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Happy Holidays from AVI-SPL!

AVI-SPL Holiday CardIt’s the most wonderful time of year. Amid the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and gatherings with family and friends, it’s also the time we slow down and appreciate those that matter most to us.

From our global family to yours, we want to share that good cheer and fellowship with you, our clients, our colleagues, our partners. So, please take a moment to pause and know we’re wishing you and yours a very happy holiday, and a prosperous and healthy new year.

View our interactive e-card to see holiday greetings from our global team >

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