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Monday, November 23, 2015

Introducing Our Newest Quality Assurance Intern - Juliana

Juliana with AmpliVox CEO Don Roth
We would like to offer a warm welcome to our latest addition to the AmpliVox family, Juliana Roth Fiuza.

Juliana is our newest Quality Assurance Intern.

Under the general supervision of the QA Lead, the QA Intern is responsible for helping ensure that AmpliVox quality standards are maintained.

QA Intern conducts direct line audits and warehouse audits and tests samples to be certain that quality standards are met.

Intern maintains the storage area where production samples are stored and also performs other various warehouse functions as needed.

QA Intern ensures that the features being developed work as expected and that the end user experience meets expectations.

Juliana hard at work checking frequencies on the SW805A
Specific Accountabilities and Responsibilities
  • Coordinate and supervise the testing and monitoring of materials, finished products, packaging, labeling, and reworks to ensure product quality.
  • Provide daily production support which includes analysis and determines adjustments to products during the manufacturing process.
  • Responsible for QA/QC product analysis, equipment standardization, Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Assist with rework of off-spec products or obsolete raw materials.
  • Work on product development projects as assigned by the QA Lead.
  • Provide feedback for product specifications.
  • Make certain paperwork is complete and accurate.
  • Conduct quality audits on product in the warehouse.
  • Any other responsibilities assigned by the QA Lead or the Plant Manager.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Portable Valet Podium from AmpliVox Enhances Curb Appeal and Security

For many businesses, the first customer point of contact happens outside the front door when drivers pull up to the valet stand.

To make that first impression inspire confidence, AmpliVox Sound Systems proudly introduces its all-new Portable Valet Podium, a mobile stand that provides an attractive, secure, and durable center for valet services.

Constructed of welded steel with zinc hardware and a durable, scratch-resistant textured black powder coat finish, the customizable Valet Podium raises the bar for restaurants, hotels, country clubs, offices, and other venues that rely on valet service for customers.

AmpliVox’s Portable Valet Podium features a locking storage cabinet with integrated hooks for 50 or 100 sets of keys, depending on the model.

Hooks are labeled with screen-printed numbers for quick and easy reference, secured by a slam-action lock with key.

Additional storage includes a top drawer with a slam-action lock and an optional lockbox for tips.

The unit moves easily on four heavy-duty locking casters.

Other specialized valet features include an integrated tip slot and a locking umbrella holder.

The Valet Podium is designed to complement the appearance of the business as well.

The textured black powder coat finish on the weatherproof steel structure resists scratches and delivers an elegant image that stands the test of time.

That attractiveness is enhanced by zinc hardware, recessed handles, and a brushed stainless steel work surface.

The front panel is designed for easy sign mounting.

For a more permanent impact, AmpliVox can order and install a custom company logo for front viewing.

"The quality of a business’s valet service has a great impact on customers," notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

"Customers expect valets to provide absolute security for their keys and property, and have more confidence when the valet stand is attractive and well maintained.

The AmpliVox Portable Valet Podium makes it easy for any business or venue to deliver that sense of confidence to its customers."

Friday, November 13, 2015

Win a BeltBlaster Pro from AmpliVox Through SchoolsIn Thanksgiving Coloring Contest

Educators! Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but before you sit down for a delicious meal with friends and family, why not win some exciting classroom technology for you and your students?

The opportunity is made possible thanks to our friends at SchoolsIn.

The education technology and furniture dealer is running their annual Turkey Coloring Contest from now until November 20 for grade school classrooms across the country.

To enter, simply print out this year’s SchoolsIn turkey, let your students unleash their design skills to color the best bird, and mail in the creations for a chance to win among $7,800 worth of prizes.

As a contest sponsor, one lucky 2nd or 3rd grade class will win an AmpliVox Sound Systems BeltBlaster Pro personal waistband amplifier.

Educators swear by the BeltBlaster Pro as a proven tool to improve classroom management and student attentiveness. The easy-to-use voice amplification feature relieves teachers from straining their voice to speak over the busy atmosphere of group projects and student discussions that are commonplace in the classroom.

When ideal weather or field trips bring learning outdoors, you can communicate to your students with minimal interference and without raising your voice.

No matter the setting, the BeltBlaster Pro allows you to maintain control and clear communication, which is pivotal in creating a positive and successful learning environment. Learn more about the BeltBlaster Pro’s exciting features by checking out the demonstration video below from our YouTube channel.

For more information about the SchoolsIn Turkey Coloring Contest, you can view the contest rules at their website. And be sure to browse our blog to to learn more about how AmpliVox technology can make a difference in your classroom.

