The cost of sustaining cheap gear
This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Michael Restrepo. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 5th at 12:30 p.m. EST.
About Michael Restrepo
Michael Restrepo has spent more than 19 years working in the av field and perfecting his craft. His passion for all things technology and av leads Restrepo Innovations in utilizing cutting edge technologies while delivering reliable systems and easy to use interfaces.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Michael:
- Michael’s background in the industry
- Cooperative Competition
- Power management
- Investing in quality equipment
How DIY affects Integrators
This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Marie Devlin. Recorded live on Tuesday November 20th at 12:30 p.m. EST.
About Marie Devlin
Marie Devlin has been running Smart Systems with her husband, Pat, since 2000. Prior to that they owned a tropical plant company in the Dallas area for 18 years. They sold it in 2000 and started Smart Systems. Marie really loves this industry because of the way it changes and the ongoing technology. It never gets boring and there is always something new to learn.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Marie:
- Marie’s background and how she got into this industry
- Security for networks and automation systems.
- How DIY affects Integrators
Latest trends in the industry to keep an eye on
This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jeff Francisco. Recorded live on Wednesday November 14th at 12:30 p.m. EST.
About Joe Whitaker
Joe Whitaker has 20 years of experience in Custom Systems Integration and Design Industry. As one of the most proactive members of the CEDIA Comunity and Control4 tech community Joe continues to design and implement amazing solutions while contributing to the consumer knowledgebase. Writing for CePro, Electronic House, and TecHome. Joe has also helped in product development, creation, and preproduction testing with top manufacturers like Origin Acoustics, Sony, Platinum Tools, Sanus, Nyne, Stealth Acoustics, Simply Reliable, VANCO and many more. Beyond developing many custom tools to assist in custom installations and custom rack building, video and audio products that benefit the integrator, and network gear for the CI Industry, he is a regular contributor of news, product reviews and tutorials at EH Publishing CE Pro Magazine, Electronic House Magazine, and Commercial Integrator Magazine, and TecHome.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Joe:
- Joe’s background in the industry
- Latest trends in the industry to keep an eye on
Adopting EOS for Success
This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Brad Whitehead. Recorded live on Wednesday November 7th at 12:30 p.m. EST.
About Brad Whitehead
Brad Whitehead has been leading and developing entrepreneurial companies for over 20 years. After growing Paragon Technology Group across four resort markets in Colorado, he served as COO of VIA International. Brad now works with leadership teams of companies with 10-200 employees to help them get what they want from their business by implementing EOS — the Entrepreneurial Operating System. This simple, proven system aligns leadership teams around a vision and creates traction to execute it by instilling discipline and accountability for the entire organization. As a professional EOS implementer, Brad serves as a teacher, facilitator, and coach for owners and their managers that want to take their business to the next level.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Brad:
- Brad’s background in the industry
- The different types of growth: revenue, business lines, geographic, capability, and profitability.
- The challenges that companies typically face that impede their growth and development.
- Describe EOS as a system that can add order to chaos as a company grows, creating a framework to keep the team aligned and on track
- Describe the process for implementing EOS within a company
- In the CE integration industry, many companies have adopted EOS and are enjoying success.
Changing the world through Energy Automation
This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jessica Weiss. Recorded live on Wednesday, October 31st at 12:30 p.m. EST.
About Jessica Weiss
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Jessica Weiss graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a degree in Public Relations. Upon graduation, she first entered the hospitality industry as a Group Sales Manager for a major hotel in Center City Philadelphia - The Crowne Plaza Hotel (which eventually became Sonesta Hotel). There, she managed rate negotiation across multiple market segments to drive millions of dollars in revenue for the Hotel. After several years in hospitality, Jessica decided to use and expand her skills in a new industry - home automation & lighting control - when she joined Lutron Electronics in 2013. At Lutron, she spent over 4 years on both the Shades and Residential Systems Marketing Teams to successfully promote and expand Lutron Shading Solutions, Caséta Wireless, RadioRA 2, and HomeWorks QS across Lutron’s various channels. During this time, she also developed, launched, and managed a highly-successful Contractor Rewards Program - Lutron PRO. In December 2017, Jessica decided to bring her passion for lighting control and home automation to an entirely new industry - renewable energy - upon joining the sonnen Team. With her background at Lutron, Jessica brought a new perspective of “clean tech” to the renewable energy industry where she would serve several different roles at sonnen - including a Sales & Marketing Leader for the Northeast, Program Manager to develop and launch several Preferred Partner programs, and (most currently) Business Development Manager for Energy Automation and AI. In her current role, Jessica is using her passion and expertise in both home automation and renewable energy to educate and inspire others about energy automation with ecoLinx - a concept now possible for the very first time. Today, she focuses on merging both the solar and home automation industries to help industry partners elevate and differentiate their business with this groundbreaking, unique innovation that takes the ultimate smart home to the next level. In her spare time, Jessica loves to run, bike, and spend time with her family.
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Jessica:
- Jessica’s background in the industry
- Who is Sonnen?
- Importance of energy automation - value to homeowners
- Opportunity for the integrator
- Relationship between integrator and solar contractor
- How to get started - next steps
Helping customers wrap their head around projects
This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing George Walter. Recorded live on Wednesday October 24th at 12:30 p.m. EST.
About George Walter
George Walter is a distinguished industry leader with more than 30 years of industry experience. Began his career in Video with General Electric’s Projection Display business unit. Held positions in Sales and Product Management for GE’s Video projectors. Moved to Atlanta to join the newly established US subsidiary for Barco Projection Division. Held several positions in Product Management, Sales Management and Business Unit manager for Video projectors, Broadcast Monitors and Cable and Satellite products. Launched Home Entertainment business unit for Digital Projection. Launched Home Entertainment business unit for Christie Digital (Largest Digital cinema projection company in the United States). Received BSEE and MBA from Syracuse University. Held Board positions for CEDIA and Azione Member of CEDIA’s Strategic Advisory Council
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with George:
- George's background in the industry
- Resurgence of Home Theaters
- Technological advances driving home theater resurgence
- Simplification of home theater selling, ordering and installatio