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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 #2: An Industry Q&A With Nathan Holmes

An Industry Expert’s Perspective on Networking, Robots, and Black Holes

Home Automation Podcast Episode #2: An Industry Q&A With Nathan Holmes

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Nathan Holmes. Recorded live on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. EST. 

About Nathan Holmes

In his role as Technical Trainer, Nathan helps integrators succeed by guiding them in best practices and providing helpful resources. Nathan has nearly a decade of technical expertise within the custom integration industry.

Interview Recap

During the live interview, One Firefly CEO Ron Callis, Jr. asked Nathan a series of questions surrounding what Access Networks has to offer to dealers as well as his thoughts on the current state of the networking and home automation industry.

Watch the video to see Ron and Nathan discuss topics such as:

  • How Nathan got started in the AV Industry and his current role at Access Networks
  • The reason behind Access Network’s recent success
  • Best practices and strategies for technical training
  • The biggest networking mistakes integrators make most often
  • The role of robotics and the automation industry in homes and businesses
  • The coolest new technologies to get excited about
  • Astrophysics and what’s really in the center of a black hole

Home Automation Podcast Episode #1: An Industry Q&A With Paul Starkey

The Expert Perspective on Bi4Ci

Home Automation Podcast Episode #1: An Industry Q&A With Paul Starkey

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Paul Starkey. Recorded live on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. EST. 

About Paul Starkey

Paul Starkey has been in the custom installation business for 24 years, and in that time, Paul has raised venture capital twice, acquired two companies, started two others and has in-depth knowledge of the CI business. These acquisitions and mergers exceeded $280M in value. He has business operations, sales and marketing experience.  His keen insights, innovation, and creativity have been recognized by many in our industry. 

Interview Recap

The live interview covers a series of topics surrounding the AV and automation industry, such as: 

  • Starkey's background and expertise in the industry
  • The challenges currently facing integrators today
  • Bi4Ci: what is it and why do CI dealers need it?
  • Characteristics of successful business owners in this channel
  • The three ratios integrators should definitely be watching
  • Which manufacturers are starting to stand out and having staying power in this space
  • Cool new technologies that are just around the corner
  • Whether life exists on other planets
  • And more.