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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 #176: An Industry Q&A With Matt Bernath

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Matt Bernath, Senior Coach at Vital Management shares 6 ways to increase profit and reduce chaos in your business.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #176: An Industry Q&A With Matt Bernath

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Matt Bernath. Recorded live on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Matt Bernath

Matt is a veteran entrepreneur in the custom electronics industry who specializes in helping technology professionals transform their businesses. He has spent more than two decades in retail, wholesale, custom integration, and coaching - including founding and managing his own integration firm at one time. Today, as a Senior Coach at VITAL MGMT, Matt helps others achieve their dreams and business goals while also focusing on his overall mission to shift the CI industry's trajectory.

Interview Recap

  • 6 ways to increase profit and reduce chaos in your business
  • Advice for an integration firm owner on managing their own compensation
  • How to turn the most prosperous times into the most profitable times
  • The time investment to start transforming your business and profits with Vital Management

Home Automation Podcast Episode #11: An Industry Q&A With Paul Starkey

A Sneak Peak at CEDIA 2017's Top Event

Home Automation Podcast Episode #11: An Industry Q&A With Paul Starkey

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Paul Starkey. Recorded live on Thursday, April 5th, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Paul Starkey

Paul Starkey has been in the custom installation business for 24 years, and in that time, Paul has raised venture capital twice, acquired two companies, started two others and has in-depth knowledge of the CI business.

These acquisitions and mergers exceeded $280M in value. He has business operations, sales and marketing experience.  His keen insights, innovation, and creativity have been recognized by many in our industry.

Paul is highly involved with GenerateHope, a San Diego 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a safe place for female survivors of sex trafficking. He is helping promote their upcoming benefit that will feature the Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band from Chicago, Creedence Forever; a painting exhibition by Leon Speakers’ president Noah Kaplan; a video experience by GoVision; the honoring of influential women, and other surprises.

Interview Recap

  • A sneak peek at CEDIA 2017’s top event
  • Paul’s involvement with GenerateHope, a San Diego 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a safe place for female survivors of sex-trafficking
  • September 7, 2017 upcoming benefit for GenerateHope at Humphries Concerts By The Bay, San Diego.
  • How the AV industry has pulled together in support and sponsorship of this benefit and cause

Home Automation Podcast Episode #1: An Industry Q&A With Paul Starkey

The Expert Perspective on Bi4Ci

Home Automation Podcast Episode #1: An Industry Q&A With Paul Starkey

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

About Paul Starkey

Paul Starkey has been in the custom installation business for 24 years, and in that time, Paul has raised venture capital twice, acquired two companies, started two others and has in-depth knowledge of the CI business. These acquisitions and mergers exceeded $280M in value. He has business operations, sales and marketing experience.  His keen insights, innovation, and creativity have been recognized by many in our industry. 

Interview Recap

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

  • Starkey's background and expertise in the industry
  • The challenges currently facing integrators today
  • Bi4Ci: what is it and why do CI dealers need it?
  • Characteristics of successful business owners in this channel
  • The three ratios integrators should definitely be watching
  • Which manufacturers are starting to stand out and having staying power in this space
  • Cool new technologies that are just around the corner
  • Whether life exists on other planets
  • And more.
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