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Automation Unplugged Podcast

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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 developm… read more

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Automation Unplugged Episode #194 feat. Ron Wanless Owner and Founder at Technology Design Associates

December 1st, 2021

51:28

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

  • Lessons learned over the 40 years in the CI industry
  • How to build a …

Automation Unplugged Episode #193 feat. Theo Tsavoussis CEO at Prometheus Systems

November 16th, 2021

1:23:10

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

  • What is Bitcoin and how does it work
  • How Bitcoin promotes the …

Automation Unplugged Episode #192 feat. Paul Starkey Partner at PrepTech and Aspire Liquidity Partners

November 4th, 2021

1:04:59

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

  • Aspire Liquidity Partners, a guided partnership designed to position …

Automation Unplugged Episode #191 feat. Jeff Costello Vice President of Sales at Nortek Control

October 27th, 2021

1:02:35

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

  • The 2021 Fall Azione Conference in Nashville
  • The recent acquisition …

Automation Unplugged Episode #190 feat. Scott Abel Director of Quality and Consumer at SAV Digital Environments

October 20th, 2021

1:06:18

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

  • The experience gained and lessons learned while working in Silicon …

Automation Unplugged Episode #189 feat. Robert Burns Chief Operating Officer at CO-DA

October 13th, 2021

1:03:55

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

  • The importance of differentiating your brand
  • The importance of job …

Automation Unplugged Episode #188 feat. Casey Levy-Tulloch Manager of Business Development at Josh.ai

October 5th, 2021

1:03:12

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Casey Levy-Tulloch:

  • The challenges of getting a start-up business off the ground

Automation Unplugged Episode #187 feat. Shawn Hansson CEO and Founder at Logic Integration

September 22nd, 2021

1:02:35

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

  • Building an award-winning business from a humble start in Shawn's …

Automation Unplugged Episode #186 feat. Jeff Binette President at SmartHome Solutions

September 15th, 2021

51:08

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

  • Lessons learned from growing up in an entrepreneurial family
  • Adding …

Automation Unplugged Episode #185 feat. Ryan Paddock Chief System Designer at A Mindful Home

September 9th, 2021

54:50

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

  • His unique philosophy and marketing position
  • The importance of …

Automation Unplugged Episode #184 feat. Larry Supon President at Automated Lifestyles

August 31st, 2021

45:44

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

  • The importance of utilizing outside consultants and coaches to help …

Automation Unplugged Episode #183 feat. Chris Edelen President at Sterling Home Technologies

August 25th, 2021

1:00:05

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

  • How the Texas market has grown and developed over the years
  • The rise …

Automation Unplugged Episode #182 feat. Marc Ayoub Energy Division Director at CET & Associates

August 18th, 2021

1:00:16

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

  • Marc's journey through the industry and the lessons learned
  • Who CET and …

Automation Unplugged Episode #181 feat. Tom Farinola Visionary at Atlantic Home Entertainment and Stereo

August 9th, 2021

57:13

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

  • How Tom navigates the worlds of retail and custom integration
  • The …

Automation Unplugged Episode #180 feat. Steve Burke CEO at Texadia Systems

August 3rd, 2021

59:51

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

  • The importance of taking care of your team and work culture
  • Steve's …

Automation Unplugged Episode #179 feat. Troy Morgan Founder/CEO at PanTech Design

July 27th, 2021

1:04:29

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

  • The impact of home automation and energy management in the home

Automation Unplugged Episode #178 feat. Chris Pearson President/CEO at Service Tech Lighting, Shades, and AV

July 21st, 2021

59:00

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

  • His humble beginnings as a projector Rep and journey towards …

Automation Unplugged Episode #177 feat. Brett Ringeisen Director at Audiohouse

July 13th, 2021

1:04:01

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

  • How the family business and the electronics industry evolve over …

Automation Unplugged Episode #176 feat. Matt Bernath Senior Coach at Vital MGMT

July 8th, 2021

53:22

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

  • 6 ways to increase profit and reduce chaos in your business
  • Advice …

Automation Unplugged Episode #175 feat. Jaclyn Boutwell Owner & CFO at Media Systems

June 28th, 2021

1:05:08

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

  • How to approach your clients for approval to photograph projects

Automation Unplugged Episode #174 feat. Omar Alarcon Founder & CEO at A's Smart Home Solutions

June 22nd, 2021

48:24

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

  • His journey towards starting his own integration firm
  • Advice and best …

Automation Unplugged Episode #173 feat. Doug Greenwald Founder & CEO of Projx360 and Creative Sound & Integration

