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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.

View photos of Don’s anniversary celebration on Facebook >

Mitsubishi projector in Johnson Controls

Orientation Theater at Johnson Controls

At the Johnson Controls Technology Experience Center in downtown Milwaukee, visitors are taken on a tour of the company’s solutions, which include building automation systems that benefit all markets. In one stop on that tour, the Orientation Theater features a five-minute video that introduces Johnson Controls solutions.  In this area, AMX control has been integrated with an HD surround system and Mitsubishi projector.  Rather than project the video on a traditional screen, AVI-SPL came up with a unique solution, placing a reflective paint over a recess in the wall, and creating a display area that improves screen gain and provides vivid colors. According to the lead AVI-SPL  engineer on the project,  the Mitsubishi projector was the most cost-effective way to display images in 16:9 ratio with the quietest sound.


AVI-SPL Employees Give Back During AV Week 2012

Our theme for this year’s AV Week celebration was giving back to the communities where we live and work. In the spirit of giving, we challenged our team members to collect donations for a local charity. We had more than 20 teams participate in the drive.

"AV Week" AVI-SPL Charity Donation DriveOur employees donated food, cleaning supplies, gifts and more to local food banks, animal shelters and other charities. Check out our Facebook page to see photos of some of the donations: AV Week Charity Donation Drive on Facebook

In partnership with the donation drive, we also hosted a technology contest for non-profit organizations. Charities across the U.S. entered for a chance to win a 32″ display and a Cisco Flip Video camera. Check out the blog post to see the winners!

Charities supported include:

Thanks so much to everyone who helped support those in need this AV Week!

Winners Announced: AV Week Non-Profit Technology Giveaway

"AV Week"In celebration of AV Week 2012, AVI-SPL is giving away a 32” NEC display and a Cisco UltraHD Flip Video Camera to two lucky non-profit organizations!

Congratulations to our winners:

  • First Place – NEC Display: Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of NC, Inc.
  • Second Place – Cisco UltraHD Flip Video Camera: Brandens Cause Outreach

Other important info:

  • Entries will be accepted October 15 – 29.
  • Voting will be open October 31 – November 8.
  • The entry that receives the most votes will win a 32” NEC display.
  • The second place entry will win a Cisco UltraHD Flip Video camera.

Click here to read the official rules

VNOC Symphony Awarded For Innovation

AVI-SPL’s VNOC Symphony Management Platform has been honored with a 2012 TMC Labs Innovation Award.

It is the first software platform to automate the complex, backend processes needed to schedule, monitor and manage video conferencing resources. Symphony allows users to quickly and easily schedule their own video meetings, survey available video resources, access reports and analytics, and connect with remote support directly from their desktop or smart mobile devices. Additional features include:

  • Unprecedented on-boarding, testing and certification process
  • Robust customer defined rules and policies governing such actions as meeting setup, meeting teardown, escalation processes and conflict management
  • User and administrator access via web portal, mobile applications, and groupware integration such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes

The TMC Labs Innovation Awards acknowledges products that display innovation, unique features, and significant contributions toward improving communications technology. This accolade is bestowed to companies demonstrating ground-breaking contributions to the industry.

“We’re delighted by this recognition from TMC Labs,” said Scott Allen, senior vice president of managed services architecture, AVI-SPL. “AVI-SPL’s VNOC Symphony was created to take the complexities out of managing video in the enterprise, making video meetings simple, reliable and as easy to set up as a phone call. Being distinguished for our innovation defines the leadership AVI-SPL strives to provide for the industry.”

“The TMC Labs Innovation Award represents the best and the most unique products and services that this industry has to offer. AVI-SPL has proven their commitment to quality and the further development of the IP communications industry through its VNOC Symphony,” stated Tom Keating, CTO and TMC Labs Founder.

The 2012 TMC Labs Innovation Award highlights are to be published in the July/August 2012 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

Learn more about VNOC Symphony