VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AVI-SPL, the world's leading video communications provider, today announced Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and collaboration, has named the company U.S. Partner of the Year. AVI-SPL received the award at TEAM Polycom 2013, the company's annual sales and partner conference, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, February 4-7, 2013. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120328/FL77826LOGO-b ) "AVI-SPL is our partner of the year for the United States because they continue to evolve and grow with Polycom," said Mike Conlon, Polycom U.S. channels director. "AVI-SPL is recognized by customers for their distinction in solving challenges with the successful deployment of complex UC solutions." "Being recognized as Polycom's partner of the year for the U.S. reflects our commitment to delivering the highest-level of Polycom video communication solutions and our managed services platform," said AVI-SPL CEO John Zettel. AVI-SPL was honored with this award for improved business performance in 2012, in addition to innovative customer focus, and exceptional sales and marketing engagement with Polycom. In 2012, AVI-SPL increased year over year Polycom sales by 26 percent and grew business in the federal market by 161 percent. The successful year was led by AVI-SPL's Partner Alliance Manager Brian Mermon, National Director of Video Solutions Engineering Shai Moshe and Vice President of Federal Sales Mike Garvey. "We're honored to receive the Partner of the Year award from Polycom," said Don Mastro, executive vice president of sales, AVI-SPL. "We're committed to building and maintaining strong partner relationships with the top video communications manufacturers. Those relationships enable us to train our sales and technical staff on the latest technology so we can connect our clients with the very best solution." AVI-SPL is part of the Polycom Partner Network. The nearly 7,000 Polycom Partner Network members embrace and extend Polycom's open standards-based video collaboration solutions to deliver comprehensive unified communication and collaboration solutions for the enterprise, as well as applications to support a growing number of use cases across vertical industries such as healthcare, education, government, manufacturing, financial services, media and entertainment. As part of the Polycom Partner Network, technology providers, ISVs, solution advisors, integrators, service providers, and other companies can work with Polycom and each other to deliver tailored solutions for the multi-faceted needs of today's organizations.