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Episode 77: We bring to you Live Events, Emerging Tech, and InfoComm ’18 Center Stage



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, Brittney Lanni and guest Crew member Bella Whiting as they welcome their guests:

Will Curran – Founder, Chief Einstein at Endless Events LLC (and host of #EventIcons podcast)
Amar Bakshi – Founder, Creator at Shared_Studios
Wallace Johnson – Managing Director at WLJ Consulting, LLC (and host of The LIVE Life podcast)

A show that brings together live events and AV, emerging tech, a high school graduate interested in a career in AV leading to a great conversation about young people joining the industry, and Center Stage – a 3-day event taking place at InfoComm 2018, June 6th – 8th in Las Vegas.

That’s The AV Life.

After introduction of the guests (along with Bella), Corey discusses live events with Will, Wallace and Brittney (who is the new live events host of The AV Life) all who are live events professionals. Will talks about his company Endless Events, and how companies can do what Endless does with video content (his presentation at Center Stage). Will refers to his podcast which will also be talked about a little later in the show. Wallace then talks about live events as it’s been a part of his life for quite some time, and he talks about the industry in terms of emerging technologies (AR and VR) translating to live events and content creation.

Brittney discusses emerging technologies in the space, along with creating and augmenting the live events experience. She focuses on events and mobile devices, along with leveraging these devices as a first screen. Amar talks about Shared_Studios and discusses their portals at sites around the world along with events, with AV and other technologies for their distributed spaces around the world. Bella gets in on the discussion as she was involved in live events at her high school, and she also talks about attending a recent AVIXA Women’s Council event in DC Metro.

During the usual mid-show conversation, Michelle talks about AV industry reach, leading to a discussion about bringing young people like Bella into the industry. Wallace details AVIXA programs for schools, and gives some advice here too. Brittney, Michelle, Will and Amar talk about creating internships. 

Next, all talk about InfoComm 2018 Center Stage – Amar begins by highlighting his discussion (on June 6th) Using Videoconferencing to Connect Learning Communities, along with more about their portals and AV. Will then talks about his discussion (on June 8th) Innovators in Online Video Content Creation Reveal the Secrets to Compulsively Watchable Content, creating better video content, along with value creation.

Finally, Will and Wallace talk about their industry podcasts (along with the Crew) – make sure you give them a listen.

Sit back, plug in, and join us for an enlightening discussion about live events, emerging tech, young people in tech, and one of the big events to see at InfoComm as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 76: AVIXA Women and the Success of the DMV Group March Madness Event, Women and Men in Sales/Working in Manufacturing vs. Integration, and InfoComm 18



Join Corey (Moss) and Cory (Schaeffer) as they co-host this one along with returning (for one night only) Crew member Taylor Meyer as they welcome their guests:

Megan Riddle – Regional Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic at Planar
Brad Orme – Regional Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic at Planar
Alexis LaBrois – Systems Consultant at Avitecture, inc.
Scott Durham – Enterprise System Consultant at Yorktel

The first Corey/Cory co-hosted ‘The AV Life’ show focuses on an AVIXA Women’s Council event in DC Metro put together by the DMV Group – Megan Riddle and Alexis La Broi are leaders of the group (and put this event together), and other great AV women in the area are a part of it. Corey was at the event and detailed it on Convergent AV – here is a picture of some of the women in attendance (including Heidi Voorhees and Amanda Eberle Boyer with AVIXA). 

Brad Orme was there of course as he works for Planar (and also helped Megan with the planning) and Scott Durham was one of the men in attendance. All of the guests begin talking about what they do which leads to an interesting conversation about working in integration vs manufacturing (for Megan, Brad and Alexis who have been on both sides), and Brad also talks about the advantage of having the Planar showroom in VA – where the event took place – for integrators and end users. Scott also talks about keys being the demo for the customer, as well as the integrator’s relationship with the vendor. Cory adds to this in terms of some end user specified project timelines and expectations impacting both integrator and manufacturer.  And of course, Taylor Meyer talks robotics and how this can be of help for the manufacturers. 