June 15th, 2021

44:31

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

  • Doug's start in the CI industry in the early '90s
  • Scaling his …

Automation Unplugged Episode #172 feat. Donnie Boutwell CEO at Media Systems

June 8th, 2021

1:12:07

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

  • Remote maintenance and diagnostics
  • Leadership that focuses on …

Automation Unplugged Episode #171 feat. Jason McGraw Group Vice President at CEDIA Expo & KBIS at Emerald

May 31st, 2021

46:51

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

  • Will there be a show?
  • Current Health and Safety protocols in place …

Automation Unplugged Episode #170 feat. Cory Reistad President at SAV Digital Envrionments

May 24th, 2021

53:08

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

  • SAV's relaunch, post VIA, focused on best in class marketing and …

Automation Unplugged Episode #169 feat. Josh Clark Owner at Rely Technology

May 19th, 2021

41:37

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

  • Josh's experience buying out his business partner
  • Lessons learned from …

Automation Unplugged Episode #168 feat. Franco D'Ascanio Founder and President at Coastal Source

May 13th, 2021

1:02:32

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Franco D'Ascanio:

  • Elements that make Coastal Source unique from other competitors

Automation Unplugged Episode #167 feat. Katharine Wheeler Author and Area Sales Manager at SnapAV and Control4

May 5th, 2021

48:59

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

  • What led Katharine into writing her book, There is No Cloud
  • The plot, …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #166 feat. Kris Coleman, Founder, President and CEO at Red Five Security

April 29th, 2021

5:49

In this week’s After Show, we chat with Kris Coleman, Founder, President, and CEO at Red Five. Kris shares with us a behind-the-scenes look into a …

Automation Unplugged Episode #166 feat. Kris Coleman, Founder, CEO, and President at Red Five Security

April 29th, 2021

1:05:17

To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au166

SHOW NOTES

Kris is currently Founder, CEO, and President at Red Five Security. Red Five Security operates intending to …

Automation Unplugged Episode #165 feat. Paul Bochner, Founder and CEO at Electronic Concepts

April 26th, 2021

1:07:25

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

  • Paul's motorcycle racing hobby and his experience racing with Keanu …

Automation Unplugged Episode #164 feat. Susan Cashen, Former CMO, Control4, Active Advisor at CEDIA

April 14th, 2021

1:01:32

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

  • Susan’s experience helps to launch the TIVO brand in the ’90s
  • How …

Automation Unplugged Episode #163 feat. Aaron Cowden, CEO and Founder and Andrew Wactor, VP of Commercial at Fusion Audio Video

April 6th, 2021

51:52

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Aaron Cowden and Andrew Wactor:

  • Fusion's origin story
  • How 2020 impacted Fusion's …

Automation Unplugged Episode #162 feat. Ryan Davis, President at Ratio AV

April 1st, 2021

56:41

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

  • Serving as a crew chief for a multi-year winning team of the Baja 1000

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #161 feat. Chris Worthington, CEO at Personal Technology

March 25th, 2021

12:23

In this week’s After Show, we chat with Chris Worthington, CEO at Personal Technology. Chris shares his transformational “Day 1” strategy with us on …

Automation Unplugged Episode #161 feat. Chris Worthington, CEO at Personal Technology

March 24th, 2021

1:01:03

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

  • The current state of the custom installation marketing in …

Automation Unplugged Episode #160 feat. Matt Coxon, Sales Director at Tangram Technology

March 19th, 2021

55:34

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

  • What led Mark from pursuing veterinary school to working at a …

Automation Unplugged Episode #159 feat. Shawn Lemay, President at Sound and Theater

March 9th, 2021

50:12

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

  • Shawn’s origin story and how he went from creating an ISP company …

Automation Unplugged Episode #158 feat. Matt Cwiokowski, CEO at Avidia

February 25th, 2021

56:04

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

  • What ultimately led Avidia to have a 35% YOY growth in 2020
  • How a …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #157 feat. Jeff Galea, Founder and President at Boca Tech and Automation

February 22nd, 2021

12:20

This week’s After Show features Jeff Galea, Founder and President at Boca Tech and Automation. Jeff reflects on his approach and mindset behind his …

Automation Unplugged Episode #157 feat. Jeff Galea, Founder and President at Boca Tech and Automation

