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OUR COMPANY

Over 700 Employee-Owners, Creating Better Outcomes for Our Customers

INTEGRATION
FOR BOLD AMBITION

We’re not satisfied with the status quo, nor are our customers. We invest in the development of our people, always striving for better. Our goal is to move beyond where integrators have traditionally lived—focusing more on outcomes and moving our clients’ businesses forward.

For customers across industries and geographies, AVI delivers next-generation visual collaboration solutions built with a people-first approach. 

The employee-owners of AVI leverage unrivaled technical experience, talent, and commitment in delivering customized solutions that empower you to seize opportunity and imagine new possibilities.

THE AVI STORY

Founded in 1974, AVI has grown from humble beginnings into a top-three systems integrator in the United States, serving customers around the globe. As an employee-owned company, everyone who works at AVI has a stake in your success. We hold ourselves to high standards and commit to delivering exceptional work to our clients. We do this while holding ourselves accountable to our core values of integrity, elevation, curiosity, oneness, and stewardship.

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4:1 ratio of support staff to sales staff
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AVI GOES FURTHER

Together we design your solution from the ground up. And before we integrate, we validate your system by building and testing it at our facility before installing it at yours. 

With 20+ locations across the United States and projects delivered in 25+ countries around the globe, you can count on AVI to deliver.

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FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE

Just as we design our AV solutions to last, we’ve built AVI for the long haul — laying a financial foundation strong enough to weather volatile markets; investing in systems, infrastructure, and personnel; and by making AVI a 100% employee-owned company.

Our focus on stability, transparency and shared success not only provides security for the future, it’s the ultimate warranty for our customers.

 

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LEADERSHIP TEAM

JOE STOEBNER

CHAIRMAN

JOE STOEBNER

CHAIRMAN

“I am focused on building a truly great company that will continue to be truly great when I leave.” These are the words of AVI Systems founder Joe Stoebner, who started our company in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1974 as an audiovisual equipment supplier. In 1979 Joe bought out the other four shareholders and became 100% owner. The steady growth of the company was spurred forward with strategic acquisitions and expansions. Since 1986, ten acquisitions and three expansions have occurred.

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, AVI
  • Chairman, ESOP and Compensation Committee, AVI
  • Former Rotary Club President, Bismarck, ND and Eden Prairie, MN
  • Chairman of the Board, Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce
  • President, Eden Prairie Community Foundation
  • Founder, Habitat for Technology (eventually merged into Eden Prairie Schools Foundation)
  • Funded Video Media Center for Communication to High School in China
  • Received “Small Business of the Year” Award from the Eden
  • Prairie Chamber of Commerce in 1998
  • Named Northern State University “Alumni of the Year” in 1999
  • Received the “Charles DeBono Volunteer Appreciation Award” in 2004

JEFF STOEBNER

PRESIDENT AND CEO

JEFF STOEBNER

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Jeff Stoebner joined AVI Systems in 1993. He learned the ropes by working first in technical services, then becoming a sales representative. He also spent time as a Regional Vice President, as well as AVI’s Vice President of Marketing and Chief Operating Officer. As President and CEO since 2009, Jeff is responsible for the overall planning and direction of AVI Systems.

  • Named by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of Minnesota’s “40 Under 40” in 2010
  • NSCA “Movers and Shakers” awardee in 2011
  • InfoComm International board member 2013-2014
  • Board member of the International Communications Industries Foundation
  • SCN 2015 Hall of Fame Award

 

JOEL LEHMAN

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

JOEL LEHMAN

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Joel brings a wealth of experience to his role as AVI’s chief operating officer, charged with developing and delivering an outstanding customer experience through operational excellence. Before joining AVI, he served as Vice President of Global Services, Compression Technologies and Services at Ingersoll Rand, where he also held positions including Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Sales Excellence, President of Climate Solutions Global Services and Vice President of Global Controls and Smart Products. Joel also served for 23 years in the Systems and Services Division of Johnson Controls, in roles ranging from field sales and operations, to North American leadership. Most notably, Lehman was a key leader in developing both the Building Wide Systems Integration, and Security and Fire Integration businesses within Building Efficiency.

