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Bradley Harp Celebrates 20 Years with AVI-SPL

Tampa, FL – Team members at AVI-SPL are more like family members than employees. That’s one of the reasons why we have such a large group of long-term team members.

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This post is the first in a series of profiles celebrating major milestones with our team members.

In September, Account Manager Bradley Harp celebrated his 20th anniversary with the company. Here’s what he had to say about his time with AVI-SPL (and legacy AVI):

Who are a few of the people who have made the biggest impact on your career with AVI-SPL?

  • (Now-retired President) Stephenie Scanlon:  When I started  back in 1991, I was responsible for selling Varitronics PosterPrinters and lettering machines.  Customers were rarely calling us up asking for this equipment, so we had to research companies that might have a need for presentation and training materials creation equipment, find out who the potential end-users might be, send them mailers, follow up with phone calls, try to set an appointment, demo the equipment, and make the sale.  Stephenie, along with June Davies with Varitronics, taught a system that put all of these tasks together.  It took a lot of time and organization, but Stephenie was a great teacher and manager, and she helped me learn how to sell solutions and help customers.  She was always very supportive and did as much as she could to help me be successful.  I am so appreciative of her for always working hard and going out of her way for me.
  • (AVI-founder and AVI-SPL Chairman) Marty Schaffel:  He gave this very green salesman a chance.  I think back to the day that I sat in his office on the north end of the building during my very long interview process, and wonder what he saw in me.  I do know that he saw a lot more hair…

Can you give us an overview of your career with us?

I first started demoing and selling the Varitronics line of products.  Eventually, portable electronic displays came along, so that added LCD panels and portable overhead projects to the mix alongside the PosterPrinter and two or three lettering machines.  Then portable LCD projectors came along, and I thought I was thankful that a 35-pound projector took the place of a small LCD panel and portable overhead projector.  Then in about 2001, I moved into the Integration Department.

We’re very fortunate for your commitment to the company.  What have you especially liked about working with us?

I always liked the flexibility of my position, and the company’s small business feel.  It’s nice to see that some of the people I’ve worked with for so long are still around.

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