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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 #96: An Industry Q&A With Ian Dohalick

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Ian Dohalick of Relative Home Systems shares on handling business growth while experiencing major personal losses.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #96: An Industry Q&A With Ian Dohalick

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Ian Dohalick. Recorded live on Wednesday January 29th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Ian Dohalick

After 20 years of being in this industry, Ian Dohalick began his career in 2003 replacing DMP panels around the US with ADT for CHASE banks. In 2006, he began working under Kevin Buchannan and Sven Neer with Home Entertainment Inc. before getting recruited to get into the “larger” automation world at the end of 2010. In 2017, he landed his current position as partner with Relative Home Systems.

During this time, Ian was also working closely with his father on building legal marijuana grow facilities in Colorado. He’s been able to use his knowledge and experience to assist in creating the Biophilia and Wellness portion of their business at Relative Home Systems. Being exposed to the medical and recreational concepts surrounding the marijuana industry, he’s able to bring a unique perspective on how these new ventures into the wellness sector can ultimately help end-users and our industry as a whole.

Interview Recap

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

  • Handling business growth while experiencing major personal losses
  • The changes within the Houston marketplace in the past few years
  • Transitioning from a new hire employee at Relative Home Systems to becoming a partner
  • Impact of wellness solutions including green walls and dedicated wellness spaces in the home.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #94: An Industry Q&A With Ian Williams

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Ian Williams of Aspire Audio Video Solutions shares why attention to process and operational excellence is the right approach for most integrators.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #94: An Industry Q&A With Ian Williams

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Ian Williams. Recorded live on Wednesday January 8th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Ian Williams

Ian is an accomplished business leader with over 19 years of experience in project management, product delivery, and operations in the Custom Audio Visual Industry. Ian has owned and operated three integration firms and was fortunate to successfully exit his 2nd business through an acquisition.

Ian is the recipient of 12 CEDIA awards, was named Integrator of the Year by CES/CTA in 2015. Ian has also been featured on the covers of CePro and on Residential Systems magazines. In the fall of 2019 Ian moved to Charleston, SC with his family and has started his newest integration firm, Aspire Audio Video Solutions.

Recorded live on Wednesday, January 8th at 12:30pm EST.

Interview Recap

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

  • How he approached selling his business in 2017
  • His business development plan for starting a new business in a new market
  • Why attention to process and operational excellence is the right approach for most integrators

Home Automation Podcast Episode #93: An Industry Q&A With Jamie Briesemeister

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Jamie Briesemeister of CEDIA shares how being a woman in business and resources she’s been able to share and gain from other women in the field.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #93: An Industry Q&A With Jamie Briesemeister

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jamie Briesemeister. Recorded live on Wednesday December 11th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Jamie Briesemeister

Today’s show features my interview with Jamie Briesemeister, co-founder of Integration Controls, a home automation company out of St. Louis, MO, that focuses on providing intuitive, design-friendly technology solutions that enhance and simplify life. 

Jamie was selected as one of 2019’s Powerful Women in Consumer Technology and is also newly elected member of the CEDIA Board of Directors. She has spoken at a number of conferences and seminars, advocating for home technology considerations in the design/build process, as a guest speaker, as an instructor, or presenting CEUs to architects and designers.

 

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Jamie Briesemeister

  • Jamie’s transition from working in the healthcare industry to starting a business in the CI space with her husband, Jeff
  • What has helped her throughout the years to improve within her role as CEO, both within and outside the industry from podcasts featuring women in business to business leadership books
  • Being a woman in business and resources she’s been able to share and gain from other women in the field 
  • How past experiences helped her become a stronger leader

Home Automation Podcast Episode #91: An Industry Q&A With Bob Cole

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Bob Cole of World Wide Stereo shares his team’s approach to educating millennials on good audio.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #91: An Industry Q&A With Bob Cole

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Bob Cole. Recorded live on Wednesday November 20th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Bob Cole

Bob Cole is the CEO & Founder of World Wide Stereo who just celebrated their 40th Anniversary. Bob currently sits on the Board of Directors of the ProSource Buying Group. He has been featured on numerous publications from USA Today and Rolling Stones to The Financial Times, Huffington Post, and Esquire. He has been recognized as one of the “25 most influential people in CE” and was named to the Consumer Electronics’ Hall of Fame by Dealerscope Magazine.

His company-wide focus on philanthropy also extends into his personal life – he has raised significant funds and awareness for the arts and music education, St. Christopher’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Parkinson’s disease and cancer research. Bob currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Parkinson Council, Abington Health Advisory Council and serves on the advisory council for a technology-focused private equity firm.
 
Interview Recap

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

  • How Bob transitioned from his career as a psychologist to the consumer electronics industry 
  • How it felt to be inducted into CT Hall of Fame in 2018
  • World Wide Stereo’s focus on philanthropy and involvement in charities
  • His team’s approach to educating millennials on good audio

Home Automation Podcast Episode #89: An Industry Q&A With Matt Scott

The Business of Running a Business

Home Automation Podcast Episode #89: An Industry Q&A With Matt Scott

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Matt Scott. Recorded live on Wednesday October 9th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Matt Scott

Matt started in pro audio/video at a very early age, running his first live FOH event at age 12. Matt continued in the industry starting OMEGA Audio Video in 2001, specializing in HOW and professional audio/video design and installation. He expanded the services to include residential AV in 2004 and continues to work heavily in both markets. Matt specializes in HOW, live sound, lighting control, home theatre design, control systems, and connected home technologies.

 

Interview Recap

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

  • Matt's role on the CEDIA board
  • Why he volunteers his time to the industry
  • Managing both resi and commercial project work

Home Automation Podcast Episode #88: An Industry Q&A With Eric Joy

A CEO's perspective on how to keep growing in the Home Automation Industry

Home Automation Podcast Episode #88: An Industry Q&A With Eric Joy

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Eric Joy. Recorded live on Wednesday October 2nd at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Eric Joy

He is the Chief Experience Officer of Georgia Home Theater. Eric started in the industry 23 years ago, back when Georgia Home Theater was still Laserdisc Enterprises. After watching the industry evolve, Eric took the opportunity to work on the manufacturing side of the business for two different speaker manufacturers: Bowers & Wilkins and Paradigm. After dedicating 8 plus years of his life to being a road warrior, he decided to return back home to Georgia Home Theater. They are proud members of CEDIA and the HTSA buying group. They have a single 20,000 square foot facility located in Marietta, GA

 

Interview Recap

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

  • Experience gained working 
  • Growth and change in the industry
  • How Georgia Home Theater host events and manages growth
  • How Georgia Home Theater uses social media to extend their brand