1951 | ALWAYS TRUSTED
In 1951 AVID, which is an acronym for Audio Visual Instructional Device, created AVID Airline Products to focus on the development of products for the commercial airline and travel markets. The airline division was an early manufacturer of airline passenger control units in our Rhode Island facility, which also produced premium consumer speakers, educational listening devices, translation devices for the United Nations, and metal stampings for the other divisions of the company. Because of this expertise, AVID was asked to produce the world’s first IFE (in-flight entertainment) headset in collaboration with TWA in 1961. Soon after, AVID was producing IFE headsets for 97% of the world’s airlines.
1979 | A NEW ERA
In 1979, the Sony Walkman changed everything. The Walkman was the first portable entertainment device to be packaged with a low-cost, mass-produced electronic headset. Commercial airlines adopted the new technology, partnering with in-seat electronics suppliers, to outfit their planes with electronic headsets. AVID quickly reacted to the trend, and utilizing its proprietary speaker technology, developed electronic headsets with trusted global manufacturing partners. In the following years, AVID grew rapidly in the travel industry but also in the education, healthcare, and fitness industries. More recently, AVID developed new products and comprehensive solutions out of AVID's already-expanded portfolio to accommodate new segments, such as recreation and hospitality. The sky is the limit (no pun intended)!
2013 | WE ARE EMPLOYEE-OWNED
In 2013 ownership of AVID shifted to its vested employees through an ESOP. This change brought on a renewed sense of accountability to ourselves as well as to each other. Every day, AVID employees work with customers and business partners with a high level of integrity and responsibility.
2017 | A BRIGHT FUTURE
Under the leadership of Michael Twist, former President and CEO, AVID works to strengthen the organization, focusing on core values, branding and go-to-market strategies. Furthermore, AVID continues its commitment to expanding its level of services, community outreach and green initiatives.
2019 | NEW LEADERSHIP
AVID welcomes new President and CEO, Tom Finn, to guide the growing AVID team into the future with a vision to transform and focus on our core competency of headsets and strategic initiatives to develop core lines across each market.