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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: DeVance Electronic LIfestyle

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #204: An Industry Q&A with Wade Stephens

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Wade Stephens, Vice-president of sales at DeVance Electronic Lifestyles shares techniques to successfully manage projects affected by supply chain issues.

Home Automation Unplugged Episode #204: An Industry Q&A with Wade Stephens

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Wade Stephens. Recorded live on Monday, February 21st, 2022, at 4:00 pm. EST.

About Wade Stephens

Wade Stephens began his career in the AV industry in 1993 with a small company named Best Buy. He remained in that company for over 13 years during the huge growth of the company, including when Best Buy was named Forbes company of the year in 2004. During that time, Wade was a segment manager for Magnolia HiFi in the Dallas area and was then promoted to Sales Manager to one of the largest revenue producing stores in Texas.  Along the way, Wade expanded his skillset to include many industry certifications like Control4, Crestron, Lutron, and Savant. 

Wade is now the Vice President of Sales with DeVance Electronic Lifestyles which has seen an amazing growth over the last three years. DeVance specializes in residential, commercial, automation, lighting, and lighting control, with a focus on luxury two channel HiFi. Wade works very closely with owners Matt and Dana DeVance daily through the EOS operating system which has helped DeVance grow significantly while continuing to live by their vision to treat customers like family.

Interview Recap

  • Techniques to successfully manage projects affected by supply chain issues
  • How the Entrepreneurial Operating System can benefit a team and its development.
  • How marketing helps drive referral sales

Home Automation Podcast Episode #119: An Industry Q&A With Matt DeVance

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Matt DeVance, Founder of DeVance Electronic LIfestyle, shares his perspective on the shift in demand for technology in homes and how integrators can prepare.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #119: An Industry Q&A With Matt DeVance

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Matt DeVance. Recorded live on Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Matt DeVance

With over 25 years in the custom audio/video industry, Matt got his start in-car audio after spending his youth watching his father repair home electronics from their home basement as a side-hustle.

After spending 4 years at Dallas based audio-video retailer, Home Entertainment, he ultimately decided to strike out on his own and starting his own integration firm, DeVance Electronic Lifestyles, in 2002.

Today, DeVance is constantly growing. They are expanding their business by buying a building that will double their current space. They have annual revenues approaching $3M with a staff of 11 people.

Interview Recap

  • Ways in which previous life-changing events, such as 9/11 and the Great Recession, has prepared Matt to better handle this pandemic
  • Matt’s perspective on the shift in demand for technology in homes and how integrators can prepare
  • How EOS evolved Matt’s business and communications approach 
  • The importance of company culture and the mentoring of employees
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