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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.

Watch Episode #92: An Industry Q&A with Michael Oh

Watch Episode #92: An Industry Q&A with Michael Oh

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Michael Oh. Recorded live on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at 12:30 pm EST.

About Michael Oh

President and founder of TSP, Michael founded his company in 1992 while still a freshman at MIT. Recognized as an Inc 500 company in 2001, TSP has a staff of 15 employees with an annual revenue of $3 million. In 2011 TSP expanded into the residential market with TSP Smart Spaces, a division focused on smart home tech and audio/video integration. Their client list includes first investors of Facebook, Accel, the Boston Celtics, Bose Corporation and a 71 unit MDu in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Matt Scott:

  • Launching an Apple-focused IT company from his MIT dorm
  • Why the MSP service model is the future of the home integration market 
  • Operating a remote workplace with staff in 3 countries
  • Their latest luxury MDU project in Reykjavik, Iceland

Watch Episode #91: An Industry Q&A with Bob Cole

An Expert's View on How To Grow and Survive in the Automation Industry

Watch Episode #91: An Industry Q&A with Bob Cole

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.
 

Interview Recap

In this conversation, we discussed:

  • 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

Watch Episode #90: An Industry Q&A with David Frangioni

An Expert´s View on How To Grow and Survive in the Automation Industry

Watch Episode #90: An Industry Q&A with David Frangioni

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.

Interview Recap

In this conversation, we discussed:

  • 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

Watch Episode #89: An Industry Q&A with Matt Scott

The Business of Running a Business

Watch Episode #89: An Industry Q&A with Matt Scott

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.

 
Interview Recap

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

Watch Episode #88: An Industry Q&A with Eric Joy

A CEO's perspective on how to keep growing in the Home Automation Industry

Watch Episode #88: An Industry Q&A with Eric Joy

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Eric Joy. Recorded live on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 12:30 pm EST.

About Eric Joy

He is the Chief Experience Officer of Georgia Home Theater. Eric started in the industry 23 years ago, back when Georgia Home Theater was still Laserdisc Enterprises. After watching the industry evolve, Eric took the opportunity to work on the manufacturing side of the business for two different speaker manufacturers: Bowers & Wilkins and Paradigm. After dedicating 8 plus years of his life to being a road warrior, he decided to return back home to Georgia Home Theater. They are proud members of CEDIA and the HTSA buying group. They have a single 20,000 square foot facility located in Marietta, GA

 

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Eric Joy:

  • Experience gained working 
  • Growth and change in the industry
  • How Georgia Home Theater host events and manages growth
  • How Georgia Home Theater uses social media to extend their brand

Watch Episode #87: An Industry Q&A with Justin Johnston

An Expert´s View on How To Grow and Survive in the Automation Industry

Watch Episode #87: An Industry Q&A with Justin Johnston

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Justin Johnston. Recorded live on Wednesday September 4th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Justin Johnston

Justin Johnston started Twilight Solutions in 2000 at the age of 19 while working towards his degree. He became the youngest contractor in the state of California at 22 and has been constantly working to make Twilight Solutions a leader in the custom integration market. Twilight Solutions is based in Walnut Creek, CA, just outside of San Francisco, CA

 

Interview Recap

In this episode of Automation Unplugged, Ron Calls spoke with Justin Johnston about topics such as:

  • How Justin got his start in the A/V industry
  • The recent $75 million Bravas merger
  • The latest technology trends like tunable lighting and digital art
  • The importance of a strong company culture