Next came discussion of the March Madness event, and Megan and Alexis talk about putting the event together – coordination, inviting the guests, and why it took place at March Madness time. Cory talks about the mission of the Council meetings and events, the connections that are made at them, and even business getting done. Cory also talks about the AVIXA Women’s Breakfast at InfoComm. Megan also discusses women in sales and engineering and their impact on the industry through the AVIXA Women’s Council. Alexis also talks about a young woman who attended the event who is looking for a career in AV (her name is Bella, she is front row, far right in the picture). Scott also talks about the AVIXA Women’s Council and events. Alexis also talks about the next event coming up with Integrate Baltimore. 

Finally, all talk about InfoComm and what they are expecting at the show (and something about a shoe game at AVIXA). 

Sit back, plug in and enjoy our third AVIXA Women’s episode with some of the great women and men in the industry as we live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 70: Time to Power Up Women Across the AV Industry and Continue to Grow the AVIXA Women’s Council Groups



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret and Lauren Larson as they welcome their guests (with the regional groups they head up):

Brandy Alvarado – rp Visual Solutions (Southern California), Cory Schaeffer – QSC (Southern California), Christy Ricketts – Contemporary Research (Dallas with Lauren), Gina Sansivero – FSR, Inc. (New York City), Erica Carroll – Atlona (Atlanta), Debbie Williamson – Tempest Technologies (Seattle), Penny Sitler – Draper, Inc. (Chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council – who joined in progress).

After each of the guests introduce themselves (and the women who are Crew members do too), Brandy starts the show by talking about AVIXA Women and the groups across the country. Cory talks about how she would like to continue to see more groups form across the country, and see more women in tech positions in the industry. Erica talks about being a qualified woman in tech in the industry, and having to prove herself at times (an old story already).

Lauren talks about a recent event that took place in Dallas where Christy was the speaker for the evening. Christy talks about the AV community there as well as the group’s foundation, along with two of the women in the group – one who just passed her CTS and another who has a CTS-D. She also talked about one of the men who attended (and supports their efforts), and the others talk about this too.

Katye discusses how women should present themselves professionally, on LinkedIn especially, Cory and Christy also talk about updating professional profiles. Christy also talks about the Career Empowerment Alliances. Gina talks about helping to start up the Boston group, along with what’s taking place in the New York area (and an event that is planned). Penny talks about all of the women who are involved and how proud she is of their efforts, as well as her role as the Chair of the Council. Debbie talks about the group in Seattle and an event that took place with women in different industry roles attending.

Cory gives a call to action about the AVIXA 2018 Women in AV Award. Erica also gives the group a great statement, Christy and Brandy discuss it too – and Penny talks about the importance of getting credentials. Michelle, Lauren and Katye end the show with “the real deal.” 

Sit back, plug in, and enjoy this episode of The AV Life.


Episode 67: The ISE 2018 Executive Interviews – Dave Labuskes, Julian Phillips, Rich Ventura and Cory Schaeffer



Crew member Michelle Loret spent the week at ISE 2018 and conducted product discussions with exhibitors – along with one-on-one interviews with certain industry executives:

Dave Labuskes, Chief Executive Officer at AVIXA – Michelle sits down with Dave Labuskes who has come to ISE for the first time with the newly rebranded industry organization, they begin by talking with about this, as well as the “user experience.”  They discuss what people will be able to look forward to attending InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas this June – Dave talks about creation of content, as well as TIDE which will be taking place again at the show. They also talk about some exhibitor statistics, as well as how the shows are the epicenter of the industry. Dave also discusses the commitment to audio visual and bringing value over all of the verticals, as well as a focused discussion on digital signage. And of course, creating the integrated experience with audio visual technology.

Julian Phillips, Executive Vice President at Whitlock and Chairman of the Board of Directors, AVIXA – Michelle gets together with one of the AV industry’s leaders and top influencers Julian Phillips, who along with his executive role at global video collaboration company Whitlock, is the new (and first) Chairman of the Board of Directors, AVIXA. Michelle begins by asking Julian about his being at ISE, and he also details the European market in this conversation, including discussion of economies of scale. Next is a global discussion as Julian talks about the Global Presence Alliance (GPA), from its creation to bulding the global footprint along with the catalog of services, 24 x 7 multilingual service desk, manufacturing partners and the customers. He also talks about their sharing economy including development of relationships, knowledge base and new ideas. Julian then discusses his becoming the Chairman of the Board of Directors, AVIXA, and also talks about the organization, community and data analytics, including market research conducted by AVIXA. Michelle and Julian close with discussion of the industry organization’s name change along with the necessity of accessing analyst information.

