Episode 142: The InfoComm 2019 Show Floor – Solutions, Trends, Perspectives, Celebrations and Red M&M’s (Part 2)



Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guests, live on the InfoComm 2019 show floor:

Day Two (continued):

Garth Leach – Director, Marketing at ZeeVee Inc.

Joe Andrulis – Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Biamp

Day Three:

Josh Rush – Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Management at Audinate

David Anderson – President and CEO at Mimo Monitors

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Greg Topel – CBO at Tanvas

Patrick Kittridge – Product Marketing Manager at Middle Atlantic Products, Inc.

YT Liang – Product Manager at ATEN Technology

Ted Vucurevich – CTO at Jabra GN (US)


Episode 142: The InfoComm 2019 Show Floor – Solutions, Trends, Perspectives, Celebrations and Red M&M’s (Part 1)



Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guests, live on the InfoComm 2019 show floor:

Day One (Afternoon):

Keith Yanke – Sr. Director Product Marketing at NEC Display Solutions

Peter Herr – Associate Director, Global Marketing, Systems Group at Shure Incorporated

Nic Milani – Executive Director, Commercial Product Marketing at Crestron

Jacob Marash – CEO and Founder at Stem Audio

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Jonas Rinde – CEO at Huddly

Day Two:

Brian Rhatigan – Director of Business Development at Almo Pro A/V

Lauren Simmen – Director of Marketing at SurgeX

Chris Bradford – President at Newline Interactive


Episode 141: One More Detour on the Way to Orlando – Back to the AV Road House!



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as the welcome their guests:

Joe Way – It’s OK, he’s a doctor (and shameless promoter)
Michelle Loret – Putting the GMO in a non-GMO podcast
Renee Benson – She takes the 5th, and the 7th
George Fournier – Please return him to 1998 (you’ll find out why)

(It’s been almost 6 months since all left the AV Road House, which was believed to be for good…)

Some on the show are ready to head right to InfoComm, and the others are looking forward to the detour.

Actually, it’s 7 against 1 – Road Trip!

First, all talk tweakers after someone had been asking about them on Twitter. For those picking them up at InfoComm, make sure you donate a few to The AV Life, Kym needs to know exactly what a tweaker is in the AV industry. Check out this discussion.

A question to start this off – where should InfoComm really be held?

Answer – Orlando and Las Vegas.

See, that was easy.

Though there’s the question of this place you’ll find in Orlando that kids and adults love all the same. Polling is already underway to hold InfoComm in the Magic Kingdom in two years. There’s (the yet to be approved) NonComm West, make sure you contact Maura about that.

And as all re-enter the Road House, where the Impossible Burger will NOT be served –

A few articles to discuss (just like the good old times):

The “I’ll take 100 containers of ranch dressing with my un-assembled sandwich and extra, extra, extra crispy bacon” dept.

USA Today – Ranch with my milkshake: Uber Eats sheds light on weirdest delivery requests

So go ahead, order the weirdest combination of things you can ever imagine on Uber Eats, just be careful when asking for tweakers. Again, that Kym conversation.

The “When Ikea and the tiny home go to the robots” dept.

Futurism – Ikea Wants to Sell You Robotic Furniture for Your Tiny Apartment

Sure, we know – robotic everything at this point. So what the heck, go to Ikea and buy some robotic furniture for your tiny home. It comes in half a million pieces, and if you end up with an extra robot or two, you’ve probably done it right.

Oh, and make sure you get a side of Ikea Biodegradable Packaging Tasty Lab-Grown Meats to go with your milkshake and ranch dressing. And box wine.

The “Robots, kids and illness – time to go home!” dept.

Futurism – This Robot Scans Preschoolers’ Faces Daily for Signs of Sickness

Walklake. What? Dr. Way explains, and if you’re still scratching your head – you’re by no means alone. But it’s finally about getting these &^$* kids out of school if they’re sick. Yet, they’re now going to come home and make sure you get sick (nice plan sending them off to make the other kids sick). Total lose lose situation now for you the parents. Then Maura brings up a great point about brainscans and potential issues. Who’s really the doctor here?? And then Michelle “redlists” herself. Check this out.

