History and Milestones

Our history in the audio visual industry

Jane and Dennis Woodhouse founded Conference Technologies, Inc.® in 1988 as a privately held audio visual firm. Throughout its history, Conference Technologies, Inc.® has grown to include multiple locations throughout the United States. Conference Technologies, Inc.® has also expanded its services from a local reach to a global customer base.

Today, Conference Technologies, Inc.® is a leading custom audio visual systems integration solutions specialist that offers a wide variety of services to customers from around the world.

1988 Company founded in Saint Louis, Missouri by Jane and Dennis Woodhouse
1991 Conference Technologies, Inc.® formally establishes company headquarters in Saint Louis, Missouri
1997 Winners of the Saint Louis Regional FAST 50 Technology Award
John Laughlin joins company as Vice President
1998 Presentations Magazine awards Conference Technologies, Inc.® with Best Presentation Room Award
Winners of the Saint Louis Regional FAST 50 Technology Award
1999 Winners of the Saint Louis Regional FAST 50 Technology Award
2000 Winners of the Saint Louis Regional FAST 50 Technology Award
2001 Acquires Visual Works KC location and expands into Overland Park, Kansas
Winners of the Saint Louis Regional FAST 50 Technology Award
2003 Expands operations in Memphis, Tennessee
2004 Expands operations in Omaha, Nebraska
Acquires Visual Works Wichita location and expands operations in Wichita, Kansas
2005 Expands operations in Peoria, Illinois
2008 Acquires VMI in Saint Louis, Missouri
2009 Headquarters relocated to larger facility in Saint Louis, Missouri
Dennis Woodhouse Retires
John Laughlin named President, Chief Executive Officer
Expands operations in Little Rock, Arkansas
2010 Expands operations in Brookings, South Dakota
2011 Expands operations in San Jose, California
Jane Woodhouse Retires
John and Mary Laughlin named Owners of Conference Technologies, Inc®
Cathy Kelly named Chief Operating Officer
Matt McNeil named Chief Marketing Officer
Pete Krejci named Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
2012 Recognized by the NSCA for Excellence in Business - Growth Strategies
Acquires Media Images in Saint Louis, Missouri
Conference Technologies, Inc.® refreshes company logo
2013 Acquires Pratt Audio Visual in Iowa and Nebraska
Acquires United Visual, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois
Expands operations in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities, Milwaukee, and Chicago
Acquires St. Louis Audio Visual in St. Louis, Missouri
2014 Expands operations in Phoenix, Arizona
Expands operations in San Francisco, California
Terry Bray named Chief Operations Officer
Cathy Kelly named Chief Business & Strategy Officer
Matt McNeil named Chief Design Officer
Eric Snider named Chief Technology Officer
Jimmy LoMonaco named Chief Talent Acquisition Officer
2015 Acquires UNAVP and expands event solutions in the Chicago and Milwaukee area
Acquires Industrial Audio Video and expands operations in Houston
Recognized by Commercial Integrator in the 40 under 40 publication
2016 Expands operations in New Orleans, LA and Austin, TX
Brandon Conick named Chief Information Officer