AV/IT Amplifier

AV/IT Amplifier

Higher education institutions rely on audio-visual (AV) and information technology (IT) solutions as a key backbone for modern teaching and learning. The AV/IT industry plays a critical role in providing these solutions, and it is important to highlight the latest trends, innovations, and perspectives in this sector. The podcast “The AV/IT Amplifier” aims to fill this gap by featuring interviews with people from Higher Education Institutions and the AV/IT Industry who have an idea, concept, perspective, event or product that would be helpful or interesting to the target audience of higher education technology managers. The host of the podcast is Ryan Gray, Assistant Director of IT at Yavapai College. “The AV/IT Amplifier” podcast will have a bi-monthly schedule with two recordings per month, each being split in half to provide for weekly episodes. Each episode will be targeted for 30 minutes to be about the length of an average commute. The first half of each recording will focus on the primary topic for that guest, while the second half will be a profile of the person. The podcast will not only focus on technical topics but also on non-technical ones such as effective people management, pedagogy, community building, building a personal brand, career planning, professional development and other similar topics for our audience. The split episode format allows for a dive into the topic and the opportunity to get to know the person and perhaps draw the connections between why that topic is so important to that guest.

Episodes

April 10, 2024 30 mins
In this conversation, Joé Lloyd, Senior Director of Business Development at AVIXA, discusses her background, extroverted nature, and career path. She shares insights from her early jobs in retail and the service industry, including her experience piercing ears. Joey also reveals her passion for makeup artistry and her dream of owning a bed and dinner. She expresses her belief in the goodness of humans and the importance of being a ...
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In this conversation, Ryan Gray interviews Joé Lloyd about her role at AVIXA and the value of the HETMA community. They discuss the Enterprise Connect conference, the benefits of AVIXA membership, and the importance of training and education in the AV industry. They also highlight the collaboration between AVIXA and HETMA, particularly through the Prism Scholarship program. The conversation concludes with advice for HETMA's future ...
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In this conversation, Britt Yenser discusses various topics including life hacks, poetry, social media, the importance of sight, cosplaying at work, favorite movies and TV shows, pets and their names, trusting the sense of sight, being fired, B-level horror movies, and more.

Takeaways
-Trust the expert and let them do their job
-Be authentic on social media and make genuine connections
-Lean into the wonders of the world and find joy i...
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In this episode, Britt Yenser discusses the importance of speaking up and advocating for oneself. She emphasizes the need to overcome imposter phenomenon and heal the inner child to build confidence. Britt also encourages individuals to raise their hands for opportunities, even if they are not 100% prepared, and to embrace the possibility of rejection. She highlights the welcoming nature of organizations and the importance of ident...
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In this episode, Ryan Gray discusses the importance of taking time away from work and the value of rest and rejuvenation. He emphasizes the need to step away from daily routines and consider new perspectives. Gray highlights the concept of sharpening the saw and the benefits of changing environments to stimulate creativity and new ways of thinking. He encourages individuals and managers to prioritize time off and advocates for orga...
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In this episode, Ryan Gray and Chris Hewitt discuss various topics related to the AV industry and personal experiences. They talk about the power of networking and the importance of trade shows in connecting with others. Chris shares his extroverted nature and how it has influenced his career in customer service. They also discuss the significance of company culture and the impact of mergers and acquisitions.

Chris emphasizes the va...
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February 28, 2024 31 mins
In this conversation, Ryan Gray and Chris Hewitt discuss the importance of breaking down silos between AV and IT departments in higher education. They emphasize the need for collaboration and the shared goal of providing exceptional experiences for end users, such as students and faculty. Chris shares his own experiences and challenges in unifying AV and IT at his university.

