Automation Unplugged Podcast

Automation Unplugged Podcast

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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July 27, 2021 64 min

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
  • Understanding the power of a watt
  • An overview of energy integration and why it matters
  • The concept of a virtual power plant
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au179

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    Troy Morgan is the Founder and CEO at PanTech Design. Under ...

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    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 becoming one of the largest integrators in Texas
  • Chris' philosophy on expanding his skill set portfolio based on his client's needs
  • The danger of opportunity, and how he is managing Service Tech's growth
  • The importance of having the right people in the right roles to reach growth go...
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    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 the decades
  • The very first CEDIA event in 1990!
  • Brett's windsurfing accident and how that affected him as well as the company
  • Lessons learned from the hardship and how they made him a better leader
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefire...

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    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 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
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, an...

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    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
  • Basics of video and lighting configurations for successful Zoom meetings
  • How she manages the finances for Media Systems
  • Parental control and privacy management for minors on the Internet
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au175

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    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 practices with leveraging Instagram
  • And how he selects which brands to work with
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au174

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    Omar has a diverse background, including working in the baking industry and as an electrician b...

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    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 integration company over the past 20 years
  • What to expect from business software
  • Developing and documenting business processes
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au173

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    Doug first established Creative Sound & Inte...

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

  • Remote maintenance and diagnostics
  • Leadership that focuses on delegating rather than micromanaging
  • Personal vs professional social media strategy
  • Working professionally with a spouse
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au172

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    Before taking over as CEO at Media Systems, Donnie started wo...

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    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 for the show
  • What to expect from the 2021 CEDIA Expo
  • Some of the top brands that will be attending the CEDIA Expo including Crestron, Lutron, Savant, and of course, One Firefly
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au171

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    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 SEO, ultimately making Cory a convert to the power of marketing
  • How Cory approaches blending design and technology into spaces
  • Advice for integrators on how to deal with changes and challenges to supply shortages
  • How the pandemic has increased consumer interest in wellness technology
  • To g...

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    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 their move into their quarter-million-dollar showroom
  • Josh's approach to hiring
  • The importance of marketing and how Josh uses it to educate consumers
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au169

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    Josh is the Founder ...

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    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
  • The new Line Source bollard that sets a new standard for a quality listening experience
  • What it looks like to be part of a family-owned business environment
  • Why integrators should be more focused on solutions outside of the home
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    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, setting, and characters in her new book
  • Katharine's success around founding SNAP AV's Women in Technology Group
  • Observations and takeaways on working with successful integration firms over the years
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: o...

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    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 recent client engagement that is straight out of your favorite James Bond movie. It really is crazy and amazing!

     If you haven't already listened to the full interview, make sure to check out show #166 here on the podcast or over on our Facebook page at facebook.com/onefireflyllc. Oka...

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

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    Kris is currently Founder, CEO, and President at Red Five Security. Red Five Security operates intending to provide world-class, state-of-the-art security and protective intelligence services. Kris comes from an extensive security background, including time with both the FBI and CIA handling counterterrorism and weapons of...

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    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 Reeves
  • How Paul's paid advertising strategy has helped raise visibility on their YouTube channel and Instagram page and bring in more sales
  • Paul's selling strategy that appeals to client's emotions rather than focusing on product facts or stats
  • Social media strategies that...
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    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 Susan moved from Silicon Valley to become one of the first employees of Control4 energy division
  • Branding tips Susan recommends every dealer follow
  • The importance of selling experience over technology
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly...

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    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 commercial market
  • How they have enlisted a business consultant to help them grow
  • Tips on delegating and getting out of your own way
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au163

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    Aaron founded Fusion A/V during his seni...

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    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
  • His recent acceptance into the HTSA buying group
  • Ryans approach to work/life balance
  • Ryan’s predictions for 2021 and beyond
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au162

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    As founder of Ratio AV, Ryan and his team of seven wor...

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    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 how he prepares his projects for completion to help promote overall customer satisfaction.

    If you haven't already listened to the full interview, make sure to check out show #161 here on the podcast or over on our Facebook page at facebook.com/onefireflyllc. Okay, let’s jump into my...

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