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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: Home Technology Association

Watch Episode #78: An Industry Q&A with Josh Christian

Building a standard

Watch Episode #78: An Industry Q&A with Josh Christian

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Josh Christian. Recorded live at 12:30pm EST on Wednesday June 12th, 2019.

About Josh Christian

Josh is a home technology veteran, starting on the retail side of the industry in 1995. After leaving retail in 1998, he moved to a high-end custom integration firm in Los Angeles where he specialized in sales & marketing through 2014. In 2015 he worked even more closely with architects, builders, and interior designers as a low-voltage consultant and design engineer. Since early 2017 Josh is proud to run the Home Technology Association, the association that helps consumers and specifiers find the best-qualified home technology professionals.
 
Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Josh Christian

  • An overall update on HTA Certification, how many dealers are certified and what successes are they seeing.
  • Discussion of the power of the HTA Technology Budget Calculator, how dealers are leveraging it 
  • Announcing that the Budget Calculator may now be embedded in a dealer's website
  • Announcing that HTA Certified dealers getting a special tracking URL that will always list them at the top of the dealer finder
  • Discussion of why a company certification matters
  • Discuss what HTA is NOT (a listing service like Angie's List, HomeAdvisor, etc.)

Watch Episode #70: An Industry Q&A with Eric Thies

Quality > Quantity

Watch Episode #70: An Industry Q&A with Eric Thies

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Eric Thies. Recorded live on Wednesday March 27th, 2019 at 12:30pm EST.

About Eric Thies

Eric Thies is the founder of DSI Luxury Technology, a high-end integration firm in Los Angeles that happens to be the most award-winning CI company in North America. Eric also is a member of The Guild, an alliance of the best integrators in the US. Eric sits on the board of Azione and also is an underpaid and overworked volunteer for the Home Technology Association, which is his passion project.

Interview Recap

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Eric Thies

  • Eric’s background and how he got into the CI industry
  • The impending correction of the economy
  • The Guild 
  • Latest HTA news

Watch Episode #17 and #18: an Industry Q&A with Josh Christian

Forming clear standards for the AV and automation industry

Watch Episode #17 and #18: an Industry Q&A with Josh Christian

In this Automation Unplugged interview, Ron speaks with Josh Christian, Director of Certification at Home Technology Assocation. The HTA is a newly formed certification body for custom integrators, providing clear standards for integrators and helping homeowners and trade professionals find the best technology experts in their area.

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