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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 #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 #1: an Industry Q&A Session with Paul Starkey

The Expert Perspective on Bi4Ci

Watch Episode #1: an Industry Q&A Session with Paul Starkey

In this Automation Unplugged episode, Ron Callis interviewed Paul Starkey, CEO of Vital Management and Bravas Group.

About Paul Starkey

Paul Starkey has been in the custom installation business for 24 years, and in that time, Paul has raised venture capital twice, acquired two companies, started two others and has in-depth knowledge of the CI business. These acquisitions and mergers exceeded $280M in value. He has business operations, sales and marketing experience.  His keen insights, innovation, and creativity have been recognized by many in our industry. 

Interview Recap

The live interview covers a series of topics surrounding the AV and automation industry, such as: 

  • Starkey's background and expertise in the industry
  • The challenges currently facing integrators today
  • Bi4Ci: what is it and why do CI dealers need it?
  • Characteristics of successful business owners in this channel
  • The three ratios integrators should definitely be watching
  • Which manufacturers are starting to stand out and having staying power in this space
  • Cool new technologies that are just around the corner
  • Whether life exists on other planets
  • And more.
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