BeltBlaster Product Video:

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Buy American - Setting the Bar for Quality and Innovation

We’re all surrounded by iconic “American” brands that actually are now made overseas. Your favorite Levi’s were sewn in Costa Rica; your Chuck Taylor’s rode in on a freighter from Indonesia; your kids’ Barbie and Ken dolls were assembled in China, right down the road from your iPhone’s assembly plant. Even the baseballs that are at the core of the World Series are stitched and shipped from other countries. It’s particularly sad that “Made in America” products are so hard to find because consumers strongly prefer to buy them: according to a Consumer Reports survey, 60 percent of us would buy American-made items even if we had to pay 10 percent more for them. Americans value the quality of US-made goods, as well as the importance of maintaining manufacturing jobs here in America.

At AmpliVox, we’re proud that the vast majority of our products are assembled, packaged, and distributed from our headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois, where we’ve been based since the 1950s. AmpliVox maintains its own design, engineering, technology, manufacturing, and woodshop teams, all based in Northbrook, and we strictly control the creation of every AmpliVox product from beginning to end. In cases where the best quality component elements are found off-shore, we only select vendors who share our commitment to excellence, and all imported materials are subject to rigorous testing by our in-house experts. In the interests of full transparency, products that contain non-US materials are clearly identified in our sales materials.

We firmly believe that AmpliVox’s products, predominantly made in the US, set the bar for quality and innovation in our industry. We are also committed to supporting American jobs, enforcing sustainable practices, practicing energy efficiency, and reducing waste. Keeping our manufacturing process close to home has ensured the character of our products and inspired our employees’ pride in the results of their work. When you’re looking for the opportunity to “Buy American”, be sure to remember the AmpliVox promise of complete satisfaction.

For a list of AmpliVox products that are Made in the USA, please visit:

Monday, October 26, 2015

AmpliVox Showcases Sound Products at W.B. Mason’s 2015 Annual National Sales Convention & Trade Show

W.B. Mason
held its 11th annual National Sales Convention & Trade Show this month, and just as in years past, AmpliVox Sound Systems’ presence was felt in the exhibit hall.

AmpliVox was one of 200 vendors present at the expo, which took place from October 13-16 at the Foxwoods Resort + Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

The event marked an opportunity for members of AmpliVox to meet interpersonally with W.B. Mason’s 1,200 sales and product representatives, showcasing how AmpliVox portable sound products can best serve their audio needs and the needs of their customers.

The products on display at the AmpliVox booth included:

Lightweight megaphone with three unique modes and lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
Battery operated portable PA system perfect for presentations, goes anywhere you go
Modern, elegant podium that’s easy to move and comes with an optional built-in sound system

All-in-one PA system that allows you to play audio from any Apple device with built-in Bluetooth
Powerful, Bluetooth-enabled with built-in storage compartment for microphones and protective cover
Waistband amplifier PA system that leaves you hands-free and comfortable, great for tour guides

Founded in 1898, W.B. Mason has grown to become the largest privately owned office products dealer in the United States, eclipsing $1.4 billion in sales in 2015—a nearly 13% increase compared to 2014.

The company’s sales team operates in 13 states, from New York to Massachusetts to Pennsylvania and several others in the Northeast.

If you’ve attended a Major League Baseball game, there is a good chance you have seen W.B. Mason signage adorning the outfield walls. The company sponsors seven big league teams, including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, and Washington Nationals.

AmpliVox is proud to offer our line of lecterns, podiums, megaphones, and portable sound systems to W.B. Mason and its customers via our partners at Essendant and DropShip. We can’t wait to meet with members of the W.B Mason team at next year’s show!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Vince Lombardi’s Top 5 Principles To Winning

Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi took his team to three successive and five NFL championship titles, many view him as one of the most successful coaches in NFL history.

Football is a sport based on the fundamentals of winning, strength, speed, and self-discipline. One could argue the fundamentals of a successful life are much the same.
  • What were the ingredients to Lombardi’s team success?
  • Could his concepts and tactics benefit others?
  • How does AmpliVox’s concepts for success compare to Lombardi’s principles?
Vince expressed there are “5 principles of a successful football team":

1. Plan to Win
Lombardi’s first principle of a successful football team is the “Plan to Win”. AmpliVox's plan to win relies heavily on our customer service reputation!

Customer Service: AmpliVox considers customer service its top priority. We pride ourselves on responding promptly and accurately to every request.

We value customer feedback and respond with meaningful, proactive solutions to improve every aspect of the customer service experience.

2. Hard Work
Lombardi’s second principle of a successful football team is "Hard-work: The Crucial Second Effort”.

AmpliVox makes the crucial second effort to audiences with marketing tools such as our newest catalog and our social media channels.

Our new 2015-16 catalog is out, the 56 page e-book features all of our current products as well as detail shots, color information, and dimension details.

3. Discipline
Lombardi’s third principle of a successful football team is "Discipline”. AmpliVox is proud of the consistent quality of our portable PA systems and lecterns.

Our commitment to excellence in design, testing, and quality control has made AmpliVox an industry leader for product development and production. Our employees are committed to consistently provide the finest PA systems and presentation equipment that can be produced.

