ASM Global Acquires Majority Stake In AV Consultant Anthony James Partners

The Distrito T-Mobile group of entertainment and retail districts in Puerto Rico.
– The Distrito T-Mobile group of entertainment and retail districts in Puerto Rico.
One of several ASM Global projects, Anthony James Partners has facilitated.

ASM Global today announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in Anthony James Partners (AJP), by its own admission “an owner’s representative, AV consultant and design consultant for professional sport franchise owners, higher education, venue management firms, A&E firms and government.”

According to ASM Global, “the move demonstrates a recognition that AV technology has become the central nervous system of the live-event experience.”
The live entertainment giant wants to use AJP’s experience and understanding of the industry to equip ASM Global facility owners and operators with the  knowledge and input necessary to make informed strategic decisions on major investments into complex technology and integration solutions.
The Westgate Entertainment District at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
– The Westgate Entertainment District at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
One of several ASM Global projects, which AJP facilitated.

The partnership facilitates ASM’s deployment of digital signage networks; LED displays; broadcast production facilities; audio and sports/entertainment lighting; “along with core integration and infrastructure requirements for ASM arenas, stadiums and convention centers,” according to the acquisition announcement.

Recent and current AJP clients include the Nashville Predators/Bridgestone Arena, Chicago White Sox/Guaranteed Rate Field, Philadelphia Union/Subaru Park, Gila River Arena, Purdue University/Ross-Ade Stadium, Clemson University/campuswide digital signage network, Xavier Center/Cintas Center, and several ACC Network broadcast production facilities, most recently for University of Louisville, University of Pittsburgh, University of North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
AJP’s recent projects for ASM managed facilities include participation in an $8 million facility upgrade project at the Louisville, Kentucky, KFC Yum! Center; technology upgrades for the sprawling Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona; and AV design for El Distrito (District Live) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Ron Bension, ASM Global president and CEO said, “Demand for cutting-edge technology solutions for our vast network of facilities has been steadily increasing. AJP and their excellent leadership team are best in class. A trusted resource, they provide unique services and employ a proven process that will protect the best interests of our clients. Our partnership with AJP further solidifies our position as the premier provider in live-entertainment services, content and technology.”
Michael Rowe, AJP CEO and a founding partner, commented, “ASM and AJP have been great working partners for many years, and we’re honored to be part of the ASM Global family. We sincerely appreciate all the support we received to make this partnership a reality. ASM’s leadership and management expertise will support new opportunities for AJP to expand our value offering and services across a global footprint.”
Frank Moraski, AJP COO and a founding partner, added, “Technology is evolving at an exponential rate. Together, ASM and AJP have the unique opportunity to fundamentally change the way technology-based projects are being imagined and implemented. We’re excited to get to work.”