Monthly Archives: August 2018

Episode 96: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – We Couldn’t Design It Any Better… Let’s Do This!



Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett, Corey Moss, Matt Montgomery and Kaleo Lee as they welcome their guests:

Brian Pagel – Senior Vice President at Emerald Expositions
Giles Sutton – Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement at CEDIA 
Toni Sabatino – President at NKBA Manhattan Chapter
Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai
Frank White – Senior Consultant at Weld2 & StayTuned
Brad Hintze – Sr. Director Product Marketing at Control4
Emily Harger – Senior Marketing Manager at Séura

This is it, the final stop on the #RoadtoCEDIA as Katye hosts the third ‘Road to CEDIA Expo’ show for The AV Life! This one wraps it up with seven guests, along with Crew members Convergent AV’s Corey Moss, smart home and home theater integrator Matt Montgomery, and commercial integrator Kaleo Lee, who talks about his attending CEDIA Expo (as well as a commercial voice control integration that his company AVCO in Hawaii did). 

CEDIA Expo is the event that’s making smart homes genius. More than 20,000 home tech pros and 500+ exhibitors convene for the leading event in connected technology – receive concentrated access to new products, breakthrough innovations and targeted training in tech integration.

And with all of this in mind – listen to the guests (and members of the Crew), and what they will be doing at the show, as well as what they’re looking forward to there. It’s the first time on The AV Life for Brian, Giles, Toni, Frank, Brad and Emily – Alex is a ‘The AV Life Pro’ (listen in for more on that). One of the major focuses here – the design/lifestyle connection to the AV/tech world, and the user experience to go along with it. Oh yes, and then there’s this party at the show…

Sit back, plug in, join the guests and the Crew who bring you along for this final podcast ride to CEDIA Expo 2018 – as we live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 95: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – A Focus on Trade Show, Experiences and Trends



Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett, Corey Moss and Matt Montgomery as they welcome their guests (in order):

Jayson Savage – Western Regional Technical Manager Premium and Custom Installation products at Sony Electronics
Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai
Tim Bigoness – Chief Marketing Officer at D-Tools, Inc.
Joey Kolchinsky – Founder, CEO at OneVision Resources 
George Walter – President at RAYVA
Mark Cichowski – CEO at Clarity AV International, Inc./Founder of Technology & Business Summit 
Joe Whitaker – President at The Thoughtful Home/ CEDIA Board of Directors 
David Watson – Consultant
Allie Watson – Digital Strategy Specialist at KMB Communications, Inc.
Bruce Reed – Senior Systems Engineer at Cloud9 Smart
Gordon Van Zuiden – Owner at cyberManor

As a continuation of Episode 94, what can we say – another must-listen pre-CEDIA Expo podcast, where this time Katye ties for most participants on a show. We hope to break the record sometime soon… 

Sit back, plug in and continue down the road to CEDIA Expo 2018 with us as we live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 94: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – A Focus on Trade Show, Experiences and Partnerships



Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett and Corey Moss as they welcome their guests:

Tim Sinnaeve – Managing Director at Barco Residential
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Sales at Stewart Filmscreen
Nader Dajani – Head of Business Development at JStar LLC (Josh.ai)
Bryce Nordstrand – Chief Sales Officer at Access Networks
Matt Montgomery – President at Tym Smart Homes and Home Theaters
Allen Tremble – CEO at Acoustic Evolution

Katye and Corey begin The AV Life coverage of CEDIA Expo 2018 with six guests – manufacturers and integrators – who talk about their companies, the show, “the experience” and partnerships.

Each of the manufacturers discuss what they’ll be doing at the show, how they focus on the experience, the importance of partnerships and education – perspectives that fully round out this episode. Each of the integrators follow suit in terms of the experience for the end user, along with relationships which include education. Each will also talk about what they’re looking out for at the show.

Terrific insights on this episode brought by all of the guests, including one that focuses on the integrator — or should we say the former integrator…?

