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Inc. Magazine Spotlights Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes

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In Inc. magazine’s May issue, AVI-SPL is featured in a behind-the-scenes look of the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. The article recognizes four companies whose work came together to create a unique and authentic experience. Learn how Vegas shoppers, restaurant diners and gondola riders are being emerged into an Italian Renaissance.

Read the full feature story from Inc.

AVI-SPL New Corporate Video Shows Power of Collaboration

Over the years, AVI-SPL has added new layers of expertise and services that have altered its profile – from business equipment supplier to pro AV integrator to collaboration solutions provider with a global footprint. As technology has evolved and the needs of businesses have changed, so have we.

Today, when talking to clients and partners (and even amongst ourselves), we like to say AVI-SPL delivers both the environment and experience. That’s why we wanted a well-produced video that would give viewers a compelling look at how the solutions we implement transform businesses. For many if not most viewers, this piece would be more than advertising – it would be their first impression of our company. And we all know what we learned back in grade school about the value of first impressions.

AVI-SPL set about this task with the talented minds at Spark ad agency. Both parties knew they had to come up with a story that would convey our solutions in a real-world setting, letting viewers see how our implementations can facilitate and simplify the everyday functions that businesses rely on to get work done and increase revenue. Although this would be a promotion of our capabilities, we didn’t want the story to be about AVI-SPL. From the beginning, the guiding concept was “a day in the life of business communications.”

“We believe better connections lead to better business results,” said AVI-SPL Senior VP of Marketing Kelly Bousman.  “That’s why we developed our new video story to show how video and unified communications technologies lead to company success by enabling teams to develop ideas through anytime, anywhere collaboration.”

The project came together — from concept to storyboarding to filming and post-production – thanks to the efforts of our partners and a lot of talented people behind the camera at Spark. At two locations, I watched the Spark film crew in action, solving problems and filming multiple takes so as to leave nothing to chance.

From the outset, we worried about coordinating the shipment and pickup of on-loan equipment for the video on a short schedule. Like they always do, the manufacturers we work with came through. AMX sent us a pre-programmed touch-panel desktop display ready for its close-up.  Experts from Crestron and Biamp both provided assistance so that their equipment would work correctly even though it wouldn’t be wired into system at the Tampa Museum of Arts (TMA), the first location for the shoot.

After two long days of filming at TMA, Spark brought its crew to the AVI-SPL headquarters in Tampa.  In our dedicated Cisco TelePresence room, we would film the critical scenes where our protagonist finds out whether his late-night efforts have been enough to impress a potential client. Our story, as it must, has a happy ending.  See for yourself. 


 

AVI-SPL would like to thank all of our partners for coming through to make this video possible, including:

  • AMX
  • Biamp
  • Chief
  • Cisco
  • Cresron
  • LifeSize
  • NEC
  • Panasonic
  • Polycom
  • Prysm
  • Radvision
  • Sharp
  • SMART

Call AVI-SPL at 866-559-8197 or send an email to sales@avispl.com and find out how your business can improve with our video communication solutions and managed services.

Register Now for the Summer Institute for Technology and Save Big

Make this summer one to remember and join us for the Summer Institute for Technology.  In Dunedin, Fla., and Detroit, Mich., K-12 educators will learn hands-on, in-depth and practical education in technology integration for the classroom. Join us this July 23 through 26 in Dunedin, or August 23 and 24 in Detroit.

After attending this event, teachers will understand how to apply technology into their classrooms in order to enhance the teaching and learning processes.

Tuition includes lunch and 24 component credit hours.  

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Register for the Dunedin Summer Institute for Technology by June 8 to save big!

Register for the Summer Institute for Technology in Detroit.

Watch the video to learn more about this valuable program for educators.

Meet Alicia McInerney, Digital Asset Manager

Midland, Mich. – AVI-SPL is proud to employ many of the best and brightest people in our industry. In this new series, we’ll go behind the scenes to show you what it’s like to be part of the AVI-SPL family.

Alicia McInerney joined the AVI-SPL team at The Dow Chemical Company as a web technician when she was only 19. Balancing a full-time work and school schedule as a junior at Central Michigan University would be a daunting task for most, but Alicia excelled in both the classroom and workplace.

