About AVI-SPL

Overview

Who We Are

We are the world’s largest AV Integrator, providing collaboration solutions and services for businesses around the globe. We provide leading edge technology that is reinventing workplace communication and improving the ability of individuals, organizations, and businesses to collaborate. We create opportunities for unified communication, leveraging technology and data infrastructures that already exist in your operation.

We partner with the most innovative communication technology providers, ensuring our clients have access to the most advanced, secure, and effective AV and collaboration solutions available today.

As the industry leader, we staff the brightest minds in the AV industry. AVI-SPL solutions power the communications for many of the world’s most successful companies, representing 86% of those in the Fortune 100.

What sets AVI-SPL apart from any other collaboration solutions company?
Our ability to scale technical products and services to any size and need. Our early investments in smart technology and understanding the connection between AV and IT have made it possible for us to support the largest and most complex AV systems, connected video devices, and collaboration tools. And this capability can also be leveraged to support smaller organizations more effectively.

We are pioneers in the AV industry, and we continue to lead the world in AV integration. What drives us to pioneer is our focus on positive customer experience. Our philosophy is that we grow together, creating partnerships for lifetime success.

Background

We’ve been committed to improving visual communication since 1979. In the nearly 40 years we’ve been in business, we have seen tremendous changes. It’s our ability to understand and adapt to rapid growth technology that has made us into a global company and the world’s most reliable and knowledgeable AV integrator and collaboration solutions provider. And as we grow, we are able to help companies and organizations of all types and sizes grow too.

For businesses, universities, hospitals, government facilities and Fortune 100 companies alike, AVI-SPL designs and delivers superior AV systems and collaboration solutions. Our projects range in size and complexity from huddle spaces to stadiums, and everything in between. We’ve been ranked the #1 company in our industry by Systems Contractor News since 2008. Let us put our experience to work for you.

You’ll find AVI-SPL offices throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in the U.K. and the UAE, ready to serve our clients’ needs at a moment’s notice. These worldwide locations have enabled us complete over 35,000 integrations since 2008, and manage more than 5,000 customer service contracts for our clients.

Timeline

  • 1979

    Marty Schaffel founds Audio Visual Innovations in Lakeland , FL.

  • 1985

    AVI’s systems integration group begins operations.

  • 1992

    Chad Gillenwater, William Parry and Fred Curdts found Signal Perfection Ltd.

  • 1999

    AVI launches ProjectorPeople.com.

  • 2004

    Chad Gillenwater wins Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

  • 2008

    AVI and SPL merge to form AVI-SPL, the largest U.S. Pro AV Integrator.

  • 2008 thru 2015

    AVI-SPL ranked #1 AV integrator by Systems Contractor News (SCN).

  • 2012

    • AVI-SPL acquires Iformata with innovative VNOC Symphony platform.
    • Polycom U.S. Partner of the Year.
    • Cisco Outstanding Customer Solutions Partner of the Year.

     

  • 2013

    Polycom N.A. Partner of the Year.

  • 2014

    • U.S. Patent for VNOC Symphony platform.
    • NSCA Excellence in Business Award.
    • Polycom N.A. Partner of the Year.
  • 2015

    • InfoComm International APEx certification.
    • Polycom Global Reseller of the Year.
    • Samsung Integrator of the Year.

 

People

The people at AVI-SPL have never forgotten the one key principle to a successful business… listen to the customer. Our people recognize that solving problems creates trust, and trust fosters relationships. We solve real world problems with the right technology, by partnering with the best providers in your industry. Our long term goal is to continue to innovate, and always listen. That’s how we grow.

Executive Team

 

Partners

When we develop your ideal collaboration solution, we partner with leading technology vendors like Cisco, Microsoft, Polycom, Crestron, NEC and others. Our partnerships help us offer the best solutions collaboration solutions for reinventing the workplace.

Work With Us

Go to our Subcontractor Management Program page to find out how to join us as an authorized labor of service subcontractor.

Community

We are part of a global community, and part of the local communities where we work and live.

Global

From a global perspective, we consider ourselves caring stewards of our environment. AVI-SPL is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is part of a Green AV initiative, working to ensure that audio and video systems are in line with green building standards. One of our high-profile projects includes the New York City Office of Emergency Management’s green headquarters.

We work with suppliers, consultants and trade associations to educate corporate clients on how green AV solutions and communication technologies can save energy (and money) and generate carbon credits.

Local

Our AVI-SPL team is committed to making a difference in the communities where we live and work, through both volunteer work and corporate donations.

Organizations we support:

  • American Red Cross
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Spring of Tampa Bay
  • Metropolitan Ministries
  • Paint Your Heart Out
  • Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
  • University of South Florida College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Big Cat Rescue
  • Boy Scouts of America: Gulf Ridge Council
  • Tampa Museum of Art
  • United Way
  • Florida Chamber Orchestra
  • Florida Gulf Coast University Hospitality Scholarship Fund
  • Avon Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
  • LifePath Hospice

For information on corporate donations and volunteer programs with AVI-SPL, please send an email to donations@avispl.com.

Recognition

2011

  • 2011 Systems Contractor News Top 50 Systems Integrators, #1
  • 2011 Commercial Integrator “Integrator of the Year”
  • 2011 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Tampa Bay Business 100,” #13
  • 2011 Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies, #4432
  • 2011 Cabletime Platinum Reseller
  • 2011 CRN’s 2012 Solution Provider 500, #48
  • 2011 Polycom Excellence in Industry Award

2010

  • 2010 Clearone Top U.S. Platinum Partner
  • 2010 Polycom Partner of the Year
  • 2010 WFX Solomon Awards, Best Design, Implementation and Operation of an Audio, Video & Lighting System, 301-800 Seats, Resurrection Life Church
  • 2010 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Tampa Bay Business 100,” #15
  • 2010 WFX Solomon Awards, Best Overall Church Technology Project, Resurrection Life Church
  • 2010 PRO AV Spotlight Award, State & Local Government, New York City Hall Situation Room
  • 2010 Apex Gold Award, Digital Signage Expo, Unisys Solution Showcase
  • 2010 Polycom’s AV Integrator of the Year 2009 Award

2009

  • 2009 TANDBERG 2009 Channel Partners’ Top Growth Partner Award
  • 2009 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Tampa Bay Business 100,” #16
  • 2009 Systems Contractor News Top 50 Systems Integrators, #1
  • 2009 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Dollar Revenue Growth” #1
  • 2009 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Fast 50,” #42
  • 2009 Polycom’s AV Integrator of the Year 2008 Award
  • 2009 Sound & Stage AV Install of the Year, Dubai Mall
  • 2009 Florida Trend magazine’s Top 200 Private Companies, #62

2008

  • 2008 Systems Contractor News Top 50 Systems Integrators, #1
  • 2008 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business of the Year Awards: Overall Winner
  • 2008 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Tampa Bay Business 100,” #32
  • 2008 Pro AV Spotlight Award, Hospitality Winner, STATS Sports Restaurant
  • 2008 Pro AV Spotlight Award, Corporate Winner, One Haworth Center
  • 2008 Florida Trend’s Top 200 Private Companies, #107
  • 2008 Gulf Coast Business Review’s “Gulf Coast 500,” #60
  • 2008 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Fast 50,” #45