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“For some people, the word “start-up” calls to mind a very specific type of employee: probably young, male, and an engineer. But that stereotype is becoming less and less true, and Jen Nguyen has made it part of her mission to prove it.

Nguyen, the head of workplace at the visual discovery app Pinterest, is passionate about start-ups. She’s also passionate about sharing her experience with her peers that people in a variety of careers—and not just engineers—can have rewarding careers at start-ups. “I didn’t need to be an engineer to work for a start-up company,” she says. “I still had the same experience and the same career path as a non-engineer, which has been so fulfilling for me.”

Nguyen didn’t always know that she’d end up in a role like her current one. When she landed at job at tech company SGI after receiving her MBA, “I thought I’d landed the job of my dreams,” she says. “I was so excited to be working for a company like this, working in a cubicle.” But after only a week in her role Nguyen realized that she was so unmotivated and uninspired to be working behind a desk. She eventually left that role.”

Read the full article at American Builders Quarterly.

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AVDG Makes CE Pro 100 for 2017

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Audio Visual Design Group (AVDG) makes the CE Pro Top 100 list for the 2nd year in a row! The CE Pro 100 lists the top residential custom installation firms in the country. This feat is noteworthy because we started our residential division just three short years ago. Since that time we have been fortunate to have some of the industries brightest join our team under the leadership of Gregory Merriman, Residential Director.

To our clients and industry partners, thank you for your continued support!

Click here to view the CE Pro 100 Article.

AVDG Lends a Helping Hand

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One of the most rewarding days for us at AVDG, is our company’s Community Service Day. For the last few years, we have been supporting Rebuilding Together Petaluma through sponsorship of their projects and by supplying some good old-fashioned manual (mostly unskilled) labor.

This year AVDG and Rebuilding Together Petaluma lent some helping hands to the Petaluma People Services Center, a organization that provides over 53 human services programs to the people of Petaluma including counseling, job placement, hot meals and housing assistance.

On this most recent workday, we and a host of other volunteers remodeled their kitchen, repainted several rooms, cleaned out gutters and gave a fresh face to the landscaping throughout.  Check out some of the before and after. The rest of the photos can be viewed on our Facebook Page.

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AVDG Featured in CEPro Magazine

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Audio Visual Design Group’s is featured in the October 2016 issue of CEPro. The article discusses our unique approach to serving our residential clients and how we have been successful doing what other companies have failed to do in the past- being equally competent and equally successful serving both commercial and residential markets. Our residential team is doing an amazing job and we are incredibly proud of their success. Thank you to CEPro and Jason Knott for the great write up.

Read the full article here

AVDG Makes Fast 100 List Again

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We’ve done it again. Audio Visual Design Group was ranked #61 on the San Francisco Business Times  24th Annual Top 100 list of the Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the Bay Area for 2015. Last year, we debuted on the list in the #6 position. We owe our continued success to the amazing clients, industry partners and team we have. Thank you for another great year.

The list in it’s entirety can be viewed here: SFBT Top 100 List

Conferencing Solution: Earthworks Ceiling Microphones

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Audio Visual Design Group recently completed an installation for a website optimization platform company in San Francisco that required superior performance from ceiling located microphones which can be very challenging. As Aaron Obstfeld, Director of Technical Services  explains the primary audio challenge with this installation: “Ceiling mics by nature are difficult to make sound good due to the distance from participants and the unintended sound they can pick up. These rooms themselves were acoustically challenging as well.” Our team selected the Earthwork IM3 C30 microphones to address this challenge.

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Our New Office in Southern California Now Open

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Today we are proud to announce that our new office in Los Alamitos is officially open for business. The Southern California office will offer sales and support along with a dedicated technical services team. This is the latest in our expansion effort aimed at placing technical services teams in key markets furthering our commitment to concierge level support for our clients. Last year we opened an office in the Silicon Valley and our 4th office in Sacramento is scheduled to open early next year. In addition to these new offices we have doubled our technical services staff.

“Many of our clients have offices in Southern California and this move allows us to easily service them and the entire state. I’ve assembled, what I feel, to be the best team available in the Southern California market.” said Founder & CEO, Robert E. Scharffer.

Scharffer tapped John Miles, a former Regional Vice President for AVI-SPL as Director of Operations for Southern California. John is a 35 year industry veteran who has overseen operations generating in excess of $150M in revenue. He has also been the Executive Manger to multi-million dollar national and international projects including those for the United States Army, Boeing, Honda of America, University of Southern California (USC) and Hilton Hotels.

“The Southern California market has no shortage of audio visual integrators, the challenge is finding one with sufficient qualified technical resources who understand what it takes to commission that last 5-10% of a job on-time/on- budget, consistently,” said John Miles, Director of Operations. “Since its inception, AVDG has always done a great job of managing their client’s expectations as well as providing extremely capable technical support – this new regional office will reflect that commitment.”

Russ Walker, Executive Account Manager adds, “Our commitment is to listen carefully to our Southern California clients and prospects and then deliver a solution that meets and exceeds their expectations. We are committed to providing the highest level of design and integration services on a consistent basis. The characteristics of understanding client needs, innovative design, high quality integration services, and excellence in after-sale-support, are what separate us from other providers.”

We’ll host an official Open House event for our clients, vendors and industry partners in September. More information on that will follow.

All questions related to projects and/or hiring opportunities for this new office should be directed to our Southern California Director of Operations, John Miles- or (877)554-2834

CEO Profiled by SF Business Times

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CEO, Robert E. Scharffer, founded Audio Visual Design Group in 1996 and incorporated in 2006. Since that time AVDG has experienced rapid growth. In 2014, Audio Visual Design Group took the #6 spot for Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the Bay Area. If you ask him about starting a business, he’ll say his only regret was not starting one sooner. To read more about the entrepreneur and our CEO, check out the profile the San Francisco Times recently did on him.

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AVDG Receives Samsung Smart Signage Award For Education Installation of the Year

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Smart Signage LogoInfoComm 2014, Las Vegas, June 24, 2014 – Audio Visual Design Group (AVDG) has been honored with a Samsung Smart Signage Award for Installation of the Year in the Education industry at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas.

The Installation of the Year award recognizes ProAV projects for the approach used to solve particular technological challenges and the positive impact the solution achieved within one of five industry categories including Education, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Retail and Corporate

“Samsung is pleased to honor the most innovative and successful proAV partners and deployments through our annual Smart Signage Awards,” said Richard Hutton, director of channel marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “Digital signage has evolved considerably in the past year and these awards honor the partners and projects at the forefront of smart signage innovation.”

We at AVDG have always had great success and support from Samsung. This award for us is a reflection that goes beyond our partnership – to the recognition all the way to the client level, where Samsung products are now requested as the standard across a large University campus. That level of recognition speaks to the quality of Samsung, and we look forward to our continued success.

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