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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: Integrators

Watch Episode #90: An Industry Q&A with David Frangioni

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

Watch Episode #90: An Industry Q&A with David Frangioni

About David Frangioni

David Frangioni, an award-winning veteran of the music industry, has expertise ranging from being a drummer and producer to an artist development & label founder, audio consultant, music technologist, integrator, author & engineer.

He built a ground-breaking music tech consulting business working with Aerosmith, the Stones, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Sting, Bryan Adams, Journey, Styx, Phil Collins, Shakira, Pat Metheny, Rascal Flatts, Ozzy Osbourne, Chick Corea, and many more.

David has authored 3 books including Icon and Crash, along with founding Frangioni Media, Audio One based in South Florida, All Access IDA, and his non-profit Frangioni Foundation. In 2019, David became Publisher of Modern Drummer Magazine, the world’s #1 drum magazine.

Interview Recap

In this conversation, we discussed:

  • His experience working with leading artists like Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne
  • Creating strong connections through trust and consistency
  • What to expect from Modern Drummer Magazine 2020 publication
  • How David shares his passion for music through his non-profit, Frangioni Foundation

Watch Episode #87: An Industry Q&A with Justin Johnston

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

Watch Episode #87: An Industry Q&A with Justin Johnston

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Justin Johnston. Recorded live on Wednesday September 4th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Justin Johnston

Justin Johnston started Twilight Solutions in 2000 at the age of 19 while working towards his degree. He became the youngest contractor in the state of California at 22 and has been constantly working to make Twilight Solutions a leader in the custom integration market. Twilight Solutions is based in Walnut Creek, CA, just outside of San Francisco, CA

 

Interview Recap

In this episode of Automation Unplugged, Ron Calls spoke with Justin Johnston about topics such as:

  • How Justin got his start in the A/V industry
  • The recent $75 million Bravas merger
  • The latest technology trends like tunable lighting and digital art
  • The importance of a strong company culture 

 

Watch Episode #19: an Industry Q&A with Chris Smith

Exploring Company Communication, Creative RMR, and Employee Retention

Watch Episode #19: an Industry Q&A with Chris Smith

In this Automation Unplugged interview, Ron speaks with Chris Smith, VP of Business Development at Cloud9 Smart. Cloud9 Smart is a high-end integration firm located in New York City. Watch the interview to learn Chris' tips on running a successful technology business through solid employee retention practices, RMR, streamlined operations, and more.

Watch Episode #12: an Industry Q&A Session with Greg Simmons

Buyouts, Builder Programs, and Security RMR

Watch Episode #12: an Industry Q&A Session with Greg Simmons

In this Automation Unplugged episode, Ron Callis interviewed Greg Simmons, Co-Owner and Vice President at Eagle Sentry. Eagle Sentry is the 27th largest integrator in the CEPro 100. During the interview, Ron and Greg discussed best practices regarding RMR through security monitoring, reaching out to builders, Eagle Sentry's role in the smart home design for Indy racecar driver Alex Tagliani, and the process of doing a leveraged buyout.