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AVI-SPL Creative Show Services gives back to Tampa Bay Youth

"Boys & Girls Club" "Creative Show Services"Our Creative Show Services team partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay to host more than 700 guests for their second annual Great Futures fundraiser breakfast. Held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the event raised funds for the 18 Clubs throughout Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

This year’s special guest speaker was Club alumnus & New York Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia. Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn, foundation chairman Hal Steinbrenner and Tampa Bay Lightning owners Jeff and Penny Vinik also took the stage to share their experience with Boys & Girls Clubs. Additionally, the attendees were able to hear from past Club members, many of whom are now successful business people in the community. The guests had the opportunity to learn more about the progress that Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay has made with youth living in the area and to receive a firsthand experience of the involvement of four of the Club kids who performed or were part of the program presentations.

“The event was a complete success and raised a record amount of money,” said Brad Baumgardner, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

Baumgardner and Glenn Permuy, who serves as the director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Foundation Board and coordinates the Great Futures Breakfast, was just as impressed with the work that our CS2 team put on for the Breakfast. For a second consecutive year, AVI-SPL contributed to the fundraiser with staging, lighting, audio and projection. Additionally, the CS2 crew shot multiple step-and-repeat video interviews of Club member testimonials.

“These are top notch professionals and they made everything work well, were very accommodating to requests and quickly became part of the Boys & Girls Club family,” added Permuy.

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has provided guidance to young people all over the country, capturing their interest, improving their behavior and increasing their expectations and goals. Among the Boys & Girls Clubs alumni are celebrities Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Shaquille O’Neal, Kerry Washington and many more.

Our Creative Show Services team is already working on the next Boys & Girls Club event- the Great Futures Luncheon on February 21 at the New York Yankees Complex. Check back soon for photos and more.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Great Futures Fundraiser Photos


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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

CS2 Brings the Biggest Screen Ever to Tampa Convention Center

Tampa Convention Center will host the annual It Works! global sales conference entitled Freedom 2014, January 16-18It Works! is an international health and beauty supply company and the event is expected to attract over 8,000 sales representatives from all over the country.

For AVI-SPL, this will be the first year staging the conference. In 2013, AVI-SPL was awarded the Tampa Convention Center AV contract and became its in-house provider for audio visual and production services.

The next few days, CS2 and the in-house team will be joining forces to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for the attendees. Over 20 crew members are already working at the Center to build the stage and prepare for this conference.  Aside from all the lighting, audio, video, production and staging support, we have designed a gigantic 256 ft. x 24 ft. projection screen for the general sessions.

It is definitely something worth seeing, so check back later for pictures from the event, coming soon!

To get a sneak peek, check out the event hashtag on Twitter: #MyItWorksReality

Creative Show Services support Governor Bush’s Educational Summit

Boston, Mass. – AVI-SPL’s Creative Show Services team took part in the 2013 National Summit on Education Reform that was held Oct. 17-18.

The Summit is the flagship initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. FEE was founded in 2008 by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The National Summit’s main goal is to share strategies to improve the quality of education for all children. The two-day reform event attracted 800+ participants from across America and around the world, combined with heavy media attention. In addition, all sessions were made available to the general public via live stream.

For AVI-SPL, this was the second year to service the event. Last year the Summit took place in Washington, D.C. We provided all the audio, video, lighting equipment, as well as the set designs. For the Strategy Sessions, we created smaller stage sets that matched the look and feel of the General Session.

Governor Bush personally acknowledged AVI-SPL’s professionalism saying, “Thank you for the great AV work at our Summit. I am so appreciative.”

Potomac MPI Chapter names Alexis La Broi Star of the Quarter

Alexis LaBroi WAVEThe Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Potomac chapter recently named Alexis La Broi their “Star of the Quarter.” Alexis is an Account Manager with our Hotels and Event Production team in Columbia, MD. She also serves as co-chair for the MPI Potomac chapter Sponsorship Committee.

Alexis was recognized for her efforts to build long-term relationships with the sponsors, recruiting new members to the committee and even stepping up as a sponsor herself. Her nomination focused on her role in the group. “Given the financial goals of this committee, we have to run like a business. Thank goodness Alexis is our CFO: Chief Financial/ Fixing/ Fired Up/ Fun Officer.”

“She is a gem and our success would not be here without her,” says Melissa R. Benowitz, MPI Potomac Chapter Association Manager.

Alexis was also recognized with WAVE’s (Women in AV) first-ever mentor award >