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AVI-SPL Sells Hotel, Equipment Rental and Event Production Services Division

A Letter from CEO John Zettel

We recently announced the sale of AVI-SPL’s rental, staging and hotel services operations to Freeman, the leading global partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements including expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits. AVI-SPL’s rental, staging and hotel services division will join other leading Freeman brands such as Encore Event Technologies, Stage Rigging and Alford Media, as part of Freeman Audio Visual.

AVI-SPL’s rental, staging and hotel services division has been a part of the AVI-SPL family for the past 32 years providing in-house AV support for hotels and convention centers and supporting events with AV equipment rental, video production and live event production services. Freeman has an equally rich history rooted in values that mirror those of AVI-SPL – operating with the utmost respect for their employees, maintaining a firm dedication to operational excellence, sustainability, profitability and customer service. We plan to continue to partner with Freeman on live event opportunities, and wish Freeman and their new team members much success.

The sale of the rental, staging and hotel services division is a key step in furthering our strategy to be the world’s leading provider of integrated collaboration solutions. As the largest pro-AV systems integrator, we are committed to investing in the growth of our core business of pro-AV design, build and integration, product sales and managed services. We will leverage and continue to build on the expertise of the AVI-SPL team, working closely with our manufacturer partners to specify, design, build and manage the best collaborative solutions for our customers. At AVI-SPL, we remain dedicated to providing our customers with the strongest solution while building a culture of efficiency through technology.


John Zettel

EY and CS2 add ‘showbiz glitz’ to Entrepreneur Awards Shows

AVI-SPL Creative Show Services teamed once again with Ernst & Young to recognize and celebrate the successes of southern business leaders. At the June 12th black tie gala, EY delivered its annual Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Florida awards at the Hilton Orlando. On June 26, we did it again in Atlanta at the InterContinental Buckhead. The Southeast Program recognized entrepreneurs across Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

For more than 15 years, producer Bill Baxter and show director Keith Lasher have worked with EY program directors and artists to create stunning, prestigious awards shows. We began with Florida and later expanded into other regional programs.

For dynamic awards shows, it is critical to apply the latest HD and show technologies to bring the programs to life through animated show themes, live house bands, stunning sets and spectacular lighting. Participants got a front-row seat as we projected more than 30 minutes of original content, profiling the achievements of the finalists from each region. Rounding out the glitz-filled evenings, audiences were treated to customized laser and music shows, making unforgettable experiences for the audiences of 500 entrepreneurs and their teams.

AVI-SPL wants to congratulate all the winners from Florida and the Southeast region for their stellar achievements.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Florida award recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement – Stuart Miller, CEO Lennar Corporation, Miami, FL

Distribution and Manufacturing – Amin Ramjee, CEO, Medley, FL

Emerging – Bobby Harris, BlueGrace Logistics, Riverview, FL

Family Business – Larry Morgan, CEO Morgan Family Ventures, Tampa, FL

Financial Services – John Kanas, Chairman and CEO BankUnited, Miami Lakes, FL

Health Care Services – Jeff Bak, President and CEO HealthPlan Services, Tampa, FL

Hospitality – Kevin Sheehan, President and CEO Norwegian Cruise Line, Miami, FL

Retail and Consumer Products – Todd Christopher, Founder and CEO Vogue International, Clearwater, FL

Services – Joseph Incandela, CEO Cross Country Home Services, Sunrise, FL

Technology – Arnie Bellini, CEO and David Bellini, COO ConnectWise, Tampa, FL


EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Southeast award recipients are:

Distribution and Manufacturing – R. Michael Johnson, President and CEO Cox Industries, Orangeburg, SC

Financial Services – Claire Whitfield Tucker, President and CEO CapStar Bank, Nashville, TN

Food and Beverage – Karl A. Schledwitz, Chairman and CEO Monogram Foods, Memphis, TN

Health Care and Life Sciences – Michael V. Mullen, President and CEO Atherotech Diagnostics Lab, Birmingham, AL

Hospitality and Retail – Steven B. Tanger, President and CEO Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., Greensboro, NC

Media and Communications – Lew Dickey, Chairman and CEO Cumulus Media, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Services – Lynn Massingale, MD, Executive Chairman TeamHealth, Knoxville, TN

Technology – Mort O’Sullivan, Founder and CEO ARCA, Mebane, NC




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EY 2014 Florida Finalists

AVI-SPL CS2 lights up Stadium of Fire

For the 9th consecutive year, AVI-SPL Creative Show Services joined thousands of spectators at the America’s Freedom Festival in Provo, UT to celebrate Independence Day at the event that dates back to 1870s. The signature event is Stadium of Fire that takes place on July 4th and has been ongoing for the past 33 years.

The event attracts an average of 40,000 visitors from all 50 states and is televised to more than 1 million military men and women around the world via American Forces Network.

While the rest of the country was celebrating, the CS2 team was behind the scenes, making sure that the event goes as planned. AVI-SPL provided all media control-playback equipment, and created all lighting and visual elements during the entire Stadium of Fire. Those included creative designs for the performance of six-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood, who headlined the event together with J.R. Martinez, a U.S. Army veteran and winner of ABC’s season 13 of Dancing with the Stars. Mimi Knowles opened up for Underwood and kept the crowd entertained together with Studio C, a sketch comedy show cast from Brigham Young University TV, the Stadium of Fire Dancers, and Flippenout acrobatics.

The celebration culminated with fireworks over LaVell Edwards Stadium, said to be the largest stadium fireworks show in America.



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CS2 Opens Bocelli’s 2014 World Tour

Acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli left for his whirlwind world tour last week, but this year’s tour officially started with a romantic Valentine’s Day show in south Florida.

For the fifth consecutive year, our Creative Show Services team joined Bocelli to kick off his tour with a concert at the BB&T Center stage in Sunrise, FL. This year’s show featured songs from Bocelli’s Love in Portofino album, which will be released in October. As a special treat, Bocelli delighted the audience by inviting seven-time Grammy® award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan to join him onstage for an exclusive performance.

Bocelli’s world tour runs through November, then he will return to the U.S. for a brief holiday tour. Our CS2 team will join Bocelli for the six-city tour, which kicks off December 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The tour will stop in Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Detroit before closing at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on December 17. Tour tickets are now available.

Photos from the Valentine’s Day Show:


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Gloria Estefan joined Bocelli for a special performance

Tampa Business Leaders Honor Local Military Personnel

Tampa, FLThe Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce recently gathered to recognize the community military personnel during its 2014 Military Appreciation Banquet at the Tampa Convention Center. This is the 16th year that the Chamber honored local military who contributed to the greater good of the area, as well as civilians who support them.

Some 10,000 active and 40,000 retired military members live in Tampa, acknowledged Vice Admiral Mark I. Fox, who was the Banquet’s keynote speaker. NROTC Cadets from the University of South Florida performed the POW/MIA Ceremony that honored all the missing men and women from each of the services.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn expressed gratitude to the people in the military on behalf of all Tampa residents. Miss Tampa 2014 Katy Sartain and many business leaders also attended the Banquet.

AVI-SPL CS2 was recognized as the production sponsor of the event. Our team provided all the staging, including audio, video and lighting. We also produced some of the graphics and videos for the event.

Congratulations all the award recipients! To all active and retired military members: thank you for your service.

Tampa Military Appreciation Banquet Staging

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Photo credit: MamaRazzi Foto