AVI-SPL Acquires VideoLink, Strengthens Leading Broadcasting Solutions

TAMPA, Fla. – January 3, 2017 – AVI-SPL, the global leader in enterprise grade audio visual (“AV”) systems integration and collaboration solutions, today announced the acquisition of VideoLink LLC (“VideoLink”). VideoLink’s best-in-class broadcasting and production technologies, including its patented ReadyCam® video studio and EnhancedIP® transmission network, will enhance AVI-SPL’s leading broadcasting capabilities and bolster its unmatched collection of technology solutions essential to today’s organizations.

Headquartered outside Boston, VideoLink has provided broadcast quality production solutions to simplify live, on-air appearances for top cable and network television organizations worldwide since the company was founded nearly 25 years ago by Doug Weisman and Gina Chudnow. Deploying the same high-quality, easy-to-use technology, VideoLink is a trusted partner for Fortune 500 and enterprise companies, as well as institutions seeking a wide variety of video services to achieve their marketing and communications goals. With a rising number of millennial workers triggering digital workplace transformation worldwide, AVI-SPL’s one-stop-shop provides top technology solutions to support the vast needs of its customer. The acquisition will expand AVI-SPL’s leading enterprise video platforms and continues its enrichment of technology solutions offerings.

“Recognizing the growing demand for video among global enterprise companies and institutions, strengthening our leading broadcast capabilities to further support our customers’ workplace transformation needs became a top priority,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “We are thrilled to combine AVI-SPL’s and VideoLink’s best-in-class broadcasting technology, and bring high-quality video and production to our customers.”

“Combining with AVI-SPL brings tremendous benefits to our customers and our employees, and will rapidly accelerate growth for VideoLink.  Our products and services are highly complementary, and we are excited to now have the access to the resources and market presence that AVI-SPL has built,” said Richard Silton, President and CEO of VideoLink.” Silton has joined AVI-SPL and will continue to lead the VideoLink team.

Doug Weisman, Founder of VideoLink commented, “Gina (Chudnow) and I are excited to see this new partnership grow and further enhance the business. We are so grateful for the dedication and creativity of all VideoLink employees; there is no doubt that combining with AVI-SPL provides tremendous growth potential for all parties involved, including our customers.”

G2 Capital Advisors, LLC (“G2”) served as the exclusive advisor to VideoLink on the transaction.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About VideoLink

VideoLink provides clients a full suite of video production services. From video strategy consulting to cost-effective video distribution, they help clients use video strategically to create better outcomes. As a strategic video marketing partner, VideoLink uncovers new ways to use video communication and help produce flawless video projects – from live TV and live video web broadcasts to creative video presentations, satellite media tours, and highly-effective corporate communications.

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AVI-SPL Announces Connected Vision Group as New Australian Partner

Strategic partnership to provide localised support and managed services in Australia to streamline global deployments

MELBOURNE, Australia – December 14, 2016 – AVI-SPL, the global leader in AV systems integration and collaboration solutions, today announced its partnership with Australia’s leading collaboration technology partner Connected Vision Group, to provide localised AV and managed services support for its global customer’s Australian locations.

AVI-SPL’s strategic partnership with Australia’s most reputable AV group, which includes Videopro, Vizcom, and Insight Systems, will combine the two partner’s design, build, and install capabilities, in addition to AVI-SPL’s award-winning managed services, to support global deployments for organisations in Australia.

“With digital workplace transformation increasing in complexity for enterprise organizations, AVI-SPL’s focus is simplifying global deployments for companies to enable team collaboration and boost company performance,” said James Shanks, managing director with AVI-SPL. “Expanding our footprint to offer localised support – from Australia’s top AV and services professionals – to these global customers stationed in and around the country, will enhance AVI-SPL’s already unmatched customer experience.”

The new partners agree, as audio visual continues to evolve into a managed service, traditional AV projects are becoming underpinned by significant cloud, software and analytics requirements.

“We believe that successful global deployments need localised service and support to optimise collaboration for our enterprise customers,” says Connection Vision Group Director Cameron Douglas. “Effective localisation enables successful globalisation, and we’re excited to work with AVI-SPL to offer this vital capability for global enterprise companies throughout Australia and surrounding areas.”

