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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.

Watch Episode #74: An Industry Q&A with Cullen Harwood

Pedaling magic, pedaling happiness

Watch Episode #74: An Industry Q&A with Cullen Harwood

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Cullen Harwood. Recorded live on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 1:30pm EST.

About Cullen Harwood

Cullen Harwood has been with Sonos for 6 years. He started as a Regional Salesman in the IL/WI/MI markets and progressed to lead their National Strategy for the AV Integrator vertical (a vertical within their Installed Solutions channel). Very recently he took over Product Marketing for their Architectural line (including Amp and Sonos by Sonance).
 
Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Cullen Harwood

  • Cullen’s background in the industry
  • Distributed audio trends in 2019
  • What’s new with Sonos?

Watch Episode #72: An Industry Q&A with Mike Teolis

Better lighting = Better sleep patterns = Better health

Watch Episode #72: An Industry Q&A with Mike Teolis

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Mike Teolis. Recorded live on Wednesday April 17th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Mike Teolis

Mike Teolis is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal Canada with a BA in Economics. He subsequently obtained a brokerage/ trading license. He started a sales career in the audio visual industry in ’92, ascending to a VP sales/marketing position leading the growth a small regional audio visual company to Canada’s largest integrator with 11 offices and 225 employees. In 2008, Mike Founded with partner Maurice Gaudio GAV MGMT a Montreal based Residential integration company that in 2012 brought to market a low voltage lighting solution that would complement other audio/video low voltage technologies offered by the company. In 2016, Teolis and Gaudio launch Colorbeam Lighting to bring low voltage lighting solutions to the North American AV channel.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Mike Teolis

  • Mike’s background in the industry
  • Trends in lighting in 2019
  • What’s new with Colorbeam
  • Why AV integrators should get into low voltage lighting
  • What Colorbeam lighting offers as a solution
  • What's the future of lighting
  • What is human-centric lighting and how does it benefit people

Watch Episode #71: An Industry Q&A with Bobby Dodge

Marketing is the perfect way to attract new customers

Watch Episode #71: An Industry Q&A with Bobby Dodge

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Bobby Dodge. Recorded live on Tuesday, April 9th at 12:30pm EST.

About Bobby Dodge

Robert began his career in 2002 at a high performance car audio and home theater company in New Jersey. His initial passion entering the industry was in car audio but after a few years transitioned to the home side of the business. In 2012, he proudly joined ProSource and has loved every minute of it. In his free time, he enjoys sports, concerts, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Bobby Dodge

  • Robert’s background in the industry
  • Importance of joining a buying group
  • What's hot in the industry right now

Watch Episode #70: An Industry Q&A with Eric Thies

Quality > Quantity

Watch Episode #70: An Industry Q&A with Eric Thies

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Eric Thies. Recorded live on Wednesday March 27th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Eric Thies

Eric Thies is the founder of DSI Luxury Technology, a high-end integration firm in Los Angeles that happens to be the most award-winning CI company in North America. Eric also is a member of The Guild, an alliance of the best integrators in the US. Eric sits on the board of Azione and also is an underpaid and overworked volunteer for the Home Technology Association, which is his passion project.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Eric Thies

  • Eric’s background and how he got into the CI industry
  • The impending correction of the economy
  • The Guild 
  • Latest HTA news

Watch Episode #69: An Industry Q&A with Marc Oliveri

Keeping an Open Line of Communication

Watch Episode #69: An Industry Q&A with Marc Oliveri

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Marc Oliveri. Recorded live on March 20th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST

About Marc Oliveri

Marc initially got started in the CE channel while attending college in the mid 90's, installing custom security systems. He then made his way to Texas in 2000 and shortly after got onboard with Apple in their education group. While at Apple he was requested to assist a friend with his four restaurants and their overly complex AV system. Marc officially launched mero CONCEPTS in October of 2013.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Marc Oliveri

  • Importance of good customer service for integration companies
  • State of the industry in 2019
  • The difficulty in providing simple solutions vs complex solutions

Watch Episode #68: An Industry Q&A with Michael Buckner

Be happy. Love what you do.

Watch Episode #68: An Industry Q&A with Michael Buckner

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Michael Buckner. Recorded live on Friday March 15th at 12:30pm EST.

About Michael Buckner

A Canton resident since youth, Michael got his start in the electronics industry 15 years ago selling TV’s at the local Walmart while attending Cherokee High School. Soon after, he moved up to commission sales at Circuit City and Hifi Buys. After graduating college, he became a regional trainer for Pioneer Electronics, traveling the country to share his knowledge of consumer electronics. After a few years of traveling, in 2006, Audio Intersection was created to bring the knowledge back home, and help local clients make better electronics purchasing decisions. He hasn’t slowed down since. Michael is a certified Control4 programmer.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Michael Buckner

  • Michael’s background in the industry
  • What’s new with Bravas
  • Upcoming trends in the industry