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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: Automation Industry Perspective

Watch Episode #86: An Industry Q&A with Matt Sailor

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in the Automation Industry

Watch Episode #86: An Industry Q&A with Matt Sailor

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Matt Sailor. Recorded live on Monday August 26th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Matt Sailor

Co-founded IC Realtime and has served as CEO since its inception. Mr. Sailor is involved with all running facets of the business and has a proven executive management track record with over 20 years of experience driving growth and innovation within the Security Industry. As the Former Vice President of Mace Security, and a major contributor to an incredibly explosive 1,000 percent sales growth factor, Matt is a thought-provoking leader with an act and vision for excellence.

 
Interview Recap

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

  • Matt´s background in the industry
  • Keeping up to date with technology
  • Savant Partnership
  • Manufacturing in Korea vs. China
  • AI World (new AI-enabled recorders and cameras)

Watch Episode #85: An Industry Q&A with Jason Sayen

Process Improvement and its benefits for the Industry

Watch Episode #85: An Industry Q&A with Jason Sayen

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jason Sayen. Recorded live on Wednesday August 21st, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Jason Sayen

Jason is an industry leader with over 26 years of experience in the Consumer Electronics Industry. He has spent the majority of his career working directly for manufacturers of high-end car audio and residential electronics. In June of 2010, Jason received the honor of being recognized by Dealerscope Magazine's Top 40 under 40 award.

Currently he is Director of Sales and Business Development for LK & Associates which is a rep firm in the state of Florida representing over 20 of the top brands of residential consumer electronics ranging in categories of automation, motorization, energy management, audio, shading and lighting control. 

Jason is also a CEDIA COI and actively teaches classes with the design and build community often partnering with dealers to drive future business.

 
Interview Recap

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

  • Jason´s background in the industry
  • State of the industry and challenges dealers face.
  • Business processes and the importance of having documentation for your business.
  • CEDIA 2019 
  • Six Sigma
  • The importance of working with the design and build community on education

Watch Episode #84: An Industry Q&A with David Warfel

Why Artistic Lighting Design is Important

Watch Episode #84: An Industry Q&A with David Warfel

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing David Warfel. Recorded live on Monday August 5th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About David Warfel

David Warfel, founder of LightCanHelpYou.com, is a lighting designer, author, and educator who passionately shares the gift of light. Whether blogging at languageoflight.blog, writing for Houzz.com or designing residential and entertainment experiences from coast to coast through his company at LightCanHelpYou.com, David simply wants to help others live better lives through the scientific and artistic application of radiant energy. From the local theatre to Carnegie Hall, from his parent’s kitchen to multi-million-dollar homes, from local pizza joints to the Las Vegas Strip, from school cafeterias to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line projects, David is endlessly fascinated by the power of light to reveal and transform space.
 
Interview Recap

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

  • David´s background in the industry
  • Lighting! and Lighting Fails
  • The power of light
  • Why integrators need to sell lighting fixtures and design
  • Why lighting design is broken and how we're fixing it
  • How to look at a plan and know if it needs better lighting
  • Being a consultant to ProSource

Watch Episode #83: An Industry Q&A with Kris Gamble

How to use Social Media to Generate Leads

Watch Episode #83: An Industry Q&A with Kris Gamble

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Kris Gamble. Recorded live on Wednesday July 31st, 2019 at 12:30 pm EST.

About Kris Gamble

Kris Gamble founder and co-owner of Customised based in the UK. He is also the Co-creator/host of The Digital Ramble. He is a pioneer of sensibly priced professional smart home installation. Kris has been socially active since 2011 with a long history of blogging, vlogging, podcasting, public speaking and organizing events around Smart Home. He’s also the creator of #LiveInstall.
 
Interview Recap

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

  • Kris´ background in the industry
  • Enough with the luxury focus of Smart Home
  • UK shows the rest of the world how to win on social
  • Start today or risk being invisible tomorrow! Social media for lazy installers.
  • How to become the local tech hero

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 #81: An Industry Q&A with Brad Sugars

Building companies that work without you

Watch Episode #81: An Industry Q&A with Brad Sugars

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Brad Sugars. Recorded live on Monday July 1st, 2019 at 2:30pm EST.

About Brad Sugars

Brad Sugars came from humble beginnings but has built a life and a business that many would cite as the very definition of success. Sugars, a self-made multi-millionaire, is the founder of the global business coaching franchise ActionCOACH™, an international business speaker, author, and entrepreneur.
 
Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Brad Sugars

  • Brad's background
  • Brad's new book, "Pulling Profits.
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