February 15th, 2021

59:23

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

  • How a COVID inspired look behind-the-scenes for the design community …

Automation Unplugged Episode #156 feat. Ron Callis, CEO at One Firefly

February 8th, 2021

1:15:16

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

  • How Ron found his way into the custom integration industry
  • Ron’s …

Automation Unplugged Episode #155 feat. Adam Pauska, Principal at AXG Advisors

February 3rd, 2021

44:18

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

  • Risks faced by high net worth individuals
  • The breakdown on insurance …

Automation Unplugged Episode #154 feat. Jason Roberts, General Manager and Board Member at Bravas

January 25th, 2021

55:46

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

  • Jason's experience buying an integration firm in 2012
  • The dynamics …

Automation Unplugged Episode #153 feat. Andrea Hoffer, CEO at Aha Recruiting Experts

January 15th, 2021

45:19

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

  • Common mistakes companies make during the hiring process
  • Best hiring …

Automation Unplugged Episode #152 feat. Angela Larson, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations and Blair Piersall, Vice President of Sales at Savant

January 11th, 2021

1:00:35

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Angela Larson and Blair Piersall:

  • Angela and Blair's backstory and how they …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #151 feat. Marc Fulker, Owner at Greenstar Technologies

January 1st, 2021

13:02

In this week’s After Show, we chat with Marc Fulker, Owner at Greenstar Technologies. Marc shares the details of how they were able to land a recent …

Automation Unplugged Episode #151 feat. Marc Fulker, Owner at Greenstar Technologies

December 31st, 2020

51:08

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

  • The state of COVID-19 in the country of Australia
  • How Marc was able to …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #150 feat. Brian Perreault, COO at Barrett's Technology Solutions

December 30th, 2020

14:38

In this week’s After Show, we chat with Brian Perreault, COO at Barrett's Technology Solutions. Brian sheds light on the importance of relationship …

Automation Unplugged Episode #150 feat. Brian Perreault, COO at Barrett's Technology Solutions

December 30th, 2020

59:25

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

  • Brian's near 30-year career with Barrett's Technology
  • The benefit …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #149 feat. Wes Claytor, Account Manager at One Firefly

December 29th, 2020

8:24

In this week’s After Show, we chat with Wes Claytor, Digital Marketing Account Manager at One Firefly. Wes shares his commitment to cultivating …

Automation Unplugged Episode #149 feat. Wes Claytor, Account Manager at One Firefly

December 15th, 2020

59:07

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

  • Wes' transition from the health and fitness industry into digital …

Automation Unplugged Episode #148 feat. Gregg Dixon, Founder at AV Specialists

December 9th, 2020

28:52

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

  • Gregg's approach to making 2020 their most successful year
  • What …

Automation Unplugged Episode #147 feat. Jon Robbins, Executive Director at HTSA

December 8th, 2020

52:46

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

  • HTSA's sales training approach
  • Jon's view on how the recent 2020 …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #146 feat. Phil Mulligan, President and Pat Mulligan, Vice President at Pacific Audio & Communications

December 7th, 2020

16:19

In this week's After Show, we chat with Phil Mulligan, President at Pacific Audio & Communications Hawaii, and Vice President, Pat Mulligan. Phil …

Automation Unplugged Episode #146 feat. Phil Mulligan, President and Pat Mulligan, Vice President at Pacific Audio & Communications

December 2nd, 2020

1:09:17

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Phil and Pat Mulligan:

  • Logistical hurdles faced when running a Hawaii based …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #145 feat. Bert Herrero, CEO and Joel Hernandez, General Manager at First Priority Audio

November 27th, 2020

14:15

We just wrapped up recording show #145 featuring Bert Herrrero, CEO of First Priority Audio, and Joel Hernandez, their General Manager.

Here, Bert shared with us how a pivotal book he read helped him focus more on the …

Automation Unplugged Episode #145 feat. Bert Herrero, CEO and Joel Hernandez, General Manager at First Priority Audio

November 25th, 2020

58:13

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Bert Herrero and Joel Hernandez

  • Creating a balance as a family owned business

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #144 feat. Patrick Hartman, General Manager at Diversified Systems International

November 20th, 2020

12:37

Welcome to the Automation Unplugged After Show! When scheduling permits, we will take some time after we record the official episode to dig a little …

Automation Unplugged Episode #144 feat. Patrick Hartman, General Manager at Diversified Systems International

November 20th, 2020

52:18

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

  • Patrick’s experience as a CEDIA volunteer
  • Recap of the Virtual …

Automation Unplugged Episode #143 feat. Jeff Goldstein, Head Of Sales at Sony CI Division

