In 1972, Al Berlin launched Video Corporation of America from a storefront in Highland Park, New Jersey. VCA steadily grew and expanded to offer full-scale design, engineering, project management, fabrication, installation and support services for AV, broadcast and post-production applications. In those early years, Al spent his mornings delivering the latest professional video equipment to this burgeoning market, and in the afternoons, he would demonstrate its many uses to clients.
VCA was one of the first companies to focus exclusively on professional video use in the corporate, education, and government markets. The foundation that Al established was built on listening to what clients needed and demonstrating innovative emerging technologies to help them communicate more effectively.
In 1986, VCA became a founding member of the Professional Systems Network International (PSNI), a nationwide consortium of systems integrators sharing resources and knowledge. Over the years, PSNI grew in members, vendor partners and geography, evolving into a vibrant group of international thought leaders and change agents with combined revenue of over $1 billion.
Dave Berlin joined the VCA team in 1987, combining his IT background and Fortune 500 experience to migrate the company from dedicated workstations into open architecture environments. VCA became the first integrator to move images over phone lines with the first digital photography equipment, embracing the personal computer for image capture, 3D animation and video editing. This technology ushered in a new wave of video production, image transmission and broadcasting workflows, including non-linear editing and special effects.
VCA’s early recognition of the convergence of open platform computing and how it could be used in the video markets in the late 1980’s created opportunities for a new generation of communication.
To meet the needs of it growing customer base, the company expanded geographically, opening offices in New York City in 1992, Philadelphia in 1997 — at which time Dave Berlin assumed the role of President — and Atlanta in 2015. In 2017, PSNI underwent a global expansion to include technology integrators and service providers in more than 100 countries, effectively bolstering VCA’s strength delivering truly global integration and managed services.
From these humble beginnings, through the hard work of many people — staff, clients and vendors — VCA is one of the top systems integrators in the country, as well as the top integrator for digital production workflows. This reputation has earned VCA the opportunity to build and support systems globally for some of the most prestigious organizations in the world. VCA’s legacy of technological innovation has placed the company at the forefront of today’s converged audiovisual systems and IP-based workflows.