Founders Chad Gillenwater, Fred Curdts, Will Parry, Philip DiPaula and Don Alberg were recognized for their contributions and esteemed SPL legacy by CEO John Zettel in Columbia, MD.
“I am pleased to recognize Chad, Fred, Will, Philip and Don today for their impressive legacy in the sports and entertainment industry by founding SPL in 1992,” states Zettel. “This team is still in place today with AVI-SPL after 20 years of success. We are serious about this business model and look to expand our investment with this highly successful team,” adds Zettel.
With this milestone, AVI-SPL announces their newly formed Broadcast Video Division, which will support the sports and entertainment practice led by AVI-SPL’s Special Projects Group. This division was developed by acquiring key technical broadcast engineering talent as a result of recent market flux in the broadcast video industry. This strategy augments AVI-SPL’s world class Pro Audio integration business founded 20 years ago as SPL. The target markets for this Broadcast Video Division will mirror the established Pro Audio integration business including sports facilities, theme parks, themed entertainment venues, casinos, house of worship, performing arts centers and museums.
“This is an exciting achievement for AVI-SPL and a key ingredient to our integration sales growth strategy going forward,” states Don Mastro, EVP of Sales. “I have been a part of the SPL legacy since 2003 and, in my 30 years in the industry, I’ve never been as impressed as I am by the engineering prowess this team has delivered to the sports and entertainment industry. I am honored to be part of this leadership team in expanding our sports and entertainment business with a new and energized broadcast video strategy,” Mastro adds.
“This is such an honor for me personally as I look back on what we’ve accomplished in 20 years with Fred, Will, Philip and Don,” states Chad Gillenwater, Vice Chairman.
“The continued support by our leadership team at AVI-SPL allows our sports and entertainment business to continue to grow and flourish as evidenced by our most recent win for the Pro Audio systems integration at the Tennessee Titans football stadium in Nashville,” states Fred Curdts, SVP of Technical Operations, Special Projects Group.
“We look forward to building upon our Pro Audio success with a Broadcast Video Division to complete our offer in the sports and entertainment industry,” says Will Parry, VP of Sales, Special Projects Group, who was recently inducted into the System Contractor News Hall of Fame.
“The Themed Entertainment industry has been looking for a single source provider for high-end Pro Audio, Pro Video and Broadcast Video in one complete package. AVI-SPL is that provider,” states Philip DiPaula, VP of Themed Entertainment, Special Projects Group.
AVI-SPL (avispl.com) is a global leader in audio video communications technology, providing comprehensive solutions and services for professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, control rooms and network operations centers, hotel rental services, event staging and production. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout 32 U.S. offices and an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Please visit avispl.com for more information or connect with AVISPL on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.