They also discuss the role of network professionals and t...
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In this episode, Ryan Gray interviews Anne Kelly, a stage performer and V production person. They discuss topics such as introversion vs. extraversion, playing an extrovert, dealing with the drain of extraversion, recognizing and acknowledging others, lessons learned from a first job, trusting your gut, the nature of people, building trust and making decisions, creating a supportive work environment, people in technology work, favo...
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February 14, 2024 32 mins
In this conversation, Ann Kelly, Assistant Manager of Events and Classroom Technologies at Yale School of Medicine, discusses her career journey and experiences as a woman in a male-dominated industry. She shares her transition to Yale and the differences she has observed, as well as her motivations for seeking the next step in her career. Ann also talks about dealing with gender bias and the strategies she has used to navigate the...
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Episode 042

In this conversation, Ryan Gray interviews Jen Weaver, the business development manager for education at Starin. They discuss topics such as introversion vs. extroversion, the challenges of being a single mom, the nature of good and evil, and meaningful family traditions. Jen also shares her love for Prince and dolphins, her dream vacation to Tahiti, and her life hack of putting on makeup to boost her mood...
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January 31, 2024 32 mins
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Episode 041

n this episode, Ryan Gray interviews Jennifer Weaver, the Business Development Manager for Starin. They discuss Jennifer's role in the AV industry, the services provided by Starin, and the importance of building allies in the AV industry. Jennifer also shares her journey from being a teacher to working in the AV industry and her passion for supporting the higher ed community. They also talk about the High...
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Episode 040

In this conversation, Chief Tyran Payne of Yavapai College shares insights on leadership, creating a positive work environment, and the importance of self-care. He emphasizes the value of approaching each day with a positive mindset and cultivating an approachable image. Chief Payne also discusses the complexity of human behavior and the need to understand the why behind actions. He shares his passion for ...
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Episode 039

In this episode, Chief Payne discusses his role as the Chief of Police at Yavapai College and his mission to provide safety and security to the students, staff, and faculty. He emphasizes the importance of community engagement and proactive policing in a higher education environment. Chief Payne also highlights the unique challenges and rewards of working in higher education policing compared to municipal ...
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January 3, 2024 26 mins
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Episode 038

In this episode, host Ryan Gray reflects on the past year and shares his thoughts on various topics. He introduces the concept of the Gray Matter Moment, where he shares his own thoughts and responses to what guests have said. He discusses the most downloaded episodes and the interest in non-tech heavy topics. Ryan recommends two books by Simon Sinek and explores the concept of human decision making. He de...
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Episode 037

In this conversation, Gina Sansivero shares insights into her personality and experiences. She describes herself as an extroverted introvert, someone who gains energy from being around people but also needs time alone to recharge. Gina highlights some of the best days of her life, including her son's college graduation and her own achievement of becoming a certified sailor. She believes that people are gen...
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Episode 036

Gina Sansivero, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Atlas IED and founding board member of Women in AV/IT (WAVIT), discusses the mission and activities of WAVIT. She highlights the need for a more diverse AV/IT industry and the importance of women in executive and leadership positions. Sansivero explains the founding of WAVIT and its focus on training, professional development, outr...
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December 13, 2023 35 mins
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Episode 035

Glitchy Recording Alert… our apologies, the engineer has been sacked.

In this episode, Ryan Gray discusses various topics related to the AV industry and business strategies. He starts by apologizing for not having a guest and explains the challenges of podcast scheduling. He then talks about AV in the AM, a Twitter discussion series, and shares his thoughts on the questions asked. The main themes covered in...
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December 6, 2023 31 mins
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Episode 034

In this episode, Ryan Gray interviews Robin Bryce, the special programs manager at Yavapai College. They discuss topics such as immersive learning, the realism of virtual reality, the goodness of people, and the importance of relationships in business processes. Robin shares her love for her pets and the role they play in her self-care routine. She also reveals her favorite musician, Beyonce, and her dream...
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November 29, 2023 32 mins
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Episode 033

The show is high energy and highly caffeinated this week as we welcome Robin Bryce, Special Programs Manager at Yavapai College. Robyn shares with us her work on immersive learning at YC including various applications of VR across disciplines, from art history to technical training, emphasizing its transformative impact on education and student engagement. We explore the challenges of integrating VR into c...
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Episode 032

And we’re back! Episode 2 with guest Host Chris Dechter turning the tables on Ryan. Ryan pontificates at length about his experiences and insights in technology leadership, particularly in the field of AV and IT. He emphasizes the importance of team collaboration, strategic thinking, and user-focused solutions in technology deployment. His pompousness continues as he shares a personal anecdote about adapti...
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