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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.

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Video: Digital Signage Expo 2013 Take-Aways

Las VegasDigital Signage Expo (DSE) is the world’s largest international trade show dedicated to digital signage and interactive technology. Our Marketing Program Specialist Branden Welch checked out the latest technology at the show and shared his favorite take-aways in the video below.

In this brief video, Branden discusses interactive displays and mobile technology; 4K display technology; transparent screens and display boxes; and communicating with and informing employees through digital media.

AVI-SPL Showcases Interactive Digital Media Solutions at DSE 2013

DSE 2013

AVI-SPL is exhibiting at the 2013 Digital Signage Expo (DSE) from February 27-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Featured at booth 1354, AVI-SPL will showcase interactive customer-focused digital media solutions at the annual expo, an event billed as the world’s largest international trade show dedicated to digital signage, interactive technology and out-of-home networks.

At the AVI-SPL booth, experts will demonstrate interactive wayfinding digital media with the Interactive ViewSonic ePoster. In addition, AVI-SPL will show how to transform communication environments by providing dynamic messaging, quick customization and cost-saving delivery to reach audiences.

“By visiting us, you’ll learn how AVI-SPL leads the industry in digital media integration as an end-to-end technology expert – providing the workflow, infrastructure, custom content creation, hardware and software support for the best solution,” said JD Jones, director of digital media services.”

AVI-SPL’s demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the expo so attendees can experience how the solutions work in real-time.

In addition, JD Jones will present “How to Work with IT to Make Your Digital Signage a Success” on Thursday, February from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. In his session, Jones will discuss the security risks inherent with digital signage, how different types of media affect bandwidth requirements and what IT needs to know to support digital signage solutions.

JD Jones is the director of digital media solutions for AVI-SPL and has been working in the IT/communications field for over 15 years. During this time, he has worked as a design architect, field engineer and instructor in technologies around client/server, network infrastructure, IP voice, call centers, security, telepresence and digital signage. Jones has extensive digital signage design experience and has created solutions for diverse environments, including schools, corporations, retail stores, transportation facilities, convention centers, municipalities, U.S. military and professional sports arenas.

AVI-SPL Mexico Wins Ritz-Carlton Service Award

"Ritz-Carlton Cancun" "AVI-SPL Hotel AV Services"Cancun, Mexico – Congratulations to the AVI-SPL team at The Ritz-Carlton Cancun. Our team was rated #1 for Service in 2012 among all hotels in The Ritz-Carlton brand. We are especially proud of this designation since The Ritz-Carlton is known for having the best service in the industry.

Our on-site team at The Ritz-Carlton Cancun includes four full-time AVI-SPL employees who provide AV programming and support for 40-60 events annually. AVI-SPL received this major award after just one year of working at the hotel in Cancun.

In 2012, our team provided AV event support for major clients at the hotel, including BCD Travel Advisor, Trax, Marriott Corporation, Washington Post, Eli Lilly, L’Oreal, Sony Pictures Latin America, Cisco and more.

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Cancun, México – Felicidades al equipo de AVI-SPL del Ritz-Carlton Cancún. Nuestro equipo fue calificado como el #1 en servicios AV del 2012 dentro de la cadena hotelera Ritz-Carlton. Estamos sumamente orgullosos de este mérito ya que el Ritz-Carlton  es reconocido por contar con el mejor servicio en la industria.

El equipo de AVI-SPL on-site dentro del Ritz-Carlton consta de cuatro especialistas que proveen soluciones y soporte para 40-60 eventos anuales. AVI-SPL ha recibido este reconocimiento a solo un año de colaborar dentro del hotel en Cancún.

En 2012, nuestro equipo ha brindado servicios a clientes como: BCD Travel Advisor, Trax, Marriott Corporation, Washington post, Eli Lilly, L’Oreal, Sony PIctures Latin America, Cisco, entre otros.

 

Register for Webinar on Working with IT on Digital Signage

Join us at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 21 for “Working With IT for Successful Digital Signage,” sponsored by Cisco and hosted as part of the AVI-SPL University Professional Series. During this free webinar, JD Jones, director of digital media solutions for AVI-SPL, will offer this look at getting your IT department on board as you plan your implementation of a digital signage solution. We’ll also look at examples of AVI-SPL implementations of Cisco Digital Media solutions. Cisco’s Brian Gardner will also be a panelist to offer his insight and help answer attendee questions.

On the Agenda
• Empowering IT to support digital signage.
• How different media affect network performance
• Examples of Cisco digital signage installations

Register for “Working With IT for Successful Digital Signage

About the Panelists

JD Jones, Director, Digital Media Solutions for AVI-SPL, has over 15 years of collaboration experience in presales, design, and installation. JD’s expertise on the industry leaders includes certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, Polycom and Tandberg. His leadership and knowledge has helped make AVI-SPL a successful digital media solutions provider, working with clients from the initial assessment of their needs to the support and scalable growth they require.

Brian Gardner is the manager of Cisco’s go-to-market strategy for global media.