Monthly Archives: April 2019

Episode 131: Living the Higher Ed AV Life



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

Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University
Gina Sansivero – VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications at AtlasIED
Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media
Renee Benson – Regional Sales Manager, Midwest at NEC Display Solutions
Jessie House – Assistant Director, Digital Media Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Here we go – it’s Tim’s turn! Being Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University, he’s the perfect choice to host this show – and since Joe is Multimedia Services Director at Cal Baptist University, why not pair the two of them to drive this one?

And you’ll notice something in the title, which leads to a podcast plug during the show (and you’ll find out who on this show has appeared on that one).

The topics of discussion:

When it comes to staying at the forefront of technology, how do you provide the latest and greatest, while at the same time making it accessible to users of all technical levels and still staying with budgetary constraints?

What are the current strategic technologies that are appearing? For those in Education what is the next big thing?

And then, of course it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

When a university bans access to Netflix, iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services on campus, will the students become smarter? Or will they just be spending extra time at Starbucks?

Purdue University bans Netflix, other streaming services for students in academic buildings

Sides are chosen (of course), they’re uneven (of course), and there’s a surprise ending to this one as someone walks away with the win hands down.

Hands down – slam dunk, grand slam, hole in one (you get it).

Toward the end Gina talks about upcoming AVIXA Women’s Council events, Joe plugs away, and Jessie talks about his band. Make sure you attend the AVIXA Women’s events, listen to Joe’s podcast, and follow the band. Trust us.

Sit back, plug in, get edu-teched with Tim, Joe and the rest of the group as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 130 (Pt 2): The Firing Range – Pigs Brains Matter?



Make sure you listen to Episode 130 (Pt 1): The Creative, The Smart, and the Mic Drop!

This episode is sponsored by TierPM.

Join the Crew host Maura Quinn, Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart and Jen Gertz as they welcome their guests (again):

Cory Schaffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC
Danielle Karr – Architect and Designer Program Manager at Control4
Michelle Loret – Senior Account Executive at Utelogy
Erick Parra – Client Relationship Manager at TierPM

And now, it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

Pig brains – a systematic study for the betterment of humanity leading to potential ethics argument? Or do we just eat less bacon and close this one?

Not.

National Geographic: Pig brains partially revived hours after death—what it means for people

Teams are chosen (back to the original format!) and the two sides debate this topic of life, animals and ethics. It gets really good as both teams put forth convincing arguments – then at the end one of the team leaders throws in a “card,” thus ending the debate. Who was it? Who gave up?

And who shows off the pipes in this part of episode 130? Listen in!

Sit back, plug in, fire away too and join us as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 130 (Pt 1): The Creative, The Smart, and the Mic Drop



This episode is sponsored by: TierPM

Join the Crew host Maura Quinn, Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart and Jen Gertz as they welcome their guests:

Cory Schaffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC
Danielle Karr – Architect and Designer Program Manager at Control 4
Michelle Loret – Senior Account Executive at Utelogy
Erick Parra – Client Relationship Manager at TierPM

The banter begins, then Maura introduces her guests. After introductions, along with some Control 4 talk (and a shameless podcast plug), Erick is given an assignment on the podcast (beside his own job ) – you can check out @ErickJParra to see if he succeeded.

Maura, who created and hosts this episode, asks all on the podcast the following:

Bringing creativity to the forefront. Not all of us have creativity in our job descriptions but we all work in an industry of the arts. What are some ways you work creatively or creative strategies you use at work that differ from the way your job is typically structured?

All answer talking about forms of creative in their daily lives, also discussing social media as a creative part. Wait till you hear about one of the things that Cory does (Corey talks about writing a profile article about her a few years back including this). One question – is Michelle’s brand of creativity widely acceptable? Then there’s the proper way to cut a bagel, workout routines, improv and the new “AV”. Yep, you have to hear this one.

What smart technology has your place of work implemented in the office (if any)? What smart technology have you implemented in your home or day to day life (wherever that may occur/if any)? Has it been an improvement or is it a nice to have?

Ah, for the love of Alexa. Cory starts out talking about Alexa and the meaning of life. Of course Danielle is here to talk about Alexa, control and the smart home – she talks about the benefits, as well as how you can have some fun with a smart home with unsuspecting guests. And there just may be something happening in the near future where Danielle (or a voice that sounds just like her) will be helping you out with all of your Alexa issues. Tim talks about getting his first “hit” of IoT devices.

