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Congratulations to Jack Molema on 25 Years with AVI-SPL!

Tampa – Jack Molema was one of the first members of the Audio Visual Innovations rental team when he joined the company in 1987. Twenty five years later, our corporate rental division has grown to include more than 60 team members in five locations.

Jack Molema 25th Anniversary
Marty Schaffel and Jack Molema chat about old times at Jack’s Anniversary Celebration

The Tampa rental team celebrated this milestone at an event in Jack’s honor. AVI Founder and AVI-SPL Executive Chairman Marty Schaffel and CEO John Zettel, along with others who have worked closely with Jack over the years spoke of his strong work ethic and dedication to the company.

“We could never have built a successful rental company without Jack’s great care and attention to detail,” said Marty Schaffel. “I am very grateful for all Jack has done for this company over the years.

“Jack came to AVI when we had only 21 employees,” said Marty. “At that time, it was a big deal to rent a slide projector or a 16mm movie projector. Jack has always shown great care toward our inventory, worked hard to make sure customers were happy, and do whatever he could to make sure the rental department had a successful event,” Marty added.

“Our company and the rental division have experienced significant changes over the last 25 years, but one constant has been Jack and his commitment to his job,” said John Zettel. “Our rental division has grown and improved over the years and Jack played a significant role in making that happen,” John added.

Thank you for 25 great years, Jack!

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Master Technology for Your Classroom

This year’s Summer Series events have doubled from last year.  At four locations — Tampa, Orlando, Detroit and Lanham, Maryland — you can learn about integrating technology into your teaching practice during three-hour sessions.  Topics will include:  SMART Notebook Software,  SMART Response software, iPad apps for education and creating digital content for your classroom.  Select the links below to see what you can learn this summer.


Mark Linton Promoted to SVP of Integration

Chicago – Congratulations to Mark Linton on his promotion to Senior Vice President of Integration for the Eastern Region.

In this role, Linton will work to improve profitability and operational efficiencies throughout AVI-SPL’s 32 offices. Linton will work side by side with the eastern region general managers to foster AVI-SPL’s focus on communication and quality assurance

Doug Carnell, executive vice president of operations stated: “Mark’s ability to focus on the process of operations while growing a large office, will serve us well in the eastern region. His great attitude and leadership will continue our great success in the region.”

Linton joined AVI-SPL in 2000 and has served the last five years as the general manager for AVI-SPL’s Chicago office. During his time as general manager, Mark has worked diligently with the Chicago team, doubling their growth in four short years from $25 million in 2008 to over $50 million in 2011. This year, the Chicago office was awarded Top Integration Sales Office at the company’s National Sales Meeting.

In addition, Shelley Salys has been promoted to general manager of the Chicago office. Salys has worked with Linton and the Chicago team for the last nine years and has been the Operations Manager for the past four years.

Congratulations Mark and Shelley! We know you’ll continue achieving great things for AVI-SPL in your new positions.

AVI-SPL Empowers Connections at InfoComm 2012

As part of our continuing mission to be the most trusted technology provider and advisor for businesses around the world, AVI-SPL is gearing up for its biggest presence ever at the annual InfoComm conference. June 9-15, we will exhibit our capabilities at a 30’-by-30’ booth in the Unified Collaborative Conferencing Pavilion inside the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of InfoComm 2012. At booth N2829, we’ll showcase AVI-SPL solutions including Caméléon Telepresence® and our new VNOC Symphony® software platform.

We’ll also premiere our dynamic new brand message, which positions AVI-SPL as the premier video communications solutions provider. AVI-SPL’s booth tells the story of today’s collaborative environment with our new “Empowering Connections” video, plus new digital media content depicting our end-to-end connected solutions as well as our robust managed services portfolio.

At the booth, leading with the theme that “Better Connections Make a Better World,” you’ll learn about AVI-SPL’s ability to empower businesses with end-to-end systems integration, as well as our VNOC managed services, digital media and live event production.

AVI-SPL’s management team will give informative talks on the collaboration issues that are affecting today’s businesses, including:

  • “Convergence of AV and IT”
  • “Visual Collaboration in the Cloud”
  • “UC – Transforming the Way We Meet and Communicate in the Enterprise”
  • “Telepresence and HD Video”
  • “Managing the Video Enterprise Through the Cloud Superstructure”

Follow Us on Twitter and Instagram!

If you can’t make it to InfoComm 2012, no worries!  We’ll be taking photos at the booths of our 12 major vendor partners and posting them to our AVI-SPL Instagram account — just search “avispl”. You can also follow us on Twitter, @avisplinfo, for our latest updates from the event (look for hashtag #infocomm12).

Home Sweet Wixom

Wixom, Mich. – The City of Wixom welcomed audio video technology provider AVI-SPL to its new home with a grand opening on June 1. The celebration began with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and was followed by live technology demonstrations for more than 100 local business professionals and city officials.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was officiated by Wixom City Manager Michael Dornan, Wixom Assistant City Manager Tony Nowicki, State Representative Candidate Nick Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Sales Don Mastro and AVI-SPL General Manager Jim Angelillo. Guests then had the opportunity to meet with the AVI-SPL technical, sales, and administrative teams who hosted demonstrations of video communications, digital signage, interactive whiteboards and control system technologies.

“The City of Wixom is thrilled to welcome AVI-SPL, a leader in audio visual technologies, to their new home here in Wixom,” said City of Wixom Mayor Kevin W. Hinkley. “We look forward to a long and mutually satisfying relationship and stand ready to assist AVI-SPL in any way we can.”

In the area? Stop by our Wixom office to say hello and see the technology for yourself! The new office is located at 28900 Beck Road, Wixom, MI 48393 or call (248) 669-4286.