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Automation Unplugged Podcast

39 EpisodesProduced by Ron CallisWebsite

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 #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 of 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 of 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 of 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 of 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 of 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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