Advanced AV Celebrates 25 Years

Advanced AV Celebrates 25 Years

WEST CHESTER, PA—Advanced AV, a systems integration firm in West Chester, PA, is celebrating 25 years of business this year. Founded on July 1, 1985, the firm has grown its expertise and knowledge base alongside the many technology changes that have occurred over the years, and has endured a few challenges of its own. Paul Grafinger, company founder and current CEO, said, “After a recent rough patch, we’ve gone through a management change over the past two years that has renewed our focus and that prepares us for what’s to come.”

Advanced AV and its sister companies, Advanced Staging Productions rental and MC3 creative services, began as separate departments within the same company and eventually emerged as three distinct business units. Today, Steve Wildemann oversees Advanced Staging Productions, Bob Russell and Bob Armstrong lead MC3, and now Michael Boettcher is the president of Advanced AV.

From the client’s perspective, Advanced AV’s dedication to customer service and the willingness to go beyond industry standards is the biggest differentiator. “Our biggest strength is our people and our dedication to a well-trained, industry certified workforce,” said Boettcher.

In Brief

Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser in front of the building in which he founded the company in the summer of 1945. Nashville Flood Relief

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA—The music industry rushed to assist Nashville Flood Relief last month through the MusiCares program and beyond. Guitar Center launched “Operation High Ground” to help musicians, songwriters, recording studios, and audio professionals re-build their lives. Sennheiser also allocated resources and support staff to assist as the local music community. Several of Sennheiser’s customers were affected by the flood, including equipment dealers, rehearsal studios, and musicians.

IED Teams With Mitek Canada

LOUISVILLE, KY—Innovative Electronic Designs has made a new agreement with Mitek Canada to expand and enhance its sales force and distribution in Canada. Mitek Canada is already the Canadian provider of Atlas Sound products, whose speakers and end points easily integrate with IED systems. IED became part of the globally recognized Mitek Electronics and Communications Group in 2008, which includes Mitek Canada and Atlas Sound.

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