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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.

Articles tagged with: Automation Industry

Home Automation Podcast Episode #150: An Industry Q&A With Brian Perreault

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Brian Perreault of Barrett's Technology Solutions shares the benefit of building relationships and being a resource for clients.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #150: An Industry Q&A With Brian Perreault

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Brian Perreault. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Brian Perreault

Today's show features Brian Perreault, COO at Barrett's Technology Solutions.

With nearly thirty years of experience at Barrett's and as COO and partner, Brian oversees all aspects of the business and has been instrumental in helping to guide the company to become a highly respected residential and commercial technology integration company in the greater Chicago-land area.

Active members of the ASID, CEDIA, and HTSA (of which Brian serves on the Board and is the current President), Brian and the Barrett's team take great pride in surrounding themselves with inspiring trade organizations and a network of peers with whom they can share insight, learn from and grow alongside.

Interview Recap

  • Brian's near 30-year career with Barrett's Technology
  • The benefit of building relationships and being a resource for clients
  • Why embracing change is crucial for the growth of a small business
  • How integrating Google Ads into their marketing strategy has helped their business

Home Automation Podcast Episode #147: An Industry Q&A With Jon Robbins

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Jon Robbins of HTSA shares on HTSA's sales training approach and membership and growth opportunities.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #147: An Industry Q&A With Jon Robbins

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jon Robbins. Recorded live on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Jon Robbins

With 44 years of experience in the custom integration industry, Jon got his start leading Hi-Fidelity House based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1975, when he took over the family business.

Today, Jon serves as Executive Director at HTSA where he crafts annual strategic business plans to help propel the organization forward. Jon is also responsible for building strong relationships with the finest technology brands and the nation’s top AV specialists –creating a powerful collective whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Interview Recap

  • HTSA's sales training approach
  • Jon's view on how the recent 2020 election turnout will impact the custom integration space
  • How Jon defines leadership
  • HTSA membership growth and opportunities

Home Automation Podcast Episode #138: An Industry Q&A With Murray Kunis

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Murray Kunis of Future Home, shares thoughts on the current state of our industry and what 2021 might have in store.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #138: An Industry Q&A With Murray Kunis

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Murray Kunis. Recorded live on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Murray Kunis

Murray Kunis got his start in the music industry where he worked with top names including Prince, Van Halen, Barbara Streisand, and Michael Jackson. In 1990, Murray founded Future Home out of the demand from his clients for help with their home technology.

Murray was one of the founding integration firms of the trade organization CEDIA, he installed America’s first home THX system, and is the only Two Time Best-Of-Show winner of the International Home Technology Expo.

Interview Recap

  • Murray’s thoughts on the first 2020 Presidential Debate
  • Murray’s experience with installing America’s first home THX system
  • His recommendations for business just getting started in the custom integration industry.
  • Murray’s thoughts on the current state of our industry and what 2021 might have in store

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, 2020 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 #127: An Industry Q&A With Wim De Vos

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Wim De Vos of Genesis Home Technology Architects, shares about changes throughout Europe that Wim, his business, and clients have experienced since April.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #127: An Industry Q&A With Wim De Vos

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Wim De Vos. Recorded live on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Wim De Vos

We initially spoke with Wim on April 14th, 2020 and discussed the challenges his European-firm, Genesis, Home Technology Architects, and clients were experiencing due to the lockdowns.

We catch up with Wim 2.5 months later as the lockdowns have begun to lift throughout Europe. Wim shares a new perspective on his company approach and the state of the custom integration industry.

Genesis has been growing for over 10 years and offers design, training, and marketing solutions with its premium branded products to a select network of 300 certified installation partners in France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

Interview Recap

  • Changes throughout Europe that Wim, his business, and clients have experienced since April
  • Whether America’s political and economic climate will affect the European market
  • Wim’s approach to digital transformation as his business re-opens and why he has decided to re-think his business as if it were a start-up
  • Inspiring books Wim has been reading in light of COVID and the resurgence of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States

Home Automation Podcast Episode #124: An Industry Q&A With Steve Haas

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Steve Haas shares the importance of having conversations around race and Steve’s plans to bring in more diversity into our industry as well as Steve’s approach to educating end-users and integrat

Home Automation Podcast Episode #124: An Industry Q&A With Steve Haas

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Steve Haas. Recorded live on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Steve Haas

With over 30 years of experience as an acoustic and audio designer, Steve discovered the field of acoustics while studying at Cornell University.

Steve has consulted on a variety of high-end projects ranging from concert halls to Broadway theaters and residential spaces throughout the New England area.

Over the last two decades, Steve has brought the quality audio experience into the high-end residential market where he works with homeowners, architects, interior designers, builders, and technology integrators to help keep sound quality and control top of mind.

Interview Recap

  • Steve’s origin story and his transition into the high-end residential space
  • Steve’s approach to educating end-users and integrators about home audio
  • Changes Steve and his team are making in light of COVID, such as offering webinars revolving residential acoustics
  • The importance of having conversations around race and Steve’s plans to bring in more diversity into our industry