On October 30th, we celebrated our grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at our new headquarters in Northbrook with over 200 guests, including Congressman Bob Dold and business and community leaders from the surrounding Northbrook area.
The event began as AmpliVox CEO Don Roth, with the help of Congressman Dold, State Representative Elaine Nekritz, Northbrook Village Trustee Jim Karagianis and North Suburban YMCA Executive Director/CEO Howard Schultz cut the ceremonial red ribbon outside the new offices.
Following the ribbon cutting, we invited our guests inside, and offered them a tour of the new space and the chance to see some of our most distinguished products up close, including the popular Pink Podium.
Visitors then made their way to the spacious AmpliVox warehouse, where products are designed and built. Awaiting them were an array of refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the special guests.
Against the backdrop of the "Dold For Congress" tour bus and several of our preeminent podiums, Mr. Roth thanked guests for their attendance and support of AmpliVox over the years, before turning it over to Dold, Nektritz, Schultz, Karagianis and Northbrook Chamber of Commerce President Tensley Garris for brief words.
Congressman Dold recognized Mr. Roth’s success with AmpliVox as a symbol of the importance and potential of small business within communities and the country, “We’re here to celebrate all that Don and AmpliVox have been able to accomplish, expanding by 60 percent,” said Dold, who followed his remarks with a brief Q & A with audience members. “We don’t hear those stories very often these days. We see a lot of companies tightening their belts and downsizing because they aren’t sure what tomorrow will bring. So when we find a company that’s expanding, I really want to recognize you for all you’re doing.”
Added Nekritz, “Anytime we can celebrate the growth of a company, we should take advantage of it.”
Schultz spoke about Mr. Roth’s impact on the community, “The YMCA is all about saving communities, and we have saved ours with the help of Don Roth and AmpliVox.”
Lastly, Trustee James Karagianis took to one of our lecterns to announce a resolution passed by the Village the week before declaring October 30 “AmpliVox Sound Systems Day.” The resolution, which he read to those in attendance, reaffirmed Northbrook’s appreciation for the company‘s decision to remain local, and complimented Roth’s work to lead a profitable and growing organization in spite of current economic times. .
We would like to thank Congressman Dold and our other distinguished guests for helping celebrate our grand opening with us, as well as all of our dealers, customers and friends for their continued support and appreciation. You can view more pictures from the event below, and visit our Facebook page to see the album of photos in full.