Category AV Everywhere

AVI-SPL Joins VCI Group Annual Conference

AVI-SPL is headed to New Orleans to join VCI Group’s second annual conference October 10-12. The three-day show will focus on technology trends in the conferencing and collaboration industry and feature sessions with AVI-SPL’s Mike Brandofino, John Vitale and Jim Kelly, including:

Industry Expert Panel

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

AVI-SPL’s Executive Vice President of Video Mike Brandofino will join a panel of five industry experts from Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Polycom, BT Conferencing and LifeSize. This unique opportunity offers attendees a chance to learn ideas and solutions that will help organizations improve operations and ask questions and exchange ideas directly with industry leaders.

 

Telepresence Values: The REAL Meaning of Telepresence/ Planning the Right Environment

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3:20 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

John Vitale, vice president of products for AVI-SPL, will partner with Theo Economides from GreenLine Emeritus Consulting to discuss the true meaning of telepresence. It used to be that “telepresence” meant only one thing – a huge, expensive, and amazing video conference system. Today that same term is applied, seemingly, to anything that has a camera and a screen and it’s causing a lot of confusion about the term in the process. The REAL meaning of telepresence is all about the quality of your experience while meeting someone virtually. In this session, Theo Economides will review the five values of telepresence and how to measure a system against them. John Vitale will talk about how to plan and create an environment which maximizes those values.

 

IPv6:  What does it mean? Why do I care?

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.

The Internet just ran out of IP addresses! Sort of…Please remain calm. There is a solution but it involves a lot of coordination and changes globally. IPv6 has been around for a long time but what does it mean to AV, IT, and you? AVI-SPL’s Jim Kelly will discuss the details behind IPv6 and why you should be planning for the change.

 

Showcase Theater – AVI-SPL

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
AVI-SPL’s John Vitale will present an overview of AVI-SPL’s solution for the creation, management and consumption of digital media content. From Digital Signage to IPad apps, digital media is far more than a traditional screen on the wall showing static images. Vitale will illustrate how you can capitalize on the content you have on traditional paper and make it come alive with Unify ME.

AVI-SPL will also be exhibiting at the show at booth #213. 

To learn more about the VCI Group conference and to register, visit

http://www.vci-group.org/events/conference.aspx

AV Community Reflects on Steve Jobs’s Legacy

On Thursday, October 6, the audio video industry converged in Tampa for the AVI-SPL Technology Expo. Less than a day after the news broke of Steve Jobs’s death, the visionary of Apple was on everyone’s mind. Talking with FOX Tampa Bay, AVI-SPL’s CEO John Zettel reflects on the impact Jobs’s left on business communication technology – making video conferencing convenient with Apple’s FaceTime. Cisco’s Ashley Tokotch and AMX’s Brion Hanlon also talk about how their lives run more efficiently because of Apple.

Local technology lovers remember Steve Jobs : MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

 

AVI-SPL Lands on Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies List

Inc. magazine is recognizing AVI-SPL in their fifth annual Inc. 500/5000 ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.

According to Inc. magazine, the companies on this year’s list have created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and reached $366 billion in collective revenue, up 14 percent from last year. AVI-SPL joins television maker Vizio, Honest Tea, and LinkedIn among other prominent brands featured on the 2011 list.

“AVI-SPL is honored to be recognized among such a prestigious list of successful U.S. companies,” says AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel.  “We crossed the $500 million mark in revenue in 2010 and we’re continuing on a strong path through 2011. We owe our success to all of our dedicated and talented employees and their ability to meet our clients’ communication needs day in and day out. At AVI-SPL, we’re continuing to invest in new technologies in addition to training our employees to be experts in the very latest innovations.”

To learn more this announcement, read the full press release.

Bradley Harp Celebrates 20 Years with AVI-SPL

Tampa, FL – Team members at AVI-SPL are more like family members than employees. That’s one of the reasons why we have such a large group of long-term team members.

Bradley Harp AVI-SPL

This post is the first in a series of profiles celebrating major milestones with our team members.

In September, Account Manager Bradley Harp celebrated his 20th anniversary with the company. Here’s what he had to say about his time with AVI-SPL (and legacy AVI):

Who are a few of the people who have made the biggest impact on your career with AVI-SPL?

  • (Now-retired President) Stephenie Scanlon:  When I started  back in 1991, I was responsible for selling Varitronics PosterPrinters and lettering machines.  Customers were rarely calling us up asking for this equipment, so we had to research companies that might have a need for presentation and training materials creation equipment, find out who the potential end-users might be, send them mailers, follow up with phone calls, try to set an appointment, demo the equipment, and make the sale.  Stephenie, along with June Davies with Varitronics, taught a system that put all of these tasks together.  It took a lot of time and organization, but Stephenie was a great teacher and manager, and she helped me learn how to sell solutions and help customers.  She was always very supportive and did as much as she could to help me be successful.  I am so appreciative of her for always working hard and going out of her way for me.
  • (AVI-founder and AVI-SPL Chairman) Marty Schaffel:  He gave this very green salesman a chance.  I think back to the day that I sat in his office on the north end of the building during my very long interview process, and wonder what he saw in me.  I do know that he saw a lot more hair…

Can you give us an overview of your career with us?

I first started demoing and selling the Varitronics line of products.  Eventually, portable electronic displays came along, so that added LCD panels and portable overhead projects to the mix alongside the PosterPrinter and two or three lettering machines.  Then portable LCD projectors came along, and I thought I was thankful that a 35-pound projector took the place of a small LCD panel and portable overhead projector.  Then in about 2001, I moved into the Integration Department.

We’re very fortunate for your commitment to the company.  What have you especially liked about working with us?

I always liked the flexibility of my position, and the company’s small business feel.  It’s nice to see that some of the people I’ve worked with for so long are still around.

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