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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 #32: An Industry Q&A With Brent McCall

What's new with HDMI?

Home Automation Podcast Episode #32: An Industry Q&A With Brent McCall

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Brent McCall. Recorded live on Wednesday January 31st at 12:30 p.m. EST.  

About Brent McCall

Brent McCall has been in AV, 12 Volt and custom Installation since 1977. In that time he progressed from a floor salesperson to a custom integrator to (now) HDMI product development and support. His focus for the past 12 years has been HDMI and its ramifications to the custom integration professional. His work includes time in the field with dealer/installers and other hardware manufacturers.

Interview Recap

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

  • Brent’s background in the industry
  • Brent’s current role at Metra Home Theater
  • What’s new with HDMI
  • 4K and 8K UHD
  • And more!

Home Automation Podcast Episode #31: An Industry Q&A With David VanWert

Exploring a better approach to the design-build process

Home Automation Podcast Episode #31: An Industry Q&A With David VanWert

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing JB Fowler. Recorded live on Wednesday, January 24th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About David VanWert

David VanWert has nearly 20 years of experience in the A/V integration field with 8 years as President of VanWert Technology Design with design projects throughout the globe. When not running the day to day operations of VTD, David enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, going to concerts, playing ice hockey, and snowboarding.

Interview Recap

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

  • David's background in the A/V industry
  • His company, VanWert Technology Design
  • The benefits of design on a project
  • How to improve the "process" of technology on high end residential projects
  • And more!

Home Automation Podcast Episode #30: An Industry Q&A With Helen Heneveld

An Interview with This Year's Recipient of the CTA TechHome Leadership Award

Home Automation Podcast Episode #30: An Industry Q&A With Helen Heneveld

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing JB Fowler. Recorded live on Wednesday, January 17th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Helen Heneveld

Helen Heneveld, MBA, CEDIA Installer 1 Certified and CEA-CompTIA DHTI+ Certified, is a well-respected and recognized industry expert who speaks and consults worldwide in the connected home industry. Her early entry in the 1980’s into the smart home business and her years in industry training make her contributions valuable as a current board member for CEA Tech Home Division and past member on the CEDIA Board of Directors.

She received the CTA TechHome Leadership Award at CES 2018, an honor given to an individual that has made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the TechHome industry and shows continued dedication and devotion to the industry. She is co-author of the first and second editions of DHTI+ Home Technology Integrator All-In-Onxcxccccand Definitions. Passionate about the industry, Heneveld leads Bedrock Learning.com in providing effective, convenient and affordable training and resource materials to the connected home industry. She can be reached at www.bedrocklearning.com.

Interview Recap

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

  • Helen's current role and how she got started in the industry
  • What was awesome about CES 2018
  • The CTA TechHome Leadership Award
  • Workforce Development
  • Bedrock's approach and offerings
  • Women in CI

 

Home Automation Podcast Episode #29: An Industry Q&A With Brian Good

Exploring the value of iPoint

Home Automation Podcast Episode #29: An Industry Q&A With Brian Good

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing JB Fowler. Recorded live on Wednesday, January 10th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Brian Good

Brian Good is the VP of Sales and Marketing at iPoint. With more than 10 years of customer service, sales, and training experience, Good has a deep knowledge of how to create and implement efficient development strategies that ensure success. Prior to joining iPoint, he held executive, analyst, sales, and training positions for a range of companies, guiding his territories to year-over-year growth and helping develop software solutions to improve operational processes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from Washburn University.

Interview Recap

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

  • Brian's background in the industry and how he got started
  • What iPoint is, why it was created, and what value it offers for integrators
  • Brian's take on groups like HTSA, Bravas Group, and ProSource
  • The importance of marketing and prospecting
  • How integrators can learn more about iPoint

Home Automation Podcast Episode #28: An Industry Q&A With Camila Ballario

A Chat With Leon Speakers' Camila Ballario

Home Automation Podcast Episode #28: An Industry Q&A With Camila Ballario

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Camila Ballario. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 20th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Camila Ballario

Born in Argentina, Camila grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and received a degree in music performance at the University of Michigan. After a few years of managing and recruiting in the retail industry post-graduation, it was music that brought her to Leon Speakers.

A recording artist, she came to Leon in 2013 to play music on the stage at Leon's on-site music venue, the Leon Loft, and shortly thereafter joined the Leon team. Since then, Camila has cultivated strong relationships with Leon and Media Décor dealers to help them understand Leon culture, and specify unique Leon solutions. She has seen the sales team grow and change over the five years she has been with the company and currently travels to top-performing dealers across the US as Leon's Senior Account Manager.

Interview Recap

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

  • Camila's background and transition into the industry and her current role
  • What brought her to Leon
  • What Leon is all about and what sets it apart from other companies
  • The most fun and exciting aspects of her job
  • Managing work/life balance around the holidays
  • Leon's plans for 2018
  • How those interested can become a Leon dealer

Home Automation Podcast Episode #27: An Industry Q&A With George Tucker

Discussing AV Technology with Industry Veteran George Tucker

Home Automation Podcast Episode #27: An Industry Q&A With George Tucker

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing George Tucker. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 13th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About George Tucker

George Tucker brings 25 years of AV experience with display technologies education, social media, and system integration background. Tucker’s various positions in audio visual has had him involved with nearly every aspect of the industry. His career has included time as a systems programmer, live events video tech, working on automation for theater, managing national support for a major industry manufacture, and recording studios. In addition, George teaches for CEDIA and he is the Co-Founder of AV Nation.

His Twitter bio often says it all : One part punk intelligista ,one part pagan ritual and one part musical rapture, Shaken liberally with a twist of technorotica and a jigger of ADD.

Interview Recap

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

  • George's background and how he got started in the industry
  • Teaching for CEDIA in the New York area
  • A recap of technology advances in 2017
  • What can we expect to see as far as tech advances in 2018
  • What the industry can do as a whole do to push AV to the next level
  • And more