Then after some shoutouts to podcasters who will be at InfoComm, if you still don’t feel like you’re fully back in the Road House, we go right to the segment that began there in the first place…

The “If it’s ok for AV people to wake up and share on Twitter, what’s the problem here?” dept.

Futurism – US Gov Now Collecting Social Media Handles of Visa Applicants

In the Firing Range – before they can enter the United States, visa applicants will now need to let the government know what they’ve been up to on social media. That’s OK, because the industry trade association is watching us every time we put out a social media post – yet, they still let us come to InfoComm.

Who wins and who loses here? Let’s just say two people who have never been on the same side before run the risk of losing for the first time. If that makes any sense.

Just remember, and never forget – once you enter the Road House, you can never leave. Just like trying to check out of the AV industry…

This podcast is rated M for Michelle. And all we can say about Michelle and her vernacular — whoops.

Sit back, plug in, get in the back of the pickup (right, just get in) and join us on the final ride before hot and sweaty Orlando as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 140: Get to Know More About Collaboration, Technology, and the Higher Ed Classroom with X2O Media



This episode is sponsored by and co-designed with: X2O Media

Join the Crew host Corey Moss and Tim Van Woeart as they welcome their guests:

Mansour Brek – President at X2O Media

Rob Brinklow – Sales Manager at X2O Media

Tim, Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University, joins Corey in this informative discussion about X2O Media and collaboration on the higher education level.

Mansour begins talking about the history of X2O Media – from broadcast beginnings, to focus on working with retail and enterprise markets. He talks about what STRATACACHE has meant for the company, along with Rob’s role. Rob talks about engaging with digital technology and collaborating, Mansour follows up that discussion as well. Tim adds to the discussion in terms of technology and collaboration on Rutgers’ campus.

Mansour talks about a new generation of workers and having a communications scheme – for X2O Media, unified visual communications which he explains. Rob talks about distance learning and similar experiences, adding engagement and motivation to the conversation for either employees or students. Mansour picks up on this too.

Mansour details a project with Harvard University from about 5 years ago, talking about building a virtual classroom, keeping interaction with student and teacher fully natural. It had a large video wall, each student had their own camera, and it employed directional audio. He also details the high cost for the room, and how today those costs have lowered significantly through software and cloud technology. Attendees at InfoComm can see this type of collaboration atmosphere in action, being in the room and remote.

Tim talks with Mansour about the technology as it involves the higher education collaboration classroom, himself being responsible for many rooms across the Rutgers campus.

Corey talks about higher ed, as he worked with colleges and universities in commercial integration sales, and points to similarities that corporate enterprise has to higher education. Rob follows this up with the collaboration piece, and how it has similarities and resonates as well. They also touch on telepresence systems, and how over the years installations have become significantly less, with users achieving even more today through current offerings, as X2O Media provides.

Conversation turns to data visualization and aggregation, as well as engagement as Mansour and Rob discuss this, and Tim also brings perspective from the large university campus side.

Both talk about enterprise and education parallels, and Mansour talks about how major corporations have education campuses as well where X2O Media becomes a larger conversation. “Green” is also brought up in this conversation by Mansour.

Social media becomes the final discussion here in terms of how X2O Media handles this in terms of collaboration and communications strategy, along with engagement. Tim also discusses this from the university side.

There’s discussion at the end about InfoComm 2019, and what to expect when visiting with X2O Media at the show.


Episode 139: Nearing the Exit Ramp to InfoComm 2019 – the Exhibitor Show



Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guests:

Peter Herr – Associate Director, Global Marketing, Systems Group at Shure Incorporated
Frank Pisano – VP of Sales, Americas at BrightSign LLC
Kelly Harlin – Analytics Platform Strategist at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
YT Liang – Product Manager at ATEN
Aaron Rozanski – Director of Distribution Markets at Vanco International
Jacob Marash – CEO and Founder at Stem Audio

Here it is, the final The AV Life podcast on the road to InfoComm 2019 in sunny (sticky, add your favorite descriptor here) Orlando. Six exhibitor guests join on this show to talk about the company (or what’s happening currently), what they’ll be doing at the show and why you should stop at the booth among the other thousands of stops you’ve planned (make sure you get them on the list!). Jacob wants to tell the whole Stem Audio story on the podcast – but just not enough time (really, on The AV Life?). Ask him at the booth, he’ll be happy to tell it (along with a tall guy you can take selfies with).

