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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 #38: An Industry Q&A With Aaron Cramer

The difference between MDU projects and home installations

Home Automation Podcast Episode #38: An Industry Q&A With Aaron Cramer

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Aaron Cramer. Recorded live on Wednesday March 21st at 12:30 p.m. EST.  

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!

Home Automation Podcast Episode #37: An Industry Q&A With Chris Subbiondo

Choosing a PCNA certified professional

Home Automation Podcast Episode #37: An Industry Q&A With Chris Subbiondo

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Chris Subbiondo. Recorded live on Wednesday March 14th at 12:30 p.m. EST.  

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!

Home Automation Podcast Episode #36: An Industry Q&A With JB Fowler

Benefits of Remote Monitoring and Management:

Home Automation Podcast Episode #36: An Industry Q&A With JB Fowler

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing JB Fowler. Recorded live on Wednesday, February 28th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

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!

Home Automation Podcast Episode #35: An Industry Q&A With Joey Kolchinsky

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

Home Automation Podcast Episode #35: An Industry Q&A With Joey Kolchinsky

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Joey Kolchinsky. Recorded live on Wednesday February 21st at 12:30 p.m. EST. 

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!

Home Automation Podcast Episode #34: An Industry Q&A With Tim Bigoness

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

Home Automation Podcast Episode #34: An Industry Q&A With Tim Bigoness

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Tim Subbiondo. Recorded live on Wednesday February 15th at 12:30 p.m. EST.  

About Tim 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!

Home Automation Podcast Episode #33: An Industry Q&A With Lani Godfrey

People, Process, and Technology - the Role of Buying Groups in CI

Home Automation Podcast Episode #33: An Industry Q&A With Lani Godfrey

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Lani Godfrey. Recorded live on Wednesday February 7th at 12:30 p.m. EST.  

About Lani Godfrey

Lani Godfrey began his career in 1995 at Circuit City as a retail sales associate and since then have worked in Custom Sales and Installation, Purchasing and Inventory, Operations and Process Management in Distribution. For the past 2 & 1/2 years, Lani has happily been with the ProSource buying group covering the South East region. Lani is a proud University of South Carolina Graduate, average golfer, and below average fisherman.

Interview Recap

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

  • Lani’s background in the industry
  • Lani’s current role at ProSource
  • The value of buying groups
  • What ProSource is planning for the future
  • Best practices for people development
  • And more!