Worlds Apart, Working Together

The Global Presence Alliance was formed to help customers have one global source for all audio, video and unified communications solutions. We offer a combined talent pool of thousands of professionals, following the same protocols and procedures all across the globe. We also have tight alignment and partnerships around the world to deliver consistent, standardized services. The benefits of this alliance include:

  • Local, “in-country” specialists + global program managers
  • Vetted partners with NDA’s and global agreements
  • Standardization of engagement, project management, quality assurance, deployment and service
  • Financially secure, reputable and loyal partners
  • Global managed services, including AVNOC, asset management, video support and cloud services
  • Worldwide staging and demonstration facilities

Board President

Byron Tarry

Board President

Byron Tarry, Director of Enterprise Solutions for Sharps Audio Visual (Canada), was elected as the Board President in January 2014. He has been a highly active member of the GPA since its inception, and has extensive expertise in developing global partnerships for enterprise implementations. Byron has more than twenty years of experience in the AV industry. He has played a significant role within key InfoComm initiatives over the past decade including the “AV Best Practices” Black Book and the STEP Rating System. He currently sits on Infocomm’s PETC committee.


John Bailey

Whitlock, Vice President of Technology (USA)

Jürgen Carbon

GMS, Partner & Alliance Manager (Germany)

Maru Gaitan

Grupo Niza, CEO (Mexico)

Eric Greenop

Asnet Technologies, Owner & Managing Director (New Zealand)

Philip Holtum

ProAV Solutions, Managing Director (Australia)

David Lesch

AV Media, Sales Director (Czech Republic)

René Schaddelee

AVEX, Managing Director (Benelux region)

Hans-Jörg Ulmer

Owner of Absolut Technologies (Brazil)


Mike Stead

Alliance Director

As Alliance Program Director, Mike Stead works closely with the Global Presence Alliance Board, members and affiliates to progress the GPA’s program of initiatives. He oversees the organizational structure, program management, member engagement, communications and logistics for the Alliance. Mike’s background is in mobile, IT and PMI-based program management, and more recently corporate deployment of global executive Telepresence and knowledge-worker AV solutions.

Global Presence Alliance (GPA) Partners

The GPA created a formal vendor partner program to align with leading technology manufacturers and develop standards and support for better goods and service delivery to the global marketplace.

Accredited Platform Partner (APP)

A partner in this category is in strong alignment with the GPA vision and enables a consistent user experience and platform for solutions anywhere in the World.


Accredited Vendor Partners (AVP)

Partners in this category are recognized by, and aligned with, GPA partners in all locations and assist with the delivery and support of audio, video and UC solutions for global customers.


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Technology Partners (TP)

Technology Partners are actively working with GPA partners to bring high interest technology solutions to global customers.


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Global Excellence Awards

The GPA’s Global Excellence Awards are rewarded annually to the leading Audio, Video and UC manufacturers and vendors who show the highest level of commitment to delivering a superior experience worldwide.

This determination is made by analyzing the results of a survey sent to executives, sales and engineering teams at all GPA member organizations. Each nominated vendor is rated in 5 categories: product innovation, technical support, sales and marketing programs, commercial flexibility, and commitment to global deployment and support programs.


Our 2017 Global Excellence Award Winners are: