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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February 25, 2021 56 min

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 re-brand in 2018 and strategic marketing helped raise the company's brand awareness and overall visibility
  • Avidia's pivot to an RMR-based approach for system service support
  • Ways Matt has made it possible to enjoy a healthy work-life balance as a business owner with a growing comp...
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    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 most recent rebrand. If you haven't already listened to the full interview, make sure to check out show #156 here on the podcast or over on our Facebook page at facebook.com/onefireflyllc. Okay, let’s jump into my conversation with Jeff Galea.

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    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 turned into a successful weekly seminar series
  • The importance behind educating consumers to improve sales and communication
  • Jeff's showroom powered by Rosewater Energy and his take on battery storage technologies
  • Jeff's business outlook for 2021 and why he will still be focusing on...
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    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 unique experience being part of a human-powered submarine team while a student at Virginia Tech
  • The One Firefly company culture and how they were able to shift to a fully remote company in 2016
  • Ways the structure and process of EOS helped One Firefly prepare for the challenges that came with...
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    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 credits for smart home systems
  • Innovative technologies that benefit both the integrator and homeowner
  • Types of insurance products for ultra high-net-worth customers
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au155

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    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 of developing a winning relationship with a custom builder
  • The Bravas approach to manufacturer preferences throughout their different locations
  • Jason's outlook for Bravas and our industry in 2021
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefi...

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    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 practices and techniques business owners can implement
  • What to expect when working with a recruitment agency
  • How companies can utilize assessments both during recruiting and for ongoing team development
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onef...

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    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 transitioned into a career with Savant
  • Ways Savant pivoted their focus to provide dealers more education and training during COVID-19
  • The idea behind creating a virtual showroom experience
  • The process for dealers and the design community to schedule a virtual demo.
  • To get transcripts, resour...

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    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 spectacular Control4 project and the importance of communication to earn a client’s trust and partnership. He also discusses their approach to capturing beautiful project imagery.If you haven't already listened to the full interview, make sure to check out show #151 here on the pod...

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    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 use his showroom to change the customer experience dynamic
  • Marc's transition from an electrician to the home automation space
  • We even got a video tour of his new showroom which is featured on our One Firefly Facebook page
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the sho...

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    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 building and gaining the client’s trust for any successful integration firm.If you haven't already listened to the full interview, make sure to check out show #150 here on the podcast or over on our Facebook page at facebook.com/onefireflyllc. Okay, let’s jump into my conversati...

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    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 of building relationships and being a resource for clients
  • Why embracing change is crucial for the growth of a small business
  • How integrating Google Ads into their marketing strategy has helped their business
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    In this week’s After Show, we chat with Wes Claytor, Digital Marketing Account Manager at One Firefly. Wes shares his commitment to cultivating consistency in his personal and work life through ultra-marathon running, writing, and reading. If you haven't already listened to the full interview, make sure to check out show #149 here on the podcast or over on our Facebook page at facebook.com/onefireflyllc. Okay, let’s jump into m...

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    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 marketing
  • The importance of work/life balance
  • Wes' thoughts on the future of our industry in 2021
  • Principles and beliefs that lead to success in running and life
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au149

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    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 projects looked like for Gregg in 1995
  • Major changes Gregg made to help take AV Specialists to the next level
  • Gregg's approach to company culture
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au148

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    Gregg Dixon founded AV Special...

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    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 election turnout will impact the custom integration space
  • How Jon defines leadership
  • HTSA membership growth and opportunities
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au147

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    Jon serves as Executive Director at HTSA where he...

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    In this week's After Show, we chat with Phil Mulligan, President at Pacific Audio & Communications Hawaii, and Vice President, Pat Mulligan. Phil and Pat share with us their recruiting and hiring strategies as they have developed proof concept partnerships with local community college apprenticeship programs with a focus in Electrical and IT. 

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    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 business
  • Pat's time in the Army and the transition into the custom integration industry
  • How Pat and Phil prepare their projects for extreme weather conditions
  • The Ballistic Missle scare from 2018
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/...

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    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 business than in the business while Joel discussed their latest sales process overhaul. 

    If you haven't already listened to the full interview, make sure to check out show #145 here on the podcast or over on our Fac...

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    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
  • Bert’s passion for re-investing in his community, including his partnerships with ministries around South Florida
  • How COVID-19 has impacted First Priority Audio
  • Their innovative use of social media marketing to drive company growth
  • To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the sho...

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