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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

Watch Episode #103: An Industry Q&A with John Geraghty

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, business and life coach John Geraghty shares his perspective on the importance of mindset and how our day-to-day approach can affect us during a time of crisis.

Watch Episode #103: An Industry Q&A with John Geraghty

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing John Geraghty. Recorded live on Thursday, March 26th, 2020, at 6:00 pm EST.

About John Geraghty

John founded the executive coaching firm, Courageous Authenticity, in 2007 after being confronted by the harsh consequences that came from his clients focusing their goals and objects on economic factors. As he witnessed multiple financially successful clients face life diminishing factors beyond their balance sheets, he decided to expand his focus and contribution to involve a more integrated and comprehensive approach.

Today, John's mission is to awaken, inspire and equip leaders to envision, pursue, and celebrate living lives of joy and impact.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with John Geraghty:

  • John’s recommendations on staying connected with your team in a virtual work environment
  • Why right now is the time to dive in and focus on how to keep adding value to your clients and your company
  • Ways to shift your approach and processes to stay transparent and align with the recent stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • What it means to “reframe” your mindset during uncertain times with the “The Prism of Perspective” approach
  • John’s approach to fitness and the importance of practicing routine as a way to stay grounded and focused

Watch Episode #82: An Industry Q&A with Robert Keeler

The Importance of Preparing for Inevitable Economic Downturns

Watch Episode #82: An Industry Q&A with Robert Keeler

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Robert Keeler. Recorded live on Wednesday July 10th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Robert Keeler

Robert Keeler is an Industry veteran who started in the car audio industry in retail and manufacturing and subsequently Home AV with stints at Pioneer, Hitachi, Stewart Filmscreen and a couple of start ups along the way. Today my role is to "sell CEDIA" and ensure members see not only the value but take advantage of said value.
 
Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Robert Keeler:

  • Robert's background in the industry
  • Developing Original Content 
  • Events (lunch&learns)
  • Photographing/Documenting your work
  • The CEDIA Designer software
  • Preparing for a downturn

Watch Episode #35: An Industry Q&A with Joey Kolchinsky

Modernizing the Smart Home Service Channel: the Future of Service in the Industry

Watch Episode #35: An Industry Q&A with Joey Kolchinsky

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Joey Kolchinsky, Founder and CEO of OneVision Resources from his office in Boston, MA. OneVision is focused on modernizing the smart-home service channel, transforming today’s professional smart-home installer into tomorrow’s Technology Manager for the connected family. Joey leveraged his experience supporting families in the Boston area with their technology needs to develop OneVision’s service platform that is changing the smart home, one service-experience at a time. Recorded Live on February 21st, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Joey Kolchinsky

Joseph Kolchinsky is the founder/CEO of OneVision Resources and is focused on modernizing the smart-home service channel, transforming today’s professional smart-home installer into tomorrow’s Technology Manager for the connected family. He sold his first service contract for managing the smart home in 2008 and after nearly a decade of providing services to clients directly he focused his efforts on building a platform for integrators. Today OneVision is redefining the relationships integrators have with their clients, changing the smart home one experience at a time. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Joseph invested in and served on the board of Ihiji, a start-up focused on remote management of the smart-home which was acquired by Control4 in 2017.

Interview Recap

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

  • History of OneVision Solutions
  • What is the future of our industry and how does service play a role?
  • What happens when you focus marketing efforts just on legacy clients and maintain those legacy clients through service?
  • Why does the industry need a service conference?
  • And more!

Watch Episode #34: An Industry Q&A with Tim Bigoness

How D-Tools software streamlines project estimation, system design, and project management

Watch Episode #34: An Industry Q&A with Tim Bigoness

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Tim Bigones, CMO of D-Tools coming to us live from his office in Concord, CA. Tim has had a 35 year career within television, publishing, multimedia and internet companies and has been with D-Tools since 2005 in various sales and marketing roles. We discuss Tim's background in multimedia, D-Tools 20th year anniversary and Tim's passion for Rock & Roll. Recorded Live on February 15th, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Big Bigoness

Tim Bigoness brings over 20 years experience and background from within the television, publishing, multimedia and internet industries, having been involved in all aspects of sales, marketing, public relations, business development, and product management. Over the past 15 years Bigoness has held executive and management positions with companies such as Macromedia, where he managed the Worldwide Developers Program and Made with Macromedia branding initiatives, and drove the creation of Macromedia Press. Prior to that he co-founded Morph’s Outpost, a technical trade publication for interactive media developers, and most recently held executive and senior marketing positions at Equilibrium and Scene7, companies which pioneered the dynamic imaging market.

Interview Recap

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

  • How Tim got involved in the CI industry
  • What brought Tim to D-Tools?
  • D-Tools 20th year in the industry
  • Cloud solutions and next version of the platform
  • And more!

Watch Episode #33: An Industry Q&A with Lani Godfrey

People, Process, and Technology - the Role of Buying Groups in CI

Watch Episode #33: An Industry Q&A with Lani Godfrey

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Lani Godfrey, South East Region District Manager for Prosource from his home located in Lexington, SC. Lani has spent time during his career with Circuit City, Avad Distribution and a few CI firms. Lani currently manages client and vendor relationships within the Prosource buying group. We discuss ideas around best practices as observed by Lani during his many years in the CI space. Recorded Live on February 7th, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Lani Godfrey

Lani Godfrey began his career in 1995 at Circuit City as a retail sales associate and since then have worked in Custom Sales and Installation, Purchasing and Inventory, Operations and Process Management in Distribution. For the past 2 & 1/2 years, Lani has happily been with the ProSource buying group covering the South East region. Lani is a proud University of South Carolina Graduate, average golfer, and below average fisherman.

Interview Recap

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

  • Lani’s background in the industry
  • Lani’s current role at ProSource
  • The value of buying groups
  • What ProSource is planning for the future
  • Best practices for people development
  • And more!

Watch Episode #27: an Industry Q&A with George Tucker

Discussing AV Technology with Industry Veteran George Tucker

Watch Episode #27: an Industry Q&A with George Tucker

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing George Tucker from his home in Yonkers, NY. George is a 25 year AV industry veteran most recently with Aurora Multimedia as Director of Product Education. George is also a CEDIA instructor and the Co-Founder of AV Nation.

About George Tucker

George Tucker brings 25 years of AV experience with display technologies education, social media, and system integration background. Tucker’s various positions in audio visual has had him involved with nearly every aspect of the industry. His career has included time as a systems programmer, live events video tech, working on automation for theater, managing national support for a major industry manufacture, and recording studios. In addition, George teaches for CEDIA and he is the Co-Founder of AV Nation.

His Twitter bio often says it all : One part punk intelligista ,one part pagan ritual and one part musical rapture, Shaken liberally with a twist of technorotica and a jigger of ADD.

Interview Recap

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

  • George's background and how he got started in the industry
  • Teaching for CEDIA in the New York area
  • A recap of technology advances in 2017
  • What can we expect to see as far as tech advances in 2018
  • What the industry can do as a whole do to push AV to the next level
  • And more
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