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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.

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Articles tagged with: AV industry

Home Automation Podcast Episode #137: An Industry Q&A With Matt Fowler

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Matt Fowler of HomeTroniX, shares his approach to marketing and creating a strong digital presence.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #137: An Industry Q&A With Matt Fowler

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jeff Brewer. Recorded live on Wednesday, September 16th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Matt Fowler

In 2014, Matt invested in HomeTroniX with his father while a senior at Tulane University but chose to pursue his career in the Marine Corps and later in the wine industry. 

In 2019, with the company at a crossroads between growing at a faster rate or keeping the status quo, Matt agreed to join the family business as an executive with the goal of growing and scaling the integration firm.

Interview Recap

  • How Matt’s time in the Marine Corps impacted his role as a leader
  • How to grow and scale an integration firm
  • HomeTroniX’s growth during COVID 
  • Matt’s approach to marketing and creating a strong digital presence

Home Automation Podcast Episode #135: An Industry Q&A With Jeff Brewer

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Jeff Brewer of Sonance, shares ways he and his team are leveraging virtual trainings and meetings to strengthen relationships.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #135: An Industry Q&A With Jeff Brewer

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jeff Brewer. Recorded live on Wednesday, September 2nd at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Jeff Brewer

Since joining Sonance and James Loudspeaker in 2012, Jeff has led their sales directors team and currently coaches over 100 Sonance & James Loudspeaker Representatives. Jeff is also a current board member of the Azione Buying Group.

Jeff graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Marketing. Before Sonance, Jeff worked for companies including Best Buy for Business as their VP and Sr. Director and even for the late Steven Covey.

Interview Recap

  • Leadership strategies Jeff learned while working for the late Steven Covey where he was Master Certified
  • The James Loudspeaker acquisition and their approach to their rep network
  • Ways Jeff and his team are leveraging virtual trainings and meetings to strengthen relationships 
  • Exclusive announcement regarding the new Sonance Invisible Speaker Series

Home Automation Podcast Episode #133: An Industry Q&A With Jeremy Elsesser

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Jeremy Elsesser of Level 3 Audiovisual shares about the acceleration of software and cloud based communication platform solutions for the new global focus on work from home environments.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #133: An Industry Q&A With Jeremy Elsesser

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jeremy Elsesser. Recorded live on Wednesday, August 19th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Jeremy Elsesser

Jeremy has been in the technology industry for nearly 20 years and has worked on a broad range of projects, including broadcast, production, and communications for higher education, corporate, healthcare, and hospitality clients.

In 2019, Jeremy was awarded the Educator of the Year at AVIXA's InfoComm. Most recently, Level3 Audiovisual received "Best Healthcare Project" in the 2020 Commercial Integrator Integration Awards for their project with the University of Texas (UT) Health's nursing center.

Interview Recap

  • Jeremy’s 16 year career track at Level 3 Audiovisual, leading to his achieving the position of President of the company in 2017
  • The importance of company culture and hiring for passion
  • The transition from Commercial Integrator over to Managed Services
  • The acceleration of software and cloud based communication platform  solutions for the new global focus on work from home environments

Home Automation Podcast Episode #132: An Industry Q&A With Paul Lopez

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Paul Lopez of Integrated Lifestyles, shares on their transition from a majority commercial focus pre-COVID to a majority residential focus post COVID.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #132: An Industry Q&A With Paul Lopez

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Paul Lopez. Recorded live on Wednesday, August 5th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Paul Lopez

Throughout his 20 years in the custom integration industry, Paul has run up the ranks of audio, video, and custom installations from pulling cables in hot attics to now running a multi-million dollar business since their inception 3 years ago.

Today, Paul runs Dallas-based custom integration firm, Integrated Lifestyles where they focus on creating a collaborative work environment with a “client first” approach.

Interview Recap

  • What experiences led Paul to opening his own integration firm.
  • What it’s like being a Dolphins fan living in Dallas
  • Paul’s transition from a majority commercial focus pre-covid to a majority residential focus post covid.
  • Why Integrated Lifestyles chose to join the ProSource buying group

Home Automation Podcast Episode #131: An Industry Q&A With Ryan Anderson

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Ryan Anderson of Bravas, shares about the Bravas acquisition strategy to purchase 50 integration firms over the next 5 years.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #131: An Industry Q&A With Ryan Anderson

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Ryan Anderson. Recorded live on Wednesday, July 29th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Ryan Anderson

Before joining Bravas as their CEO in 2018, Ryan spent 15 of his 20 years in the custom integration industry as founder of Kansas City smart home integration firm, Elevated Electronics. Today, Elevated Electronics is now the KC Bravas location.

At Bravas, Ryan leads their corporate team and identifies and prepares potential candidates for acquisition.

Interview Recap

  • Ryan’s past experience as a racecar driver with Ferrari
  • The Bravas acquisition strategy to purchase 50 integration firms over the next 5 years.
  • Defining the “Why” for both Bravas and the CI Industry.  
  • Ryan’s thoughts about this new-era of event cancellations and more focused department training events

Home Automation Podcast Episode #129: An Industry Q&A With Ken Vanemon

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Ken Vanemon, of Sapphire Marketing, shares the status of the audio video marketplace in New York City.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #129: An Industry Q&A With Ken Vanemon

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Ken Vanemon. Recorded live on Wednesday, July 15th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Ken Vanemon

With over 25 years of experience in the Consumer Electronics Industry, Ken has worked in various roles from Operations Manager at Best Buy to Independent Manufacturers Sales Rep at JVC.

Ken joined AV manufacturer rep, Sapphire Marketing, in 2008, and represents their New York/New Jersey region as Sr. Regional Sales Manager.

Interview Recap

  • Status of the audio-video marketplace in New York City.

  • Ken’s strategies to stay sane while taking care of clients during these strange times

  • Ken’s thoughts on whether salespeople are born or made

  • How Crestron Home is helping dealers create a more customizable smart home system

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