Monthly Archives: October 2018

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

The AV Life host 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 Harman, Vaddio, ATEN – to Zebrix, smart signage solution running on System on Chip (SoC) technology.

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

ATEN – YT Liang, Product Manager

YT talks about ATEN products and solutions, along with her HDBaseT Certification Training at the E4 AV Tour.

Samsung – Jonathan Brawn, Principal at Brawn Consulting

Jonathan talks about some of the products in Samsung’s consumer line, including their new QLED 8K (not pictured).

Almo Pro A/V Sound Options – Steve Alexander, Business Development Manager

Steve goes into depth about some of the products and manufacturers in Almo’s Sound Options line. Steve talks about Almo Pro A/V’s new All-in-1 Audio System Package.

Phoenix Audio Technologies – Jonathan Boaz, VP of Sales and Marketing

Jonathan talks about their Stingray DSP Mixer (a part of Almo Pro A/V’s All-in-1 Audio System).

Legrand – Brian Retzlaff, Regional Brand Sales Manager, Vaddio, Southeast

Brian talks about two new cameras on display – Primeshot 20 and Roboshot IW (in-wall), along with Vaddio’s support. 

Harman – Ryan Ostrow, Product Specialist, Security

Ryan talks about the Acendo line – Book, Vibe, and Core. He also talks about security.

Zebrix – Raynald Leconte, Managing Director, Americas

Raynald talks about digital corridors for big retailers, along with interesting foot scanning technology for sizing and store inventory check.

Episode 105: NYDSW, Coffee and Controversy, the DSF and more – Good Times with Brian McClimans, Rich Ventura and Frank Pisano

This episode is sponsored by: Peerless-AV (

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kaleo Lee and new member Kasie Grant as they welcome:

Brian McClimans – VP Sales, North America and APAC at Peerless-AV
Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Frank Pisano – VP of Sales, Americas at BrightSign LLC

The show begins with the introduction of new Crew member Kasie Grant (she works for Baker AV in Georgia), who joins Corey and Kaleo on this one. Corey begins talking with Brian about Peerless-AV and New York Digital Signage Week as the company is a sponsor of NYDSW. The conversation then focuses on Coffee and Controversy, taking place on October 30th – an event in its 4th year.

Brian continues discussion with more of a deep dive about NYDSW, and talks about partnerships as well. Frank talks about the digital signage industry ecosystem and the community – along with why people need to be doing more in digital signage. Kasie adds to this discussion too. Frank also discusses this being his first year at BrightSign. Rich and Brian next talk about the long-time NEC Display Solutions and Peerless-AV relationship. 

All talk about the Almo E4 AV Tour coming up in Nashville which the three companies are a part of. Rich also talks about the “easy button” relationship concerning devices designed to work well together, here referring to BrightSign and Peerless-AV. 

Frank talks about BrightSign and NYDSW, along with a special event the company is having Halloween night (listen for the “dress code”). He and Corey talk about the trips they’ll be taking to the NEC Showcase in New York, the Almo E4 AV Tour in Nashville and back to NY for NYDSW. And there’s a discussion of an AV first aid recovery kit. 

Rich talks about the Digital Signage Federation, the digital signage industry, NYDSW and other shows from the perspective of his being the Chairman of the DSF. Frank talks about a recent trip to Barcelona, where digital signage was recognized by AVIXA as one of two growth categories. 

All end the show with final thoughts. 

More information here about NYDSW. To find out more about the DSF see here. 

Sit back, plug in and listen to these well-known industry executives discuss the upcoming New York Digital Signage Week as we live…

The AV Life. 

Episode 104: More Cowbell Please!

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kaleo Lee and new member Joe Whitaker (The Thoughtful Home) as they welcome their guests:

Kevin Barlow – Director of Business Development at Draper, Inc.

Nader Dajani – Head of Business Development at

Toni Sabatino – Designer Owner at Toni Sabatino Style
The show begins with Corey with talking to Joe about becoming a new Crew member, and then there’s an immediate “audio mishap” after that. Then he compares Draper’s long time standing in the industry along with’s relatively shorter time. Toni Sabatino, a home designer specializing in kitchen and bath is next – she’s returned for another show and talks about her continuing fascination with the industry. Joe brought Toni in, and she has continued to love it and all of the relationships she’s made. 