For more information on AVI-SPL, visit the company’s website.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About Connected Vision

Connected Vision is group of audio visual companies in Australia that can provide national coverage to companies who seek it.  The group is made up of Videopro, Vizcom, Insight Systems and Leedall Presentation Systems.  Combined the group employs over 300 people and works with some of the largest corporate, government and education clients in Australia.

AVI-SPL Acquires Anderson Audio Visual

TAMPA, Fla. – November 30, 2016 – AVI-SPL, the global leader in enterprise grade audio visual (“AV”) systems integration and collaboration solutions, today announced the acquisition of Anderson Audio Visual (“Anderson”). Anderson’s market leading regional capabilities will strengthen AVI-SPL’s presence in high growth markets and expand AVI-SPL’s industry leading global support and services platform to current and prospective customers.

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Anderson has six locations (four in California, one in Texas, and one in North Carolina).  Ranked as the industry’s 17th largest revenue generator in 2015, Anderson has earned the trust of some of today’s marquee organizations, including several highly recognized technology companies. Contributing significantly to Anderson’s success is its mission and commitment to customers, a philosophy it shares with AVI-SPL. The merger strengthens AVI-SPL’s resources in regions and markets with strong demand for digital workplace transformation and global standardization and positions the combined company to further meet the needs of its customers.

“As part of our strategic growth plan, we want to deepen our resources in areas we are witnessing high demand, like the tech sector in California,” said John Zettel, CEO of AVI-SPL. “Adding AVI-SPL’s global capabilities and award-winning managed services, with Anderson’s top talent and culture of agility makes this a great day for our teams and our customers.”

Since announcing its new relationship in April 2016, AVI-SPL and private equity firm H.I.G. Capital have expressed their shared desire for AVI-SPL to expand its resources and capabilities to widen its gap as the leading total solutions provider for workspaces around the world. With the welcoming of Anderson to the company, as well as the recent opening of its German office to support organizations throughout Europe, AVI-SPL has taken the initial steps in achieving this strategy.

Shane Parkes, Anderson’s co-founder and CEO commented, “We look forward to the strategic alliance of AVI-SPL and Anderson. The combined company will offer an unmatched global scale and services platform for our customers, while continuing to offer high quality local AV solutions.”

“Shane and the Anderson team have built a meaningful fast growth business over the past twenty years,” added Zettel. “AVI-SPL is thrilled to share this significant next step in our growth plan together with them.”

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Anderson AV

Anderson, based in San Diego, California, is a market leading regional AV and VC solutions and services provider in the west coast and Texas. Anderson provides customers with design, engineering, procurement, integration and installation of AV and VC systems for corporate office space, educational facilities, military facilities and a variety of other end markets.

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Email: Nathan.Legg@avispl.com

AVI-SPL Awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 North American Managed Video Conferencing Services Company of the Year

Leading market research and consulting firm declares, “AVI-SPL reigns superior in the managed video conferencing services market”

TAMPA, Fla. – November 7, 2016 – AVI-SPL, the global leader in AV systems integration and collaboration solutions, has been recognized with the 2016 North American Managed Video Conferencing Services Company of the Year award by leading market research firm Frost & Sullivan.

According to Frost & Sullivan, the firm’s analysts independently consider two key matrices during the evaluation process: customer impact and visionary Innovation/performance. Scoring the highest marks in the managed services market for each category, AVI-SPL exceeded crucial benchmarking criteria, including: implementation of best practices guaranteeing a consistent level of success, price/performance value, customer purchase and ownership experience, brand equity, and customer service experience.

“This is an incredible honor for our company and validation of AVI-SPL’s position as the digital workplace transformation leader,” said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. “It is a testament to our team’s strategic innovation and performance to be viewed in such high regard by Frost & Sullivan’s expert analysts, and especially by our customers.”

AVI-SPL also excelled regarding its ability to address a wide range of customer needs, said Frost & Sullivan, who cited the Company of the Year’s established portfolio of managed services as “very much aligned with the predominant needs of enterprise users.”

AVI-SPL’s globally deployed managed video conferencing services include: around-the clock remote managed services; end-to-end management of video conferencing including on premise deployments, on-site management, and private hosting of its customer’s infrastructure; and its one-of-a-kind Symphony platform and Unify ME VMR, a Virtual Meeting Room service.

