Improving visual communications has been a part of the AVI-SPL mission from its beginnings in 1979, when a small company called Audio Visual Innovations started selling Kroy Lettering Machines from founder Martin Schaffel’s apartment. Back then, the lettering machine was a sophisticated tool that created effective and efficient communications for architecture and engineering firms. It was also a symbol of the spirit that defines our company. We grow our clients’ businesses by embracing change, investing in our mutual success, and building connections empowered by the latest technology.
From the lettering machine, we built up the breadth and depth of our expertise, moving to LCD panels for overhead projectors, then to digital projectors, automated meeting environments, video conferencing and now high-end 3D video walls. This evolution demonstrates our continuing commitment to be on the leading edge of audio video system design and integration and communication technology in general. Innovations like our own Caméléon system design and our VNOC Symphony management platform keep our entrepreneurial spirit alive.
We’re excited that more than 30 years from our start, we’re still growing. We’ve stayed true to our core values, becoming the world’s most reliable and knowledgeable video communications partner. From our headquarters in Tampa, Fl., we’ve expanded across the United States, into Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the UK. With our combined experience and expertise, AVI-SPL provides forward-thinking solutions to communications challenges of today, tomorrow and beyond. With over 6,000 projects a year, more than 5,000 customer service contracts and a reputation as the leader in ongoing customer satisfaction, we continue to maintain the top position in our industry.
For small businesses and Fortune 100 companies alike, AVI-SPL is committed to delivering better connections for our clients. Our projects range in size from single boardrooms to national stadiums, and everything in between. Our cutting-edge solutions take our clients’ to improved efficiency, cost-savings and productivity. Ranked as the #1 company in its industry by Systems Contractor News since 2008, and as the 2011 Integrator of the Year by Commercial Integrator magazine, AVI-SPL continues to be the world’s leading video communications partner.
At AVI-SPL, we deliver proven solutions tailored to our customers’ unique business processes. We take the time to understand your challenges in order to design a technology strategy that will work for you. We consult, evaluate and investigate to ensure the solutions we provide match your needs. From system design to installation and ongoing support, we are your collaborative video communications partner.
As the world’s leading video communications specialist, partnering with AVI-SPL means you are working with:
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
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 started in 1979 with a mission to improve visual communications by providing the tools and services that would make sharing ideas and connecting audiences simpler and more effective. From a single product and a single office, the vision developed into a 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 Martin, 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.
AVI-SPL designs, integrates and manages thousands of client projects a year. A few of those stand out as epitomizing the transformative power of audio and video communications. The case stories featured below are those most recent examples.