Corey talks about having various relams of the industry on the shows, here commercial and smart home along with the home designer (on episode 100 it was commercial, residential/smart home and digital signage). 

Then there’s that convergence conversation…

Nader talks about – luxury voice control for the most advanced homes in the world – the technology and opportunities in voice control. Then all talk about moving past the technology ‘fear factor’ for industry advancement as well.  

Toni talks about interior design and lifestyle – also considering the magic of tech making it all happen in terms of the user experience. 

Next is conversation with Kevin Barlow, beginning with news of the week involving Barco UniSee, and what Draper is doing these days in terms of advanced business solutions and partnering. Along with the 116 years in business, still of course manufacturing screens and shades. Corey also drops the name of a very good friend and former inside sales person at Draper who he used to work with.

There are of course more hashtags on this show – and Joe-isms. That’s a first.  

The show ends with a professional life cowbell question – and then, it just ends…

(Join us for more on the next Convergent AV industry podcast – coming very soon).

Sit back, plug in, and put some more cowbell in your life as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 103: Meet the AV Integrator and Motorsport Manager, and his 15-Year Old Race Car Driver Daughter #thereal99

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 15 year old Champion athlete – Brand Ambassador at Ropelet, Marchand Watches, BeeMetics (and pupil) @emily_linscott

Corey begins talking with Mark, Emily’s father, about his career as a commercial and residential AV integrator in the UK (there’s discussion of CEDIA too), which leads up to forming Moose Motorsports (Basildon, Essex) – Motorsport sponsorship acquisition, consultancy and management.

They talk about Emily and forming her racing career when she was 14 years old – in fact, the first person she ever beat in an auto race was her father. And with that, a career began.

Listen to this discussion to hear about Emily’s young auto racing career, some great stories (including one that became an ultimate competition), her fans, a major racing scholarship that she received (the first person outside of the U.S. to receive it), career aspirations, and what it’s like to be behind the wheel of her car on the track at top speeds (and in a Formula 4 car as well).

Sit back, plug in, and listen to this discussion with a remarkable 15-year woman – a professional race car driver – as we live…

The AV Life.

Find this episode on Convergent AV as well for all racing images and more.

Episode 102: Bringing the Happiness – Zoomtopia 2018

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kaleo Lee and guest Crew (Zoom) member Gabe Moronta as they welcome their guests:

Derek Pando – International Marketing & Zoomtopia lead at Zoom Video Communications
Wayne Driggers – Channel and Strategic Alliances Leader at Zoom Video Communications
Jimmy Vauhghan – UC Technical Product Manager at Crestron
Mike Kollen – President / Chief Architect at eSyncTraining
Olya Zakharova, PhD – Director of Business Solutions at eSyncTraining

Derek joins during one of his busiest times of the year, he is the Zoomtopia Lead, and leads off the show talking about Zoomtopia, the Zoom User Conference in terms of working on the conference with the team, discussing content, the speakers and more.

Wayne, who has been with Zoom since 2015 talks about the conference, he also talks about CEO Eric Yuan, and something fun that he did at Zoomtopia last year (it had to do with coffee). Jimmy talks in depth about the Crestron and Zoom Video Communications relationship from the start – with Crestron Mercury and Zoom, shown at InfoComm 2017. Olya (who Corey has known for a while over social media) talks about Zoom Video Communications, and the passion she has for the company and the solutions.

Next – Corey, Olya, Mike and Kaleo tell their Zoom user stories.

As usual, numerous hashtags created on this show, listen in for them (Corey made Gabe responsible for posting them on Twitter). Then Jimmy takes over, and we get the hashtag #ZoomJustWorks (approved by Olya).

Attempts were also made for “news” – aka scoop drops. Katye was certainly missed.

Wayne then talks about Zoom and digital signage, and what this technology means in particular for the customers, along with Zoom enhancements and added value to the experience.