Symphony monitors and manages a company’s quality of meeting experience, providing scheduling capabilities, actionable analytics on usage and signal quality, a global view of conferencing estate, and simple integration with other applications like Microsoft Exchange. The multi-tenant Unify ME VMR service simplifies cloud migration for customers while solving critical industry challenges, such as native interoperability for Microsoft Skype for Business.

“AVI-SPL is a leading provider in offering a new class of video conferencing solutions, which are not only affordable to deploy in every meeting space but also make the experience simple and reliable,” Frost & Sullivan said in a statement. “While the overall AV integration industry has gone through a major upheaval, AVI-SPL has been able to grow successfully by balancing its core systems integration business with a keen focus on investing in a broad range of next generation collaboration software and services. Frost & Sullivan is proud to recognize AVI-SPL with the 2016 North American Managed Video Conferencing Services Company of the Year Award.”

View Frost & Sullivan’s official report 

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

AVI-SPL to Showcase Next Gen Collaboration Solutions at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016

Exhibit will highlight digitally connected meeting space experience with AVI-SPL tech partners Crestron, Shure, Polycom, and Pexip at booth 204

BARCELONA, Spain, 4 Nov. 2016 – AVI-SPL, the global leader in AV systems integration and award-winning managed services provider, will be showcasing its next generation collaboration technology solutions for the workplace at the upcoming Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona, Spain.

During the four day ITxpo, 7 – 9 November, at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona, attendees visiting AVI-SPL’s booth will learn more about the company’s total solutions package simplifying the global enterprise’s digital workplace transformation. To help guests conceptualize the experience, demonstrations from the AVI-SPL’s innovative collaboration technology partners Crestron, Shure, Polycom, and Pexip, will be available during the entirety of the exhibit.

“It is an exciting honor for AVI-SPL to exhibit its next gen collaborations solutions and services at the renowned Gartner Symposium/ITxpo,” said James Shanks, AVI-SPL’s managing director for EMEA. “With the event attracting thousands of the world’s IT professionals, the opportunity granted is a testament to our ability to design, deploy, and manage collaboration solutions for organisations globally.”

Included at AVI-SPL’s booth is the company’s own innovation, the Symphony Management Platform. Recently mentioned as a key factor in the provider being awarded leading market research firm Frost & Sullivan’s Managed Video Conferencing Services Company of the Year for North America, the Symphony Management Platform monitors and manages organisations’ AV, video, and unified communications and collaboration systems. The platform’s ability to run diagnostics, launch video calls, and organize meetings, enables AVI-SPL to be the only service provider using manufacturer products with its own tools to manage workplace environments and deliver actionable analytics to optimize business outcomes.

“Complex UC and digital workplace initiatives are transforming businesses around the world. We look forward to meeting ITxpo attendees and discussing how to simplify the road ahead,” added Shanks.

AVI-SPL will be at booth #204 Monday through Wednesday, 7 – 9 November. Product demos will be available from 11:30 – 19:00 each day. AVI-SPL’s Network Reception, including drinks and tapas, will take place on Tuesday, 8 November from 17:45 – 19:00.

Want to set up a meeting with an AVI-SPL expert? Visit the company’s Gartner Symposium page and fill out the form at the bottom.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and other senior IT executives. This event delivers independent and objective content with the authority of the world’s leading IT research and advisory organization, and provides access to the latest solutions from key technology providers. Gartner’s annual Symposium/ITxpo events are key components of attendees’ annual planning efforts. IT executives rely on these events to gain insight into how their organizations can use IT to overcome business challenges and improve operational efficiency. Additional information from the event will be shared on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Gartner_inc and using #GartnerSYM.

AVI-SPL Entrusted as Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider, Simplifies Cloud Services for Organizations

Combined with its award-winning managed services and support, AVI-SPL answers customer demand for complete cloud solution   

TAMPA, Fla. – October 26, 2016 – AVI-SPL, the leading global provider in collaboration solutions and AV systems integration, is now a trusted Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider, and will begin offering Microsoft’s cloud solutions directly to organizations.

Focused on simplifying the cloud strategy of organizations worldwide, AVI-SPL will combine its award-winning managed services and support with Microsoft’s cloud technology, providing organizations with a complete cloud solution to streamline its cloud deployment.

