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Monday, January 25, 2016

AmpliVox Named Business of the Year

The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce has named AmpliVox Sound Systems as its Business of the Year for 2016, in recognition of the company’s business success. Don Roth, AmpliVox’s owner-CEO, will be presented with the award at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Meeting on Feb. 22.

In business since the 1950s, AmpliVox designs, manufactures, and markets a diverse array of products used in public speaking, multimedia presentations, education, and public safety. Under Roth’s leadership for the past 20 years, AmpliVox has grown into an established industry leader with revenues exceeding $6 million.

AmpliVox’s design team anticipates new technology applications and creates furniture and amplifiers that will work seamlessly today, and adapt for changes tomorrow. By keeping pace with customer needs, the company’s revenue grew by 60 percent over the last five years, compounded.

AmpliVox also plays an active role in the community through its support of a wide variety of non-profits, including:

Special Olympics Illinois

North Suburban YMCA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Illinois Small Business Development Center

AmpliVox has received national recognition for its Pink Podium Promise cause marketing campaign, which donates versatile podiums and megaphones to breast cancer fundraising events around the country.

“We are very honored to be recognized by the Northbrook Chamber with this award,” noted Roth.

“We have deep roots in this community and have the greatest respect for the Chamber’s members. The award validates the hard work and commitment that all our employees deliver everyday.”

The Northbrook Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Meeting will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Renaissance Hotel, 933 Skokie Boulevard in Northbrook. In addition to the awards presentation, the event will include a keynote speech by Mark Hoppe, CEO of MB Financial.

For ticket information, contact the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce at (847) 498-5555.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Multipurpose Safety Wand Megaphone from AmpliVox Enhances Crowd Control

When directing large groups of people in motion, effective communication is essential to ensure safety.

AmpliVox Sound Systems’ S606 Safety Wand Megaphone gives police officers, fire departments, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders the tools to communicate quickly and clearly.

This all-in-one crowd control baton with a built-in megaphone is also an excellent choice for parking attendants and security officers at sporting events, concerts. And other large venues.

The AmpliVox S606 Safety Wand Megaphone combines the features of an LED safety wand with a loudspeaker megaphone, increasing the user’s visibility and voice range in a single lightweight, durable, and water-resistant unit.

The wand includes five ultra-bright red LEDs for a continuous or flashing flare and a white LED strobe light at the tip of the wand, providing visibility from 3,000 yards.

A detachable 20-watt Piezo microphone connects to the wand’s handle via a 5’ coil cord.

A rotary volume control on the side of the handle adjusts the megaphone’s volume level with a whistle function as loud as 105 decibels.

The baton’s handle includes easy-to-use control buttons to activate different functions.

The unit is powered by an integrated rechargeable battery pack that can be plugged into AC outlets or vehicle chargers, with a run time of up to 100 hours per charge.

"AmpliVox’s Safety Wand Megaphone makes crowd management more powerful in all kinds of settings," notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO.

"It combines clear vocal amplification with enhanced visibility. Better communication delivers improved safety in situations ranging from concerts and sporting events to emergency evacuations.”

Monday, January 04, 2016

Looking Back at AmpliVox 2015: Milestones

As the new year begins, it's a good time to look back and reflect on all that has been accomplished at AmpliVox and recount the milestones of 2015 as we move forward into 2016.

January 2015
AmpliVox Sound Systems CEO Selected for National Church Goods Association

AmpliVox was selected in recognition of its wide variety of products for religious settings, including attractive acrylic lecterns, wired-in speakers for sanctuaries and narthexes, and portable sound systems for fellowship halls, outdoor activities, and other spaces.

NCGA brings together suppliers and dealers for religious settings, facilitating innovative solutions to serve the needs of churches and other institutions.

AmpliVox is the Technology Sponsor for Lecterns at the FETC 2015

AmpliVox was the Technology Sponsor for LECTERNS at the upcoming Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando Florida. Nine of AmpliVox's SN3250 Pinnacle Multimedia Lectern were used in the exhibit halls, show floor, theater, lobby and meeting rooms during the 4 days of FETC.

February 2015
ABC-7 Chicago Creates a Dignified Setting for Televised Chicago Mayoral Debate with AmpliVox Lecterns

The five main candidates for Mayor of Chicago joined in their first formal televised debate on February 6, and lecterns from AmpliVox Sound Systems were front and center for this landmark election event.

AmpliVox’s SN3100 Contemporary Lectern was chosen by the design team at WLS-TV, the host of the debate, to establish an elegant tone for the staging of the event.

Available in a variety of materials, many AmpliVox lecterns can be special ordered with custom colors, logos, and sound system options.

AmpliVox Supports Celebrity Catwalk’s Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for Animal Welfare

Extreme weather and turbulent economic conditions stretch animal rescue organizations and shelters to the breaking point.

Fortunately, Celebrity Catwalk works with many of them in hopes of connecting stray pets with new owners, promoting pet adoption, and raising funds to support local shelters.

Guests attending the fundraiser enjoyed an exquisite brunch, including cocktails and desserts, in addition to a silent auction and raffles benefitting local animal welfare groups.

March 2015
Community Joins in Black History Month Event with Help from AmpliVox Sound Systems

In observance of Black History Month, the Northbrook Community Relations Commission sponsored a free public event on February 21 at the North Suburban YMCA featuring the Jackie Robinson West Little League Team.

Over 300 guests, many of them children in baseball jerseys, gathered in the Y’s large gymnasium to share in an informal lunch and a Q&A session with JRW players. AmpliVox provided technical support as well as equipment to enable multiple JRW players to participate in the Q&A.

