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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: CEDIA

Watch Episode #39: An Industry Q&A with Mark Cichowski

Technology & Businesses Summit Events

Watch Episode #39: An Industry Q&A with Mark Cichowski

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Mark Cichowski, Founder and CEO of the Technology and Business Summits, from his home office in Aliso Viejo, CA. Mark is an industry veteran dating back to his start in 12-volt car audio in 1979. He was with Sonance when CEDIA was founded and in 2009 founded the Technology & Business Summit events that will be held in 10 cities in the USA in 2018. Recorded Live on March 28th, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Mark Cichowski

Mark has been in the industry since 1979. Started selling audio and video equipment before getting recruited by Sonance where he spent 6 years as International Sales Manager and became a founding member of CEDIA. He worked in top management positions for different companies in the industry and founded Clarity AV International, Inc back in 2002, which he still owns. 

In 2009, Mark founded the Technology & Business Summit events. These events are rep centric, which had not been done before. They are local, focused, education oriented events, highlighted with exhibits from some of the top manufacturers in the AV, Control & Technology industry.

Interview Recap

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

  • Mark's background in the industry
  • The importance of having a rep-centric industry summit
  • More info about Technology & Businesses Summit events
  • And more!

Watch Episode #27: an Industry Q&A with George Tucker

Discussing AV Technology with Industry Veteran George Tucker

Watch Episode #27: an Industry Q&A with George Tucker

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing George Tucker from his home in Yonkers, NY. George is a 25 year AV industry veteran most recently with Aurora Multimedia as Director of Product Education. George is also a CEDIA instructor and the Co-Founder of AV Nation.

About George Tucker

George Tucker brings 25 years of AV experience with display technologies education, social media, and system integration background. Tucker’s various positions in audio visual has had him involved with nearly every aspect of the industry. His career has included time as a systems programmer, live events video tech, working on automation for theater, managing national support for a major industry manufacture, and recording studios. In addition, George teaches for CEDIA and he is the Co-Founder of AV Nation.

His Twitter bio often says it all : One part punk intelligista ,one part pagan ritual and one part musical rapture, Shaken liberally with a twist of technorotica and a jigger of ADD.

Interview Recap

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

  • George's background and how he got started in the industry
  • Teaching for CEDIA in the New York area
  • A recap of technology advances in 2017
  • What can we expect to see as far as tech advances in 2018
  • What the industry can do as a whole do to push AV to the next level
  • And more

Watch Episode #25: an Industry Q&A with Dave Pedigo

A Chat with CEDIA's VP of Emerging Technologies

Watch Episode #25: an Industry Q&A with Dave Pedigo

In this interview, Ron Callis speaks live with Dave Pedigo from his home office in Noblesville, IN. Dave is the VP of Emerging Technologies at CEDIA and wears many hats within the organization including overseeing education, emerging technologies and market research. 

About Dave Pedigo

As the VP of Emerging Technologies for CEDIA, Dave Pedigo’s role is create partnerships with manufacturers, service providers and standards bodies that will proactively address the emerging technology needs of home technology professionals at every level.  He facilitates easy communication between manufacturers and integrators, and identifies new channels of revenue. Dave previously worked in the satellite industry, as the Senior Director of Education for SBCA and as a Technical Training Engineer at Hughes Network Systems. Prior to working in the technology sector, Dave was a teacher for at-risk youth at an alternative high school in Baltimore. 

Interview Recap

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

  • Dave’s background in the industry

  • Dave’s current role at CEDIA

  • CEDIA Expo 

  • Technology trends for 2018

  • Breaking ground on new building construction

  • And more

Watch Episode #20: an Industry Q&A with Bryan Stanley

Exploring Networking, Customer Service, and the Importance of Preparedness

Watch Episode #20: an Industry Q&A with Bryan Stanley

In this interview, Ron Callis interviews Bryan Stanley, owner of Spycom Technology Solutions. Spycom Technology Solutions provides quality technology solutions in home and commercial automation, networks and wifi, security, theaters, and audio/video. Watch the interview to learnabout Bryan's background, business strategies and his operating a successful business in Amish country.