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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 #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

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

In this conversation, we discussed:

  • 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)

Watch Episode #85: An Industry Q&A with Jason Sayen

Process Improvement and its benefits for the Industry

Watch Episode #85: An Industry Q&A with Jason Sayen

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jason Sayen. Recorded live on Wednesday August 21st, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Jason Sayen

Jason is an industry leader with over 26 years of experience in the Consumer Electronics Industry. He has spent the majority of his career working directly for manufacturers of high-end car audio and residential electronics. In June of 2010, Jason received the honor of being recognized by Dealerscope Magazine's Top 40 under 40 award.

Currently he is Director of Sales and Business Development for LK & Associates which is a rep firm in the state of Florida representing over 20 of the top brands of residential consumer electronics ranging in categories of automation, motorization, energy management, audio, shading and lighting control. 

Jason is also a CEDIA COI and actively teaches classes with the design and build community often partnering with dealers to drive future business.

 
Interview Recap

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

  • Jason´s background in the industry
  • State of the industry and challenges dealers face.
  • Business processes and the importance of having documentation for your business.
  • CEDIA 2019 
  • Six Sigma
  • The importance of working with the design and build community on education

Watch Episode #84: An Industry Q&A with David Warfel

Why Artistic Lighting Design is Important

Watch Episode #84: An Industry Q&A with David Warfel

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing David Warfel. Recorded live on Monday August 5th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About David Warfel

David Warfel, founder of LightCanHelpYou.com, is a lighting designer, author, and educator who passionately shares the gift of light. Whether blogging at languageoflight.blog, writing for Houzz.com or designing residential and entertainment experiences from coast to coast through his company at LightCanHelpYou.com, David simply wants to help others live better lives through the scientific and artistic application of radiant energy. From the local theatre to Carnegie Hall, from his parent’s kitchen to multi-million-dollar homes, from local pizza joints to the Las Vegas Strip, from school cafeterias to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line projects, David is endlessly fascinated by the power of light to reveal and transform space.
 
Interview Recap

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

  • David´s background in the industry
  • Lighting! and Lighting Fails
  • The power of light
  • Why integrators need to sell lighting fixtures and design
  • Why lighting design is broken and how we're fixing it
  • How to look at a plan and know if it needs better lighting
  • Being a consultant to ProSource