Category AV Everywhere

Commercial Integrator Magazine Names AVI-SPL Integrator of the Year

In Commercial Integrator’s December issue, the magazine names AVI-SPL “Integrator of the Year.” Over the course of several interviews, Editor Tom LeBlanc talked at length to AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel and other members of the AVI-SPL team to discuss what drives the company’s successes, the importance of industry standards, and how it feels to lead the industry.

From Tom LeBlanc, editor of Commercial Integrator: “An integrator’s effectiveness can’t be entirely measured in revenue. So rather than leaning on data, we rely on conversations with these integrators, manufacturers and clients. Commercial Integrator ‘Integrator of the Year’ is a reflection of how impressed we are with the companies’ operations. That’s not to say we’re not impressed with AVI-SPL’s $550 million in projected 2011 revenue. But we chose it as ‘Integrator of the Year’ because of its profound impact on the industry. The sprawling organization – with 32 locations – sets a tone for the commercial integration industry.”

Read the full feature story from Commercial Integrator.

Take a look at some behind-the-scene photos taken during John Zettel’s CI photo shoot.




AVI-SPL Wraps Up First Year of Webinars

AVI-SPL University OnlineAt the end of November, AVI-SPL concluded its first year of webinars with its valued manufacturer partners. In 2011, we teamed with companies like Polycom, Cisco, Bosch, NEC Display and many more to bring you the latest information on pro AV and collaboration solutions that help businesses and organizations collaborate and compete. Our topics included video wall technology, best practices for audio conferencing, mass notification for facilities managers, video in healthcare, distance learning and many more.

If you’re interested in learning more about these subjects, I encourage you to visit AVI-SPL’s webinar resource page to watch the presentations and listen to the recorded webinars.

Because of the positive response we’ve had to these webinars, we plan on offering even more in 2012. Bookmark the AVI-SPL events page for information on our upcoming webinars, as well as tradeshows and expos.


Learn Top Tips and Equipment Needed for Successful Video Walls

AVI-SPL University OnlineWhether you missed AVI-SPL’s November 16  webinar with NEC Display Solutions or want to review the materials, the recording and slideshow for “Simplified Delivery and Management of Data to Video Walls” are now available.

During this webinar, NEC Display Solution Business Development Manager David Arnott and Hiperwall CEO Jeff Greenberg offered their insights into video wall technology and gave a demonstration of Hiperwall, an innovative software solutions that lets users resize and relocate mutliple content objects anywhere on a video wall while retaining outstanding resolution and clarity.

If you have any questions about this or any other AV integration technology, or are interested in a collaboration solution for your organization, please call us at 1-800-282-6733 or send us an email at


AVI-SPL Creative Show Services Does Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show

Detroit Lions NFL Thanksgiving Halftime AVI-SPLDetroit, MI– For the sixth straight year, the AVI-SPL Creative Show Services team will provide all video and lighting for the United Way Halftime show during the Detroit Lions/ Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving Day game. The show features a performance by Nickelback.

Check out the rendering below for an idea of what to expect. The design includes a low-resolution 40mm LED screen for the set and high-resolution 15mm LED for the main screen. We’ll be creating video to play back through the 2 Hippotizer media servers, and running all of the technology. For lighting, we have tons of LED colorblaze strips and 80 moving lights! It may be a short performance, but it includes some of the latest technologies being used not only in entertainment, but in corporate events as well.

Impress your friends, tell them what they’re going to see before they see it!

Want to learn more? Check out Commercial Integrator‘s write-up about the show >>

United Way Halftime Show AVI-SPL

UPDATE: The show was a hit! Check out this video of the show:

Krystle and Jessica Give Thanks

Krystle Jessica Thanksgiving AVI-SPL

We have so much to be thankful for! This list includes just a few of the things that we are thankful for this year.

Serious Stuff:

  • Awesome place to work
  • Jobs that we love
  • Fabulous coworkers
  • Good health
  • Supportive family members


  • My KitchenAid mixer -J
  • My adorable gray cats -K
  • Netflix -J
  • Chapstick -K
  • #AVtweeps -J
  • Twilight -K
  • Mayfield Chocolate Ice Cream -J
  • Peanut Butter -K
  • Ridiculous hats – J
  • Losing my cell phone at Goodwill making me finally cave and buy an iPhone – K
  • Argyle – how else would we look so chic? – J&K
  • New Girl – love that new show – J&K
  • Saturday mornings – J&K
What are you thankful for this year?