Monthly Archives: September 2018

Episode 100: AV, Digital Signage, Bourbon & Bacon – It’s Just So Right (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Rich Ventura and Kaleo Lee as they welcome their guests:

Rich’s people…

Kym Frank – President at Geopath
Brian McClimans – VP Sales, North America and APAC at Peerless-AV
Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media
Jeffrey Weitzman – Managing Director at Navori
Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation
Maria McKinsey – Director of Business Development at Brown Innovations

Katye’s people…
Vin Bruno – Chief Executive Officer at Rayva Home Theaters
Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Sales at Stewart Filmscreen

Corey’s people…
Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Justin Watts – Global Operations & Service Delivery Lead at Facebook

(and let’s not forget Kaleo’s son Ethan).

This one continues with Corey revealing his bourbon of choice for the show, and then each of the guests (and the Crew) talk about what they brought to the table (in a glass), and how they live the AV life. 

Kim and Spence get to expand on what they do professionally, and others will as well. 

And Cory wants to hang out with everybody. 

And lots of scoop drops, just like Katye likes it. 

Rich and Corey do their best to finish it out, Katye is always at her best. And stick around till the end to hear Kaleo and the real star of the show Ethan Lee. 

Sit back, plug in, and we hope you’ve enjoyed this show with a total of 20 (or 21) participants as we live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 100: AV, Digital Signage, Bourbon & Bacon – It’s Just So Right (Part 1)



Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Rich Ventura and Kaleo Lee as they welcome their guests:

Rich’s people…

Kym Frank – President at Geopath
Brian McClimans – VP Sales, North America and APAC at Peerless-AV
Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media
Jeffrey Weitzman – Managing Director at Navori
Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation
Maria McKinsey – Director of Business Development at Brown Innovations

Katye’s people…
Vin Bruno – Chief Executive Officer at Rayva Home Theaters
Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Sales at Stewart Filmscreen

Corey’s people…
Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Justin Watts – Global Operations & Service Delivery Lead at Facebook

(and let’s not forget Kaleo’s son Ethan).

Corey begins by telling the story of podcast beginnings, meeting Katye and the two of them podcasting.

A special call-in at the beginning from Cordell Lawrence and Caleb Kilburn from Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.  (arranged by Rich), and all get a chance to talk with them.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy Part 1. #100AVLife.


Trade Show Special: Interviews at the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour in Boston



The AV Life Crew member Corey Moss, Owner at Convergent AV, talked with various exhibitors on the Almo Pro A/V E4 AV Tour show floor – from well-known commercial AV companies NEC Display Solutions, Peerless-AV, Legrande/Middle Atlantic – to Centricity, a managed services provider.

You will hear Corey’s interviews with the following companies (in order):

NEC Display Solutions – Orchestrating a Brighter World, leading manufacturer of projectors and displays  

Peerless-AV – Leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of audio visual solutions

Mimo Monitors (new Almo partner) – Small touchscreen solutions for conference rooms, digital signage, transportation and more

Almo Professional A/V nobox – Open new opportunities “beyond the box,” expand your business and bottom line

Middle Atlantic/Legrand (new Almo partner) – Trusted infrastructure foundation for ultimate system reliability, longevity and performance

Centricity – Enables you to scale your business with confidence by providing you with a range of services that are tailored to your specific needs.

ATEN – Specialized in connectivity and management solutions in information technology, professional audio/video (this is a discussion of HDBaseT Certification Training at the E4 AV Tour)


Episode 99: Welcome to the Mind Shift II (Part 2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kaleo Lee and guest Crew member Derrick Kelly as they welcome their guests:

Adam Cuzzort – Chief Technology Officer, Solutions at Prysm
Wayne Driggers – Channel and Strategic Alliances Leader at Zoom Video Communications
Nic Milani – Executive Director, Commercial Product Marketing at Crestron
Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva
Brad Price – Senior Product Manager at Audinate
Greg Priest – Senior Account Manager at Advanced Presentation Products / APG Displays

As noted in Part 1, on this episode, we’ve invited six guests from well-known companies to talk about the industry based on these questions:

– Hardware of course still carries importance in the industry, however do you believe that this is still mainly a hardware/box-first (or only) thinking industry while IT is primarily a software/cloud-centric industry? If so, what’s to be done in terms of encouraging a greater adoption of technology categories beyond hardware? If not, what are the indicators you see that true such adoption is taking place?

(Continued with Adrian Doughty – Brad Price and Derrick Kelly had left the podcast).

– Do you believe that DIY is a true concern business-wise for the commercial AV integrator, and possibly the manufacturer? If so, what do you think can be done? If not, please explain.

(Kaleo Lee hosts this discussion).

Sit back, plug in, join the Mind Shift (II) as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 99: Welcome to the Mind Shift II (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kaleo Lee and guest Crew member Derrick Kelly as they welcome their guests:

Adam Cuzzort – Chief Technology Officer, Solutions at Prysm
Wayne Driggers – Channel and Strategic Alliances Leader at Zoom Video Communications
Nic Milani – Executive Director, Commercial Product Marketing at Crestron
Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva 
Brad Price – Senior Product Manager at Audinate
Greg Priest – Senior Account Manager at Advanced Presentation Products / APG Displays

As was specified in the first ‘Mind Shift’ episode, 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 six guests from well-known companies to talk about the industry based on these questions:

– What do you believe to be the most necessary technology focus (or focuses) to move the industry forward? What do you believe there should be less focus on (if that’s necessary)?  

