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Automation Unplugged

If you’ve visited our Facebook page recently, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve started hosting Facebook Live interviews on a regular basis! These interviews are designed to help our clients and members of the custom integration industry keep up-to-date with the latest trends and news as well as learn from experts in the field.

Articles in Category: Integrators

Watch Episode #24: an Industry Q&A with Alex Lelchuk

On Running a Successful Integration Firm

Watch Episode #24: an Industry Q&A with Alex Lelchuk

In this interview, Ron Callis interviews Alex Lelchuk, founder of Lelch Audio Video, from his office in Minneapolis, MN. Watch the interview to learn about Alex's background, Lelch AV's growth, and project management.

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.

Watch Episode #9: an Industry Q&A Session with Dave Gilbert

Learn from the High-End Audio Expert

Watch Episode #9: an Industry Q&A Session with Dave Gilbert

In this Automation Unplugged interview, Ron Callis interviews Dave Gilbert, Co-owner and Senior VP of Hi-Fi Sales located in Cherry Hill, NJ. Dave's integration firm is an award-winning exclusive member of the CEPro 100 (#85 in 2017) and founding member of Bravas. 

Watch Episode #4: an Industry Q&A Session with Ted Bremekamp

A Talk with the CTO of one Largest Custom Integration Firms

Watch Episode #4: an Industry Q&A Session with Ted Bremekamp

Ron Callis had the privilege of interviewing Ted Bremekamp, CTO of ETC, Inc from West Palm Beach, FL. Ted Bremekamp is the Chief Technology Officer and General Manager at ETC, a nationally recognized leader in the residential electronics industry. With a degree in Electrical Engineering from Notre Dame and more than a decade of experience in AV and automation, Ted is a recognized industry expert. Ted is also a member of ProSource’s board of  directors and the President of the Bill Raskob Foundation, which provides interest-free education loans to deserving students throughout the U.S. In the interview, Ted discussed his role in running one of the largest custom integration firms (#15 on CEPro100 for 2017).

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