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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.

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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United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Automation Unplugged Episode #211 feat. Mike Abernathy, Director of Business Resources at NSCA

5/17/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Mike Abernathy; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au211 SHOW NOTES Mike has been part of the systems integration industry since 2001, when he started his career with NSCA as a Member Relations Manager. During his time in that position, Mike developed a broad understanding of the AV industry and how consultants, integrators, manufacturers, and independent...

Duration:00:51:48

Automation Unplugged Episode #210 feat. Tobi Tungl, Vice President of Sales, North America at Epiphan Video

5/17/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Tobi Tungl; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au210 SHOW NOTES Tobi began his professional career in the IT world during the dot-com boom (and crash). In 2005, he jumped from IT to the AV industry. Since then, he has helped grow system integrator organizations by creating and implementing client retention strategies to drive top-line revenue and open new...

Duration:00:52:17

Automation Unplugged Episode #209 feat. Tomas Wing, Owner and GM of High Tech Solutions Panama

5/9/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Tomas Wing; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au209 SHOW NOTES Tomas started in the audio business doing car audio systems around the late 80s. In 1993, he got the chance to open his car audio shop, which was mainly oriented to High-End Audio installs. In 2000, he went to work for the biggest electronic retailer in Panama and managed the car audio shop while...

Duration:01:01:22

Automation Unplugged Episode #208 feat. Chuck Breaux, Owner of Assurance AV Solutions, LLC

4/20/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Chuck Breaux; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au208 SHOW NOTES Chuck founded AAVS in 2015. With years of experience in retail management, AV productions, and working as the technical director for one of the largest churches in the area, it was a natural transition for him to start a professional integration company. For Chuck and his team, relationships are...

Duration:01:05:07

Automation Unplugged Episode #207 feat. Keith Harrison, Owner and Founder of Total Home Technologies

4/19/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Keith Harrison; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au207 SHOW NOTES In 1992, Keith started Total Home Technologies with the idea to "Question Everything." 30 years later, Total Home Technologies now has 3 Control4 certified showrooms (so far), two in New Jersey and one in New York. They are also one of the highest volume Control 4 dealers in the North East....

Duration:00:59:26

Automation Unplugged Episode #206 feat. John Campbell, Owner and Director of Sales at HomeTroniX of Arkansas

4/17/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with John Campbell; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au206 SHOW NOTES John was hired as the first employee when HomeTroniX was gearing up to open in 2013. His primary role was serving as a prewire "guy," but he quickly transitioned into sales and running the company. With some background knowledge in the IT/Network world, John accepted the transition, not knowing...

Duration:00:58:16

Automation Unplugged Episode #205 feat. Travis Leo, Founder of Cinergy Professional Development Group

4/13/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Travis Leo; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au205 SHOW NOTES Travis is one of the Co-Founders of the Cinergy Professional Development Group which focuses on Professional development, Learning and Investing in Emerging technologies and Leveraging shared services to improve business. He is also the former owner of Residential Systems, Inc., a CE Pro 100...

Duration:00:44:47

Automation Unplugged Episode #204 feat. Wade Stephens, Vice-president of sales at DeVance Electronic Lifestyles

4/5/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Wade Stephens; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au204 SHOW NOTES Wade Stephens began his career in the AV industry in 1993 with a small company named Best Buy. He remained in that company for over 13 years during the huge growth of the company, including when Best Buy was named Forbes company of the year in 2004. During that time, Wade was a segment manager...

Duration:00:53:25

Automation Unplugged Episode #203 feat. Blake Urmos, Founder of Low Voltage Nation

4/2/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Blake Urmos; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au203 SHOW NOTES Blake Urmos is the founder of Low Voltage Nation, a community that helps its members develop a career path in low voltage and technology. Blake started Low Voltage Nation to connect with technicians and business owners through Instagram and a Podcast. Blake specializes in structured cabling, access...

Duration:01:01:55

Automation Unplugged Episode #203 feat. Blake Urmos, Founder of Low Voltage Nation

4/2/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Keith Esterly; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au203 SHOW NOTES Blake Urmos is the founder of Low Voltage Nation, a community that helps its members develop a career path in low voltage and technology. Blake started Low Voltage Nation to connect with technicians and business owners through Instagram and a Podcast. Blake specializes in structured cabling,...

