AVI Systems has officially opened its Atlanta GA office. This marks the fourth major city that AVI has expanded into in the last 12 months, joining Chicago IL (through the acquisition of Magenium), San Francisco CA and Houston TX.
The strategic intent of the expansion is, in part, client-driven. Several of AVI’s enterprise clients are either based in or expanding to the region. There are currently 18 Fortune 500 companies and 33 Fortune 1000 companies in Georgia alone.
“It’s a vibrant technical community that attracts future-forward companies and talent alike. That combination was extremely compelling as we continue to expand geography in the service of our enterprise clients,” Jeff Stoebner, President and CEO of AVI Systems, said. “It has been our ambition for several years to extend our presence to the East and Southeast.”
The operation will be led by industry veteran Rick Landry who brings 25 years of success in the region. Prior to joining AVI Systems, Landry was a Senior Project Consultant for Waveguide. Before that, he spent 23 years with AVI-SPL, most recently as a Regional Vice President in Atlanta. He was responsible for leading systems integration sales and operations organization for the region, which included Georgia AL, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Alyson Horn has also joined AVI’s team as Regional Sales Manager, bringing more than 15 years of regional experience. Previously, Horn served as a Regional Director at Whitlock, a video collaboration company, in Dallas TX. She also held several roles at AVI-SPL where she was most recently a Regional Sales Manager in Florida.