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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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Watch Episode #43: An Industry Q&A with Brian Jones

Making technology easy for everyone

Watch Episode #43: An Industry Q&A with Brian Jones

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Brian Jones, owner of Alpha Dog AVS. Recorded Live on May 9th, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Brian Jones

Brian started working for a car stereo shop part time after school in 1996. He worked as a lead installer and fabricator until 2000, and then started working at a company as an install apprentice. After 9 years, he became a Field Supervisor, managing a team of 3 installers and assisted the store’s general manager and his sales staff in system design and sales. In 2009, Brian decided to go out on his own and never looked back, founding Alpha Dog AVS in 2016.

Interview Recap

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

  • Brian's background in the industry
  • How to make technology easy for anyone
  • Working with baby boomers vs millennials
  • Staying on top of changing technology
  • And more!

Watch Episode #42: An Industry Q&A with Frank White

Focusing on the things that really matter

Watch Episode #42: An Industry Q&A with Frank White

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Frank White, a long time industry consultant. Recorded Live on April 26th, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Frank White

With decades of working in the integration channel, Frank's expertise is in increasing closing rates while decreasing closing times, and generally cutting the costs of new business acquisition within the B2B technology arena. As a Partner at StayTuned & Weld, Frank works to engineer strong loyal market demand and monetization for client offerings.

Interview Recap

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

  • Frank's background in the industry
  • State of the industry in relation to the economy
  • Dealer's best hedge to battle downturns
  • And more!

Watch Episode #41: An Industry Q&A with Sheri Griffin

Being a professional integrator

Watch Episode #41: An Industry Q&A with Sheri Griffin
This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Sheri Griffin, managing partner of Home Theater Design Group. Recorded Live on April 11th, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Sheri Griffin

Sheri along with her husband Brad founded Home Theater Design Group in May of 1997. Sheri also teaches with the John Maxwell Team and does business coaching and consulting. Sheri and Brad live in Allen Texas. they have 4 grown children 2 grand sons and live with 2 little dogs.

Interview Recap

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

  • Sheri's background in the industry
  • The evolution of integrators' business
  • How to hire the right persons for your team
  • How to build your business
  • And more!

Watch Episode #40: An Industry Q&A with Henry Clifford

Growing a sustainable, profitable business

Watch Episode #40: An Industry Q&A with Henry Clifford
This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Henry Clifford.Henry Clifford founded Livewire of Richmond, Va., in 2001 after identifying a need for simple home technology in Central Virginia. Each member of the Livewire team has been handpicked and their combined talents fuel the company’s explosive growth. Recorded Live on April 4th, 2018 at 12:40pm EDT.

About Henry Clifford

He began his career in IT during the .com boom of the 90s, working as a Web developer and Information Architect. His lifelong passion for technology made Livewire an easy choice. Under Clifford’s leadership, Livewire has acquired 5 competitors since 2011, added 5,000 square feet of office/warehouse space, launched a commercial division (Livewire for Business) and is now the largest HTP in Central Virginia. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Livewire made the Inc. 500|5000 (2013-2014), CEPro 100 and RVA 25 (2014) lists. Henry currently serves on the CEDIA Board of Directors through 2019. Henry is also a co-founder of Parasol, nationwide 24/7 remote support “for integrators, by integrators.”

Interview Recap

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

  • Henry's background in the industry
  • The importance of corporate values
  • What to look for in a business before acquiring it
  • And more!

Watch Episode #38: An Industry Q&A with Aaron Cramer

The difference between MDU projects and home installations

Watch Episode #38: An Industry Q&A with Aaron Cramer

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing Aaron Cramer, Director of Operations for Acoustic Architects from his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Aaron has been in the CI industry since 2005 and has worked with multiple leading integration firms. He joined Miami based powerhouse integration firm Acoustic Architects in 2011 and currently manages all production including MDU's. Recorded Live on March 21st, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT.

About Aaron Cramer

Aaron has been in the industry exclusively in the South Florida market since 2005. He spent 6 years at HED South and has been at Acoustic Architects since 2011. 
He moved up the ranks at Acoustic Architects; he was hired as an installer/technician and is now Director of Operations as well as PM of all MDU deployment.

Interview Recap

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

  • Client perception of our industry and how we think wrong as integrators
  • How to keep your employees happy
  • MDU Projects
  • And more!

Watch Episode #36: An Industry Q&A with JB Fowler

Benefits of Remote Monitoring and Management:

Watch Episode #36: An Industry Q&A with JB Fowler

This week's show features our host Ron Callis interviewing J.B. Fowler, Chief Product Officer for Domotz from his home office in Salt Lake City, UT. J.B. is a CI industry veteran with time spent at Control4 and Luxul to name a few. In J.B.'s current role with Domotz, he is ensuring their hardware and software are meeting the needs of integrators as they aspire to remotely monitor their client's networks to ensure optimal service and operations. Recorded Live on February 28th, 2018 at 12:30 pm EDT.

About JB Fowler

J.B. has over 15 years of experience in the Audio/Video Networking industries, including several years with Control4, where he managed the Audio/Video and Controller product lines. In addition, he ran the Business Development organization for Luxul, a Wired and Wireless Networking company that focuses on the integration channels. He currently is the Chief Product Officer for Domotz, ensuring that Integrators and Manufacturers that leverage Domotz have a great product experience.

Interview Recap

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

  • Remote Connectivity Security Concerns
  • Operational Efficiency for Integrators
  • Eliminating Truck rolls
  • Ease of Installation
  • And more!
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