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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 #151: An Industry Q&A With Marc Fulker

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Marc Fulker of Greenstar Technologies shares how they were able to use their showroom to change the customer experience dynamic.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #151: An Industry Q&A With Marc Fulker

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Marc Fulker. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 22nd at 5:00 p.m. EST.

About Marc Fulker

Based out of Melbourne, Australia, Marc started Greenstar Technologies in 2011 after spending 10 years working as an electrician in the residential and industrial sectors.

Today, Greenstar Technologies consists of a team of nine staff members, has been a Control4 dealer since 2016, and just recently opened a beautiful new showroom and office space in their central Melbourne location.

Interview Recap

  • The state of COVID-19 in the country of Australia
  • How Marc was able to use his showroom to change the customer experience dynamic
  • Marc's transition from an electrician to the home automation space
  • We even got a video tour of his new showroom which is featured on our One Firefly Facebook page

Home Automation Podcast Episode #150: An Industry Q&A With Brian Perreault

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Brian Perreault of Barrett's Technology Solutions shares the benefit of building relationships and being a resource for clients.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #150: An Industry Q&A With Brian Perreault

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Brian Perreault. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 16th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Brian Perreault

Today's show features Brian Perreault, COO at Barrett's Technology Solutions.

With nearly thirty years of experience at Barrett's and as COO and partner, Brian oversees all aspects of the business and has been instrumental in helping to guide the company to become a highly respected residential and commercial technology integration company in the greater Chicago-land area.

Active members of the ASID, CEDIA, and HTSA (of which Brian serves on the Board and is the current President), Brian and the Barrett's team take great pride in surrounding themselves with inspiring trade organizations and a network of peers with whom they can share insight, learn from and grow alongside.

Interview Recap

  • Brian's near 30-year career with Barrett's Technology
  • The benefit of building relationships and being a resource for clients
  • Why embracing change is crucial for the growth of a small business
  • How integrating Google Ads into their marketing strategy has helped their business

Home Automation Podcast Episode #149: An Industry Q&A With Wes Claytor

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Wes Claytor of One Firefly, shares principles and beliefs that lead to success in running and life.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #149: An Industry Q&A With Wes Claytor

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Wes Claytor. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 9th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Wes Claytor

After graduating with a degree in Exercise Science from Montclair State University, Wes spent some time in the health and fitness industry before making a move to North Carolina and ultimately landing at an account management position with a nationally recognized digital marketing agency with a core focus on Google Paid Search.

Wes joined One Firefly in 2019 with a goal of expanding his digital marketing toolkit to better service his clients. In addition to managing his book of business consisting of integrators located throughout North America, he also runs a personal blog. In his blog he shares his journey as an ultra marathon athlete and other personal stories.

Interview Recap

  • Wes' transition from the health and fitness industry into digital marketing
  • The importance of work/life balance
  • Wes' thoughts on the future of our industry in 2021
  • Principles and beliefs that lead to success in running and life

Home Automation Podcast Episode #148: An Industry Q&A With Gregg Dixon

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Gregg Dixon of AV Specialists, shares his approach to making 2020 their most successful year.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #148: An Industry Q&A With Gregg Dixon

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Gregg Dixon. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:30 a.m. EST.

About Gregg Dixon

Tampa-based AV Specialists, was founded in 1995 by Gregg Dixon once he and his family moved to Florida from Buffalo, NY. Gregg decided to open up shop and focus on installing the same technologies he loved designing into his own home.

Now 25 years later, AV Specialists is having their most successful year in company history thanks to his dedicated and growing team and a renewed focus on home construction and remodeling from his core customer base.

Interview Recap

  • Gregg's approach to making 2020 their most successful year
  • What projects looked like for Gregg in 1995
  • Major changes Gregg made to help take AV Specialists to the next level
  • Gregg's approach to company culture

 

Home Automation Podcast Episode #147: An Industry Q&A With Jon Robbins

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Jon Robbins of HTSA shares on HTSA's sales training approach and membership and growth opportunities.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #147: An Industry Q&A With Jon Robbins

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

About Jon Robbins

With 44 years of experience in the custom integration industry, Jon got his start leading Hi-Fidelity House based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1975, when he took over the family business.

Today, Jon serves as Executive Director at HTSA where he crafts annual strategic business plans to help propel the organization forward. Jon is also responsible for building strong relationships with the finest technology brands and the nation’s top AV specialists –creating a powerful collective whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Interview Recap

  • HTSA's sales training approach
  • Jon's view on how the recent 2020 election turnout will impact the custom integration space
  • How Jon defines leadership
  • HTSA membership growth and opportunities

Home Automation Podcast Episode #146: An Industry Q&A With Pat and Phil Mulligan

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Pat and Phil Mulligan of Pacific Audio & Communications share logistical hurdles faced when running a Hawaii based business.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #146: An Industry Q&A With Pat and Phil Mulligan

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Pat and Phil Mulligan. Recorded live on Tuesday, November 24th at 4:00 p.m. EST.

About Pat and Phil Mulligan

Today's show features brothers Phil Mulligan, President at Pacific Audio & Communications Hawaii and Vice President, Pat Mulligan.

Phil founded Maui-based integration firm Pacific Audio & Communication in 1991 to help homeowners achieve their goal of integrated home control and entertainment systems.

Later in 1998, Pat joined Phil in the family business and used his military electronics experience and degree in electrical engineering to help run the CI side of the operation, including all Crestron programming.

Pacific Audio & Communications is a CEDIA Member, HTA Luxury Certified integration firm, and a Veteran Owned Business.

Interview Recap

  • Logistical hurdles faced when running a Hawaii based business
  • Pat's time in the Army and the transition into the custom integration industry
  • How Pat and Phil prepare their projects for extreme weather conditions
  • The Ballistic Missle scare from 2018