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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 #39: An Industry Q&A with Mark Cichowski

Technology & Businesses Summit Events

Watch Episode #39: An Industry Q&A with Mark Cichowski

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Mark Cichowski, Founder and CEO of the Technology and Business Summits, from his home office in Aliso Viejo, CA. Mark is an industry veteran dating back to his start in 12-volt car audio in 1979. He was with Sonance when CEDIA was founded and in 2009 founded the Technology & Business Summit events that will be held in 10 cities in the USA in 2018. Recorded Live on March 28th, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Mark Cichowski

Mark has been in the industry since 1979. Started selling audio and video equipment before getting recruited by Sonance where he spent 6 years as International Sales Manager and became a founding member of CEDIA. He worked in top management positions for different companies in the industry and founded Clarity AV International, Inc back in 2002, which he still owns. 

In 2009, Mark founded the Technology & Business Summit events. These events are rep centric, which had not been done before. They are local, focused, education oriented events, highlighted with exhibits from some of the top manufacturers in the AV, Control & Technology industry.

Interview Recap

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

  • Mark's background in the industry
  • The importance of having a rep-centric industry summit
  • More info about Technology & Businesses Summit events
  • And more!

Watch Episode #38: An Industry Q&A with Aaron Cramer

The difference between MDU projects and home installations

Watch Episode #38: An Industry Q&A with Aaron Cramer

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Aaron Cramer, Director of Operations for Acoustic Architects from his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Aaron has been in the CI industry since 2005 and has worked with multiple leading integration firms. He joined Miami based powerhouse integration firm Acoustic Architects in 2011 and currently manages all production including MDU's. Recorded Live on March 21st, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Aaron Cramer

Aaron has been in the industry exclusively in the South Florida market since 2005. He spent 6 years at HED South and has been at Acoustic Architects since 2011. 
He moved up the ranks at Acoustic Architects; he was hired as an installer/technician and is now Director of Operations as well as PM of all MDU deployment.

Interview Recap

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

  • Client perception of our industry and how we think wrong as integrators
  • How to keep your employees happy
  • MDU Projects
  • And more!

Watch Episode #37: An Industry Q&A with Chris Subbiondo

Choosing a PCNA certified professional

Watch Episode #37: An Industry Q&A with Chris Subbiondo

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Chris Subbiondo, CEO for WSC Home Audio Video from his office in Chesapeake, VA. Chris joined the Navy when he was 18 and started in the CI business as a DirectTV Technician in 2003. Chris started WSC in 2011 and is currently a platinum level Control4 dealer and is the 13th person in the United States to obtain PCNA certification. Recorded Live on March 14th, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Chris Subbiondo

Chris is 38 Years old and lives in Chesapeake, Virginia. He’s originally from New Jersey, but joined the Navy when he was 18. After serving four years, he started doing installations as a DirecTV technician. Eventually that evolved into TV mounts, then home theaters, then smart home automation of today. Chris was the 13th person in the United States to obtain the newest PCNA certification and WSC Home Audio Video has achieved platinum dealer status with control4. WSC has been voted best of Angie's list and home advisor every year for 5 years in a row now.

Interview Recap

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

  • Chris' background in the industry
  • The importance of choosing a PCNA certified professional for a home networking project
  • Why choosing a professional to help you with today's technology is worth it
  • The future of home networking
  • And more!

Watch Episode #36: An Industry Q&A with JB Fowler

Benefits of Remote Monitoring and Management:

Watch Episode #36: An Industry Q&A with JB Fowler

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing J.B. Fowler, Chief Product Officer for Domotz from his home office in Salt Lake City, UT. J.B. is a CI industry veteran with time spent at Control4 and Luxul to name a few. In J.B.'s current role with Domotz, he is ensuring their hardware and software are meeting the needs of integrators as they aspire to remotely monitor their client's networks to ensure optimal service and operations. Recorded Live on February 28th, 2018 at 12:30 pm EDT.

About JB Fowler

J.B. has over 15 years of experience in the Audio/Video Networking industries, including several years with Control4, where he managed the Audio/Video and Controller product lines. In addition, he ran the Business Development organization for Luxul, a Wired and Wireless Networking company that focuses on the integration channels. He currently is the Chief Product Officer for Domotz, ensuring that Integrators and Manufacturers that leverage Domotz have a great product experience.

Interview Recap

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

  • Remote Connectivity Security Concerns
  • Operational Efficiency for Integrators
  • Eliminating Truck rolls
  • Ease of Installation
  • And more!

Watch Episode #35: An Industry Q&A with Joey Kolchinsky

Modernizing the Smart Home Service Channel: the Future of Service in the Industry

Watch Episode #35: An Industry Q&A with Joey Kolchinsky

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Joey Kolchinsky, Founder and CEO of OneVision Resources from his office in Boston, MA. OneVision is focused on modernizing the smart-home service channel, transforming today’s professional smart-home installer into tomorrow’s Technology Manager for the connected family. Joey leveraged his experience supporting families in the Boston area with their technology needs to develop OneVision’s service platform that is changing the smart home, one service-experience at a time. Recorded Live on February 21st, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Joey Kolchinsky

Joseph Kolchinsky is the founder/CEO of OneVision Resources and is focused on modernizing the smart-home service channel, transforming today’s professional smart-home installer into tomorrow’s Technology Manager for the connected family. He sold his first service contract for managing the smart home in 2008 and after nearly a decade of providing services to clients directly he focused his efforts on building a platform for integrators. Today OneVision is redefining the relationships integrators have with their clients, changing the smart home one experience at a time. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Joseph invested in and served on the board of Ihiji, a start-up focused on remote management of the smart-home which was acquired by Control4 in 2017.

Interview Recap

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

  • History of OneVision Solutions
  • What is the future of our industry and how does service play a role?
  • What happens when you focus marketing efforts just on legacy clients and maintain those legacy clients through service?
  • Why does the industry need a service conference?
  • And more!

Watch Episode #34: An Industry Q&A with Tim Bigoness

How D-Tools software streamlines project estimation, system design, and project management

Watch Episode #34: An Industry Q&A with Tim Bigoness

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Tim Bigones, CMO of D-Tools coming to us live from his office in Concord, CA. Tim has had a 35 year career within television, publishing, multimedia and internet companies and has been with D-Tools since 2005 in various sales and marketing roles. We discuss Tim's background in multimedia, D-Tools 20th year anniversary and Tim's passion for Rock & Roll. Recorded Live on February 15th, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Big Bigoness

Tim Bigoness brings over 20 years experience and background from within the television, publishing, multimedia and internet industries, having been involved in all aspects of sales, marketing, public relations, business development, and product management. Over the past 15 years Bigoness has held executive and management positions with companies such as Macromedia, where he managed the Worldwide Developers Program and Made with Macromedia branding initiatives, and drove the creation of Macromedia Press. Prior to that he co-founded Morph’s Outpost, a technical trade publication for interactive media developers, and most recently held executive and senior marketing positions at Equilibrium and Scene7, companies which pioneered the dynamic imaging market.

Interview Recap

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

  • How Tim got involved in the CI industry
  • What brought Tim to D-Tools?
  • D-Tools 20th year in the industry
  • Cloud solutions and next version of the platform
  • And more!