Monthly Archives: August 2019

Episode 149 (Part 1): All About Tech and the e, as in eSports



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

Meg Sciarini – AV Systems Engineer at Apple

Tyler Wells – Distribution Sales Manager at Mimo Monitors

Ryan Hallisey – Owner at Priority Vape (Warwick, NY)

On this extended length The AV Life podcast, we begin with the first e – eSports. So to start, we’re Kym and Maura-less. After some of the usual Crew banter – like Tim and Spence where have you been? (Spence talks about some of the DSF activities, Tim talks about attending the AV/IT Summit) – introducing the guests of course, and one of them just happens to be stationed in a Starbucks.

Discussed on this podcast part one, eSports is a huge topic in the AV industry, especially over the last year. Meg begins this conversation talking about working with an Overwatch League ambassador, and talks about the tech involved as well. Corey talks about the fact that eSports is considered a sport, as well as the real opportunity now for the AV industry. Tyler talks about ESPN hosting eSports competitions, and how the sport is packing arenas. He talks about the sport’s profile, and the upcoming Olympics in 2024. Are eSports players athletes? All talk about that too. There’s monetization and culture discussion as well.

Tim talks about colleges and universities and how students will be looking for those institutions which are outfitted for eSports. Tim also talks about this at Rutgers. Ryan, who is not in the AV industry and was mainly brought in for the second part of the podcast, talks about a new eSports arena being built in Philadelphia – he also talks about Blizzard (video game publisher) Overwatch (game), Dota2 (the most played game on Steam), and eSports athlete Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. He talks about Fortnite’s gaming model which has changed the face of gaming and eSports He also has a concern about those who are gamers and “practicing.”

Again more talk about the AV industry and the expansive, exponential growth, bringing major opportunities for work, which Corey refers to as a “trickle down” effect. Meg talks about a hotel in Vegas which put in an eSports arena. She talks about the immersive experience, and how it will affect graphics and streaming as well. Ryan asks Meg about eSports having a big impact for the push to technology innovation for better audio and video. Tim talks about gaming stations, and the quality of video and audio output and Corey gets in the discussion here too. Tyler adds about opportunities for PC companies that have lost market share here (Dell for one) to manufacture higher end PC’s, screens and more. Corey talks about the integrators’ opportunities for global integrations. He also talks about his experience at E3 in the 90’s.

Two articles covered on part one:

The Rise of Esports — a Gamer’s Perspective

Teens rule at $30 million Fortnite World Cup, game gets a Season 10 teaser

Teens are beginning to rule this sport – and teens are the focus of part two as well.

Enjoy Part 1 – Part 2 (e-cigarettes) coming next week.


Episode 148 (Part 2): The Great AV Life Debate – Facebook in the Brain



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Re-join the Crew host Maura Quinn, Corey Moss, Joe Way and their guests Charmaine Torruela, Brandon Breznick, Tekeiya Jordan as they bring you the brand new segment – ‘The Great AV Life Debate.’

The Facebook is in your head… in your head… dept.

Futurism Facebook is Making Progress on Its Mind Reading Headset

An interesting topic for the first debate in the brand new segment – even teams with Maura and Corey as the leaders. Who did Maura pick? Did she pick the best strategic team? Did she use a card? She did explain the rules so if you haven’t figured out how our debate segments are done, now you will.

Maura’s team goes first, with some pretty good technological, scientific and collaboration explanations given. Corey’s wondering if he might have made a wrong move here…

And then all of a sudden BOOM – it turns on a dime as the other team’s first person goes, and drops the mic big-time. Does it end there? Game, set and match?

Tune in to find out, and hear Joe talk about what guys think about all day. Corey talks about what he especially thinks about all day.

Sit back, plug in and listen to this new mind-blowing debate segment as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 148 (Part 1): Talking Young AV Professionals and Diversity in AV – Just the Way Maura Planned It



This episode is sponsored by: www.tierpm.com

Join the Crew host Maura Quinn, Corey Moss and Joe Way (guest, temporary Crew) as they welcome their guests:

Charmaine Torruela – Global Services Manager at Verrex and Chairperson of AVIXA Diversity Council

Brandon Breznick – Assistant Communications Manager at Premier Mounts

Takeiya Jordan – Technical Recruiter at TierPM

Yes, it’s time for Maura to take the host seat! On this epiosde, which she created, planned and produced, the focus is on young professionals and diversity in the AV industry.

All discuss how the industry sets a real focus to the young professionals that are in the industry, and the guests also talk about the ways to bring more of them into the AV industry. Maura, Brandon and Takeiya are some of the many young people helping to build this industry in all the right ways – an excellent conversation with these budding young AV superstars.

Next is the focus on diversity in the industry – Charmaine, who is the Chairperson of the AVIXA Diversity Council, Joe and Maura, who are members, begin the conversation here. Charmaine talks about the Council, and how the industry can become more aware in terms of diversity. She references Takeyia in terms of her being an industry recruiter, and how the recruiter can discuss with managers they’re working with certain things in terms of skillsets and diverse aspects of talent and technologies that can help expand the industry to go along.

Brandon talks here too in terms of developing grassroots education for different communities, and gaining perspectives in term of people of different backgrounds. He discusses putting people on the same page, sharing industry interest – how the Council can help drive change as well.

Charmaine talks about members of the Council on this podcast – Joe, education committee, Maura, communications committee and she mentions others as well. Charmaine also talks about helping people to get certifications. She also mentions some of the manufacturers and others who have participated to assist and help with the Diversity Council. Charmaine talks about being excited about the future.

Takeiya finishes discussing how Charmaine talked about having more diversity discussions, she agrees – and this is a young woman who sure has a voice in this industry.

To find out more see here.

Oh, and another Crew member was added on this show. Corey, the co-host addiction – y’know…

Enjoy this Part 1, part 2 (the brand new AV Life debate segment) coming next week.