Michelle talks about the “Siri Conspiracy” – something to do with voice command and the Bayou. Then she brings up stories of caller ID to go with this discussion of voice bias. Danielle helps to set the record straight with some serious (authorized) plugs of Control 4. Jen talks about her like of smart technology, yet she doesn’t get it (Danielle to the rescue here too!). Then there’s that Apple Watch, and her dislike for Siri. So, she’ll be hosting a show soon too. Erick got totally frustrated installing his smart home system, bringing up the new “AV”, and Danielle develops a brand new creative idea for this (bingo!).

As for that mic drop…

Some karaoke talk in this episode as Cory brings up that thing that Corey really likes to do, and the group runs with the conversation from there. Some reveal karaoke go-to groups and songs, and in fact, one or two showed their stuff on this episode – what did they sing?

And who gets to wear those socks?

Stay tuned for this one.

Sit back, plug in, and join us on this open mic podcast as we live…

The AV Life.

Part 2, The Firing Range (something about pigs, brains and ethics) coming next week.


Episode 129: ReFocused, Ready, and What Did They Say?



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

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
Michelle Loret – Senior Account Executive at Utelogy
Kaleo Lee – Sales Manager – Southwest at BrightSign

And so it begins – the Crew and the guests, who are all in different time zones in the U.S. and Canada, start the leadoff banter. Michelle interviews Kaleo, John points out the advantages to working for a Frank, and Corey talks about one of the guests being the happiest person in the industry. Then the latest Tweetstorm (John wants in) – and it all unfolds from there.

Topic 1: InFocus ReFocused?

The Crew and guests take a deep dive into this story:

InFocus “Refocusing”?

The President of the company put out a statement talking about pivoting
its strategic business model, worldwide workforce reduction and
continuing to offer support to channel customers.

All offer thoughts and opinions on this “pivot” and decision, along with discussion of the projection market.

Topic 2: What is lighting up the tech world today, including strategies that are providing a leading edge for end users?

All of the guests offer up their thoughts, along with discussing what integrator and manufacturer responsibilities should be in relation to working with the end user. There was also the “generations” conversation among all on the show, which Maura helped to make sense of (we think).

Topic 3: Alexa improving the customer experience — by violating our privacy?

On Ars Technica: Amazon admits that employees review “small sample” of Alexa audio

All enter The Firing Range to discuss how Amazon is admittedly using human transcriptions to “improve the customer experience.”

“We take the security and privacy of our customers’ personal information seriously,” an Amazon spokesman said.

With such improvements, along with statements like this, should we even be concerned about our privacy anymore since we’ve probably already passed beyond the point of inevitability?

Sit back, plug in, hire a Gen Z (apparently they’re going to save the world) and join us as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 128: The Post-DSE 2019 Show Exhibitors and the Digital Signage Federation – Engagement, Education and other such Experiences



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart, Maura Quinn, guest Crew members Spence Graham and Erick Parra as they welcome their guests:

Jonathan Gudai – CEO at Adomni, Board of Directors Member at DPAA

Ryan Cahoy – Managing Director at Rise Vision, Education Committee/ At-Large Board Member at Digital Signage Federation

Daniel Griffin – VP Marketing at Userful

Ella Taran-Katz – VP Business Development at Red Falcon.AI

Tosh Akhgar – Manager, Solution Sales at Shuttle Computer Group

The Digital Signage Expo was outstanding, and the Crew who were at the show (Corey, Kym, Spence and Erick), the exhibitors and members of the Digital Signage Federation (Spence and Ryan) talk about DSE – experiences, engagement, gamechangers (are we seeing a pattern here?).

After introduction of the guests, Spence and Ryan talk about the Digital Signage Federation – Spence gives insight into the Federation, and Ryan goes in depth about education, professional development and their microcredential program. Spence also talks about NEC Display’s Rich Ventura who received the green jacket, listen in for this.

Next the guests talk about theirs and their company’s experiences at the show – and what’s a good post trade show podcast without discussion of some of those buzz words heard there too. The Crew add theirs too.

Then it’s time for Kym Frank’s favorite segment…

In The Firing Range – IBM, AI, and getting to know your employees (that are ready to quit) better:

IBM artificial intelligence can predict with 95% accuracy which workers are about to quit their jobs

All get to present opinions on the article – is this a good idea? Is it ethical? Will we need to be concerned about the company knowing how we really feel about meetings?

For answers to these questions, along with engagement, experiences, experiential (and on) –

Sit back, plug in, and relive these moments from DSE 2019 as we live…

The AV Life.