“This is an exciting opportunity for AVI-SPL and for organizations starting to look for that total solutions provider capable of offering direct support for the multiple cloud services they deploy,” said Rob Whatley, collaboration lead with AVI-SPL. “By providing cloud solutions, managed services, and support under a single subscription, AVI-SPL has answered the call.”

As a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider, AVI-SPL will provide direct customer access to cloud-based products like Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Intune, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics CRM online, as well as future cloud solutions from the world-renowned tech company.

“With our unmatched collection of collaboration technology, integration services, and top-of-the-line managed services, AVI-SPL offers the most extensive solutions package to cover every aspect of the digital workplace transformation,” added Whatley. “Adding a complete Microsoft cloud solution to this list catapults AVI-SPL to another new level previously unattained in our changing industry.”

About AVI-SPL
AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers in offices throughout the United States, Canada, and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

AVI-SPL Wins 3M Supplier of the Year Award

Award recognizes suppliers who improve 3M’s competitiveness or drive sustainability

St. Paul, MN – October 11, 2016 – AVI-SPL, the leading global provider in AV systems integration and collaboration solutions was honored with the 2016 3M Supplier of the Year Award in recognition of the company’s contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness and helping to drive sustainability.

This year, 3M recognized 11 suppliers among thousands in its global supply base for world class performance in providing products and/or services.  These suppliers were identified and rated based on strategic spend, contract compliance, actions taken to improve 3M’s relevance and overall supplier performance (quality, delivery, responsiveness, cost, technology roadmaps).   An awards ceremony and dinner were held on September 11th and 12th at 3M’s St. Paul campus.

“Our suppliers are critical to our ability to execute our business strategies, benefit our customers and reach our 2025 Sustainability Goals,” said Jose Varela, 3M’s vice president of Sourcing Operations.  “We are fortunate to work with great suppliers who are committed to maintaining a partnership with 3M and helping us service our global customers with the innovative and valuable solutions they expect.  It’s important that we recognize our most outstanding suppliers, and that’s what this award is all about.”

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates and supports the systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout offices across the United States, Canada and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

AVI-SPL Media Contact
Nathan Legg
Nathan.Legg@avispl.com
(813) 956-6029

3M Media Contact
Jennifer Jones
jkjones@mmm.com
(651) 398-2852

World’s Largest AV Integrator, AVI-SPL, to Open Office in Germany

General Manager Johannes Stehr’s team to support enterprise clients in Germany

FRANKFURT, Germany – September 27, 2016 – Continuing to answer the global enterprise demand for organization-wide standardization, AVI-SPL, the leading global provider in AV systems integration and collaboration solutions, has officially announced it will expand its presence into Germany.

Based in Frankfurt, AVI-SPL will offer its unmatched list of top tech partners and solutions throughout the country. The AV integrations firm will support enterprise customers in Germany by designing, building, and integrating standardized solutions to enhance organization communication, collaboration, and productivity. Renowned partners of AVI-SPL include Microsoft, (Surface Hub and Skype for Business) Crestron, Cisco, NEC, Polycom, among many others.

Fully committed to supporting global enterprise customers in the area, AVI-SPL will now provide German-speaking assistance with its 24-hour help desk and field services, as well as a virtual network operations center (VNOC) to support its full portfolio of video managed services in Germany.

Spearheading the major advancement is AV industry veteran, and recently appointed General Manager Johannes Stehr.

“AVI-SPL is the missing piece of the puzzle customers in Germany are looking for – high quality installation and services from a global perspective,” said Stehr. “I’m excited to bring this immense opportunity to our customers within the country and around the world.

After serving in the German military, Stehr began his professional career with an AV services company as an on-site manager directing installation projects in numerous 5-star hotels. Most recently, Stehr dedicated the previous eight years in various management roles with world-renowned tech company, and AVI-SPL Preferred Partner, Crestron.

“We recognized a desire from our clientele for additional AV and collaboration solutions support in Germany and made the decision to increase our resources there,” said AVI-SPL Managing Director James Shanks, who oversees all company initiatives throughout Europe, Middle East, and Asia. “Johannes’ experience and knowledge of what our German customer’s need, as well as the impressive team he continues to construct is a tremendous addition to AVI-SPL, and to our enterprise clients throughout the area.”

