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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.

Articles in Category: Industry Professionals

Watch Episode #99: An Industry Q&A with Cesar Quintero

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, coach and EOS Implementor, Cesar Quintero shares his experience with the EOS process for optimal growth and company structure.

Watch Episode #99: An Industry Q&A with Cesar Quintero

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Cesar Quintero. Recorded live on Wednesday, February 7th, 2019, at 12:30 pm EST.

About Cesar Quintero

At 24 years old, Cesar moved from his home country of Venezuela to start a meal delivery service that was ahead of its time. After 5 years, the company made over six figures and had 27 employees, but he was stuck in the business running most functions in the leadership team. He then joined the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and learned about the book Traction, and implemented EOS in his company.

With 2 years of implementing EOS, the business doubled in size, and Cesar was able to pull back and work on the business solely as Visionary. That freed up his time to start 2 other businesses and started to mentor and coach entrepreneurs that wanted to scale.

Interview Recap

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

  • What entrepreneurs can expect from working with an EOS Implementer
  • Defining the 6 key components in EOS
  • Type of businesses that would benefit from the EOS system
  • The EOS proven process of implementation

Watch Episode #98: An Industry Q&A with Nigel Dessau

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, mentor and coach, Nigel Dessau is transforming marketing in a way that can help technology professionals think about the end-user experience in a different and profitable way.

Watch Episode #98: An Industry Q&A with Nigel Dessau

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Nigel Dessau. Recorded live on Wednesday, February 7th, 2019, at 12:30 pm EST.

About Nigel Dessau

Nigel Dessau, who got his start with IBM, has been a respected leader of business product marketing and product management for 25 years. He has been recognized for transforming marketing and driving business revenue to the next level and is now a CMO for Bravas, a national provider for multiple Fortune 500 technology companies. Nigel’s commitment to mentoring technology professionals expands to his business, The 3 Minute Mentor. He is also the author of Becoming a 21st Century Executive.

Interview Recap

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

  • How the shift in market consumerism will likely affect the custom integrator
  • Building your business using his "Content Approach Network" strategy
  • What the next year looks like for Bravas and their plans for growth within our space
  • His perspective on wellness and how integrators should position this solution to consumers

Watch Episode #91: An Industry Q&A with Bob Cole

An Expert's View on How To Grow and Survive in the Automation Industry

Watch Episode #91: An Industry Q&A with Bob Cole

About Bob Cole

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

Bob Cole is the CEO & Founder of World Wide Stereo who just celebrated their 40th Anniversary. Bob currently sits on the Board of Directors of the ProSource Buying Group. He has been featured on numerous publications from USA Today and Rolling Stones to The Financial Times, Huffington Post, and Esquire. He has been recognized as one of the “25 most influential people in CE” and was named to the Consumer Electronics’ Hall of Fame by Dealerscope Magazine.

His company-wide focus on philanthropy also extends into his personal life – he has raised significant funds and awareness for the arts and music education, St. Christopher’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Parkinson’s disease and cancer research. Bob currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Parkinson Council, Abington Health Advisory Council and serves on the advisory council for a technology-focused private equity firm.
 
Interview Recap

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

  • How Bob transitioned from his career as a psychologist to the consumer electronics industry 
  • How it felt to be inducted into CT Hall of Fame in 2018
  • World Wide Stereo’s focus on philanthropy and involvement in charities
  • His team’s approach to educating millennials on good audio

Watch Episode #89: An Industry Q&A with Matt Scott

The Business of Running a Business

Watch Episode #89: An Industry Q&A with Matt Scott

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Matt Scott. Recorded live on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 12:30 pm EST.

About Matt Scott

Matt started in pro audio/video at a very early age, running his first live FOH event at age 12. Matt continued in the industry starting OMEGA Audio Video in 2001, specializing in HOW and professional audio/video design and installation. He expanded the services to include residential AV in 2004 and continues to work heavily in both markets. Matt specializes in HOW, live sound, lighting control, home theatre design, control systems, and connected home technologies.

 

Interview Recap

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

  • Matt's role on the CEDIA board
  • Why he volunteers his time to the industry
  • Managing both resi and commercial project work

Watch Episode #88: An Industry Q&A with Eric Joy

A CEO's perspective on how to keep growing in the Home Automation Industry

Watch Episode #88: An Industry Q&A with Eric Joy

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Eric Joy. Recorded live on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 12:30 pm EST.

About Eric Joy

He is the Chief Experience Officer of Georgia Home Theater. Eric started in the industry 23 years ago, back when Georgia Home Theater was still Laserdisc Enterprises. After watching the industry evolve, Eric took the opportunity to work on the manufacturing side of the business for two different speaker manufacturers: Bowers & Wilkins and Paradigm. After dedicating 8 plus years of his life to being a road warrior, he decided to return back home to Georgia Home Theater. They are proud members of CEDIA and the HTSA buying group. They have a single 20,000 square foot facility located in Marietta, GA

 

Interview Recap

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

  • Experience gained working 
  • Growth and change in the industry
  • How Georgia Home Theater host events and manages growth
  • How Georgia Home Theater uses social media to extend their brand

Watch Episode #86: An Industry Q&A with Matt Sailor

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in the Automation Industry

Watch Episode #86: An Industry Q&A with Matt Sailor

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Matt Sailor. Recorded live on Monday August 26th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Matt Sailor

Co-founded IC Realtime and has served as CEO since its inception. Mr. Sailor is involved with all running facets of the business and has a proven executive management track record with over 20 years of experience driving growth and innovation within the Security Industry. As the Former Vice President of Mace Security, and a major contributor to an incredibly explosive 1,000 percent sales growth factor, Matt is a thought-provoking leader with an act and vision for excellence.

Interview Recap

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

  • Matt´s background in the industry
  • Keeping up to date with technology
  • Savant Partnership
  • Manufacturing in Korea vs. China
  • AI World (new AI-enabled recorders and cameras)