This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Ian Williams. Recorded live on Wednesday, January 8, 2019 at 12:30 pm EST.
About Ian Williams
Ian is an accomplished business leader with over 19 years of experience in project management, product delivery, and operations in the Custom Audio Visual Industry. Ian has owned and operated three integration firms and was fortunate to successfully exit his 2nd business through an acquisition.
Ian is the recipient of 12 CEDIA awards, was named Integrator of the Year by CES/CTA in 2015. Ian has also been featured on the covers of CePro and on Residential Systems magazines. In the fall of 2019 Ian moved to Charleston, SC with his family and has started his newest integration firm, Aspire Audio Video Solutions.
Recorded live on Wednesday, January 8th at 12:30pm EST.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Ian Williams:
- How he approached selling his business in 2017
- His business development plan for starting a new business in a new market
- Why attention to process and operational excellence is the right approach for most integrators
This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jamie Briesemeister. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 12:30 pm EST.
About Jamie Briesemeister
Today’s show features my interview with Jamie Briesemeister, co-founder of Integration Controls, a home automation company out of St. Louis, MO, that focuses on providing intuitive, design-friendly technology solutions that enhance and simplify life.
Jamie was selected as one of 2019’s Powerful Women in Consumer Technology and is also newly elected member of the CEDIA Board of Directors. She has spoken at a number of conferences and seminars, advocating for home technology considerations in the design/build process, as a guest speaker, as an instructor, or presenting CEUs to architects and designers.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Jamie Briesemeister
- Jamie’s transition from working in the healthcare industry to starting a business in the CI space with her husband, Jeff
- What has helped her throughout the years to improve within her role as CEO, both within and outside the industry from podcasts featuring women in business to business leadership books
- Being a woman in business and resources she’s been able to share and gain from other women in the field
- How past experiences helped her become a stronger leader
An Expert's View on How To Grow and Survive in the Automation Industry
About Bob Cole
This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Bob Cole. Recorded live on Wednesday, November 20th at 12:30 pm EST.
Bob Cole is the CEO & Founder of World Wide Stereo who just celebrated their 40th Anniversary. Bob currently sits on the Board of Directors of the ProSource Buying Group. He has been featured on numerous publications from USA Today and Rolling Stones to The Financial Times, Huffington Post, and Esquire. He has been recognized as one of the “25 most influential people in CE” and was named to the Consumer Electronics’ Hall of Fame by Dealerscope Magazine.
His company-wide focus on philanthropy also extends into his personal life – he has raised significant funds and awareness for the arts and music education, St. Christopher’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Parkinson’s disease and cancer research. Bob currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Parkinson Council, Abington Health Advisory Council and serves on the advisory council for a technology-focused private equity firm.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Bob Cole:
- How Bob transitioned from his career as a psychologist to the consumer electronics industry
- How it felt to be inducted into CT Hall of Fame in 2018
- World Wide Stereo’s focus on philanthropy and involvement in charities
- His team’s approach to educating millennials on good audio
An Expert´s View on How To Grow and Survive in the Automation Industry
About David Frangioni
David Frangioni, an award-winning veteran of the music industry, has expertise ranging from being a drummer and producer to an artist development & label founder, audio consultant, music technologist, integrator, author & engineer.
He built a ground-breaking music tech consulting business working with Aerosmith, the Stones, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Sting, Bryan Adams, Journey, Styx, Phil Collins, Shakira, Pat Metheny, Rascal Flatts, Ozzy Osbourne, Chick Corea, and many more.
David has authored 3 books including Icon and Crash, along with founding Frangioni Media, Audio One based in South Florida, All Access IDA, and his non-profit Frangioni Foundation. In 2019, David became Publisher of Modern Drummer Magazine, the world’s #1 drum magazine.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with David Frangioni:
- His experience working with leading artists like Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne
- Creating strong connections through trust and consistency
- What to expect from Modern Drummer Magazine 2020 publication
- How David shares his passion for music through his non-profit, Frangioni Foundation
The Business of Running a Business
This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Matt Scott. Recorded live on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 12:30 pm EST.
About Matt Scott
Matt started in pro audio/video at a very early age, running his first live FOH event at age 12. Matt continued in the industry starting OMEGA Audio Video in 2001, specializing in HOW and professional audio/video design and installation. He expanded the services to include residential AV in 2004 and continues to work heavily in both markets. Matt specializes in HOW, live sound, lighting control, home theatre design, control systems, and connected home technologies.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Matt Scott:
- Matt's role on the CEDIA board
- Why he volunteers his time to the industry
- Managing both resi and commercial project work