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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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Watch Episode #64: An Industry Q&A with Paul Ostrin

Growing a $4M Business

Watch Episode #64: An Industry Q&A with Paul Ostrin

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Paul Ostrin. Recorded live on Wednesday, Feb 13th at 12:30pm EST.

About Paul Ostrin

Starting Unlimited Integration back in 2011 with a background in IT and engineering, Paul has grown UI to 4M and not stopping there!

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Paul Ostrin

  • Paul’s background and how he came to enter the AV industry
  • Challenges to integrators in 2019
  • Upcoming trends in the industry

Watch Episode #63: An Industry Q&A with Matthew Cwiokowski

Discussing challenges of integrators in 2019

Watch Episode #63: An Industry Q&A with Matthew Cwiokowski

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Matthew Cwiokowski. Recorded live on Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Matthew Cwiokowski

Matthew Cwiokowski (Co-Founder/CEO - Avidia) - Avidia, founded in 2011, is an integration firm outside of Chicago. In 2015, Matt joined Elexa Consumer Products as their CTO, helping bring new technologies to the market, including Guardian Leak Prevention System, and Dome a line of Z-Wave products.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Michael Cwiokowski

  • Matthew’s background and how he got into the industry
  • Trends in the industry
  • Challenges to integrators in 2019

Watch Episode #62: An Industry Q&A with Alex Capecelatro

The Future of Voice Control

Watch Episode #62: An Industry Q&A with Alex Capecelatro

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Alex Capecelatro. Recorded live on January 30th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Alex Capecelatro

Alex Capecelatro is the founder and CEO of Josh.ai, a voice controlled home automation system with a focus on artificial intelligence. Josh.ai utilizes a proprietary natural language understanding (NLU) engine with state of the art home control integrations for a powerful smart home experience. Alex started his career as a research scientist for NASA, the Naval Research Lab, and later Sandia National Laboratory. He then ventured into consumer technology first with electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive, then through founding two social software products "At The Pool" and "Yeti" with members in more than 120 countries. Alex's focus is at the intersection of elegant design, cutting-edge software, and purposeful hardware to offer transformational experiences. Alex received his engineering degree from UCLA and currently splits his time between LA and Denver.

Interview Recap

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

  • Alex’s background in the industry
  • The Future of voice control
  • AI & automation

  • Design

Watch Episode #61: An Industry Q&A with Michael Restrepo

The cost of sustaining cheap gear

Watch Episode #61: An Industry Q&A with Michael Restrepo

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Michael Restrepo. Recorded live on Wednesday, December 5th at 12:30pm EST.

About Michael Restrepo

Michael Restrepo has spent more than 19 years working in the av field and perfecting his craft. His passion for all things technology and av leads Restrepo Innovations in utilizing cutting edge technologies while delivering reliable systems and easy to use interfaces.

Interview Recap

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

  • Michael’s background in the industry
  • Cooperative Competition
  • Power management
  • Investing in quality equipment

Watch Episode #60: An Industry Q&A with Marie Devlin

How DIY affects Integrators

Watch Episode #60: An Industry Q&A with Marie Devlin

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Marie Devlin. Recorded live on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 12:30pm EST.

About Marie Devlin

Marie Devlin has been running Smart Systems with her husband, Pat, since 2000. Prior to that they owned a tropical plant company in the Dallas area for 18 years. They sold it in 2000 and started Smart Systems. Marie really loves this industry because of the way it changes and the ongoing technology. It never gets boring and there is always something new to learn.

Interview Recap

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

  • Marie’s background and how she got into this industry
  • Security for networks and automation systems.
  • How DIY affects Integrators

Watch Episode #59: An Industry Q&A with Joe Whitaker

Latest trends in the industry to keep an eye on

Watch Episode #59: An Industry Q&A with Joe Whitaker

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Joe Whitaker. Recorded live on Wednesday November 14th, 2018 at 12:30pm EST.

About Joe Whitaker

Joe Whitaker has 20 years of experience in Custom Systems Integration and Design Industry. As one of the most proactive members of the CEDIA Comunity and Control4 tech community Joe continues to design and implement amazing solutions while contributing to the consumer knowledgebase. Writing for CePro, Electronic House, and TecHome. Joe has also helped in product development, creation, and preproduction testing with top manufacturers like Origin Acoustics, Sony, Platinum Tools, Sanus, Nyne, Stealth Acoustics, Simply Reliable, VANCO and many more. Beyond developing many custom tools to assist in custom installations and custom rack building, video and audio products that benefit the integrator, and network gear for the CI Industry, he is a regular contributor of news, product reviews and tutorials at EH Publishing CE Pro Magazine, Electronic House Magazine, and Commercial Integrator Magazine, and TecHome.

Interview Recap

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

  • Joe’s background in the industry
  • Latest trends in the industry to keep an eye on