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Automation Unplugged

Automation Unplugged is a Facebook Live show recorded weekly with our host Ron Callis, Owner and CEO of the digital marketing agency, One Firefly. In each Automation Unplugged episode, Ron speaks with leading industry personalities and technology professionals to discuss all things business development, technology trends, and more. These interviews are designed to help our clients and members of the custom integration industry keep up-to-date with the latest news as well as learn from experts in the field.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #186: An Industry Q&A With Jeff Binette

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Jeff Binette, President at SmartHome Solutions shares lessons learned from growing up in an entrepreneurial family.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #186: An Industry Q&A With Jeff Binette

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jeff Binette. Recorded live on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Jeff Binette

Jeff Binette is an entrepreneur with the mission of being a trusted and highly knowledgeable resource for homeowners, builders, architects and designers in the custom integration industry. After graduating from Bryant University with a concentration in Computer Science, Jeff held several IT roles while employed at Osram Sylvania and Genuity in Boston. In 2004, he founded SmartHome Solutions, a Kennebunk, Maine-based residential and commercial smart technology company. Today, the company’s business has grown significantly and now has a team of 7 dedicated individuals. When Jeff is not working, he enjoys spending time with this family, golfing, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

Interview Recap

  • Lessons learned from growing up in an entrepreneurial family
  • Adding One Vision as their partner for after-sales service and support
  • Labor shortage challenges and solutions
  • Partnering with electricians to provide lighting fixture and lighting control solutions

Home Automation Podcast Episode #185: An Industry Q&A With Ryan Paddock

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Ryan Paddock, Chief System Designer at A Mindful Home shares the importance of privacy and technology in our homes.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #185: An Industry Q&A With Ryan Paddock

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Ryan Paddock. Recorded live on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Ryan Paddock

Ryan Paddock is an integrator focused on redefining the industry’s approach and philosophy towards technology integration in our homes. He founded A Mindful Home in 2019 with the understanding of what’s next and anticipating change in the technology, products, and markets. He prides himself on designing and implementing elegant technology solutions focused on lifestyle and wellness to elevate his client’s homes.

Interview Recap

  • His unique philosophy and marketing position
  • The importance of privacy and technology in our homes
  • The increasing demand for circadian based lighting and home theaters
  • The shift to battery and renewable power solutions

 

Home Automation Podcast Episode #184: An Industry Q&A With Larry Supon

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Larry Supon, President at Automated Lifestyles shares the importance of utilizing outside consultants and coaches to help develop a business strategy for success.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #184: An Industry Q&A With Larry Supon

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Larry Supon. Recorded live on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Larry Supon

Larry Supon is an entrepreneur focused on providing his clients with the ultimate technology experience that meets their lifestyle goals. He started his career by programming industrial automation systems in 1994 after graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University. In 2000, Larry switched gears to work on commercial and residential automation systems when he founded Automated Lifestyles LLC. Larry has created a hands-on experience in which he is personally involved in the design of every project. He attributes the business’ success to this unique approach and, of course, having a wonderful team to execute the project. Today, Automated Lifestyles LLC has a staff of 11 employees and annual revenues of over 2 million dollars.

Interview Recap

  • The importance of utilizing outside consultants and coaches to help develop a business strategy for success
  • The importance of having the right people in the right seats
  • Building a culture of accountability and striving for professional growth

Home Automation Podcast Episode #183: An Industry Q&A With Chris Edelen

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Chris Edelen, President at Sterling Home Technologies shares on the latest supply chain issues related to Covid Delta outbreaks in China.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #183: An Industry Q&A With Chris Edelen

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Chris Edelen. Recorded live on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Chris Edelen

Chris Edelen is a recognized leader of private equity and family-owned businesses. Chris started his career with Fox Photo, a New York company and advanced to the position of Executive Vice President/COO of company operations with sales over $250 million a year. Over the years, Chris has taken leadership roles such as President, CEO, and Vice President of Marketing at numerous companies including Grand Openings, Norwood Promotional Products, and Kohler Corp. Today, Chris is the President of Sterling Home Technologies, a custom home integration company. He also serves on the board of 2 high-growth companies as well as several charities.

Interview Recap

  • How the Texas market has grown and developed over the years
  • The rise and fall of Eastman Kodak Company
  • The challenges growing a business in the custom integration industry
  • The latest supply chain issues related to Covid Delta outbreaks in China
  • Pulling out of CEDIA and the likelihood of other fall events potentially canceling

Home Automation Podcast Episode #182: An Industry Q&A With Marc Ayoub

Home Automation Podcast Episode #182: An Industry Q&A With Marc Ayoub

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Marc Ayoub. Recorded live on Wednesday, August 11th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Marc Ayoub

From technician to Energy Division Director, Marc Ayoub is a 20+ year CI industry veteran who held several unique roles throughout his career. His journey began in the early 2000s at an alarm company. He eventually joined Audio Command Systems, where he worked his way up to lead technician. While recovering from a broken leg in 2006, Marc took on a new challenge to teach himself how to program Crestron. He also worked closely with management to develop a streamlined design and installation process that significantly improved project efficiency. In 2011, Marc took his first vacation out west, and after giving a 6-month notice, packed his bags and moved to Colorado. Marc soon joined a local manufacturer’s rep agency, CET and Associates, where he took on several leadership roles to help integrators grow their business with products like Lutron, Sonnen, and Lumin. Today, Marc uses his passion for renewables to lead the Energy Division at CET with the ultimate goal to expand renewable energy throughout the country.

Interview Recap

  • Marc's journey through the industry and the lessons learned
  • Who CET and Associates is as an organization and their unique approach to work culture
  • Grid resiliency and the importance of renewable and efficient energy

Home Automation Podcast Episode #181: An Industry Q&A With Tom Farinola

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Tom Farinola, Visionary at Atlantic Home Entertainment and Stereo shares the importance of communication between the client and the dealer and lessons learned over 35 years in business.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #181: An Industry Q&A With Tom Farinola

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Tom Farinola. Recorded live on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Tom Farinola

Tom Farinola is a hobbyist turned integrator whose life's mission is to provide audio-video solutions to as many people as possible. Tom purchased Atlantic Home Entertainment & Stereo as a hobby back in 1990 and has since grown the business to a steady $4 million a year in annual revenue. Throughout the years, Tom has discovered that the key to success is providing excellent customer service. To help ensure his customers are receiving the best support, Tom established a remote service called Atlantic Concierge Partnership.

Interview Recap

  • How Tom navigates the worlds of retail and custom integration
  • The importance of communication between the client and the dealer
  • The lessons learned over his 35 years in business
  • Tom shares his passion for Steinway Lyngdorf and describes how he delivers the experience to his clients