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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

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

AVI-SPL Creative Show Services presents Tampa Small Business of the Year Awards

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2012 Small Business of the Year Awards

On Friday, September 20th, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce will hold its prestigious 33rd annual Small Business of the Year Awards banquet. Small businesses have been defined as the “backbone of America’s economy” and AVI-SPL Creative Show Services is proud to support it.

For more than 10 consecutive years, we have participated actively in the SBOY Awards preparations and execution. CS2 provides the sound, lighting, video, screens, projectors and 15+ crew members for the night of the event. Although the ceremony is only one night, we have already worked on this project for almost six months. CS2 works with the Tampa Chamber to enhance the show graphics provided to us. We created all of the video content, including intro videos and category videos that highlight the 23 finalists. In addition, all of the voiceovers and magic themed music was compiled by the CS2 team.

To qualify for Small Business of the Year, a company must have between 5-250 employees, have been in business for at least three years, and must be located in the Tampa Bay area. Every year the awards ceremony is thematically organized. This year’s theme is “The Magic of Small Business” and features magician and illusionist Nathan Coe Marsh, who was recommended by our creative team, and will perform live at the event.

Check back here after the event for post-show updates and photos from the event.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

AVI-SPL Event Production Team Lights Up the Holidays

"Event Production" "AVI-SPL" "Creative Show Services" PriceWaterhouseCoopersTampa – Our Event Production team put the new PriceWaterhouseCoopers building in the spotlight. The corporate holiday party hosted a crowd of more than 1,800 PWC employees and their families outside the new facility.

In planning the event, the PWC team originally envisioned a daytime event, but when our Event Production team suggested a light and music show on the building facade, the event planning team decided to reschedule the party to early evening.

To light up the building, our team spent about eight hours programming the show, nine hours on set-up (over two days) and two hours to strike after the event.

Equipment used includes:

  • 52- Hanson Wireless LED fixtures
  • 48- Colorblast 12 TRX LED Fixtures
  • 36-Colorblast 12 TR LED Fixtures
  • 12- Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures
  • 4- Impression LED moving head

The team used WYSIWYG software in-house to pre-visualize the show and program before making tweaks live on-site at PWC. The show was programmed through a GrandMA 2 Light console, MAnet to DMX node, which was programmed manually, then synced to SMPTE time code.

The total power for the lighting and sound was only 60amps– about as much as your home stove. Wow!

Our team also provided a stage for announcements, and a truck-mounted video wall for digital signage throughout the event.

Watch the video of the light and sound show:

AVI-SPL Employees Give Back This Holiday Season

One of our major focuses for 2012 has been giving back in the communities where we live and work. In keeping with that theme, our team members are volunteering their time this holiday season to give back to the less fortunate.

Just before Thanksgiving, more than 40 Tampa-based employees volunteered for half-day shifts in the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent. Teams stocked shelves with canned food and dry goods, and helped local needy families choose which items they’d like for their Thanksgiving meal. Celebrating its 40th year, Metropolitan Ministries provided holiday meals for more than 2,200 families in November alone.

Our Houston team will be volunteering at the Houston Food Bank phone center in early December. Phone volunteers register clients by phone to receive holiday food boxes from the food bank. According to the website, tens of thousands of people in the greater Houston area receive access the food they need over the holidays through these volunteer efforts.

Employees across the country are also hosting food, clothing and toy drives for their local charities. Stay tuned to read more about these drives.

View photos of our holiday volunteerism on Facebook