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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 #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

Watch Episode #67: An Industry Q&A with Joseph Kolchinsky

Changing the Smart Home One Experience at a Time

Watch Episode #67: An Industry Q&A with Joseph Kolchinsky

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Joseph Kolchinsky. Recorded live on Monday March 11th, 2019 at 2pm EST.

About Joseph 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 Joseph Kolchinsky

  • Symposium
  • What’s new with OneVision?
  • Upcoming trends in 2019

Watch Episode #66: An Industry Q&A with Sean Weiner

Scaling a Custom Integration Business

Watch Episode #66: An Industry Q&A with Sean Weiner

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

About Sean Weiner

Sean Weiner is currently the president of Starr Systems Design, an electronic systems and electrical contracting firm located in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1990 with a degree in Economics, spent two years as an installation technician at a Baltimore area audio/video and lighting systems contractor, another two years in sales with a Washington DC area custom retailer, and ultimately founded Starr Systems Design in the summer of 1994. Since that time, Starr Systems Design has grown from a 3 employee audio and video systems contractor to a 50 employee firm specializing in electronic systems, electrical contracting, and security systems. Sean is currently serving as the Chief Technology Office for Bravas.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Sean Weiner

  • Integration of the electrical business with the CI business (lighting, controls, energy management, etc.)
  • Service programs and opportunities for the CI business
  • Using software for CI
  • Why scaling a CI business is hard

Watch Episode #65: An Industry Q&A with Ryan Donaher

Selling with a Passion

Watch Episode #65: An Industry Q&A with Ryan Donaher

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Ryan Donaher. Recorded live on Wednesday, Feb 20th at 12:30 pm EST.

About Ryan Donaher

Passionate about the CI industry and selling performance-based solutions. Grew up in Hi-Fi, and now enjoy a life of helping customers solve problems and making their clients happy. Love offering unique solutions that get people thinking.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Ryan Donaher

  • Selling performance and profit
  • Is control dead? App life moving forward? 
  • "It's good enough mentality" needs to die

Watch Episode #64: An Industry Q&A with Paul Ostrin

Growing a $4M Business

Watch Episode #64: An Industry Q&A with Paul Ostrin

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Paul Ostrin. Recorded live on Wednesday, Feb 13th at 12:30pm EST.

About Paul Ostrin

Starting Unlimited Integration back in 2011 with a background in IT and engineering, Paul has grown UI to 4M and not stopping there!

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Paul Ostrin

  • Paul’s background and how he came to enter the AV industry
  • Challenges to integrators in 2019
  • Upcoming trends in the industry