Duration:01:01:57

Automation Unplugged Episode #202 feat. Keith Esterly, Chief Learning Architect at HTSA

3/22/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Keith Esterly; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au202 SHOW NOTES Keith Esterly has over twenty years of experience as a salesperson, trainer and senior learning & development leader in the CE/CI industry. He started as a part-time stereo salesman at Bryn Mawr Stereo in 1987, sold some "custom" in California when CI was in its infancy, and went on to find his...

Duration:01:00:29

Automation Unplugged Episode #201 feat. Mike Sajecki, President and CEO at C&E Marketing and M.A.G Sales

2/27/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Mike Sajecki; To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au201 SHOW NOTES Mike began his career in the A.V. industry while installing car alarms in high school. During his time in college, he ascended to sales manager at a local retailer and began doing Custom Home Installations before they were even a category. His scope of work included: running wires in walls,...

Duration:01:00:53

Automation Unplugged Episode #200 feat. Lee Travis, Owner of Wipliance LLC

2/4/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Lee Travis To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au200 SHOW NOTES Lee Travis got his start with the custom integration industry through car audio and transitioned to full residential integration soon after. He founded Wipliance in 2006 in Bellevue, WA and later expanded to Scottsdale, AZ, in 2016 with a focus on delighting clients and building leaders. Wipliance...

Duration:01:12:51

Automation Unplugged Episode #199 feat. Ron Callis, CEO & Founder, and Taylor Whipple, VP of Operations & Finance, at One Firefly

1/30/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron and Taylor had the opportunity to discuss during this episode To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au199 SHOW NOTES Automation Unplugged is a live show recorded weekly, hosted by me, Ron Callis. In each Automation Unplugged episode, I speak with leading industry personalities and technology professionals to discuss all things business development, technology trends, and more. We produce this show to...

Duration:01:07:43

Automation Unplugged Episode #198 feat. Michael Libman, National Sales Director for DMF Lighting

1/21/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Michael Libman To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au198 SHOW NOTES DMF Lighting is a lighting manufacturer that takes a creative approach to lighting and offers industry-leading technology to set the bar for performance, quality, and flexibility. Mike was one of the first advocates of Custom Integrators adopting light fixtures as part of their business, turning...

Duration:00:47:55

Automation Unplugged Episode #197 feat. George and Kassa Harrison, Owners and operators of Harrison Home Systems

1/7/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with George and Kassa Harrison To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au197 SHOW NOTES George Harrison gained years of industry experience in the Colorado mountain resort towns. In 2002, George founded Harrison Home Systems, a high-end custom electronics design and installation firm specializing in cutting-edge home automation. In 2007, Kassa, his wife, joined the...

Duration:01:02:46

Automation Unplugged Episode #196 feat. Brenna Basden, Content Writer and SEO Specialist at One Firefly

1/6/2022
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Brenna Basden To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au196 SHOW NOTES Brenna Basden graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas in 2014 with a Bachelor's in English Literature and Certificate in Technical Writing. After college and spending some time as an assistant manager in retail, Brenna moved into a marketing position for an oil & gas company...

Duration:00:49:09

Automation Unplugged Episode #195 feat. Bill Simpkins, Founder & CEO of IGS Homeworks

12/28/2021
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Bill Simpkins To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au195 SHOW NOTES Bill Simpkins is a technology integrator with 30 years of CI industry experience. He began his career in the UK entertainment industry, working as an audio and lighting designer. He also worked as an engineer for well-known artists such as Moby, The Prodigy and Gil Scott Heron. After spending 15...

Duration:00:54:27

Automation Unplugged Episode #194 feat. Ron Wanless Owner and Founder at Technology Design Associates

12/1/2021
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Ron Wanless: To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au194 SHOW NOTES Ron Wanless founded Technology Design Associates a smart home automation design and integration firm with offices in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona. TDA specializes in turning a house into a home by simplifying the control of the many integrated systems. Ron holds multiple...

Duration:00:51:14

Automation Unplugged Episode #193 feat. Theo Tsavoussis CEO at Prometheus Systems

11/16/2021
Here are some of the topics Ron had the opportunity to discuss with Theo Tsavoussis: To get transcripts, resources of what was mentioned in the show, and more visit: onefirefly.com/au193 SHOW NOTES In 1997, Theo founded Prometheus Systems, an A.V. integration company that specializes in high-end residential projects. While Prometheus Systems is based in the Bahamas, Theo has completed projects throughout the Caribbean and throughout North and South America. After reading Satoshi...

Duration:01:22:55