There’s also discussion about some of the fun stuff happening at the booth. There’s “the InfoComm cool” for each company – listen in for that. One of them has ice cream and it’s suggested to bring a beverage (the happy hour type) and make an ice cream float. Nope, we can’t make this stuff up, but stop by and give it a try! In fact one of those ice cream flavors is yet to be determined. Honestly.

Finally, there’s first-timer advice from each guest, and in fact one of the guests is a first timer! Find out who.

Some fun conversation here as is the norm on The AV Life, and really, what’s an InfoComm podcast without some of that? Could it be AV over IP? AVaaS? Haven’t we had enough already? No doubt we’ll never get enough.

What happens with the oldest and youngest companies on the podcast? You’ll see. Frank Pisano ends up with an official open invite for daytime, nighttime, and after midnight shows too. The AV Life AfterDark? Hmm…

The excitement is building for sure (#ForShure)!

Sit back, plug in and join us on this final ride on the AV road (the AV road?) to InfoComm as we live….

The AV Life.


Episode 138: The TIDE Conference



Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guests (in order):

(First part – guest from Madrid, Spain)
Julio Obelleiro – Co-Founder and CEO at Wildbytes

(Second part – guests from the U.S.)
Jeff Day – CEO, North of 10 Advisors
David Anderson – President and CEO at Mimo Monitors
Patrice Speed – Executive Creative Director at Britelite Immersive

Part 1 is with Julio Obelleiro, talking with Corey about himself, Wildbytes, and what he will be presenting at TIDE. Julio talks about creating experiences through innovation, experiential design, working with brands and agencies and more. He also talks about teaching which has been a part of his career, and what taking on the challenge means to him. At TIDE he’ll talk about thought and concept behind creating experiences, and connecting with the audience. Julio also talks about how he was invited to be at TIDE (his first year), as well as how his discussion could be of influence to integrators and consultants who may be attending the Conference (also talking about augmented technology experiences).

In part 2, Jeff (North of 10 Advisors), David (Mimo Monitors) and Patrice (Britelite Immersive) join Corey to talk about themselves, their companies, and discussions as well as panel presentations they will be participating in at TIDE.

A little more in-depth discussion here, especially with Jeff on the podcast who is the day’s moderator, or as referred to here “Master of Ceremonies.” Jeff paints the TIDE picture on the podcast so listeners will get an excellent overview of what TIDE is about. He also talks about some of the speakers of the day, and Corey introduces discussion on one of the speakers well-known in the AV industry as well.

Jeff begins discussion on creating experiences as this relates to the Conference, then Patrice talks about her career beginnings in advertising – what was available then in terms of experiential design, and what is currently available in terms of a career field. David talks about how creative and technology have to tie together to develop the experience.

Conversation then turns to Jeff as the ‘Master of Ceremonies,’ listen in for discussion of a special poll. Jeff focuses discussion on the day from start to finish, and his role – prepping Conference attendees here. He talks about more of the speakers of the day, again important to know about some of those who will be speaking.

Patrice talks about her discussion at TIDE on a panel “The Power of Interactivity” (which Jeff is moderating), she’ll be on the panel talking about a bar and augmented reality experience that was created at the World Cup last year. Jeff adds to this discussion. Patrice also talks about what she hopes to be the takeaway from her discussion for the attendees at the Conference. She also talks here about the user experience and story telling, also detailing Britelite Immersive in this discussion. Jeff follows up on this discussion too, detailing how people will listen to the speakers at TIDE and be more informed before attending InfoComm on June 12th, and creating more meaningful experiences.

David talks about being the manufacturer, along with the experience – on the panel discussion “Emergent Tech the Science and Creativity of Surface Haptics” (moderated by Margot Douaihy), he’ll be joined by Ed Colgate, Co-Founder and CEO at Tanvas, Inc. (Mimo Monitors will be bringing surface haptics technology with Mimo displays to InfoComm, in partnership with Tanvas) and others. David talks about the technology discussion at TIDE, where they will also have Mimo displays with surface haptics technology as people there will get to experience it.

Jeff closes discussion on the podcast, encouraging any who have not yet registered for the Conference to do so — find out all about the TIDE Conference on June 11th in Orlando, co-located with InfoComm 2019 (and register as well) here.

