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.

Episodes

August 4, 2022 69 min

Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Ian Bryant;

  • Ian’s experiences working remotely from different locations around the country.
  • His background and expertise in the industry
  • New technology trends and emerging business model opportunities
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au216

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    Ian started in the AV/Integration industry in the live soun...

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Håkan Olsson;

  • How Håkan uses his home as a showroom for his business
  • His method of using his home to demo Ketra tunable lighting and invisible speakers
  • Selling single app solutions vs App Mania (ie. using many apps)
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au215

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    Håkan started Beemer Smart Home in 2005 as a...

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Dustin Kerns;

  • The history of ListenUp and different events that marked the company
  • His own personal journey in the AV industry and the different influences he has met along the way
  • The current state of the industry as we face supply chain and staffing issues
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au214

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Ed Gilmore;

  • Ed’s professional background in classical music
  • A personal story from Ed and why his showroom was designed with such warmth
  • A few celebrity stories including the work he did for Richard Gear and Cindy Crawford back in the 80’s and 90’s
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au213

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

  • Paul’s passion for motorcycle racing
  • Merger and acquisition trends in the industry
  • Marketing and video production for an integration firm to help it stand out
  • Why producing video is so hard.
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au212

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Mike Abernathy;

  • The many resources being provided by NSCA to its members
  • The future of system integration and the emergence of the Super Integrator
  • Creative solutions to the Av industries labor shortage
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au211

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    Mike has been part of the systems integration industry si...

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Tobi Tungl;

  • How Tobi uses and leverages Twitter to connect with his industry
  • The current state of UCC solutions in the Pro AV space
  • The mind and body health of an ultra athlete
  • The importance of building and curating your network
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au210

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    Tobi began his professional car...

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Tomas Wing;

  • Similarities running an integration business in Panama City, Panama to the States
  • The power of networks and advisors in running and growing a business
  • How Covid-19 has affected supply chain and inventory in Latin America
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au209

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Chuck Breaux;

  • His experiences and lessons learned working with House of Worship Pro AV systems
  • How to confront the current labor shortages and the challenges being faced with supply chain
  • Operational challenges with design and accounting software platform rollouts
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au208

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

  • Using the “Leasing” model in the AV industry and how it benefits clients and your business
  • How customer service and building relationships can leave a lasting effect in a company.
  • Why our industry needs to rethink integrators role in providing maintenance and ongoing support services
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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with John Campbell;

  • The importance of creating a healthy culture
  • How empowering your team can help with retention of talent and create a sense of trust within a team.
  • The benefits of loving what you do professionally and personally
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au206

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Travis Leo;

  • Cinergy and the professional alliance that it creates for integrators
  • Challenges of running a business and how business owners can benefit from listening to the experience of others.
  • Benefits of having a team-integrated business consultant and group facilitator
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/a...

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Wade Stephens;

  • Techniques to successfully manage projects affected by supply chain issues
  • How the Entrepreneurial Operating System can benefit a team and its development.
  • How marketing helps drive referral sales
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au204

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    Wade Stephens began his career in the AV industr...

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Blake Urmos;

  • How Low Voltage Nation became the largest online community for the low voltage industry
  • The role of social media and the importance for businesses
  • What is Web 3 and where it's headed for the near future
  • The importance of video in social media platforms, and how it can be used to leverage your business
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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Keith Esterly;

  • HTSA’s mission and commitment to the ongoing education of their member dealers
  • Different resources provided by HTSA, including Keith’s Relationship Science Program
  • Different strategies and tactics used by a successful salesperson
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au202

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Mike Sajecki;

  • The art and science of consultative selling
  • The importance of a CRM and ERP system in tracking and managing a sales team
  • What makes for a successful salesperson
  • Potential challenges ahead in the economy
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au201

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    Mike began his career in the A.V. industry w...

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

  • Update from Lee since the Feb 2020 recording of Automation Unplugged show #100
  • CES 2022 Update - Live from Vegas
  • The importance of video in marketing
  • Lessons learned from years in business
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au200

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    Lee Travis got his start with the custom integration industry...

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    Here are some of the topics Ron and Taylor had the opportunity to discuss during this episode

  • 2021 Highlights from  Automation Unplugged
  • One Firefly’s achievements during 2021
  • Goals for 2022 and upcoming industry trends
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au199

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    Automation Unplugged is a live show recorded weekly, hosted by me, Ron Callis.  In each Automation Unplugged...

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

  • Why integrators should consider getting into the lighting fixture business
  • How to choose the right manufacturer to partner with in your business
  • How lighting will likely grow in significance within our industry
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au198

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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with George and Kassa Harrison

  • How EOS, entrepreneurial operating system has made a positive impact on the company
  • Vital Management and systematically reviewing financials with set goals
  • The importance of marketing and original photography for an integration firm
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au197

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