AVI-SPL has begun its daily operations in Germany, and will officially open the doors to its Frankfurt office on November 1. For employment opportunities, please contact Johannes Stehr.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates and supports the systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout offices across the United States, Canada and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Department 60 and AVI-SPL Partner to Simplify Digital Signage Solutions for Organizations of All Sizes

Strategic alliance will offer Visualz, an easy-to-use service that makes digital signage possible for all customers  

Pompano Beach, FL and Tampa, FL, August 23, 2016 – Today, Department 60 (D60) and AVI-SPL announced its strategic partnership to offer Visualz, a new cloud based digital signage service from D60, to organizations of all markets and sizes.

Continuing D60’s focus on simplifying and improving the availability of digital signage, Visualz delivers digital signage capabilities through any HDMI connector, without the need to buy expensive hardware and software, nor commit to hours of training and design expertise. Together with the world-class content management and creative services provided by AVI-SPL, the global AV systems integration and collaboration solutions leader – the two are positioned to enhance the way organizations bring impactful messages to their audiences, while allowing customers to turn virtually any display device into cost-effective digital signage for a low monthly rate.

“The combination of Visualz and AVI-SPL’s industry leading services capabilities enables any organization, regardless of size or resources, to utilize digital signage,” said Michael Brandofino, CEO of Department 60. “We are excited to partner with the largest and most trusted collaboration solutions provider to help shape the future of digital signage.”

“Digital signage is a rapidly growing necessity for a wide range of businesses and institutions looking to improve communications to customers and employees,” said Dale Bottcher, senior vice president of sales for AVI-SPL. “With Department 60’s simple solution that makes any display signage-capable, combined with AVI-SPL’s expert content creation and management services, our customers will enjoy the near effortless process of setting up a powerful digital signage solution within their organization.

About D60
D60 is focused on developing innovative solutions for the digital signage space that enable virtually any company to leverage digital signage in their communication strategy. The D60 executive team has an extensive track record of developing and building service related technology and solutions with dozens of patents granted and awards received for the innovative solutions they have created. Please visit www.dept60.com for more information or connect with D60 on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About AVI-SPL
AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports the systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers throughout offices across the United States, Canada and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Media Inquiries
Nathan Legg
AVI-SPL
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Kelly Harman
Department 60
+1.703.505.3133
kharman@dept60.com

AVI-SPL Boston Appoints Gerald Monroe as New General Manager

TAMPA, Fla. – June 17, 2016 – AVI-SPL, the leading global Audio Visual (“AV”) and collaboration solutions provider, has tabbed Gerald Monroe as general manager for its Boston-area location.

With over 20 years of industry leadership experience, Monroe will lead AVI-SPL Boston as the need for collaboration technology solutions continues its rapid growth in the Northeastern United States.

“Gerald is the ideal choice, at an incredibly ideal time for our Boston team,” said Ken Peterson, AVI-SPL’s senior vice president of operations, east region. “We are excited to add a leader who, for more than two decades, has shown a tremendous ability to motivate his teams, generate new business opportunities, and develop successful strategy that includes enhancing customer experience.”

Prior to joining the global AV systems integrations leader, Monroe was the sales director for BT Conferencing the past four years. Previously, he enjoyed successful stints in sales and operations roles, mostly in a leadership capacity with Cisco Systems, (formerly Tandberg) Nortel Networks, and Williams Communications.

“I am truly ecstatic to be a part of such a highly respected organization within the audiovisual space,” added Monroe. “This is a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward to building on the successes already achieved by our Boston team and helping to take AVI-SPL to the next level.”

Previously residing in North Carolina, Monroe will be joined in Boston by his wife Beth, and their two children, Teri and Vicky.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL designs, builds, integrates, and supports the systems and environments that enable communication and collaboration. AVI-SPL has highly trained and certified system engineers throughout offices across the United States, Canada and EMEA in addition to an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Visit www.avispl.com for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Media Contact:
Nathan Legg
Public Relations Specialist, AVI-SPL
Mobile: +1 (813) 956-6029
E: Nathan.Legg@avispl.com

 

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