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.... Show More

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October 22, 2020 13 min

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 deeper with our guest, learn more about them, their hobbies, or frankly, anything that I think you might want to learn more about.

We just wrapped up recording show #140 featuring Jesse Silva, Owner at The PAVE. Jesse shared with us how he was able to score a unique project in the luxur...

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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 growth since 2019
  • Innovative ways Jesse has expanded their reach and customer acquisition through social media
  • Manufacturers that embody “exceptional support” and how it has helped Jesse and his team grow
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefi...

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    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 that I think you might want to learn more about.

    We just wrapped up recording show #139 featuring Michael Cogbill, Principal at REV2 Consulting. Here on the after show, Michael shares with us his top takeaways on how t...

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    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
  • His experience working on a project for Bill Gates’ Seattle home
  • CEDIA initiatives Michael is most excited about
  • Michael’s predictions for the future of our industry
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au139

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    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 recommendations for business just getting started in the custom integration industry.

    * Murray’s thoughts on the current state of our industry and what 2021 might have in store

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    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 his career in the wine industry. In this aftershow chat, Matt shares with us his experience working with Total Wine and even gives us some of his favorite wine recommendations.

    If you haven't already listened...

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    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 to grow and scale an integration firm
  • HomeTroniX’s growth during COVID
  • Matt’s approach to marketing and creating a strong digital presence
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au137

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    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 channel, he also has a passion for coffee that has led him to join the coffee roasting business.  

    In this after show chat, Josh shares with us his passion for coffee and how he came to know of The Lonely Monk Cof...

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    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 as President of Portal.
  • Portal’s turnaround strategy deployed in May 2019 that saved the company
  • Proposal trends during that last 6 months including the amazing growth since June
  • Josh’s thoughts on the rest of 2020 and the future of our industry
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    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 Covey where he was Master Certified
  • The James Loudspeaker acquisition and their approach to their rep network
  • Ways Jeff and his team are leveraging virtual trainings and meetings to strengthen relationships
  • Exclusive announcement regarding the new Sonance Invisible Speaker Series
  • To get tr...

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    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 even spoke to us in Wolof!
  • Taylor’s start in the music industry where he spent some time working for Madonna’s music label before he decided to go back to school to pursue his MBA in Finance.
  • How an analytical approach to brainstorming ideas has helped further empower One Firefly’s growt...
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    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 his achieving the position of President of the company in 2017
  • The importance of company culture and hiring for passion
  • The transition from Commercial Integrator over to Managed Services
  • The acceleration of software and cloud based communication platform  solutions for the new global focu...
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    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 it’s like being a Dolphins fan living in Dallas
  • Paul’s transition from a majority commercial focus pre-covid to a majority residential focus post covid.
  • Why Integrated Lifestyles chose to join the ProSource buying group
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    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 acquisition strategy to purchase 50 integration firms over the next 5 years.
  • Defining the “Why” for both Bravas and the CI Industry.  
  • Ryan’s thoughts about this new-era of event cancellations and more focused department training events
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    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 industry
  • Cultural differences Shaun encountered during his four years in Asia
  • Shaun’s love for Star Wars and how he was able to do charity work with the Star Wars Costuming Community, 501st Legion while in Taiwan and now throughout the US.
  • Shaun’s thoughts on CEDIA 2020 going virtual
  • To get t...

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    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 strategies to stay sane while taking care of clients during these strange times
  • Ken’s thoughts on whether sales people are born or made
  • How Crestron Home is helping dealers create a more customizable smart home system
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit...

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

  • The positive impact that the ProSource Dream Theater Makeover Contest has had on Digital Installers
  • Ways Rusty gives back to his clients and community by offering their showroom as an event space
  • Rusty’s recent experiences with homeowners ready to invest into their property such as outdoor spaces and home offices
  • Rusty’s love of MMA and Wrestling
  • To get tr...

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    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 experienced since April
  • Whether America’s political and economic climate will affect the European market
  • Wim’s approach to digital transformation as his business re-opens and why he has decided to re-think his business as if it were a start-up
  • Inspiring books Wim has been reading in light of...
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    Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Maryellen Oswald:

  • How Maryellen got her start in Consumer Electronics with Widescreen Magazine
  • The potential permanent move to virtual meetings, demonstrations and trade events
  • Insider look at the benefits of being featured in a publication such as Connected Design Magazine
  • Maryellen’s thoughts on the current state and future of our industry
  • Catch us LIVE on Facebook ea...

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    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 to COVID
  • What the last 90 days have looked like for Global Wave Integration as a California-based business with job sites located around the US.
  • Kyle’s thoughts on the industry’s role on approaching conversations around race
  • Kyle’s strategies around building strong teams using personalit...
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