Richard Ventura, Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) – Michelle sits down with Rich Ventura an industry leader in display and digital signage solutions, who is Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Digital Signage Federation.  Rich begins by talking about the acquisition of S[quadrat], and the Best Large Booth win at the show along with what took place in the booth. Rich also talked about some of NEC’s products showcased as well as their partnerships, and their strategy with Raspberry Pi and OPS architecture (and next SDM). Michelle then asks Rich about what to look forward to at the next shows – the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) and InfoComm, and Rich adds some discussion of the London Showcase, and also discusses the New York Showcase (now in its 25th year) in depth. He talks about a great focus on verticalization, and NEC helping integrators to put together the proper solutions. He discusses how the NEC executive teams work together at the trade shows – NEC Display Solutions of America and NEC Display Solutions Europe. He also talks about meeting with Dave Labuskes as well discussing education, analytics, AVIXA and DSF the organizations, and more. Rich closes talking about integrators going for the right opportunities.

Cory Schaeffer, Director, Systems Solutions Global Enterprise Accounts at QSC – Michelle catches up with Cory, one of the AV industry’s most prominent leaders as well as a leader of the AVIXA Women’s Council at ISE 2018 to talk about QSC the company and the culture, along with her role. Cory also talks about the large number of women at the company, and QSC “50 and Forward.” Michelle discusses the AVIXA Women’s Council and events with Cory (Michelle is a part of the Houston division, Cory heads up the Southern California division with rp Visual Solutions’ Brandy Alvarado), as well as how Cory has been a pioneer of the AVIXA Women’s efforts.

The order of discussion – Dave Labuskes, Julian Phillips (14:02), Cory Schaeffer (34:15) and Rich Ventura (44:00).

Sit back, plug in, and join Michelle and her executive guests as they live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 65: A Great Time Talking with the Executives of ISE 2018



Join host Katye McGregor Bennett and Corey Moss as they welcome:

Mike Blackman – Managing Director at Integrated Systems Events
Dave Labuskes – Chief Executive Officer at AVIXA
Dave Pedigo – Vice President, Emerging Technologies at CEDIA

On ‘The AV Life’ you know we always like to have a great informative, as well as fun discussion with the guests. And this show truly delivered on both levels.

Mike Blackman starts off talking about the following –

ISE by the numbers
Some of what’s to look forward to at ISE 2018:
TIDE
Smart Building and Opening Keynote
XR Summit
Audio Forum
Education and certification (AVIXA and CEDIA)
Opening Reception and networking
Parties and events
World Masters of Projection Mapping

Dave Labuskes is next as he talks about –

The introduction of AVIXA to ISE and his thoughts about the industry
AVIXA presence:
The booth and what you’ll find there (including the coffee bar)
Growth of the industry
The party
AVIXA staff and membership
TIDE
Conferences on Tuesday
Tuesday classes (and ISE Superpass)
Flashtrack sessions
Partnering with the AV Users Group

Dave Pedigo, last but of course not least talks about –

Education at the show:
The different types of classes
Some of the educators
Other topics of discussion – blockchain, IoT
Growing the industry
Best Practices
Healthcare technology
Reception

An overall excellent discussion of ISE 2018 by the executives – and some humor on this show? How about more than some? Yes, the executives, as they will point out, like to have a good time to go along with the trade show. And of course, the beers.

Sit back, plug in, and experience this very special episode as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 61: Meet Some of the Great AVIXA Women, Hear About Groups, Events, and How You Can Get Involved Too



Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett and Megan Powers as they are joined by women of the AV industry who are AVIXA Women:

Cory Schaeffer (So Cal), Brandy Alvarado (So Cal), Jennifer Davis (Atlanta), Christy Ricketts (Dallas), Mary Cook (Atlanta), Gina Sansivero (NY), Alexis LaBrois (DC), Christa Bender (PA), Lauren Larson (Dallas/Houston), Dayna Baumann (NY), Amanda Boyer – Sr Director of Member Services at AVIXA (and Council Staff Liaison). 

