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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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Home Automation Podcast Episode #156: An Industry Q&A With Ron Callis

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Ron Callis, CEO at One Firefly shares ways the structure and process of EOS helped One Firefly prepare for the challenges that came with COVID-19.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #156: An Industry Q&A With Ron Callis

This week's home automation podcast features our host Chris Smith interviewing Ron Callis. Recorded live on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. EST. 

About Ron Callis

Ron got his start in the Custom Integration industry back in 2000, after graduating from VA Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and starting his career with Lutron Electronics. He also spent time at Crestron Electronics before he started Firefly Design Group in 2007.

In 2012 the company rebranded and became the company everyone knows today as One Firefly. One Firefly is an Inc. 5000 company and award-winning marketing agency serving residential and commercial technology professionals.

Interview Recap

  • How Ron found his way into the custom integration industry
  • Ron’s unique experience being part of a human-powered submarine team while a student at Virginia Tech
  • The One Firefly company culture and how they were able to shift to a fully remote company in 2016
  • Ways the structure and process of EOS helped One Firefly prepare for the challenges that came with COVID-19

Home Automation Podcast Episode #19: An Industry Q&A With Chris Smith

Exploring Company Communication, Creative RMR, and Employee Retention

Home Automation Podcast Episode #19: An Industry Q&A With Chris Smith

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Chris Smith. Recorded live on Wednesday, October 5th, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. EST. 

About Chris Smith

Chris Smith got a crash course in Sales at 17, running an inside sales program for a tool company. It was here he learned that if you out-hustled the competition in service and support you could win their business no matter the age. He broke into the AV industry pulling wires and getting certified programming home automation systems. 

After studying Sociology in Santa Barbara, California he moved to Boston to join Bowers & Willkins as a National Trainer before being promoted to Regional Sales Manager. When McIntosh Labs took interest Chris managed a sales team for them, and during their merger into World of McIntosh served as advisor, led the merging of sales teams, and oversaw the ambitious build-out of the WOM Townhouse in Soho. 

Working closely with Cloud9 on this project Chris decided to relocate to NYC permanently and join the Cloud9 team as VP of Business Development.


Interview Recap

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

  • The rollout of Slack for Azione Unlimited
  • Chris' role on Azione Unlimited's Advisory Board
  • How Cloud9 Smart gets creative with transportation in Manhattan
  • Effective employee retention practices
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