November 19th, 2020

1:05:14

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

  • How Jeff’s passion for audio landed him at Sony
  • What managing the …

Automation Unplugged Episode #142 feat. Tina Baker, Manager of People Operations at One Firefly

November 6th, 2020

42:42

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

  • The importance of company culture
  • Best practices around hiring the …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #141 feat. Harshul Parikh, Founder and CEO at Trescent Lifestyles

October 26th, 2020

14:21

Welcome to the Automation Unplugged After Show! When scheduling permits, we will take some time after we record the official episode to dig a little …

Automation Unplugged Episode #141 feat. Harshul Parikh, Founder and CEO of Trescent Lifestyles

October 26th, 2020

55:55

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

  • Harshul’s role in bringing a CEDIA chapter to India
  • How the custom …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #140 feat. Jesse Silva, Owner of The PAVE

October 22nd, 2020

13:29

Welcome to the Automation Unplugged After Show! When scheduling permits, we will take some time after we record the official episode to dig a little …

Automation Unplugged Episode #140 feat. Jesse Silva, Owner of The PAVE

October 21st, 2020

45:06

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

  • The impacts of COVID-19 on Jesse’s business
  • The PAVE doubling their …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #139 feat. Michael Cogbill, Principal of REV2 Consulting

October 13th, 2020

14:03

Welcome to the Automation Unplugged After Show! Every week, we will take some time after we record the official episode to dig a little deeper with our guest, learn more about them, their hobbies, or frankly, anything …

Automation Unplugged Episode #139 feat. Michael Cogbill, Principal of REV2 Consulting

October 13th, 2020

57:52

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

  • The early days of custom integration in the 80’s and early 90’s

Automation Unplugged Episode #138 feat. Murray Kunis, President of Future Home

October 7th, 2020

1:21:22

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

* Murray’s thoughts on the first 2020 Presidential Debate

* Murray’s experience with installing America’s first home THX system

* His …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #137 feat. Matt Fowler, Co-Owner and Director of Operations of HomeTroniX

September 30th, 2020

11:21

Welcome to the Automation Unplugged After Show! Today, we're taking some time after the live show to talk with Matt Fowler, Co-Owner and Director of Operations of HomeTroniX.

Before joining HomeTroniX, Matt spent some of …

Automation Unplugged Episode #137 feat. Matt Fowler, Co-Owner and Director of Operations of HomeTroniX

September 21st, 2020

49:55

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

  • How Matt’s time in the Marine Corps impacted his role as a leader
  • How …

Automation Unplugged After Show Episode #136 feat. Josh Willits, President at Portal

September 16th, 2020

16:32

Welcome to the Automation Unplugged After Show! Today, we're taking some time after the live show to talk with Josh Willits, President at Portal. 

While many of you may know Josh for his career in the custom integration …

Automation Unplugged Episode #136 feat. Josh Willits, President of Portal

September 15th, 2020

1:05:42

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

  • Josh experiences in the CI industry that ultimately led to his role …

Automation Unplugged Episode #135 feat. Jeff Brewer, Vice President of Sales of Sonance

September 11th, 2020

49:40

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

  • Leadership strategies Jeff learned while working for the late Steven …

Automation Unplugged Episode #134 feat. Taylor Whipple, Vice President of Operations and Finance of One Firefly

September 9th, 2020

57:18

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

  • His rewarding time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa - he …

Automation Unplugged Episode #133 feat. Jeremy Elsesser, President of Level 3 Audiovisual

August 24th, 2020

1:01:41

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

  • Jeremy’s 16 year career track at Level 3 Audiovisual, leading to …

Automation Unplugged Episode #132 feat. Paul Lopez, Co-Owner of Integrated Lifestyles

August 13th, 2020

43:11

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

  • What experiences led Paul to opening his own integration firm.
  • What …

Automation Unplugged Episode #131 feat. Ryan Anderson, CEO of Bravas

August 5th, 2020

58:05

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

  • Ryan’s past experience as a racecar driver with Ferrari
  • The Bravas …

Automation Unplugged Episode #130 feat. Shaun Schuetz, VP of Sales Americas of AudioQuest

July 31st, 2020

1:02:42

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

  • Shaun’s background and how he got into the consumer electronics …

Automation Unplugged Episode #129 feat. Ken Vanemon, Sr Regional Sales Manager of Sapphire Marketing

July 30th, 2020

54:41

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

  • Status of the audio video marketplace in New York City.
  • Ken’s …

Automation Unplugged Episode #128 feat. Rusty Deeble, President of Digital Installers

