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AVI-SPL Expands Canadian Presence with Calgary and Vancouver Operations

AVI-SPL has expanded its Canadian presence with the launch of operations in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia.

AVI-SPL has added a technical staff of video engineers and project managers through the acquisition of AV design firm Engineered AV with offices in Calgary and Vancouver.

“As AVI-SPL’s business in Canada continues to grow within the energy market, we’ve taken the next step by establishing a physical presence through the acquisition of Engineered AV,” said John Zettel, chief executive officer, AVI-SPL. “We are excited to add an experienced and talented group of individuals who will allow us to grow the number of clients we serve in the Calgary and Vancouver markets.”

The establishment of offices in Canada expands our global footprint, now with operations throughout North America, in addition to Mexico and Dubai. We are also a joint founder of the AV Global Alliance, a partnership of leading video conferencing and audio visual system integrators, who design, install and maintain complex audio visual and video conferencing solutions and offer mutual support to their multinational clients.

AVI-SPL’s new Canadian offices are located at:

Calgary:
Suite 300, 400-5th Ave. S.W. Calgary, AB, T2P 0L6.
Phone: (403) 457-1994

Vancouver:
Suite 1000, 355 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2G8
Phone: (604) 638 – 4961

Creative Show Services Hosts “After 5:00” Event

Tampa – Get up close with the latest interactive technology at the next “After 5:00” event at AVI-SPL’s Creative Show Services office Aug. 1, 2012 from 5 -9 p.m.

This “After 5:00” event will allow professionals from all over the Tampa Bay area a chance to meet up and network while viewing the latest interactive technology, including:

  • Mobile Apps for Events
  • Video Teleconferencing Station
  • LED Wall Technology
  • 3D Mapping
  • Video Design Trends
  • Much, much more – web streaming, lighting environments, digital signage and the most knowledgeable experts in the industry!

 Watch: See highlights from last year’s event!

AVI-SPL has partnered with Meeting Professionals International Tampa Bay and American Marketing Association of Tampa Bay to host this event. To register, click here.

AVI-SPL’s Creative Show Services Offices location:

6206 Benjamin Road

Suite 310

Tampa, Fl 33634

Intern Takes On InfoComm

It’s been a little over a week back in the office post-InfoComm.  It’s not back to work, because we did plenty of that out in Vegas. It’s just back to the day-to-day. No parties at some hotel on the strip tonight. No cool exhibits to check out some company’s latest products and solutions. Though the office may not have changed while we were gone for InfoComm, I see this internship with new eyes.

If I learned one thing while at the show — it requires a special breed of AV rock stars to take on an event like InfoComm.

The show itself was huge. Huge is probably the understatement of the year. Prior to the show, people threw around the word “booth” very loosely. In my mind InfoComm would be a few hundred tents set up, a few signs, screens and select devices. Boy, was I wrong.

These booths were the size of houses and powered more electronics than they use in some small towns. Setting these up required heavy machinery and a lot of manpower. Some had second stories or enclosed areas to host private meetings.  Many offered food, drinks and comfortable seating. Of course all presented the latest and greatest solutions to just about any AV challenge you could imagine.

We saw 3D projectors, seamless video walls and interactive screens that any organization, no matter what the industry, could benefit from. The future was at InfoComm and at times, it was so overwhelming that I found myself at a loss for words, only able to describe each exhibit with the most eloquent of adjectives — cool.

Sure, you’re just walking and standing, but the convention center covered more than 487,000 square feet of exhibits and special events space. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the show room floor was bustling with activity. Any moment spent eating or sitting was considered a waste of precious networking opportunity.

Everyone found reason to celebrate. Whether your company was winning an award or you were supporting a good cause, such as NSCA’s Education Foundation, there was an incredible balance of work and play. In the end, it was all centered around good ol’ fashion networking.

From competitors to coworkers, the show floor was full with over 34,000 people. Upon departure, I looked like a blackjack dealer with all my cards — business cards, that is. I spent my days visiting our partners’ booths and covering their InfoComm stories via our social media outlets. I spent my nights getting to know fellow “AVI-SPL”ers from 30 different offices outside our Tampa headquarters. We were out in full force and people made note of it. They were shocked to hear we were over 100 employees strong at the show.

It was neat putting faces to the names I write press releases about and it was great getting to see our company’s values upheld from office to office. Each office represented our core values with a little twist. There was the Detroit version, the New York version, the Dallas version and even our distant neighbors with the Orlando version. I got to know each a little better, formed connections a little deeper and was really proud to be a part of such a prestigious team.

Now that you’ve had some time to let InfoComm12 sink in, let us know your thoughts. What were your impressions of the week? Were you an esteemed veteran or a rookie intern like myself? Did you have a favorite booth? Did any surprise you? Let’s hear it!

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).