History of Sharp's Audio Visual
For 90 years, Sharp’s Audio Visual has been a leader in the development of audio visual solutions in Canada. In 1923, Sharp’s founder, William Henry Bowerman Sharp 1879-1954, embarked on a journey to entertain the masses across the Canadian Prairies with Sharp’s Circuit Shows a traveling moving pictures ensemble. Showing movies from such greats as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for many years to primarily rural audiences, the need to evolve came with the growth of towns into cities and the development of structured movie theaters. In 1931, with the advent of more local movie houses Sharp’s Circuit Shows morphed in to Sharp’s Theater Supplies to supply theaters with projection, popcorn and soda machines primarily in Alberta and British Columbia. As television emerged in the 1950’s as a competitor to 35mm movies, Sharp’s Theatre Supplies continued its storied diversification into audio visual aids for schools and eventually into the corporate marketplace. In the early 1970’s Sharp’s transformed itself again and became Sharp’s Audio Visual a full service, Audio Visual Sales, Rentals & Event Staging Company.
In September of 2008, a new chapter was written for Sharp’s when operations were merged with a formidable competitor in the former Apex AVSI. Apex, another long standing sentinel in the Canadian landscape had pushed east in 2005 to the Toronto marketplace where they experienced quick success. Sharp’s Audio Visual, led by the former Apex President and CEO, Jeff Faber continued to grow east through Montreal and into Halifax. Jeff ultimately restructured Sharp’s through an asset exchange with AVW Telav, to shed itself from the rentals and staging business and take on their assets from the system integration and design division.
The result is today’s Sharp’s Audio Visual, with a staff of 150, the largest and most skilled audio visual integration and services provider in Canada. With offices in nine cities, and a focus on continuous improvement and training for our staff, Sharp’s provides our customers with the best service experience. Our recent success includes multimillion dollar projects in each of kindergarten to grade twelve, corporate environments, digital signage, emergency operations and government. We pride ourselves on strong manufacturer and customer relationships alike and offer our own brand of customer promise:
· Don’t make promises unless you WILL keep them.
· Listen to your customers.
· Deal with complaints quickly and decisively.
· Respond to requests quickly.
· ALWAYS be helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable.
· Take the extra step to satisfy your customer.
Join us in our celebration!
Any Sharp's Audio Visual customer that purchases a SMART interactive display from Sharp's Audio Visual in 2013, will be entered into a draw to win a stunning SMART 8055i 55" Interactive Flat Panel with 1080p resolution. Draw to be made December 15, 2013.