Host Jesse Tyler is joined by three great employee owners at 100% ESOP AVID Products, Inc., Jacki Almeida, Logistics Coordinator, Aaron Moberger, Project Manager, and Kara Turgeon, Sales Account Executive. AVID provides "Audio Solutions With Purpose" in the education, healthcare, hospitality, and travel industries.
Each guest shares personal insights on what ownership means to them; how they describe ownership when talking to family, friends, and strangers; the three words they use to describe ownership; their EO A-ha moments; and why anyone seeking work should consider a career at AVID.
Jacki Almeida is AVID’s Logistics Coordinator and serves as AVID's ESOP Communications Committee Chairperson. She was recently awarded Employee Owner of the Year at the ESOP Association NE Spring ESOP Conference.
Aaron Moberger is Project Manager at AVID and also serves as president of the NE Chapter of the ESOP Association. In 2019, Aaron appeared on Episode 94 "Craft Beer & Employee Ownership with Aaron Moberger of Harpoon Brewery" of the ESOP Podcast while at his previous employer. Listen here.
Kara Turgeon is a standout Sales Account Executive at AVID, as well as a member of AVID's ESOP Communications Committee.
The goal of this podcast is to have owner-to-owner discussions about a wide range of ownership experiences and culture topics, and to bring more insight into the individual ownership experience.
About AVID Products, Inc. (from AVID's website)
Founded in 1953 in Providence, RI, by Albert C. Allen, AVID is named for the acronym Audio Visual Instructional Device and begins developing audio products for home and commercial use with a focus on the airline industry.
In 1961, AVID collaborates with TWA to develop the first of its kind, in-flight pneumatic headphone. AVID soon produces in-flight entertainment headphones for 97% of the world's airlines.
In the 1970s, new, portable audio devices spark a demand for headphones into other markets. AVID expands into the healthcare, education, and fitness industries.
In the 1980s, AVID gains recognition for dependability and value by continuously developing innovative audio products and accessories. Most notably, two-way audiophile speakers and H/88 headphones.
In the 1990s, as audio technology becomes part of daily practice in personal and professional environments, AVID flourishes rapidly in the education, healthcare and fitness markets, as well as in the travel industry.
In 2005, AVID develops the FV-060 as a durable and cost-effective headset for the classroom with great success. In 2006, AVID continues to expand into new markets and successfully launches a line of audio products, comfort solutions and apparel into the hospitality and recreation industries.
In 2013, ownership of AVID shifts to its vested employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), bringing with it a renewed level of passion and integrity. In 2017, AVID gains recognition for The Original Fishbone, an inline 3.5mm adapter that prevents pin breakage, as winner of the 2017 ISTE Best of Show. AVID becomes 100 percent employee-owned.
In 2019, the growing AVID team focuses on honing the AVID brand while innovating products for the education, hospitality, lifestyle, and healthcare industries.
Today, with a commitment to creating solutions and services with purpose, AVID is on a mission to make an impact in the lives of the people they serve.