August 10, 2015

History of Holt AV

The history of Holt AV started in 1950 when Holt AV first opened its doors as Wilford Naylor Co. located at 2114 8th Avenue North downtown Birmingham. They originally provided religious, educational and entertainment film rental (like the video below) to the public and schools, and later became known as Audio/Visual Film Service.

History of Holt - FFA Wilford Naylor

Ad in FFA Newsletter April 1953

 Holt AV served many customers in its early days including the Southeastern Conference(SEC) by managing and maintaining the conference’s film library.  The company also sold various audio visual products to local schools and universities. See some examples below:

History of Holt family web (1 of 4)

Howard Holt (center)

In 1964, the company was finally purchased by Mr. Howard Holt.  During this time, the company saw rapid growth in film and audio archiving and shipping and in 1977 the company moved to its current location of 401 28th Street South on the Southside of Birmingham, Alabama because of the result of the property being chosen by the city as the site for the new jail.

History of Holt - Trade Show Booth 1999

Holt AV Trade Show Booth 1999

Howard Holt with colleagues

By 1999 the company changed its name to Holt AV/ Video and the company began serving a larger customer base throughout Alabama and the southeast.   As the company grew, it was eventually purchased by Howard’s two sons, Michael and Patrick Holt in December 2000.  This period also resulted in the company focusing on providing custom designed permanent and temporary display solutions for its customers.  Holt AV /Video discovered that what its customers really needed was a company to handle the end to end intricacies of state-of-the-art presentation technology.  This understanding of the needs of its customers allowed Holt AV to develop experience with video and teleconferencing, event production, integrated system design, and AV system management.

Mr. and Mrs. Holt together at home.

Today Holt AV leverages over 60 years of experience in the industry to bring quality audio, video, and visual products and services to a wide range of customers and many Fortune 500 companies throughout the Southeast. Holt AV’s history, longevity and experience in the audio / visual industry translates into a professional trust and reliability that says Holt AV is flexible enough to handle any communication and display solutions our customers might need, using durable, yet affordable, commercial grade components that will last for years to come.

Holt AV was also chosen as a runner-up for the BBJ Entrepreneur Award in 2001. You can read that article below:

 

 

Family-owned Holt AV/Video wired for success (Birmingham Business Journal – Jan 27, 2002)

  • Speakers
  • Holt Front
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  • Holt Company Van
  • Holt AV Front Sign
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