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Episode 41: A Different Kind of Major Event Experience – San Diego Comic-Con

The AV Life takes a look at a different kind of event – San Diego Comic-Con! Join the Crew: Host Megan Powers and Corey Moss as they welcome their guests:

Suzette Valle – author and entertainment blogger – owner and Founder of Mammarazi Knows Best, Hollyblogger for and Staff Writer for

Jimmy Lexzczynski – writes for, an Internet news site, focusing on comics, TV, film, and games. He lives for the original Adam West Batman, a big part of his focus at this year’s Con.

Andrew Lee – works as a systems engineer programming liquid handling robots in labs, also co-owner of LeeZy Babe Oven, a private home-baking and catering company. Andrew talks about his experience as well as challenges as an attendee in the “HOT” Hall H to see the best panels.

Sit back, plug in and join us for some great major U.S. event discussion as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 40: The Collaboration Factor

Join the Crew Corey Moss and Ruben Romero as they welcome their guests:

David Schweer – Director Product Marketing at Prysm
Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva
Phil Marechal – Senior Director of Global Business Development/Alliances at Revolabs

Corey and Ruben co-host this one talking with the guests about their companies and solutions – Prysm with Prysm Go and software, Nureva with Span system and HDL300, and Revolabs with Yamaha CS-700 – with an extended approach to collaboration: Part One of the conversation devoted to the combination of the physical, audio and “the visual” and in Part Two how the industry itself collaborates, the consideration for the end users and the user experience. There’s IT and AV convergence conversation as well, as one of the guests has worked in both.

Sit back, plug in and join us as we collaborate and live…

The AV Life.

Episode 39: Going Inside the Minds of True Innovation to talk about VIRTULARIUM®

Join Host Corey Moss and Katye McGregor Bennett as they welcome their guests:
Richard Ventura – Vice President of Business Development and Solutions at NEC Display Solutions of America
Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne & Executive Director VIRTULARIUM® (The Cave)
Randy Pagnan – President/Owner at rp Visual Solutions
Maria McKinsey – Director of Business Development at Brown Innovations

Corey and Katye talk with their guests about their companies, their experiences at InfoComm 2017 and VIRTULARIUM (The Cave) – a Virtual Reality Theater venue that uses solid state digital display technology to create an immersive environment designed for long-form narrative storytelling. It represents the future of out-of-home digital entertainment.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy this special conversation as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 38: Collaborating Disruptively with Some Real Gamechangers

Join the Crew host Ruben Romero, Corey Moss, Megan Powers and Pippa Edelen as they welcome their guests:

Brady Bruce – Chief Marketing Officer at InFocus
Peter Herr – Senior Manager, Professional Systems Channel Marketing at Shure Incorporated
Alan Smith – Senior Global Product Manager, Video Collaboration Product at Logitech

The second half of The AV Life’s first season begins, and on this show it’s all in the title. Or is it? The three guests companies on the show may have done one, two or all of the above at InfoComm 2017 and the Crew talks with them about what took place there.

Alan Smith begins with “The Product Spot” talking about Logitech’s most popular product at the show – Meetup ConferenceCam.

The Crew talk with their guests about InfoComm 2017, their products and solutions, the experience for each and more (including the swag).

So welcome back AV friends to the show that really never ends — Sit back, plug in, and join us as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 37: Giving Geek a Whole New Name At InfoComm 2017

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Justin Watts, Ruben Romero and Taylor Meyer as they welcome their guests:

Heather Sidorowicz – President/Owner at Southtown Audio/Video

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Advanced AV

Bobby Swartz – Director of Marketing and Development at Starin Marketing

– And a special surprise call-in at the beginning of the show.

InfoComm is over and The Crew is back, as they and their guests came to this show really happy – or overtired and punchy after a week in Orlando. We think the choice is obvious.

Heather Sidorowicz, a great woman in AV and the first @The_AVLife Twitter follower selected to be a summer guest of the show (on the summer solstice no less), brings her commercial and resi world knowledge to the this episode as the well-known owner of an AV integration company in upstate New York. The best thing about Heather is that she brings the tech knowledge, and the Chi (@tech_chi to be exact). In fact she leads us in a special session which makes everyone feel better. Well, almost everyone (we’re not sure about that caller).

John Greene, who you’ll find after listening to this episode comes with every episode of The AV Life that you purchase (a terrific value at $0), brings the #AVtweeps wise man view of InfoComm to the show and if you stick around till the end you may just learn a thing or two from him. Or you’ll wonder why you’ve listened to every episode of every show he’s ever done in AV podcasting.