Sit back, plug in, and get set for a terrific conversation with four of the TIDE Conference speakers as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 137: Back with Emily Linscott, the Real 99 – A Racing Professional Training and Mentoring Experience, Being in the Public Eye, Influence, Inspiration, and Public Speaking



Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes:

Mark Linscott – Managing Director at iQ Communications Ltd and Director, Moose Motorsport Ltd
Emily Linscott – Racing Driver – multi award winning 16 year old Champion athlete – Brand Ambassador (and pupil)

Emily is back on The AV Life, the last time (Episode 121) was discussion about her workouts, racing at F4SEA in Malaysia at the end of 2018, and what would be the year ahead in F4 – including training under Pippa Mann and the Lucas Oil School of Racing at Laguna Seca, through a scholarship. Emily is the first ever person from outside the U.S. to receive the scholarship.

This show begins with discussion about adding more to her training and conditioning program, competing (including the F4SEA Sepang race in Malaysia) – and that special training experience, along with an F4 race in the south of France that took place right afterward. There’s discussion of Emily being in the public eye, and talk about being an influencer.

All talk about the training and mentoring experience under Pippa Mann, who raced in the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. According to Mark, it was a straight on approach taken here where Emily was trained very seriously, and how this became a true mentoring experience. Corey equates this to mentoring in the AV industry, and how young people are influenced to join the industry, as Emily as a 16 year old is further influenced, especially here.

Emily and Mark talk about inspiration, Mark mentions Women in AV where Emily has had interaction with them – he talks about how inspirational the women in AV are, and how this is what is happening in motorsport with Pippa Mann especially. Mark also talks about how parents are part of influence in determining approaches for sons and daughters. Emily talks about bucking the trend.

Emily discusses a special upcoming opportunity where she will be doing inspirational talks at schools, in front of students – her experiences, and what they can achieve in life.

Mark talks about the possibility of Emily coming to the U.S. again, along with a special upcoming driving opportunity for her – listen in for that.

If interested in sponsoring Emily in the racing year ahead (and beyond), listen toward the end for more information.

Sit back, plug in, start the engines and join us as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 136: Women and Leadership in the AV Industry – the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at InfoComm 2019 (Part 2)



This episode is sponsored by: TierPM.

Make sure you listen to Episode 136: Women and Leadership in the AV Industry – the AVIXA Women’s Council (Part 1)

This Part 2 is all about the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at InfoComm 2019, June 13th 7:30 to 9:30 AM.

Christy talks about how she and Alexis were responsible for overseeing all that has been planned for the Breakfast (and they got help). Corey mentions Alexis, as well as someone else he had tried to get for this podcast. He talks about some of the previous keynotes, and mentions this year’s keynote, the CEO of Shure, Inc. Marika and Cory talk about her and what she means to the Breakfast as well as the industry.

TierPM is the main sponsor for the Breakfast, and Marika talks about that.

All then talk about what they’re expecting at the Breakfast as well as InfoComm, Christy mentions some things that attendees can look forward to Thursday morning. Susan talks about connecting and reconnecting, as well as growing personally and professionally. Michelle talks about her positive experience from last year’s Breakfast, and she talks about supporting one another, as well as diversity. Cristina (her first InfoComm) talks about the Breakfast as well as being a facilitator for the Women in AV and IT event taking place afterward. Christina talks about the face to face aspect (it’s her first time at InfoComm).

Maura (it’s her first InfoComm being fairly new to the industry) talks about meeting women from different backgrounds and different ends of the industry, as well as connecting and how important that is. Marika discusses feeling the energy, as well as seeing people she knows as well as meeting people. She also talks about “sharing stories.” Corey talks about Cory as he knows her, and Cory discusses the first Breakfast (which she was at), and her great expectations for this one. She also talks about the topic of “women in the industry,” as well as the AV Tribe.

Finally, Corey asks each person on the show about a 5-year perspective about women in the AV industry – listen in for excellent answers here.


