Made in Oklahoma: Cousins carry on Cory’s AV business

60-year-old family firm rents, sells audiovisual equipment.

BY PAULA BURKES Published: January 31, 2013
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Several years ago, a few days before Easter, an administrator of a local church called Cory’s Audio Visual Services in a panic. The church’s new sound system wasn’t working, and the company that sold it to the church wasn’t answering the phone.

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About

•Established: December 1953.

Services: Audiovisual equipment rentals and sales/installation/training.

Website: Coryav.com.

Address: 8,000 square feet at 2014 S Nicklas Ave., Oklahoma City, and a small satellite office in Tulsa.

Key personnel: Cousins and co-owners Brad Poarch, chief executive officer, and John Cory, chief operating officer.

Number of employees: 30 full-time workers and from five to 20 part-time workers.

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