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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 Unplugged Episode #213: An Industry Q&A with Ed Gilmore

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Ed Gilmore, CEO and Founder of Gilmore’s Sound Advice, Inc. shares a personal story and why his showroom was designed with such warmth.

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #213: An Industry Q&A with Ed Gilmore

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Ed Gilmore. Recorded live on Wednesday, May 25th 2022, at 12:30PM EST

About Ed Gilmore

In 1988 Edward Gilmore, a professional classical musician, began a parallel career as an audio consultant to a leading Architectural and Interior Design firm. By 1991, he formed his own full-service company, Gilmore’s Sound Advice, Inc. For many years, Gilmore’s Sound Advice strictly adhered to a word-of-mouth recommendation policy to ensure the company’s commitment to superior installation and client support. 

Now, directly responsible for an impressive, high-profile client resume. With the move to an 8,000-square-foot facility in 2016, Gilmore created one of the most unique showrooms and event spaces in New York City. Their new workspace allows GSA staff to build, program, and test all systems before leaving the facility. An active member of CEDIA, HTSA, and HTA, a commitment to ongoing education and certification underscores GSA’s commitment to providing clients with an informed assessment of the industry’s best available options and practices.

Interview Recap

  • Ed’s professional background in classical music 
  • A personal story from Ed and why his showroom was designed with such warmth
  • A few celebrity stories including the work he did for Richard Gear and Cindy Crawford back in the 80’s and 90’s

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #212: An Industry Q&A with Paul Bochner

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Paul Bochner, CEO and Founder of Electronic Concepts shares his marketing and video production knowledge for an integration firm to help it stand out.

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #212: An Industry Q&A with Paul Bochner

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Paul Bochner. Recorded live on Wednesday, May 4th 2022, at 12:30PM EST

About Paul Bochner

Paul has over 20 years of experience working in the A/V industry. He got his start as a technician in 2000 before founding New York-based integration firm Electronic Concepts in 2004.

Today, Paul and his team focus on delivering the highest performance to clients across all A/V and integration solutions. They use their large social media presence of nearly 20,000 total followers to show off their custom projects and newly renovated luxury design center.

Electronic Concepts is a member of CEDIA, HTSA, HTA and is a Savant Platinum Integrator, ambassador, and advisory council member.

Interview Recap

  • Paul’s passion for motorcycle racing
  • Merger and acquisition trends in the industry
  • Marketing and video production for an integration firm to help it stand out 
  • Why producing video is so hard.

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #211: An Industry Q&A with Mike Abernathy

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Mike Abernathy, Director of Business Resources at NSCA shares the future of system integration and the emergence of the Super Integrator.

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #211: An Industry Q&A with Mike Abernathy

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Mike Abernathy. Recorded live on Wednesday, April 27th 2022, at 12:30PM EST

About Mike Abernathy

Mike has been part of the systems integration industry since 2001, when he started his career with NSCA as a Member Relations Manager. During his time in that position, Mike developed a broad understanding of the AV industry and how consultants, integrators, manufacturers, and independent manufacturer representatives interact and work together within the industry. He later joined a commercial audio manufacturer, where he managed international sales for ten years. In 2017 Mike rejoined NSCA and is now the Director of Business Resources. In this role, Mike helps members find and use business resources to more effectively operate systems integration firms. 

Interview Recap

  • The many resources being provided by NSCA to its members
  • The future of system integration and the emergence of the Super Integrator
  • Creative solutions to the Av industries labor shortage

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #210: An Industry Q&A with Tobi Tungl

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Tobi Tungl, Vice President of Sales, North America at Epiphan Video shares how he uses and leverages Twitter to connect with his industry.

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #210: An Industry Q&A with Tobi Tungl

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Tobi Tungl. Recorded live on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022, at 12:30 pm. EST.

About Tobi Tungl

Tobi began his professional career in the IT world during the dot-com boom (and crash). In 2005, he jumped from IT to the AV industry. Since then, he has helped grow system integrator organizations by creating and implementing client retention strategies to drive top-line revenue and open new physical locations across the US.  

In 2022, Tobi joined Epiphan Video as Vice President of Sales, North America. He is responsible for managing all brands, distribution channels, and sales deployment in North America. In addition, he develops strategic sales objectives based on company goals to promote growth and customer satisfaction for the organization. Tobi is an entrepreneurial, development and profit-oriented leader who communicates an innovative vision for the future and inspires his team to execute the transformation.

Interview Recap

  • How Tobi uses and leverages Twitter to connect with his industry
  • The current state of UCC solutions in the Pro AV space
  • The mind and body health of an ultra athlete
  • The importance of building and curating your network

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #208: An Industry Q&A with Chuck Breaux

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Chuck Breaux, Owner of Assurance AV Solutions, LLC shares his experiences and lessons learned working with House of Worship Pro AV systems

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #208: An Industry Q&A with Chuck Breaux

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Chuck Breaux. Recorded live on Thursday, March 24th, 2022, at 2:30 pm. EST.

About Chuck Breaux

Chuck founded AAVS in 2015. With years of experience in retail management, AV productions, and working as the technical director for one of the largest churches in the area, it was a natural transition for him to start a professional integration company. For Chuck and his team, relationships are the top priority. As a result, AAVS has grown on average 20% in business each year. The team comprises techs with 30+ years of combined experience with installations and live shows and 2 Boston Terriers that can be found lounging around the office.

Interview Recap

  • His experiences and lessons learned working with House of Worship Pro AV systems
  • How to confront the current labor shortages and the challenges being faced with supply chain
  • Operational challenges with design and accounting software platform rollouts

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #207: An Industry Q&A with Keith Harrison

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Keith Harrison, Owner and Founder of Total Home Technologies shares how using the “Leasing” model in the AV industry benefits clients and your business.

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #207: An Industry Q&A with Keith Harrison

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Keith Harrison. Recorded live on Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, at 12:30 pm. EST.

About Keith Harrison

In 1992, Keith started Total Home Technologies with the idea to "Question Everything." 30 years later, Total Home Technologies now has 3 Control4 certified showrooms (so far), two in New Jersey and one in New York. They are also one of the highest volume Control 4 dealers in the North East. Additionally, they have won countless awards, most recently ProSource dealer of the year for 2021.

Interview Recap

  • Using the “Leasing” model in the AV industry and how it benefits clients and your business
  • How customer service and building relationships can leave a lasting effect in a company.
  • Why our industry needs to rethink integrators role in providing maintenance and ongoing support services
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