AmpliVox also strives to stay consistent in providing quality products for the following industries: Education, Hospitality, Public Safety, Athletics, and House of Worship.

4. Planning Ahead
Lombardi’s fourth principle of a successful football team is "Planning Ahead”. Planning ahead for mistakes, failures, and disasters makes AmpliVox different from its competitors.

AmpliVox is a proud supporter of emergency planning for unforeseen disasters. Effective communication is vital when a crisis occurs.

Disaster preparedness plans should equip all emergency personnel to handle any obstacle and keep communication lines available.

5. Confidence
Lombardi’s fifth principle of a successful football team is "Confidence”. AmpliVox is proud of the quality products we manufacture daily.

Our goal is to ensure that the AmpliVox image is reliable and trustworthy. Utilizing social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn ensures the authenticity of AmpliVox, and displays the confidence we have in our products to deliver in the presentation setting.

We also offer subscription options to our blogging channel and "Ampli-blast" emails that allow audiences to stay current with all AmpliVox updates. We encourage communication and building relationships through the efficiency of our products.

Vince Lombardi’s Top 5 Principles To Winning are guided through leadership and executed with teamwork. AmpliVox is successful because of the foundations the company is built on, a plan to win, hard-work, discipline, preparation, and confidence in what we represent.

Monday, October 05, 2015

NAA Hall of Fame 2015 Inductee: AmpliVox Dealer Kurt Kiefer

Kurt Kiefer, an AmpliVox dealer from Kiefer Auction Supply, was inducted into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame at the NAA 2015 Conference and Show by 2013 inductee Tommy Williams, CAI.

When Williams was elected president of the NAA in 2008, he brought Keifer back to the executive board. Kiefer had served a term as treasurer beginning in 1990 and Williams wanted him back to handle the organization's finances.

"No one has been more important to the overall financial integrity of the NAA than Kurt Kiefer", Williams said.

"Kurt has the ability to look at financial situations and prioritize things as well as anybody I've ever met".

Kiefer and his company perform live real estate auctions and has taken the majority of his auction business online.

He's specialized in inventory for the last 15 years and is a big fan of the AmpliVox Half-Mile Hailer PA System.

"The half mile hailer has been the auctioneers best friend for nearly half a century", Kiefer said.

"It was my first sound system I bought in 1980 as I started as an auctioneer in Ft. Lauderdale. We started selling "the Hailer" in the mid-1980s to other auctioneers.

In more than 30 years of selling "Hailers" we know it's still #1 in the auction industry with the best warranty and support in professional sound."

"Today's Hailer is a much improved sound system than 30 years ago but still carries the auctioneers voice half a mile and give you command of the crowd at any size auction.

You can spend a lot more and still not be anywhere nearly as good as a "hailer". I still have my original Hailer from 35 years ago, and it still works fine. Investing in quality always makes sense.

AmpliVox congratulates Kurt Kiefer for his accomplishments and commends him for his efforts and support of the auctioneering community.

For more information on Kurt's favorite AmpliVox products, please visit:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Eagle Scout Ceremony at NSYMCA

Daniel Silver always enjoyed helping his mother raise vegetables in their backyard garden. His early passion grew into a service project at the North Suburban YMCA that inspires children to learn about gardening, and earned him the status of Eagle Scout from Boy Scouts of America.

His accomplishments were honored in a Court of Honor Ceremony on Sunday, August 23. Our Victoria Lectern and speaker system offered a dignified touch to the event, and helped troop leaders and speakers share Daniel's accomplishments without raising their voices.

To learn more about the AmpliVox Victoria Lectern please visit:

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Juliana: The Original Chicago Bears Fan

Football is back! Juliana Roth Fiuza, granddaughter of AmpliVox Sound Systems CEO Don Roth, is hoping for a big season from the Chicago Bears in 2015!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Florida Corvette Club Autocross Events

The Florida Corvette Club in central Florida brings together Corvette enthusiasts, providing fellowship among Corvette owners through their events.

Club activities include:
  • Car Cruise shows
  • Autocross events
  • Club Social nights
  • Road Trips
  • and monthly club meetings

At their latest autocross event last weekend, an AmpliVox S602R Megaphone was used to direct the crowd, make announcements and call the cars to the starting line.

An autocross is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either a sealed or an unsealed surface, racing against the clock. It is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. It also allows the Corvette owners to put their cars and their driving skills to the test.

AmpliVox S602R Megaphone being used to call cars to the starting line

Autocross courses are typically one to two kilometres long and tend to place demands on car handling and driver skill rather than on engine power and outright speed. Courses may be temporary and marked by traffic cones or be permanent tracks with approval by a motorsport body.

"It worked great!", said Don Hershiser, President of the Florida Corvette Club.

The sponsoring club did not have a megaphone so we let them use it to call cars to the starting line. We do multiple car shows and Autocross events each month, and will always be bringing the AmpliVox megaphone along."

For more information on the Florida Corvette Club, please visit: