Introducing Vario

About Us

Vario provides domestic & international Meeting Services, Event Production, and Interactive Experiences. We are a team of expert planners, problem solvers, and industry leaders, and service hundreds of meetings and events annually. 

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1998 - TAP (Tim Altbaum Productions)

Started while finishing undergrad work at UCSD, TAP's humble beginnings focused on Social, Wedding, and Association entertainment and small-scale production needs. Tim and his company quickly became the go-to entertainment company in San Diego county.

2005 - AVED (Audio/Visual Event Design)

AVED was the brainchild of Vario co-founder Eric Mueller. Created to fill the need for a reliable A/V partner and production provider in the Restaurant, Corporate, and Festival environment, the company quickly gained a significant foothold in the downtown San Diego and uptown La Jolla markets, while servicing the Greater San Diego area.

2009 - Partnership with AVED

Realizing that their business style and approach were compatible, and the markets they served could be leveraged together to work together towards a common goal, the two founders of Vario began a hand-shake relationship of partnering on events and satisfying the needs of a broader clientele, while remaining two unique companies.

2015 - Vario Launched

After years of expansion throughout the greater Southern California area, and taking on large National and International events together, the co-founders decided it was time to launch Vario, a full-scale event production and entertainment management company, headquartered in San Diego, with a global reach.

2016

We booked our 500th event and serviced our first International conference and worked in seven different US States. Our staff expanded to include a more robust sales and marketing team, multiple account management experts, key operations personnel, and moved our headquarters to a 10,000 square foot facility.

2017

As a leader and innovator in the digital meetings environment, Vario began offering Mixed Reality services to groups, and was selected as the production provider of record for multiple large-scale meetings and special events. Additionally CEO Tim Altbaum was invited to present at The Special Event Convention in NOLA on Event Technology Trends.

2018

Vario received its Accreditation as established by the International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN), allowing the company to service corporate, association, and social programs on a global scale. Members of the team secured CMP, CMM, CSEP, and HMCC designations. As a comprehensive Planning, Production, and Technology partner, Vario assists clients with every aspect of their event.

“Vario is more than a vendor we source, they are both our partner and extended family. Vario huddles onsite with us to discuss flow, options, and they infuse every event with spirit and thoughtfulness that ultimately assist in the overall pulse of our organization. I view hiring Vario as one of my personal successes because they not only meet my expectations, but far exceed them to ensure my executive, our employees, and our company is consistently setup for success. ”

Kelly O'Connor, Senior Executive Assistant to Greg Johnson, EVP and GM of TurboTaxIntuit, Inc.

“Thank you for taking your time and putting so much effort into our site visits. You made what would have been an incredibly tedious and daunting task of viewing all those properties and collecting proposals so much faster, easier and actually FUN!”

Elizabeth Fox, Executive DirectorForte For Children Foundation

“Five Stars for sure! My second year working with Vario on our annual spring conference and each time it gets better, knocking it out of the park. The team gives all they have in making the vision come to life. Working with Vario from the pre-production, where they make sure all the details are covered, to program day, where the team’s experience, pride in work and passion shines in creating an incredible attendee experience is what makes me a Vario client. As a meeting planner, Vario puts my mind at ease knowing I am working with a top-notch planning and production company and the A/V and production in my program are in the best hands. I look forward to working with the Vario team again.”

Carrie Shen, CMP, CMM, CEDCo-Chair EdCon Annual Conference

“The Vario team not only assists with AV needs but works with me on the planning aspect. I completely trust Vario to handle production with their amazing up to date knowledge, attention to detail and most importantly, integrity.”

Marty Covert, PrincipalCovert Operations

“Vario delivered above and beyond expectations. They are more than a vendor, they are a creative partner. Their team were exceptional and went all-in when it came to design, curation, desired impact, and budget constraints. This event was a success in a large part because of them and their professionalism. We simply could have not executed this event — to the world-class level — without their support.

My experience with Vario has given me the confidence that they are the team that can push our brand and experiences to the next level.

Crystal Mayers, Presentation Design Lead, Brand Experience & StorytellingIntuit, Inc.

“Thank you for ALL your help with our Light the Night event. Simply put, we couldn't have done it without you. We have had nothing but positive feedback about the new venue, the production value, and the event overall.”

Rachel Peniche, Board ChairLeukemia and Lymphoma Society

“In 10 years of working events, this was the most interesting experience. I can’t say I’ve seen everything but I think this comes pretty close. A huge thank you to Vario who rain or shine are bad ass partners, I will never use anyone else for my events, they pull through every time.”

Amy Ulkutekin, Event PlannerBeerfest

“We chose Vario because of their knowledge in the AV business along with their team’s professionalism, attention to detail and quality of service. They became an extended part of our team and were instrumental in making our Sales Conference a huge success.”

Angel Atondo, Sr. Marketing ManagerCavium, Inc.

“I cannot thank you and your team enough for helping to make this event a success. From the pre-event consultations, onsite flexibility and management to the personal attention – we felt so taken care of and in qualified hands. You all were such professionals and I really enjoyed working with each of your team members.”

Katie Harvill, Owner & Managing DirectorMatchstick Creative

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