AVI-SPL’s Story

For small businesses, universities, hospitals, government facilities and Fortune 100 companies alike, AVI-SPL delivers better audio-video connections. Our projects range in size from boardrooms to stadiums, and everything in between. We’ve been ranked the #1 company in our industry by Systems Contractor News since 2008, and were named the 2011 Integrator of the Year by Commercial Integrator magazine.

Today, AVI-SPL is known as the company that improves audio and video communications for businesses and organizations all over the world. We’ve come a long way from our beginnings in 1979, when Audio Visual Innovations founder Martin Schaffel was selling Kroy Lettering Machines. Back then, the lettering machine created effective and efficient communications for architecture and engineering firms. Even as technology has advanced since then, that dedication to helping businesses communicate remains an essential part of what we do.

Our evolution demonstrates our commitment to be on the leading edge of audio video system design and integration in areas that include video conferencing, digital signs, and 3D visualization walls. And we do more than install communication systems. Innovations like our own VNOC Symphony management allow us to help businesses by managing their video conferencing infrastructure.


Helping Our Clients Grow

More than 30 years from our start, we’ve become the world’s most reliable and knowledgeable video communications partner. You’ll find our offices throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.K. These worldwide locations helped us complete nearly 9,000 integrations in 2013, and manage more than 5,000 customer service contracts for our clients.




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A Message From Our Executive Chairman

Why is AVI-SPL such a successful company? More importantly, why are we the one that others call on to do a job? I believe it’s because we’re willing to do the things that unsuccessful companies aren’t willing to do. We do the right thing in how we treat our customers and their projects.

Caring about our client’s smallest needs and treating them the right way makes a difference. And in order to do everything from the smallest requests to the largest tasks, we work as a team.

Since merging the two biggest and best companies in the industry, AVI-SPL has more synergy and poise leading AVI-SPL than at any other time in our history. That leadership continues to set the high standards we have at AVI-SPL, and it is what will drive continued success for us and our clients.


Martin Schaffel, Executive Chairman, AVI-SPL



Partner With the Video Collaboration Leader

From system design to installation and ongoing support, we take the time to understand your challenges so that your organizations functions more effectively.

Partnering with AVI-SPL means you are working with:

  • An Industry Leader: Providing cutting-edge, award-winning solutions that are beautifully intuitive, highly effective and aligned with your needs
  • A Knowledgeable Collaborator: Deep understanding of designing, installing and managing complex audio, video, collaboration and communications tech, with premiere certification
  • Experienced Integrators: Wide-ranging tech integration capabilities, construction experience, and engineering resources to support projects of any scale—from stadiums and boardrooms to hospitals and classrooms
  • A Dedicated Partner: Established partner providing end-to-end technology solutions, experienced project management teams and a broad-based global support network.

Where We’re Going

As the ways we communicate and collaborate evolve, our goal remains the same: integrate and manage video communications technology to provide a connected environment for clients, coworkers and partners to do business efficiently. AVI-SPL will continue to be a pioneer and a thought leader in the industry, creating solutions that set the standard for video communication and collaboration.


Audio Visual Innovations Merges With Signal Perfection Limited

Audio Visual Innovations started in 1979 with a single product and a single office, and grew to be the largest Pro AV integration firm in the U.S.

In 1992, Chad Gillenwater, William Parry and Fred Curdts began Signal Perfection Limited, a company that would rise as the nation’s preeminent large-venue integrator. Four years after Chad was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004, he and AVI’s Martin Schaffel, visionary leaders of their respective companies, would join forces to become AVI-SPL, in a merger made possible by high-tech, private equity firm Silver Lake Sumeru.

Merging Audio Visual Innovations with Signal Perfection Limited in 2008 did more than bring together the top two companies in the Pro AV industry. It marked a change in the level of service that organizations should expect from their video communications technology integrator. That first year, we were ranked the number one integration company in the industry, and have been every year since.



Case Stories

Case Stories

AVI-SPL designs, integrates and manages thousands of client projects a year. The case stories featured below are some of our recent and most noteworthy examples.


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Engaging Students With Video Communications

A school looking to give its students a jump on technology finds the answer with collaboration solutions that connect students and educators from around the world.