– Hardware of course still carries importance in the industry, however do you believe that this is still mainly a hardware/box-first (or only) thinking industry while IT is primarily a software/cloud-centric industry? If so, what’s to be done in terms of encouraging a greater adoption of technology categories beyond hardware? If not, what are the indicators you see that true such adoption is taking place?

There were very interesting non-technology answers given to the second question as well.

Sit back, plug in, and listen to Welcome to the Mind Shift II (Part 1).


Live Events Special: Mixed Reality, Metaverse, and More



Join the Crew host Brittney Lanni and co-host Rachel Schwerin as they welcome:

Part 1: 

Ashley Crowder is the co-founder and CEO of VNTANA, an industry leading augmented reality platform for creating and distributing premium mixed reality experiences. She has fascinating insights into how MR is changing branding, and how VNTANA is using cutting-edge technology to transform consumer interactions in retail and live sports.

Nicholas Cambata ​is the founder of 8112 Studios, an award-winning production company specializing in film production, immersive virtual and augmented reality content. Nick shares a bit about early inspirations and how immersive technology is a rapidly-burgeoning field, wide-open for creative innovation.

Both Nick and Ashley agree that purpose drives effective applications of mixed reality tech. What do people want, how is it changing, and how can we create that in completely new ways?

Part 2:
 
In the second segment, Brittney and Rachel discuss AR, human evolution, and the double-edged sword of mixed reality with futurist, author, and AR/VR consultant, Charlie Fink. Charlie’s book, Charlie Fink’s Metaverse brings to life concepts and questions near and dear to Brittney’s and Rachel’s hearts!

Sit back, plug in and enjoy this special live events episode while we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 98: The Road Back From CEDIA Expo – A Focus on Lighting, Z-Wave, the Designer, the Integrator and More



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

Walt Zerbe – Senior Director of Technology & Standards at CEDIA
Michael Gaydos – Vice President of Market Development at LumaStream
Mitchell Klein – Executive Director at Z-Wave Alliance 
Toni Sabatino – Designer Owner at Toni Sabatino Style/ President NKBA Manhattan Chapter 
Dawn DeLuca – Principal at Dawn DeLuca on Design 
Joe Whitaker – Founder/President at The Thoughtful Home/ CEDIA Board of Directors
Eddie Shapiro – Chief AV Designer at SmartTouch – AV

The return  from CEDIA Expo 2018 – the Crew welcomes seven guests to discuss the show. Along with discussion that focused on lighting (LumaStream won CEDIA Expo Best New Product Award) audio, the integrator and more, all talked with Toni and Dawn who brought their overview of the show from the designer’s perspective.

Mitch talks about Z-Wave Alliance and the smart home connection, with special focus to security, along with discussion of the insurance industry. Eddie and Joe of course bring the direct integrator focus to the show – specifically business, education and design. Walt of course adds discussion from the CEDIA side.  

Allie Watson focuses on social media discussion – and her main platform is Instagram.

This is it – the final CEDIA Expo podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed them all. Sit back, plug in, and join us as we live…

The AV Life.


Trade Show Special: Kaleo Lee’s Interviews at CEDIA Expo 2018



The AV Life Crew member Kaleo Lee, VP of Sales and Business Development at The Audio Visual Company of Hawaii (AVCO), talked with various exhibitors on the CEDIA Expo show floor – from well-known Control4 to those in Innovation Alley.

You will hear Kaleo’s interviews with the following companies (with some “extra” unedited content):

Control4 – Leader in home automation and smart home systems
LumaStream – Low-Voltage Intelligent LED Lighting Systems (Best in Show)
Ambisonic – World’s first outdoor Wi-Fi amplifier, Immersive HD Series loudspeakers and more
Danby – Refrigeration and Specialty Appliances
Olibra – Bond Home
ATX-LED – Ceiling Lighting DC solution
Clovitek – CloviFi
Neeo – The Thinking Remote
WeConekt  – Marketing and Business Consulting Services for integrators (Kaleo had the most fun with this one)

Enjoy listening to these interviews – and get to know more about these companies that Kaleo talked with as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 97: AV Family



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Taylor Meyer and guest Crew member Meredith Shubel as they welcome:

Scott Meyer – CFO at Electrosonic (Taylor’s father)
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology  (and his son Mitchell)
George Fournier – Design Engineer – Workplace Technologies at Danker  (and his son Sean)
Linda Moss – Associate Attorney (Corey’s daughter)

A very special podcast, where well-known AV people and their family members join in this The AV Life episode. Hear stories about the people, their (AV and otherwise) lives, companies, use of technology, E-Sports, and much more – including a certain 10 year old who will really captivate you. Some real good fun to go with this one as well.

Sit back, plug in and listen to this special family episode as we live…

The AV Life.