Bobby Swartz gets all dressed up for this one, though he eventually realized it’s an audio podcast (talk about confused).

A great post-InfoComm 2017 podcast – sit back, plug in, put your feet up and get ready to break through with the Crew as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 36: Tech, Beers and Da Brawns (A Special)

Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett, Corey Moss, Justin Watts, Megan Powers, Jeremy Elsesser and Joey D’Angelo as they welcome their guests:

Alan Brawn – Principal at Brawn Consulting
– and his partner in beers and tech…
Jonathan Brawn – Principal at Brawn Consulting

On a very special episode of The AV Life, the Crew get together with the Brawns, display technology/digital signage gurus and craft beer aficionados to kick back and shoot the breeze over some quality beers (well, mostly) and InfoComm too.

The Brawns along with each of the Crew members talk about their beer and tech stories, with some insightful thoughts along with fun moments – probably more of the latter.

How does beer and technology mix? Jeremy Elsesser will tell you as he talks about InfoComm and how this all apparently becomes synonymous with it. So many choices to make when it comes to booth stops during happy hours and social get togethers, however again the tie-in to all of that – that’s right, the beers.

As for Da Brawns, there is much wisdom from Alan of course and we certainly get it on this show. In fact where else can you get twice the Brawns with twice the wisdom? Katye knows the answer, and she tells.

There’s someone on this show drinking a beer that just doesn’t go with the others according to – everyone. Who is it? And why is this person still on this show? There’s some buzz taking place on this one, and someone will win. You just have to hear it, along with all of the tech, beer and Da Brawns. And make sure you hashtag it. All of it.

Who’s the Crew member in top form on this one? This one’s a slam dunk for Justin Watts, The AV Life’s beer and tech rep. Manufacturers have their product reps, we have ours.

We get in a little more of that Brawns wisdom toward the end, make sure you listen for it as this is the one place you can get it, while relaxing and drinking a beer. Enjoy this last show (before The Show) in the virtual bar, with the real Brawns.

Sit back, plug in and join us for our own pre-InfoComm happy hour with the Crew and two great AV people as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 35: UC&C – See It At InfoComm 2017

Join Host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guests:

Dan Jackson – Director, Enterprise Technology at Crestron

Wayne Driggers – Channel and Alliance Development at Zoom Video Communications

David Schweer – Director Product Marketing at Prysm

(Devan Gillick of Prysm also joined us).

Corey Crews this one solo, starting the conversation with discussion of Ruben Romero’s Buzz Term of the Week on the last show “AV/IT convergence” and Dan Jackson begins what turns out to be a very insightful discussion along with the other guests. Discussion focuses on work, technology tools, innovation, the experience and more.

Next is discussion of the enterprise end user workforce, the remote worker and how collaboration can reduce geographic boundaries. There’s also mention of that major enterprise corporation that recently brought their employees back to the office, even with all of the enhanced unified communications and collaboration technologies that exist.

Wayne begins the company discussions as he talks about Zoom from their start to now, focusing on the Zoom experience, their user community and the CEO’s very important mantra. Dan Jackson talks about Crestron Mercury (which launched at ISE) and mass deployments of the product. He talks about how Mercury makes the end user more agile, and how an organization can standardize on the solution. He also discusses a Crestron Mercury announcement that will be made at InfoComm, along with building enterprise meeting rooms with the product. David focuses discussion on the new Prysm Go, which transforms any meeting room into a multi-purpose collaboration room. David also talks about visual collaboration, digital workplace and innovation.

David also discusses presenting at InfoComm Center Stage (“Six Realities Disrupting the Workplace”), along with co-presenting with Dr. Thomas Osborne (“We ARE Saving Lives Here – How the Future of Healthcare Depends on AV Technology”). Wayne talks about the market verticals that Zoom focuses on along with corporate, with focused discussion of healthcare and higher education. Dan talks about Crestron’s flexibility in serving any vertical, and discusses the products and solutions being showcased at the booth, along with a focus on enterprise room solutions at the showrooms which will be at the booth as well. Dan is also presenting at Center Stage (“Voice Control Sounds Better and Better”).

Finally, there’s always some fun that goes on at the show and the guests discuss this as well some of the activities going on at the booth (and of course that after-party which many want to attend).