Gabe talks about what he does for the company, and focuses discussion on Zoom Rooms. Olya talks about this being her first Zoomtopia, along with Zoom, Zoom Rooms and the overall experience. Mike talks about this being his first Zoom User Conference as well, he also mentions Stephen M.R. Covey (Featured Keynote at the conference) and his book The Speed of Trust – Eric Yuan’s favorite.

Mike and Olya also talk about Serena Williams. And of course… a Jimmy Vaughan WWE story. Finally, what excites all who will be attending about the conference.

There is discussion about Eric Yuan throughout the show, his leadership, and how happiness is his mantra. Corey also talks about Zoomtopia news that was shared over the year by Zoom Video Communications through the show.

For everything you need to know about Zoomtopia 2018 (and you can still register), visit

Episode 101: The Residential Integrator, the Kitchen & Bath Designer and the Architect – the Final Frontier in AV Trade Technology (Part 2)

Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett (Billings MT area), Corey Moss(Northern VA area) and Allie Watson (Washington, DC Metro Area) as the welcome back their guests:

Joe Whitaker – Founder/President at The Thoughtful Home (Greater St. Louis area)

Giles Sutton – Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement at CEDIA (London, UK)

Toni Sabatino – Designer Owner at Toni Sabatino Style and National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) Manhattan, NY Chapter President

Molly Switzer – Principal Designer and Owner at Molly N Switzer Designs, LLC and NKBA Columbia River (Portland, OR area) Chapter President

Dean Larkin – Owner at Dean Larkin Design (Greater Los Angeles area)

As in Part 1, the show’s ongoing theme concerns “playing better in the sandbox” for the integrator, the designer and the architect. Katye talks about it being October, and officially on the other side of CEDIA Expo.

And the conversation continues – including mention of other important trade shows, integrators hosting events for architects to get to know the technology, enrichment through the NKBA relationship (and much more)…

Katye also talks about voice – a very important add to this episode (there’s a regular guest’s company name mentioned here too). Joe also talks about voice and audio solutions enhancing “the total experience.”  

Some real “aha” moments here, as we seek the best ways to properly align residential AV and the other trades. 

The Final Frontier. 

(This episode recorded and produced by Katye McGregor Bennett) 

Episode 101: The Residential Integrator, the Kitchen & Bath Designer and the Architect – the Final Frontier in AV Trade Technology (Part 1)

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

Joe Whitaker – Founder/President at The Thoughtful Home (Greater St. Louis area)

Giles Sutton – Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement at CEDIA (London, UK)

Toni Sabatino – Designer Owner at Toni Sabatino Style and National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) Manhattan, NY Chapter President

Molly Switzer – Principal Designer and Owner at Molly N Switzer Designs, LLC and NKBA Columbia River (Portland, OR area) Chapter President

Dean Larkin – Owner at Dean Larkin Design (Greater Los Angeles area)

On the follow up to the classic 100th The AV Life episode, Katye and Corey invite five guests: Joe Whitaker – residential integrator/CEDIA Board of Directors, Giles Sutton – CEDIA executive (Giles was a former integrator for 12 years – James + Giles Ltd.), Toni Sabatino – residential kitchen & bath designer, Molly Switzer – residential kitchen & bath designer, and architect Dean Larkin for a conversation focused on integration, kitchen & bath design, and technology.

The show’s ongoing theme concerns “playing better in the sandbox” for the integrator, the designer and the architect. 

Toni Sabatino has been on the show before – Molly joins for the first time, as does Dean. Giles has also joined us previously, and he appears later in the podcast.

Joe, who co-led the Design Connection Tour at CEDIA Expo 2018 (the Design Connection Pavilion was endorsed by the NKBA), has also been on the show before – he joins us from a certain ‘remote location’…and he calls for sound effects and creates The CEDIA Pause – the new The AV Life residential/smart home show time out (and you’ll hear a short outtake when he does). He may have even partially taken over the show (Katye didn’t mind, nor did Corey – they needed the rest).

Sit back, plug in, and hear exactly why the relationship between the integrator, the designer and the architect truly matters (and enjoy Part 1).