  • Holds an BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Elevate Ministry small group leader – Willow Creek Community Church
  • Ingersoll Rand Global Leadership Program Graduate
  • Marquette University School of Business, Graduate coursework in Marketing and Accounting
  • Jazz Musician and Lead Vocalist
  • Former Board Member, The Service Council
  • Former Board Member, YMCA of Palatine Illinois
  • Former Board Member, Mechanical Contractors’ Association Foundation

BRAD SOUSA

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

BRAD SOUSA

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Brad leads a team of practice managers, technology leaders, and enterprise architects to strategically align AVI’s lines of business as we grow. A consistent voice of technical leadership in audiovisual, unified communications and digital media, he draws on over 20 years of experience in AV and network systems implementation – primarily on enterprise-based systems in healthcare, education, global corporations, and the Department of Defense. Prior to joining AVI in 2008 as regional vice president of the West Coast region, Brad served as CTO and Vice President of Sales/Marketing for Integrated Media Systems, National Director of Digital Media for MCSi, and COO/Managing Director for Icon Networks.

  • Pioneered the use of MPEG multicast for statewide and district-wide distance learning applications with notable programs such as Hacienda LaPuete’ USD (three-time recipient of the Smithsonian Award for Technology in Academics), the Modern Red School House (Kayenta USD) and The Cascade Consortium (a distance learning network supporting central Washington State).
  • Has presented executive briefings to Sandia National Laboratories, NNSA Technology Summit, US Navy Spawar, National Labs IT Symposium, TBSr/George Washington University, Department of Energy, and various financial services industry organizations.

RANDI BORTH

CORPORATE TREASURER

RANDI BORTH

CORPORATE TREASURER

Randi spent eight years in public accounting with a regional accounting firm, and spent five years working for U.S. Bank Corporation (A NYSE-traded bank). After serving another nine years with a large, privately held international company, he joined AVI Systems in 1998. Today he manages all aspects of AVI Systems’ shared services organization, financial reporting and strategic planning.

  • Holds a CPA and CMA
  • Affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of  Managerial Accountants and  Financial Executives International
  • Named “CFO of the Year” in 2012 by the Kansas City Business Journal

CHRISTOPHER MOUNTS

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

CHRISTOPHER MOUNTS

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Christopher Mounts, CPA, started as AVI’s first Controller for four years before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in April 2019. He now has executive responsibility for accounting and finance operations, financial reporting, strategic planning and analysis, and regulatory compliance. Chris ensures the company is growing profitably while maintaining the ability to invest in future growth.

Prior to joining AVI Systems, Chris was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Accounting from 2014 to 2015 at Houston-based Cardtronics, Inc. Before his time with Cardtronics, Inc., Chris was the Vice President of Finance at Layne Christensen Company after spending more than five years as the Assistant Controller. Chris started his professional career with KPMG in Kansas City. Throughout his nearly 20-year career, Chris has established a reputation as an operations partner and an expert in financial systems.

Outside of work, Chris supports many philanthropies and nonprofit organizations, including Children’s Mercy Hospital Cancer and Autism Research, Kansas City Young Audiences, and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

  • Served on the Board of Directors for Kansas City Young Audiences from 2006 – 2014 and currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board
  • Recognized by KPMG as Kansas City Outstanding Alumni in Philanthropy in 2011
  • Served as a member of the Pastoral Council of Guardian Angels Catholic Parish from 2004 – 2011
  • Recognized by Nonprofit Connect as part of the inaugural class of Rising Stars in Philanthropy in 2009
  • Co-founded Kansas City-based Encore (2008), serving as Treasurer and Vice President

DONALD MASTRO

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

DONALD MASTRO

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

The functional leader and voice of sales within AVI, Donald Mastro sets priorities for key development areas, leading the regional sales teams in advancing our sales agenda. He builds capability for sales analytics, establishes market and team performance standards, and oversees proposal responses and client presentations to drive efficiency and professionalism within our sales force. He also grows sales bookings overall, guides the onboarding of new sales talent, and develops a range of sales management functions.

  • Hamline University; BA in Management and Marketing
  • Past Board Member at Large, InfoComm International
  • Past Member, Communications Media Managers Association, CoreNet Global, and International Facilities Managers Association.
  • InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist
  • Crestron DMC-D-4K Certified

INDUSTRY LEADING QUALIFICATIONS

Our technical experts boast impressive credentials, enabling them to see the big picture with sharp vision and helping to ensure that no details are overlooked. Credentials Include:
  • CTS, CTS-I, CTS-D
  • Microsoft O365
  • Azure
  • Dynamics
  • PMI - PMP
  • CAPM
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POWERED BY AVI

AVI enables our customers to take full advantage of today’s communications technology through our subsidiary companies: Magenium and Dascom. These companies have capabilities that complement and extend our own, enabling your business to communicate and collaborate more effectively.

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AVI PARTNERS

We are authorized to integrate and service products manufactured by the world’s top providers, including Sony, Crestron, and Microsoft. This allows us to provide the optimal solution for each customer. It gives you one point of contact for maintenance, repair, and replacement of any component of your technology ecosystems.

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