AV Connections didn't reach the pinnacle of the audiovisual rental and event industry by remaining on the sidelines when the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way people were doing business in the Lowcountry and beyond. Instead, the Charleston-based company dipped into its innovation-based toolbox to find meaningful ways to help its clients hold their events efficiently, effectively, and, most importantly, safely.
Much of the technology AV Connections utilized when in-person meetings and events were impossible is still relevant because many businesses and organizations are now offering options that allow people to participate either in person or remotely.
"As the world recovers from the pandemic, we find that people are shifting to a hybrid local and remote model for many events," says AV Connections Vice President Jared Luckhart. "It makes good sense to allow people to both attend and present meetings remotely for reasons ranging from scheduling difficulties to health issues."
Luckhart is carrying on a tradition of excellence established by his parents in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the 1980s, when they launched the company from an office that was barely larger than a closet. Today, AV Connections offers its services to a wide range of clients large and small. The company has provided microphones and speakers for weddings, as well as an array of audiovisual necessities for large conventions and national sporting events – from projectors, screens, podiums and video displays to lighting, cameras, streaming services and piping and draping.
Though AV Connections is headquartered in the Charleston area, the company has expanded its geographical reach to other parts of the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, the Midwest and the Caribbean. For example, AV Connections recently helped manage a multiroom conference for the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees in Chicago, where many attendees and presenters streamed from remote locations. In addition, the company traveled to Myrtle Beach to help a Carolina Recycling Association conference run smoothly. In that case, participants attended in person, but many presentations were streamed in.
Luckhart points out that it is not unusual for a streaming option, a necessity when COVID-19 was at its height, to be available for a variety of events even as the pandemic wanes.
"It has become more common for personal events like weddings to provide a streaming option to allow elderly and other family or friends who might not otherwise be able to attend to share in the special day remotely," he says.
AV Connections' warehouse is stocked with an extensive inventory of cutting-edge audiovisual technology, from digital recording decks, sound systems and projectors to monitors, a variety of lighting options and recording equipment.
According to Luckhart, the growth of AV Connections, which has been in Charleston since 2002, has been fueled by the way the company treats its clients, whether it is handling all the audiovisual needs for a large organization's annual meeting or helping to make a small wedding an unforgettable experience. No job is too big or too small.
"AV Connections has grown into a thriving business that proudly handles conferences, meetings, banquets, galas, sporting events and weddings with the same expertise, experience and attention to detail upon which we were founded," Luckhart says. "We strive to provide the finest customer service available, and we achieve that goal through dedication and commitment."
To learn more about AV Connections, visit avconnectionssc.com or call 843-573-1174.