Founded in 1947
The "Verrex Story" is not simply about a company, it is a story about the history of the AV industry, how business communications have evolved and a picture of the people and places that have been a part of the company's success for over six decades. From inauspicious beginnings, this family business has grown to span four continents and six decades of ever-changing technologies.
With WWII at an end Verrex founder, the late Thomas G. Berry, saw an opportunity in advancements in sound technology and launched the then-named Gregory Institute of Music from his home's garage in Florham Park, New Jersey in 1947. Gregory Institute of Music began as a background music distribution company, transmitting music from an oversized phonograph over phone lines run from the garage to local area restaurants and small businesses.
With just three employees, Gregory Institute of Music rapidly outgrew its humble surroundings to become one of the largest background music suppliers in the region.
1950s + 1960s
Gregory Institute of Music moved from its start-up surroundings to its first building in Kenilworth, New Jersey. In the early 1950s, post-war America experienced a population growth in population and industry unlike ever before. The nation's "Baby Boom" was in full swing as births soared throughout the country. As boomer children reached school age, new schools were needed to meet the increased enrollment and existing schools needed improvements. Businesses in the region, driven by consumer demand for products that hadn't been available during the war, also skyrocketed. Thomas Berry positioned his company to take full advantage of this growth and demand for better methods of communication.
In 1953 Gregory Institute of Music became New Jersey Communications Corporation (NJCC). With additional advancements in AV technology, NJCC provided schools, government and businesses with two-way radio, sound reinforcement, intercom and CCTV systems. Throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s NJCC continued to grow, moved to larger facilities in Kenilworth, expanded its client base and strengthened its reputation for quality service.
Project Highlights: Anheuser-Busch (Newark, NJ), Rutgers Campus Center (Newark, NJ)
1970s + 1980s
In the 1970s the founder's sons, Thomas G. and Glenn R. Berry took over leadership from their father and continued to expand the company's services to include large venue sound systems. In 1976 the company supplied the world's largest stadium sound system at the time, for Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Additional venues included the Meadowlands Arena and Meadowlands Racetrack.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the company entered into international markets and supplied sound, CCTV and other communication systems throughout the world, including Egypt, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Spain.
In the early 1980s, as gaming and casino development arrived in New Jersey, the company installed sound systems in all but one of the first casinos to hit the beaches of Atlantic City.
In 1983 the company underwent a final name change to Verrex Corporation and moved to its current Corporate Office, a company-owned facility 14 miles west of New York City. Leveraging the company's years of experience and once again keeping with advancements in AV, Verrex began providing audiovisual systems for corporate boardrooms and conference centers. The first handful of Verrex corporate clients included AT&T/Bell Labs, Prudential and IBM.
Project Highlights: Rahway State Prison (Rahway, NJ), Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ), Resorts International Hotel & Casino (Atlantic City, NJ), Trump Plaza & Taj Mahal (Atlantic City, NJ), Seoul Arts Center (Seoul, Korea), Holland-America Lines' S.S Rotterdam, AT&T/Bell Labs (Whippany, NJ), IBM (Sothbury, CT)
1990s + 2000s
Verrex continued to expand during the 1990s capitalizing on the rapidly growing audiovisual market. The company enjoyed success in designing and installing conference facilities for companies such as JP Morgan, Merck & Co., Johnson & Johnson and Towers Perrin.
In 2000 the third generation took over as Thomas G. Berry, Jr., CTS succeeded his father as President. Thomas continued to drive the underlying company philosophy of complete client satisfaction. In 2003 Verrex was awarded a $5M project for State Street in Boson, MA. The project took place in tandem with the opening of the company's New England office outside of Boston.
Verrex has been recognized by Systems Contractor News as a Top 50 Systems Integrator each year since the program’s inception in 2004.
In 2007 Verrex completed the design and integration of one of the industry's first, true HD videoconferencing systems for Alcatel-Lucent's Executive boardroom in Murray Hill, New Jersey.
In 2008, Verrex opened its EMEA headquarters , Verrex Limited, outside London and completed the build out of State Street’s UK headquarters in Canary Wharf.
In 2009, Verrex was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Business Award for Growth Strategies from the National Association of Systems Contractors, recognizing the company’s creative and visionary strategies to build a successful global business model.
In 2009 Verrex also expanded its existing service offering to encompass a broad spectrum of Managed services. Launched as Verrex GMS (global managed services), this comprehensive portfolio of services meant to increase adoption included onsite staffing, video management & monitoring and collaboration tools.
Project Highlights: Merck & Co. Headquarters (Whitehouse Station, NJ), New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ), Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ), Continental Airlines Terminal C (Newark Liberty International Airport), Statue of Liberty (Liberty Island, NJ), State Street (Boston, MA), MetLife Digital Signage (National), Alcatel-Lucent HD Videoconferencing Boardroom (Murray Hill, NJ)
2010 + Beyond
Enterprise corporate solutions became the company's hallmark. Needing a true global footprint to serve this client base, Verrex opened the company’s Asia Pacific headquarters, Verrex Asia Limited, in 2010. Based in Hong Kong, the company further expanded into Singapore and Shanghai in 2011.
In 2010, Verrex was awarded Digital Signage Expo’s Apex Gold award for Corporate installations. Continued recognition also fell on Verrex in 2010 with InfoComm’s Young Audiovisual Professionals Award.
In 2011, Verrex President & CEO, Thomas Berry Jr., was elected to InfoComm’s Board of Directors.
Houston was added to the company’s growing footprint in 2011 as a full service office serving the Southwest US.