So sit back, plug in and join us for an excellent conversation on UC, collaboration and InfoComm 2017 as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 34: Picking Up Speed on The Road to InfoComm 2017

Join the Crew: Host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Justin Watts, Alesia Hendley, Ruben Romero and Taylor Meyer as they welcome their guests:

Jeremy Elsesser – President at Level 3 Audiovisual

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Advanced AV

Justin Rexing – AV Design Engineer at Western Kentucky University/Sr. Managing Partner at Rexing Consulting

It’s June, and we’re just over a week away from the big one – InfoComm 2017 in Orlando Florida! On this episode three well-known AV industry professionals join the Crew to talk about the show, and in fact John begins talking about something no one expected which has nothing to do with tech or trade shows, but still a conversation that mattered – to him. And then a hashtag was born…

Ruben begins a new segment on this one which should appeal to marketers (or maybe not), and then Taylor talks about her new nickname and attending InfoComm for the first time. The conversation begins with Katye and all that she’s doing in preparation for the show with KMB Communications, along with the clients she represents. John picks up talking about what InfoComm means to him and what he enjoys about attending the show, along with thoughts from the integrator perspective as well as planning. Jeremy, a CTS-D, CTS-I, picks up on the conversation and talks about the “human connection” factor at the show. He also talks about teaching at InfoComm (he’ll be teaching CTS-D prep with a well-known InfoComm award recipient). Justin Rexing who is a CTS-D has taught at InfoComm for six years (he teaches with Chuck Espinoza this year) and discusses what he looks to do at InfoComm, including education sessions.

Justin Watts also talks about teaching at the show which he has been doing for five years now, along with how he’s attending for the first time in a different professional role. He has a “day three method” of teaching too – listen in for this one. After a few promotional announcements at the break announced by Corey and Alesia (where John also talks about the social media platform he doesn’t get), the conversation focuses on technologies at the show and what each guest is looking for. There’s “on the network” as well as cybersecurity talk here too as it’s of course a hot-button discussion in the industry. There is digital signage discussion here as well, as there is a major focus at the show in being one of the Pavilions. Jeremy and Justin Rexing add in a very good discussion of AV as a Service. Finally, talk about the collaboration board.

To end, all talk about the after-hours at the show – find out who the real partiers are.

So sit back, plug in and join us as we rev up on this one and live…

The AV Life.

Episode 33: Digital Signage – Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, London and the World

Join the Crew: Host Alesia Hendley, Corey Moss and Ruben Romero as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – VP of Business Development and Solutions at NEC Display Solutions of America
Brian McClimans – VP Global Business Development at Peerless-AV
Stephanie Gutnik – Director of Business Development at Broadsign

On this show, the Crew and their guests give a total focus to the subject of digital signage discussing technologies, trade shows and more. While we’re coming up on InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, FL, the discussion also involves the Digital Signage Expo which took place in Las Vegas in March, New York Digital Signage Week coming up in October, and the recent London Digital Signage Week.

Alesia gets right into discussion with Stephanie, Rich and Brian about recent events and trade shows – Stephanie also talks about the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) focusing on discussion along with Brian about promotion and expansion of the digital signage industry to numerous parts of the world. Rich (who is the Chairman of the organization) picks up with DSF discussion in reference to global organization and leaders as well as impact to the markets. He also talks about New York Digital Signage Week, and the show is taking place during a very special time of the year – you’ll hear about it.

Stephanie next talks about specific focus on growth in various regions of the world, as well as a global focus on the whole, along with the discussion of content and strategy. Rich also adds to the discussion, talking about big data analytics. Rich discusses some of the differences in terms of certain shows, and Brian adds in about a greater focus on the consumer and the experience, which Rich talks about as well.

Finally, Brian and Rich talk about InfoComm and what the companies will be doing at the show. Brian talks about a great contest taking place at the booth. And of course there are the parties (and a great story from Rich).

So sit back, plug in and get digital with us as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 32: We Present to You the InfoComm Awards Show

Join the Crew: Host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, new Crew member Ruben Romero, and guest Crew member Jeremy Caldera as they welcome their guests:

Bill Nattress – Director of Channel Strategy – Paging at Biamp (CTS Holder of the Year)
James Maltese – President at Audio Visual Resources, Inc. (Educator of the Year)
Wallace Johnson – VP Business Development at MertzCrew (Young AV Professionals)

When you talk about trade shows and awards (and many in the industry do), you always want to acknowledge those given by the industry organization first and foremost. On this show, that’s exactly what we do. InfoComm International states: AV technology is awesome. But behind all the gear and awe-inspiring installations are people. It’s those people, just like you and your team, who make the magic happen.

The Crew talks with the guests about the InfoComm 2017 Awards, their careers, as well as their companies and what they do. They also have other discussions, one of them on mentorship. Certain guests on the show have won previous InfoComm awards and you’ll hear about that too.

A great discussion with these 2017 InfoComm Award winners. So sit back, plug in, and join us as we live…

The AV Life.