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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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Articles tagged with: Crestron

Home Automation Podcast Episode #112: An Industry Q&A With John Clancy

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, John Clancy, Crestron VP of Residential, shares exciting news about Crestron Home and ways Crestron is helping their dealers and clients during this pandemic.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #112: An Industry Q&A With John Clancy

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing John Clancy. Recorded live on Wednesday April 22nd at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About John Clancy

With almost 30 years in the custom integration industry, John has experience as both a manufacturer, integrator and has served two years on the CEDIA Board of Directors.

John started his career with New York-based Audio Command Systems, working his way up from installer all the way to becoming Executive VP, CTO, and co-owner.

In 2016, John joined Crestron as VP of Residential where he uses his unique understanding of what his channel needs and what end-users want to continue positively impacting Crestron’s place in the global market. 

Interview Recap

  • Ways John is seeing COVID-19 impacting dealers throughout the world
  • Steps Crestron has been taking since February to keep his global team and consumers safe
  • Exciting updates Crestron is making as a response to the lifestyle changes caused by COVID-19
  • How Crestron is adding value to the industry by offering virtual resources, such as virtual product trainings and CEU course offerings

Home Automation Podcast Episode #102: An Industry Q&A With Rohan Dunbar

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Ron Callis interviewed custom integrator Rohan Dunbar, Owner of Atlanta based smart home automation company, Digital Lifestyle Solutions.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #102: An Industry Q&A With Rohan Dunbar

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Rohan Dunbar. Recorded live on Wednesday March 25th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Rohan Dunbar

Rohan Dunbar, Owner of Atlanta based Digital Lifestyle Solutions. Rohan got his start in the AV business in 2005 working with Audio Command Systems out of New York learning how to install smart systems in high-end homes. It wasn't until 2008 that he began working closely with Crestron control systems for Residential and Commercial spaces. 

In 2010, Rohan founded Digital Lifestyle Solutions with a focus on offering solutions as a CSP, Crestron Service Provider to integration firms throughout North America. In 2017, he made the transition to convert Digital Lifestyle Solutions into a full installation company serving both residential and commercial clients in the greater Atlanta market

Interview Recap

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

  • Rohan’s transition from Crestron Service Provider into a Certified Crestron Dealer 
  • Ways he is pivoting his focus to make up for project pauses caused by COVID-19
  • How his business is preparing for the possible boom of business on the other side of COVID-19
  • Which Crestron technologies have him jazzed for 2020
  • What he’s doing to help other integrators grow and thrive

Watch Episode #7: an Industry Q&A Session with Troy Morgan

Learn a Better Way to Program Crestron

Watch Episode #7: an Industry Q&A Session with Troy Morgan

In this Automation Unplugged interview, Ron Callis interviews Troy Morgan, the founder and president of PanTech Design and creator of ADAPT, an innovative tool that cuts Crestron residential programming time in half. Watch the full video here to learn more about Troy's experiences working for Crestron and developing Adapt, his tips on improving programming across your business, and his perspective on changing software trends.

About Troy Morgan

Troy Morgan is the President of PanTech Design, LLC, a control system design, engineering and programming firm specializing in Crestron control systems for the residential and commercial industries. The PanTech Design team has over 100 years combined experience in A/V design, installation, and programming, allowing their clients to rest assured knowing they are receiving outstanding designs and remarkable systems. 

Troy's background started in car audio, working through high school as an audio installer, then a sound judge. He then moved on to working in commercial integration in 1997, which led him to Crestron. He worked directly for Crestron until 2005, when he started his own company, PanTech Design. At Crestron, Troy was instrumental in launching Crestron's Dallas, Texas office. He had a myriad of roles and responsibilities at Crestron, starting as an applications engineer and then a key dealer manager for commercial integrator training and support. Troy then switched into a sales role for Crestron as a regional sales manager, which exposed him to the need for a company like PanTech Design.

Interview Recap

In the interview, Ron was able to get Troy's perspective on a variety of topics. Here are a few of the questions that Troy answered during the live interview:

  • How did you happen to land in this industry? What does your background look like?

  •  What roles and responsibilities did you have while you worked at Crestron?

  • What does it mean to be a Crestron Service Provider?

  • Do you feel that integrators do an effective job of documenting scope and sharing it with the client?

  • What is p | d adapt?

  •  PanTech Design is a CSP, and p | d adapt is a CIP – What is that and how does it differ from a CSP?

  • What is the business model with Adapt? What does a dealer need to do if they’re programming Crestron and want to start using Adapt?

  •  What's the typical Crestron project’s time and cost with Adapt vs. without?

  •  What's your opinion on the impact of Crestron pulling out of CEDIA?

  •  What are some trends you're seeing in software and programming?

  •  Tell us about your background in robotics and role in building the first Crestron-controlled R2D2 in the world

Watch Episode #4: an Industry Q&A Session with Ted Bremekamp

A Talk with the CTO of one Largest Custom Integration Firms

Watch Episode #4: an Industry Q&A Session with Ted Bremekamp

Ron Callis had the privilege of interviewing Ted Bremekamp, CTO of ETC, Inc from West Palm Beach, FL. 

About Ted Bremekamp

Ted Bremekamp is the Chief Technology Officer and General Manager at ETC, a nationally recognized leader in the residential electronics industry. With a degree in Electrical Engineering from Notre Dame and more than a decade of experience in AV and automation, Ted is a recognized industry expert. Ted is also a member of ProSource’s board of directors and the President of the Bill Raskob Foundation, which provides interest-free education loans to deserving students throughout the U.S. In the interview, Ted discussed his role in running one of the largest custom integration firms (#15 on CEPro100 for 2017).

Interview Recap

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

  • Ted's start in this industry and his loyalty to ETC
  • The primary benefits of a ProSource membership
  • A day in the life of running a $14 million a year integration firm
  • How a $5 million business grows to become a $15 million operation
  • Ted's take on Crestron's source code
  • His role as the President of the Bill Raskob Foundation
  • And more.
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