place to do business.”

To view the proclamation, click here.

AV Week: Retweet to Win a 32″ NEC Display!

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Join us on Twitter to celebrate InfoComm’s sixth annual #AVWeek (October 17-21)! To thank our supporters, we’re giving away daily prize packs and a grand prize on Friday, October 21.

How to Win

Tweet the following to enter:

I’m celebrating #AVweek with @avisplinfo! RT to win: http://bit.ly/avweekrt

Prizes

We’ll randomly select one entry at 5pm EST each day of AV Week (Monday, October 17 – Friday, October 21) to win an AVI-SPL prize pack. Each prize pack includes an AVI-SPL water bottle, sunglasses and notebook.

In addition, we’ll draw one entry (tweeted from Monday at 8am EST through Friday at 5pm EST) around 5pm EST on Friday, October 21 to win the grand prize… a 32″ NEC E321 professional monitor!

Winners

Monday: @gamerdudeonline
Tuesday: @TheJasonT
Wednesday: @angelmom037
Thursday: @wallygrant
Friday: @jacobyaudio

Grand Prize: @DebWeeks

Rules

Twitter followers are allowed to enter once per day.

Eligible tweets must be from Twitter accounts that are following @avisplinfo.

Daily entries received after 5pm EST will be entered into the following day’s drawing.

The grand prize drawing will include all entries received between Monday at 8am EST and Friday at 5pm EST.

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AV Week: Learn about the AV Industry

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AV Week isn’t just about giveaways — it’s about educating everyone about the AV industry. In keeping with this theme, we’re asking our employees various trivia questions all week. To add to the fun, we’re giving away cool prize packs, too!

Click here to view last year’s AV Week Trivia Questions (and Answers) »

Here are this year’s AV Trivia Questions:

Q: List all four cities on the tour schedule for the AVI-SPL 2011 Technology Expo series.
A: Chicago, IL; Tampa, FL; Washington, D.C.; Long Beach, CA
Winners: Jessica Bridges from Customer Service; Prisca Villa from Atlanta Integration; Mei Zhang from Marketing; Rodney Laney from Procurement; and Chris Valido from the Control Room Group.

Q: Name one of the five AVI-SPL Guiding Principles of Customer Service.
A: Fix the problem, not the blame. Never say “I don’t know.” The customer is never an interruption. To the customer, YOU are the company. Listen, don’t just hear.
Winners: Rebecca Voigt from Creative Learning; Jay Riol from Procurement; Patty Bell from Columbia, MD Integration; David Harris from the Control Room Group; and Gail Fitzsimmons from Human Resources.

Q: The Control Room Group recently partnered with AGC Networks to bring control rooms to which country/region?
A: Indian/Indian Ocean Region
Winners:
 Merida Toala from K-12 Education; Jennifer Sanderson from Atlanta Integration; Peggy Loiseau from Marketing; Maneesh Kumar from Chicago Integration; and Jan Knapik from Tampa Integration.

Q: What major business magazine included AVI-SPL in their “Fastest Growing Private Companies” list?
A: Inc. Magazine
Winners: Bob O’Neil from Chicago Integration; Abby Russell from Procurement; Mary Schwerin from Chicago K-12 Education; Sheri Bywater from San Francisco Integration; and Robert Jagielski from Dallas Integration.

Q: AVI-SPL is supported by private equity firm Silver Lake. Name one other company they’ve invested in.
A: Silver Lake funds’ portfolio companies include or have included technology industry leaders such as Allyes, Ameritrade, Avago, Avaya, Business Objects, Flextronics, Gartner, Gerson Lehrman Group, Instinet, Intelsat, Interactive Data Corporation, IPC Systems, MCI, Mercury Payment Systems, MultiPlan, the NASDAQ OMX Group, NetScout, Nobao Renewable Energy, NXP, Sabre Holdings, Seagate Technology, Serena Software, Skype, Spreadtrum Communications, SunGard Data Systems, Thomson, UGS, and Vantage Data Centers.
Winners: Rusty Wagner from Dallas Integration; Robert Thomsen from the Control Room Group; Patrick Coyne from Dallas Integration; Jhomara Morales from Procurement; and Chris Morisette from Outsource in Michigan.

Q: AVI-SPL’s Rental division offers two portable AV solutions for events of 10-150 people. What are these “boxed” solutions called? (Name one.)
A: Meeting-in-a-Box and Gig-A-Box
Winners: Ron Schall from Pittsburgh Integration; Eddy Cooper from Virginia Beach Integration; Jana Gerber from our Outsource team in Michigan; Rita McWilliams from Creative Learning; and Elaina Ryan from Inside Sales.

Q: Our largest outsource team is located at the headquarters of a Fortune 50 company in Michigan. What is the company’s name?
A: Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan
Winners: Nick Felty from Dayton Integration; Dorene Bartz from St. Paul Integration; James Eich from our Outsource team in Michigan; Mario Porto from Long Island Integration; and Randy Bonham from Strategic Accounts.

Q: What does NSCA stand for?
A: Check back this afternoon!

Check back all week to see more trivia questions and answers, and for a complete list of winners!

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AV Week: AVI-SPL Employees Celebrate with AV Spirit Days

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AV Week, October 16-22, is InfoComm International‘s annual celebration of the AV industry. Here at AVI-SPL, we’re proud to be a part of the audio video industry and are excited to celebrate this year’s AV Week!

Click here to see photos from our AV Spirit Days this year! Be sure to click “like” on your favorite to vote!

To get our team members excited about the event, we’ve planned AV Spirit Days with different themes each day. Check out photos from last year’s AV Week Spirit Days!

Here’s how our employees are getting in on the fun:

Manufacturer Monday – Model your favorite AV manufacturer shirt – even pair it with a lanyard to get more festive!

Team Tuesday – We’ve got spirit – yes we do, we’ve got spirit – how ‘bout you? Show your team spirit!! Sport your green and blue AVI-SPL colors; Throw on your favorite AVI-SPL shirt. Snap a photo to prove it.

Geek it up Wednesday – Go geeky for a day. Throw on your pocket protectors, suspenders, and Members Only jackets!

Technology Thursday – Technology runs our world. What’s your “can’t live without it” technology? Send in a photo and a sentence or two about why you can’t live without your favorite piece of technology.

BFF (Best Friends Forever) Friday – Did you meet your best friend through AVI-SPL? Share your story about you and someone you met through your work here (a coworker or someone outside of the company that you met through your job). Be sure to include a photo of you and your BFF!

AV Week Prizes AVI-SPL InfoCommTo enter, employees must take a photo of themselves or the object and submit it to avweek@avispl.com. Submissions will be posted to AVI-SPL’s Facebook page and whoever receives the most “likes” for each day (Manufacturer Monday, Team Tuesday and Geek it Up Wednesday) by Thursday at midnight, will be deemed the winner. Thursday and Friday’s winners will be randomly selected. There will be one winner per day.

AV Spirit Day winners will receive an awesome prize pack including: an AVI-SPL umbrella, AVI-SPL water bottle, AVI-SPL “Wayfarer” sunglasses, AV Week drawstring backpack, AV Week flashlight/multi-tool, AV Week notepad and pen.

Keep an eye here on the AVI-SPL Everywhere blog for more AV Week updates from me and Krystle!

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