July 27th, 2020

1:00:31

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

  • The positive impact that the ProSource Dream Theater Makeover …

Automation Unplugged Episode #127 feat. Wim De Vos, Thunder Lizard of Genesis Home Technology

July 10th, 2020

48:33

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Wim De Vos:

  • Changes throughout Europe that Wim, his business, and clients have …

Automation Unplugged Episode #126 feat. Maryellen Oswald, Publisher of Connected Design Magazine

July 2nd, 2020

43:49

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

  • How Maryellen got her start in Consumer Electronics with …

Automation Unplugged Episode #125 feat. Kyle Steele, President of Global Wave Integration

June 23rd, 2020

55:08

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

  • How the Global Wave Integration wellness showroom has transformed due …

Automation Unplugged Episode #124 feat. Steve Haas, CEO and Principal Consultant of SH Acoustics

June 16th, 2020

1:03:48

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

  • Steve’s origin story and his transition into the high-end residential …

Automation Unplugged Episode #123 feat. Alex Camara, CEO of AudioControl

June 11th, 2020

54:10

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

  • Alex’s backstory in technology startups before acquiring Audio Control

Automation Unplugged Episode #122 feat. Ariel Gutierrez, President of Polaris Controls

June 8th, 2020

53:41

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

  • The origin story behind Polaris Controls
  • Ariel's reaction to the …

Automation Unplugged Show #121 feat. Jason Barth, Owner of The Premier Group, and Jamie Carey, Director of Business Development at The Premier Group

June 4th, 2020

1:03:42

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Jason Barth and Jamie Carey:

  • The impact beautifully shot photography has had on …

Automation Unplugged Episode #120 feat. Kevin Hancock, President of Frame My TV

June 3rd, 2020

34:00

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

  • Kevin’s origin story and how he got his first big break with an …

Automation Unplugged Episode #119 feat. Matt DeVance, Founder of DeVance Electronic Lifestyle

June 1st, 2020

52:02

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

  • Ways in which previous life-changing events, such as 9/11 and the …

Automation Unplugged Episode #118 feat. Eddie Shapiro, Founder of SmartTouchUSA

May 28th, 2020

47:00

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

  • Growth opportunities for home security solutions
  • Steps they have …

Automation Unplugged Episode #117 feat. Bryan Naquin, President of Acadian Home Theater and Automation

May 22nd, 2020

45:29

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

  • Steps Bryan is taking to keep his team safe during COVID-19 such as …

Automation Unplugged Episode #115 feat. Henry Clifford, Co-Founder of Parasol and President of Livewire

May 21st, 2020

45:34

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

  • Changes Henry has made within Livewire due to COVID-19 …

Automation Unplgged- Show #114 feat. Rob Hopper, President of Beacon Audio Video Systems

May 14th, 2020

52:47

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

  • The rise of consumer interest in solutions such as outdoor …

Automation Unplugged - Show #113 feat. Curt Hayes, CEO and Managing Partner of Blue Dog Group

May 7th, 2020

51:44

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

  • The history behind the founding of Blue Dog Group
  • The opportunity to …

Automation Unplugged - Show #112 feat. John Clancy, VP of Residential at Crestron Electronics

April 30th, 2020

52:35

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

  • Ways John is seeing COVID-19 impacting dealers throughout the world

Automation Unplugged - Show #111 feat. Matt Lien, VP of Sales at DES

April 24th, 2020

47:59

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

  • How DES supports multiple smart home platforms including Crestron, …

Automation Unplugged - Show #110 feat. Wim De Vos, Thunder Lizard at Genesis Home Technologies

April 23rd, 2020

43:27

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Wim De Vos:

  • Update on how COVID-19 is affecting European Installers
  • Video marketing …

Automation Unplugged - Show #109 feat. Eric Joy, Chief Experience Officer at GHT Group

April 22nd, 2020

44:58

Interview Recap

  • Eric’s recommendations on the approach manufacturers and vendors should be taking to help integrators
  • The importance of having a clear, …

Automation Unplugged - Show #108 feat. Keith Harrison, Founder at Total Home Technologies

April 20th, 2020

46:05

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

  • Keith’s approach to handling the changes in his business caused by …

Automation Unplugged - Show #107 feat. Mike Giffin, Vice President at Help Lightning

April 20th, 2020

37:03

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

  • The increased demand for virtual servicing during the COVID-19 …

Automation Unplugged - Show #106 feat. Evan Rosen, President at Law Offices of Evan M. Rosen