Episode 136: Women and Leadership in the AV Industry – the AVIXA Women’s Council (Part 1)



This episode is sponsored by: TierPM

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Maura Quinn and guest Crew Michelle Loret as they welcome their guests:

Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC
Christy Ricketts – VP of Operations & Marketing at Contemporary Research
Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at TierPM
Susan Wilhite – Territory Sales Director at VIP Cinema Seating
Christina Cruzeiro – Business Development Manager at Stampede
Cristina Lucas – Manager, Product & Marketing at Genesis Integration

This show begins with Cory talking about the creation of the AVIXA Women’s Council and groups in the U.S. It started small, and has expanded greatly through today.

Next, Christy talks about the AVIXA Women’s Council groups in Texas as she oversees all of them (she is in Dallas), she was one of the early group starters as well. She also talks about starting up the Dallas group and how that happened, along with putting together this year’s breakfast with Alexis La Brois (the topic of part 2). Cory adds to this conversation too.

Susan Wilhite talks about getting involved in the AVIXA Women’s Council (she co-leads the Los Angeles group) and how she has built relationships through Council group events, including in other cities. Cory also talks about anyone wanting to start a group where none exists at the current time.

Christina Cruzeiro and Cristina Lucas (both head up the group in Toronto) talk about how they handle responsibilities together with their separate talents and capabilities. Cory talks about how terrific a job they do with meetings as well as attendance. They also talk about how there are many men who attend the events.

Michelle talks about the Houston group (that she co-leads with Alesia Hendley) and all that happens with that group.

Maura gives her perspective, being a young woman fairly new to the industry. She is also new to the Southern California area, and getting familiar with groups out there. Cory talks here about group events that have been put together, collaboration, and starting a new group as well. There’s also talk about Brandy Alvarado, the Chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council.

Corey talks about Marika and their friendship, as well as how it started (with a podcast) several years back. Marika talks about how the AVIXA Women’s Council has grown and her perspective on that.

Cory closes this conversation talking about relationships and mentoring in the industry.

Listen to this Part 1 about an influential group in the commercial AV industry, Part 2 is about the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at InfoComm.


Episode 135: An Intercontinental Four Podcast Cage Match



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart, Carrie Garcia and guest Crew member Dayna Baumann as they welcome:

To go along with The AV Life (U.S.) are these three podcasts, and their hosts:

AV Jam (UK):
Jason (JP) Ward
Kev Talbot
Noel Kennedy
(Amy Redfearn, the show’s producer appears on this episode)

Higher Ed AV (U.S.):
Joe Way

Mostly AV
Michelle Loret

As the cage lowers and all get inside…

There are of course the obligatory introductions (by podcast), and that well-placed banter. Listen to Corey’s conversation with the AV Jam people, and especially Amy (in her first ever podcast appearance ever). Joe goes right out of the gate (as usual) to promo the podcast, then the book and whatever else he’s got in his plugging arsenal. He’s already got the sound effect intro for it.

Dayna Baumann (who is the only guest without a podcast) and Kev talk about being a part of SCN’s The Nine, and what it means to them. Dayna also talks about heading up the AVIXA Women’s Council Group in NY Metro (with Gina Sansivero). Michelle and Carrie also participate in the AVIXA Women’s discussion. And of course, the banter (Kev y’know) and even “definition time” (which occurs throughout the podcast).

Then there’s a little business discussion (this show took place AM in the U.S.) as they talk about follow-up sales calls and what CRM they use. Tim’s still “old-school” at Rutgers. Joe talks about the enjoyment of working with the next generation every day. Informative, but you know it can’t all be serious with these people. Then it’s all about Kev time, and Michelle has a name for it. And of course, it’s all about the hashtags.

Then, after this, as the four podcasts engage in the cage…

Each person gets to talk about their podcast and their perspective of it, along with one of those “real moments” on the show. Conversation here produces excellent reveals, some real moments in itself (at times almost indescribable) and deep thought (or as deep as it gets). Listen to Amy provide some real gems, including talking about content that’s not really necessary, and just how great the AV Jam guys are (umm…). There’s also AV Jam stick figure talk. Michelle had to leave to take care of an #AVFire. Joe talks about what he considers his most humbling moment, and how his podcast connects. More hashtags produced, and yes, a Joe Way rant. Priceless.

All also play trade show destinations, otherwise known as “next stop is where I say I’d like to go.”

Finally, a question for all who are left – if you could choose a song for your own show lead-in, what would it be?

Sit back, plug in, grab some popcorn and a cold one (or pint as it is) as we live…

The AV Life.