Sound Cruisers Video: Car PA Systems

Take your message on the road with the AmpliVox Sound Cruiser. Reach audiences up to 3,000 and cover the length of a football field with strong, clear, crisp sound. The Sound Cruiser is ideal not just for cars but for all mobile communication needs.

April 2015
Juliana Roth Fiuza Baptism - 4/12/2015

AmpliVox CEO Don Roth celebrated the baptism of his granddaughter, Juliana Roth Fiuza. The baptism was performed at the same church his daughter Carolyn was baptized at which he and his wife Nancy have been a member of for the last 40 years.

Baseball Field Outdoor PA: Public Address Sound System

Bring the thrill and excitement of a Major League Park to your local baseball field by adding an outdoor PA sound system to your next Little League or High School baseball game. Enhance the enthusiasm of the crowd and the passion that our young players bring to the ballpark with the support of baseball field PA system.

May 2015
Protesters Rally Using the Mity-Meg Bullhorn

Protesters gathered to speak out against the findings of Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim, clearing a Zion police officer of a teenager's fatal shooting.

17-year-old Justus Howell of Waukegan IL was fatally wounded by a Zion police officer after a foot chase that ended with Howell being shot twice in the back.

Parkinson's Audio Voice Solutions: Voice Booster

Diagnosed with the neurological disorder in 2007, Stelzer has had to deal with a range of difficult symptoms, including problems with the volume and intelligibility of his speech.

Fortunately, as CFO of AmpliVox Sound Systems, Stelzer works for a company that designs products that can solve problems like his and has access to experts in the science of helping people’s voices be heard. AmpliVox sound technicians worked with Stelzer to adapt the company’s S207 BeltBlaster Pro with an on / off handheld button that helps him mute his voice when he does not want to be heard.

June 2015
infoComm15: AmpliVox Product Demo Videos with rAVe Publications

We had the pleasure of having rAVe stop by our booth and shoot a few product demo videos which they have posted on their site and YouTube channel. rAVe [Publications] is a news organization that provides coverage of the commercial and residential audiovisual trade industries via e-newsletters, blogs, video, and social media.

AmpliVox Provides Free Megaphones to Summer Festivals and Art Fairs Through Nationwide Donation Program

The AmpliVox Nationwide Megaphone Donation program offered a free S602R Mity-Meg Rechargeable Megaphone for organizers of concerts, community festivals, art fairs, and more to demonstrate the effectiveness and convenience of one of our most popular products.

July 2015
2015 - 2016 Product Catalog

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

Download the 2016 Product Catalog

The new products include upgraded lecterns and portable sound systems, many featuring powerful 150 watt amplifiers, Bluetooth® audio streaming, and other improvements.

Audio Portable Buddy is the Friendly Small PA System

Announcers and tour guides are in love with how the AmpliVox Audio Portable Buddy makes their job so much easier.

Extremely lightweight, the Audio Portable Buddy comes in a travel-friendly briefcase size package and can clearly project your voice or music up to 1,000 people, making it ideal for a walking tour for a guide to use at the zoo.

Weatherproof and scuff-resistant molded black luggage-type plastic case holds up to abuse and protects amplifier.

August 2015
AmpliVox Gets Moment in the Spotlight on America’s Got Talent

On July 22nd, our Mity-Meg was spotted on the NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” In a short clip, a product staff member uses the megaphone to deliver instructions to hundreds of contestants as they wait to audition.

Fallen Marines and Sailor Honored with Help from AmpliVox Sound Systems

US Marines, Naval Officers, veterans and community members gathered on July 25 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois for a somber and dignified ceremony in memory of armed forces members killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The system used at the ceremony was the all-in-one AmpliVox’s SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner.

September 2015
Florida Corvette Club Autocross Events

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

2nd Annual Hike 4 Better Hearing - Making A Difference With AmpliVox

The Fisher Foundation held its 2nd Annual Hike 4 Better Hearing walk on August 29 2015, where AmpliVox had donated a S602R Megaphone to help the announcers address the crowd. The 5K walk helps to further the public’s awareness of the importance and benefits of hearing better.

October 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 in October, and just as in years past, AmpliVox Sound Systems’ presence was felt in the exhibit hall.

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.

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. Lombardi’s fundamentals of winning were strength, speed, and self-discipline. One could argue the fundamentals of a successful life are much the same.

November 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.

Introducing Our Newest Quality Assurance Intern - Juliana

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.

December 2015
AmpliVox Introduces its First Waterproof Made in USA Megaphone

For powerful sound coverage that stands up to water, dust, heat, and cold, AmpliVox Sound Systems proudly introduces the new Made in the USA Pro Marine Megaphone, model WP609R.

This unique megaphone, the only product of its kind made in America, can go anywhere on land or water with its rechargeable battery pack and state-of-the-art design that makes it completely waterproof and dustproof.

AmpliVox Donation Raises Awareness and Support for Children of Fallen Heroes

The “Double Dog” Jeep Project, created by the non-profit America’s Children of Fallen Heroes, sent a one-of-a-kind customized Jeep to auto shows and special events across the US to collect expressions of appreciation and raise awareness of the challenges faced by survivor families.

AmpliVox proudly donated its SW312 Wireless Sound Cruiser to equip the Double Dog Jeep with sound broadcast capability wherever it goes.

We would like to thank all of our dealers, suppliers, customers and friends for none of this would of been possible without their support. We are looking forward to 2016 as we continue to grow our role in our community and make a difference in the causes we believe in.