After only eight months with AVI-SPL, we asked Alicia to take on a temporary role as service manager. “It was no easy task and I definitely had moments of severe trial – I was learning to really manage people for the first time out of a classroom, but instead of classmates they were coworkers who were older and held degrees,” said Alicia. “Although that posed quite a challenge, I was at a tremendous advantage still being a student at CMU. During that time period, I started looking at management classes I could take to learn how to be a better manager,” she added.

Alicia’s strong work ethic allowed her to transition to several different new roles over the next year. “With each new job, I looked for opportunities to support my hands-on learning with in-classroom learning,” she said. “By my second to last semester I was taking on a 21-credit hour schedule – this was made possible by the ability to learn at a faster pace. I could absorb the information I was getting from professors and apply it at the office the next day. I could also discuss topics in class with real-life experience. Thanks to that combination, I had grown into a much more confident and efficient manager and employee.”

In May 2011, management at The Dow Chemical Company, where AVI-SPL team members support their global operations via audio visual technology management, web content and design development, and video production, asked Alicia to transfer into the role of digital asset manager for Dow’s newly formed Olympic Operations division. Dow is one of 11 TOP sponsors of the Olympic Games, this puts them at the same level as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Visa, and other large brands. “My new role challenged me to manage one of the highest priority initiatives for Dow, as well as an additional responsibility of being the liaison between Dow and the International Olympic Committee for ensuring approval of all Dow-Olympic activations.”

Alicia with a group of Dow employees at Dow’s London office after she led a town hall session on digital & social media with the Olympic Partnership. (Click for larger image)

Here’s the rest of the story, in Alicia’s own words: “With one semester to go, this unique college lifestyle was about to get even more exciting. In August of 2011 I was asked to serve a 3-month assignment on-site at our European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland. The role was to on-board a new agency partner and evaluate the current digital operations. Both AVI-SPL and CMU were quick to make the opportunity of this role and graduating a success. Once again with only 2 weeks to go before classes started, together with the help of the Communications department, I was able to make the necessary adjustments to my schedule. I took off for Switzerland on Sept. 1, 2011. I then proceeded to serve my role in Europe, and be an on-campus 18-credit hour student, virtually, back at CMU in Mt. Pleasant. Combining online courses and flexible professors I completed all course requirements through a variety of available technology. In instances I was using a webcam to give a presentation and in others I leveraged teleconferencing equipment to record interactions. While I was in Switzerland I also had the opportunity to lead meetings at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee as well as travel to the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games and attend a conference on social media with representatives from the 10 other TOP sponsors. The day before Thanksgiving I returned from Switzerland and two weeks later I walked on the floor of Rose arena in a cap and gown to receive my diploma. It was far from easy and nothing close to average, but it was definitely more than I ever imagined to have accomplished by the close of my undergraduate life. Thank you to CMU and AVI-SPL for making that a possibility.”

Alicia is also active in the community and earned the title of Miss Bay County in 2011. Her platform is titled “Ignite the Passion Within,” which she describes as “a movement to encourage children, teens and young adults to find their passion and use it to build a better life. ” She’ll be competing to earn the title of Miss Michigan (as part of the Miss America Organization) in June. Best of luck, Alicia! We are proud of you!

AVI-SPL Hosts 50+ Kids for Bring Your Child to Work Day

"Bring Your Child to Work Day" "SMART Board"For the second year, AVI-SPL sponsored activities for Bring Your Child to Work Day. On April 26, our Tampa, New York and Denver offices welcomed more than 50 of our team’s children for a day of activities.

These young men and women spent the day learning about business and what we do at AVI-SPL.

Each office tailored activities to their specific group of visitors, including an office tour, budgeting discussion, technology demonstrations – 3D, video conferencing, a control room and play time on a SMART board and SMART table- movie time on the projector and lots more. Denver even got a bounce house for the event! The kids also competed in AV word searches and crossword puzzles in activity books we created for this year’s event.

In Tampa, the older kids spent their afternoon learning about marketing. We challenged three teams of four to mix their own soda flavor (out of a variety of juices), name their drink, create a logo and film a short commercial advertising the soda to the younger kids. At the end of the day, we let the younger kids vote on their favorites. It was a hit!

Overall the day was a huge success! Big thanks to everyone who helped with the event and to all of the kids for joining us at AVI-SPL!

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