And a new Crew member has been recruited. Katye refers to it as trapped. Find out who it is.

Sit back, plug in, and join us on this first ride on the road to CEDIA Expo 2018 as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 93: Welcome to the Mind Shift



Join the Crew host Michelle Loret, Corey Moss, Steven Picanza and JoAnn Arcenal as they welcome their guests:

Chris Fitzsimmons – Product Manager at Biamp Systems
Jimmy Vaughn – UC Technical Product Manager at Crestron
Chad Wiggins – Senior Director Networked Audio Systems at Shure Incorporated
Bill Cherne – Director of Field Engineering at Sonic Foundry Inc.
Derrick Kelly – National Director of Technical Service Operations at Whitlock

Many types of discussions occur in the audio visual industry – including in-company and client meetings, panels and networking conversations at trade shows, and social media interactions. Over the last few years the AV industry has seen changes and enhancements in technology innovation, approaches and implementation like never before, to go along with these daily discussions.

On this episode, we’ve invited five guests from well-known companies to talk about the industry based on these questions:

What is it that you do? Each guest gives a short “elevator pitch” on what it is exactly.

Has the term audio visual finally reached its shelf life? If yes, and you were asked to provide a new term (or statement) to replace it, what would it be? If no, why (and how) do you still consider the term as a descriptor to be relevant? 

– Chris Neto (@chris_neto) proposed a question for the Sunday Twitter #AVintheAM conversation on 8/5: Do you consider the AV industry to be more reactive or proactive towards trends and tech? Do we wait for new ideas to come from other sectors? Do customers request them? Do we now wait for the Consumer side to deliver acceptance (I.e. Voice)?

Do you believe the industry overall (manufacturers, consultants, integrators) is properly focused on the numerous stakeholders in enterprise and higher ed organizations, including C-levels and tech managers – or still for the most part the facilities manager?

Sit back, plug in, listen to the guests and Crew discuss the questions and topic as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 92: Shared_Studios – Extraordinary AV and Human Experiences Around the World



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Michelle Loret and Kaleo Lee as they welcome their guests:

Amar Bakshi – Creator, Founder and Creative Director of Shared_Studios

Jake Levin – COO at Shared_Studios

Stefano Chinosi – Director of Strategic Innovation at Andover Public Schools (Greater Boston area) and Shared_Studios Portal_Curator

Lewis Lee – Milwaukee_Portal and Chicago_Portal Curator at Shared_Studios

 
Join the Crew for this very special discussion with Amar (who is in Washington, DC) and his team: Jake – who is calling in from Iraq, Stefano (Steve) – who is calling in from the road in Connecticut, and Lewis – who is calling in from a Portal location at Lalapalooza in Chicago. Hear their stories, what Shared_Studios means to them, as well as how the Portals experience has changed and enhanced their lives.

After the Hot Jobs, Amanda (who is in Oregon) talks about Biamp Systems’ work with Shared_Studios (Biamp Devio is the Portal audio solution), as well as her relationship with them and just what it means for her. Their relationship is also highlighted in this story: 

Biamp Systems Devio is the Chosen Audio Solution for Shared_Studios Portals Around the World – Both Create a One-of-a-Kind Collaboration Experience at TIDE 2018

Listen to the Crew – Corey in Virginia, Michelle in Texas and Kaleo in Hawaii – and their thoughts as well.

Portals exist around the world:

Cuba
Jordan
Germany
Honduras
India
Iraq
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Mexico
Myanmar
Palestine
Rwanda
South Korea
Spain
United Kingdom
United States

Portals are run by diverse Portal_Curators. Together, they form a trusted, global community of people who program dialogues, classes and events, lead local outreach and provide live language interpretation. 

Here is the Shared_Studios Team – Management, Portal_Curators, Advisors, Artists in Residence and Portal_Ambassadors: https://www.sharedstudios.com/team/

Sit back, plug in, find out all about Shared_Studios and the incredible things they do as we live…

The AV Life.