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

Our Leadership

Byron Tarry

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Byron works directly with and reports to the Global Presence Alliance (GPA) Board to define and execute upon the Alliance’s strategic goals and objectives in meeting its commitment to excellence in global delivery of collaboration technologies. Byron has been a highly active member of the GPA since its inception in 2008, serving as its elected President from the Board’s inception in 2014 until he joined the organization in a full time capacity as its first Executive Director in 2017. With more than twenty years of experience in the AV industry, Byron has extensive expertise in global partnerships, relationship management and operations for AV/UC solutions. He has also had an active industry leadership presence over the past decade or more with involvement in numerous initiatives and advisory roles within AVIXA (formerly InfoComm) including development of the “AV Best Practices” Black Book, the STEP Rating System, and their Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC).

Mike Stead

Alliance Director

As Alliance Program Director, and its first full time employee, Mike Stead works closely with the Executive Director, and the Global Presence Alliance Board, to implement and maintain the GPA’s efforts in aligning and delivering upon its member, vendor partner, and customer related initiatives and programs. He has key mandates for member engagement and awareness, communications and logistics, and operational and administrative alignment throughout the organization. Mike’s background is in mobile & IT program management, and more recently corporate deployment and management of global executive Telepresence and knowledge-worker AV solutions.

Our 2018 Board

John Bailey, Board President

Whitlock, Vice President of Technology (USA)

Philip Holtum, Past Board President

ProAV Solutions, Managing Director (Australia)

Maru Gaitan

Grupo Niza, CEO (Mexico)

Christopher Lim

ESCO Pte. Ltd, General Manager (Singapore)

Peter Fell

Feltech, Managing Director (United Kingdom)

Jürgen Carbon

GMS, Partner & Alliance Manager (Germany)

Eric Greenop

Asnet Technologies, Owner & Managing Director (New Zealand)

René Schaddelee

AVEX, Managing Director (Benelux region)

Hans-Jörg Ulmer

Owner of Absolut Technologies (Brazil)

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: