AVI Systems, the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based global systems integrator, will acquire Neurilink, a full-service audiovisual design and integration business serving the Northwest U.S. The acquisition will now have a professional staff of 47 in two locations (Boise, Idaho and Seattle). As a result, it expands AVI’s service footprint to better meet the AV and unified collaboration needs of organizations in a fast-growing market.
Expanding in the Northwest U.S.
“This acquisition immediately expands AVI’s capabilities in the Northwest United States,” says Jeff Stoebner, CEO of AVI Systems. “Neurilink is an award-winning company. They consistently ranked on the SCN Top 50 and won local and regional awards for their work. In addition, Neurilink [appeared on] the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in 2020.”
Stoebner continues, “Combined, we will be able to serve organizations of every shape and size throughout the Northwest and beyond — a win-win for both of companies.”
Founder and CEO Michael Fornander launched Neurilink in 2012. Fornander will continue in a leadership role with AVI Systems after the completion of the acquisition. Bill Smith, who served Neurilink as CFO, will also become regional finance manager at AVI Systems. In a decade of conducting business, Neurilink grew to support customers in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Utah. It also appeared on the annual list of SCN Top 50 systems integrators each year since 2018.
“Becoming part of AVI Systems is a great next step for us,” says Fornander. “I have always been focused on employee culture, and our two companies align perfectly, which means more opportunity for employees. Plus, AVI has the infrastructure and ability to serve organizations throughout the United States and around the world. As a single entity we can grow and prosper together.”
All Neurilink employees will have the invitation to transition to AVI Systems. Thus, they have the opportunity to join the company and its 830 employee owners.
With this acquisition, AVI will have 28 office locations in the U.S. The company is also the major shareholder in GPA. This thus enables AVI to serve large, multi-national organizations that have operations around the world.
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