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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 Podcast Ron Callis

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

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 #259 An industry Q&A with Joaquin Rivera

    Show #259 An industry Q&A with Joaquin Rivera

    Show #259 features Joaquin Rivera, Founder of ByDesign Vision and Sound Marketing.

    Joaquin's immersion in the industry traces back to his upbringing, with a remarkable fifteen-year journey as an integral part of the team at Stewart Filmscreen, a leading force in video projection screens. Commencing his career in production at Stewart Filmscreen, Joaquin swiftly transitioned to various pivotal roles, including Marketing, Inside Sales, International Sales, Factory Liaison, National Sales Manager, and ultimately becoming the first VP in Stewart's history not bearing the Stewart surname.

    When faced with the loss of Stewart's longtime representative in California, Arizona, Vegas, and Hawaii, Joaquin, along with his co-worker and friend Benito, decided it was time for a change. In 2014, they took the bold step to establish ByDesign Vision & Sound Marketing Inc. Joaquin's unwavering dedication has earned recognition within the industry, manifested through several awards bestowed upon him over the years.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Show #258 featuring John Heyman, Chief Executive Officer of Snap One

    Show #258 featuring John Heyman, Chief Executive Officer of Snap One

    Show #258 features John Heyman, Chief Executive Officer of Snap One.

    John has worked in the technology industry for over 30 years, including as the CEO of Radiant Systems, Inc., a publicly traded business until its $1.3 billion sale in 2011. Since joining Snap One in 2015, John has led the company through explosive growth via new product introductions, entry into new markets, key strategic acquisitions, and an IPO in July 2021.

    John has also been a successful investor in a number of software firms across many sectors. He served as Executive Chairman of Influence Health, the Board of Directors of Manhattan & Associates and Dinova, LLC, and Chairman of Impact Innovations. He has also served the non-profit sector, in various roles at University of Georgia, the Metro Atlanta YMCA and Holy Innocents Episcopal School.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Show #257 features Tom Doherty, David Weinstein and Joaquin Rivera

    Show #257 features Tom Doherty, David Weinstein and Joaquin Rivera

    Join us for a special episode of Automation Unplugged, where we dive into the much-anticipated Lightapalooza 2024, happening February 26th-29th, 2024 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa.

    We're thrilled to bring you exclusive insights and a sneak peek into what promises to be an electrifying event in the world of lighting and automation. We live-streamed this interview on Youtube, LinkedIn, and Facebook on Friday, January 5th at 12:30 p.m. EST.

    Today's show features 3 industry luminaries - Tom Doherty, Director of New Technology Initiatives at HTSA, and a veteran of the Consumer Electronic Industry with a remarkable 40-year career. From pioneering Tom Doherty’s Custom Audio and Video in 1985 to instrumental roles in founding Escient and expanding Gracenote, Tom is a CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Awardee and a Lutron Hall of Fame inductee.

    Joining Tom is David Weinstein, the Vice President of Residential Sales at Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. David's vast 45-year experience in the lighting control, shading, and lighting systems business is an invaluable asset to our discussion.

    Completing our lineup is Joaquin Rivera, Co-Founder of ByDesign Vision & Sound Marketing. With a 15-year tenure at Stewart Filmscreen and a series of industry accolades, Joaquin's journey from production to VP.

    • 54 min
    AU #256: Crestron Director Discusses the Need for AV Education Programs and the Future Impact of AI on Programming

    AU #256: Crestron Director Discusses the Need for AV Education Programs and the Future Impact of AI on Programming

    Richard is an industry veteran with more than 35 years of audiovisual experience. He has worked at Crestron Electronics for 23 years in various roles, and is currently the Global Director Pro Community. In his current role, he works to expand the Crestron community through engaging with multiple channels and helping to guide customers to successful implementations of Crestron technology. He is working with AVIXA, BICSI, CEDIA, NSCA and more to help foster audiovisual industry training for the next generation of professionals. He helped to create the Crestron Services Providers program and worked to ensure they have the proper tools to support Crestron clients. He proudly oversees the Crestron Masters event.

    Richard’s favorite personal accomplishment is his hobby as a Balloon Pilot for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He’s been responsible for the inflation teams, launching the balloons, and piloting the balloons since he started as a volunteer in college.

    Join the conversation on Wednesday, December 20th, 2023, at 12:00 pm EST.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    AU #255: CEO of Garrett Integrated Systems Shares Lessons Learned From Executing an Acquisition Strategy for Growth

    AU #255: CEO of Garrett Integrated Systems Shares Lessons Learned From Executing an Acquisition Strategy for Growth

    James Garrett is a visionary leader who has a passion for innovation and excellence. He has over 20 years of experience in the electrical and custom integration industry. He founded Garrett Integrated Systems in 2014.
    This year, Garrett has grown rapidly through strategic acquisitions of other tech companies in the luxury home space. Some of the notable acquisitions include The Loop Technologies, and Sound Technology Group, both leaders in their respective markets. Through these acquisitions, Garrett has expanded its product portfolio, customer base, and market share, and has established itself as a dominant player in the luxury home and Estate markets.

    We live-streamed today’s interview on social media on Wednesday, December 6th at 12:00 pm EST.

    • 47 min
    AU #254: SmartTouch USA’s CEO Discusses Building Better Relationships With Trade Partners

    AU #254: SmartTouch USA’s CEO Discusses Building Better Relationships With Trade Partners

    Eddie has been in the AV and low voltage channel for over thirty years, and volunteering with CEDIA for more than a decade. He served on the CEDIA Board of Directors from 2020 through 2023, and continues to serve on CEDIA committees. He started his career in security before founding his own integration firm: SmartTouchUSA. Throughout his career, Eddie has been involved in all aspects of the AV business, including installation, system design, programming, marketing, sales, and executive leadership.

    We live-streamed today’s interview on social media on Wednesday, November 22nd at 12:30 pm EST.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

nutellakell ,

Informative

Ron’s conversations with guests are insightful, humorous, and positive. There’s always a lot to learn from some of the most interesting people in the industry.

Jessica_Weiss ,

Fun leaning about the industry!

Being from this industry, I love to tune in and learn something new every week!

Carlee Padgett ,

Informative and Fun!

Love the variety of speakers and how Ron guides the interviews to be fun yet informative each week. Deepens my industry knowledge with every episode!

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