AVI-SPL’s Story: From Small Beginnings

For businesses, universities, hospitals, government facilities and Fortune 100 companies alike, AVI-SPL delivers superior 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.

We’ve come a long way from our small 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 audiovisual system design, build, integration and support for video conferencing, AV systems, digital media, intelligent building control and advanced visualization.

Helping Our Clients Grow

Just as we’ve grown, we work to help companies and organizations of all types grow as well. More than 35 years from our start, we’ve become the world’s most reliable and knowledgeable AV and video communications integrator. You’ll find our 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.

Our Story - Facts

AVI-SPL at a Glance

  • #1 AV integrator 2008-current – Systems Contractor News magazine
  •  36 offices
  • 1400 employees
  • 86% of Fortune 100 companies are clients
  • AV Integrator of the Year, 2011 — Commercial Integrator magazine


Treat the Customer Right

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.

In merging the number one and two companies in the industry, AVI-SPL brought together leaders committed to excellence. That leadership continues to set the high standards we have at AVI-SPL, and it is what drives continued success for us and our clients.


Martin Schaffel, Founder, AVI-SPL



Partner With the AV and Video Communications Leader

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

Partnering with AVI-SPL means you are working with:

A Partner Working in Your Interests

Experienced and financially stable technology contractor with a global operational delivery model.

Providing innovative, award-winning solutions that are intuitive to use, effective and aligned with your needs. Our solutions reflect the trends and technologies shaping business collaboration and efficiency.


A Knowledgeable Collaborator

Most qualified team of engineers and technicians in the industry

In-house capabilities to design, install and manage audio, video, collaboration and communication technologies

Certified to implement collaboration solutions from industry leaders like Polycom, Cisco, AMX, and Crestron.

The only company that can self-certify its engineers to trade standards set by InfoComm International


An Experienced Integrator

Wide-ranging technical integration capabilities, construction experience, and engineering resources to support projects of any scale — from stadiums to boardrooms to hospitals to classrooms.

Expert engineering with the highest per capita number of technical employees of any video communications solutions provider.




Audio Visual Innovations Merges With Signal Perfection Limited

Audio Visual Innovations started in 1979 with a single product and a single office. 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 communications technology integrator. That first year, we were ranked the number one integration company in the industry, and have been every year since.



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