April 14th, 2020

42:36

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

  • How COVID-19 is changing the law substantively and procedurally
  • Evan’s …

Automation Unplugged - Show #105 feat. Navot Shoresh, President of Spire Integrated Systems

April 10th, 2020

55:59

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

  • What Navot and his team are implementing to come out stronger on …

Automation Unplugged - Show #104 feat. Erick Burton, VP of Western Audio/Video

April 9th, 2020

42:18

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

  • How Erick and his team are handling the challenges brought by …

Automation Unplugged - Show #103 feat. John Geraghty, President at Courageous Authenticity

April 3rd, 2020

47:52

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

  • John’s recommendations on staying connected with your team in a …

Automation Unplugged - Show #102 feat. Rohan Dunbar, Owner at Digital Lifestyle Solutions

April 1st, 2020

39:22

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 …

Automation Unplugged - Show #101 feat. Alexa & Angel Centeno, Owners of Systems Design & Integration

March 24th, 2020

44:22

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Alexa & Angel Centeno:

  • How they've accomplished running a business as husband …

Automation Unplugged - Show #100 feat. Lee Travis, Owner of Wipliance

March 19th, 2020

1:01:11

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

  • His process in integrating electrical contracting to his business

Automation Unplugged - Show #99 feat. Cesar Quintero, Activator at The Profit Recipe

March 3rd, 2020

48:16

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

  • What entrepreneurs can expect from working with an EOS Implementer

Automation Unplugged - Show #98 feat. Nigel Dessau, Chief Marketing Officer at Bravas

February 27th, 2020

31:59

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

  • How the shift in market consumerism will likely affect the custom …

Automation Unplugged - Show #97 feat. Pete Baker, President of The BIG Corp

February 27th, 2020

57:21

Interview Recap

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

  • The benefit of developing a strong company brand
  • Why he …

Automation Unplugged - Show #96 feat. Ian Dohalick, VP at Relative Home Systems

February 5th, 2020

1:05:27

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

  • Handling business growth while experiencing major personal losses
  • The …

Automation Unplugged - Show #95 feat. Miranda Grantham, National Sales Manager at Origin Acoustic & Marc Fisher, President of Sales at Origin Acoustics

January 30th, 2020

34:52

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Miranda Grantham and Marc Fisher:

  • The importance of a strong company culture
  • The …

Automation Unplugged - Show #94 feat. Ian Williams, CEO of Aspire Audio Video Solutions

January 21st, 2020

48:29

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

  • How he approached selling his business in 2017
  • His business …

Automation Unplugged - Show #93 feat. Jamie Briesemeister, Co-Founder of Integration Controls

December 18th, 2019

46:00

In this episode of Automation Unplugged, Ron Calls spoke with Jamie Briesemeister about topics such as:

  • Jamie’s transition from working in the …

Automation Unplugged - Show #92 feat. Michael Oh, President & Founder at TSP

December 12th, 2019

48:02

In this episode of Automation Unplugged, Ron Calls spoke with Michael Oh about topics such as:

  • Launching an Apple-focused IT company from his MIT dorm

Automation Unplugged - Show #91 feat. Bob Cole, Founder at World Wide Stereo

November 20th, 2019

46:08

In this episode of Automation Unplugged, Ron Calls spoke with Bob Cole about topics such as:

  • How Bob transitioned from his career as a psychologist to …

Automation Unplugged - Show #90 feat. David Frangioni, Director at Frangioni Media

October 23rd, 2019

32:21

In this episode of Automation Unplugged, Ron Calls spoke with David Frangioni about topics such as:

  • His experience working with leading artists like …

Automation Unplugged - Show #89 feat. Matt Scott, President at OMEGA Audio Video

October 9th, 2019

50:48

In this episode of Automation Unplugged, Ron Calls spoke with Matt Scott about topics such as:

  • Matt's role on the CEDIA board
  • Why he volunteers his …

Automation Unplugged - Show #88 feat. Eric Joy, Chief Experience Officer at Georgia Home Theater

October 2nd, 2019

42:51

In this episode of Automation Unplugged, Ron Calls spoke with Eric Joy about topics such as:

  • Experience gained working 
  • Growth and change in the …

Automation Unplugged Show #87 feat. Justin Johnson, CEO at Twilight Solutions

September 4th, 2019

37:49

In this episode of Automation Unplugged, Ron Calls spoke with Justin Johnston about topics such as:

  • How Justin got his start in the A/V industry
  • The …
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