Hear about how Brandy and Cory started the Women of InfoComm Southern California group in early 2016, and Amanda talks about AVIXA, the AVIXA Women’s Council and her role, as well as interacting and coordinating with regional groups.

You’ll hear from each of the participants about the groups that they head up in their regions, events from 2017, meetings and events upcoming in 2018 and more.

Enjoy this very special show and live The AV Life!


Episode 57: Good Friends and a Wonderful AV Life – This One’s For You Ron Camden (Part 1)



Join host Corey Moss and Katye McGregor Bennett as they welcome their guests on this very special show:

The guest of honor: Ron Camden – Vice President of Global Sales at Biamp
Matt Czyzewski – Executive Vice President of Technology at Biamp
Graeme Harrison – Executive Vice President of Marketing at Biamp
Steve Metzger – former President & CEO of Biamp
Read Wineland – former Sales Development Director for Biamp (retired)
Cory Schaeffer – Director, Systems Solutions Global Enterprise Accounts at QSC
Betsy Jaffe – Senior Vice President, Member Services at AVIXA
Jay Rogina – Principal at Spinitar
Barry Goldin – President, Unified AV Systems
Mark Valenti – President & CEO at Sextant Group

Called “a legend in this industry” on the show, a thought shared by many, Ron Camden has been a great partner in business and a very good friend to those who he has worked with at Biamp, along with integrators and especially InfoComm International/AVIXA. He has been in very close association with others in manufacturing in roles with AVIXA and more. Ron recently announced his retirement, and will be leaving the industry after a 30 year AV career – all with Biamp.

Listen to all of the guests on this part one of the show as they talk about Ron, meeting him for the first time, getting to know him and what he’s meant to them and the industry.

There are some surprises on the show as well – on this part one another guest drops in to talk to Ron.

Note: There’s reference to Commercial Integrator article ‘Biamp’s Ron Camden Leaves Legacy of Helping As He Nears Retirement in January’ on this podcast. 


Episode 54: One Year In and We’re Still Teching!



Join the Crew: host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Alan Brawn, Justin Rexing and Jen Cole as they welcome their guests on this first year anniversary show:

Bill Nattress – Director of Channel Strategy – Paging at Biamp 

Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM 

Taylor Meyer – Mechanical Engineering student and robotics expert at Iowa State University (and former Crew member!)

On this first anniversary episode, Corey starts off talking about how he’s been podcasting since 2014 (cAValry Rides, AV Power Up and The AV Life) with some of the best people in the industry – of course including those who are current Crew members. Katye has been with Corey since Jan. 2016 and they talk a little about that as well as how they met on social media and at InfoComm.

Taylor begins talking about her “AV experiences” and some of the people she’s met. Bill talks about Taylor and her background where possibilities in AV exist, and then Justin talks about Bill and his first experience meeting him. Marika talks about her background as an IT project manager, working for IBM, and then her transition to AV as well as meeting all of the great people in the industry. Corey talks about a memorable moment at InfoComm interviewing Bill and Ron Camden, where they talked about their beginnings in AV, and Bill, Alan, Justin and Katye talk about their beginnings as well as “careers” in AV. 

And the L in Bill (L. William) Nattress’ name? You’ll hear about that here, those 280 Twitter characters, and much, much more.

Plug in, sit back and enjoy this first anniversary episode – and of course don’t forget to live…

The AV Life.


Episode 52: The Leadership Series (Part 1) – Young Influencers Helping to Lead an Industry



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Megan Powers and Jen Cole as they welcome their guests:

Wallace Johnson – VP Business Development at MertzCrew

Gina Sansivero – Director of Business Development Education at FSR, Inc. 

We begin the “Leadership Series” on The AV Life with two industry influencers, Gina, who with her known work in AV and the education market, has also been an important part of efforts for women in the industry through the Women of InfoComm Network (WIN) and co-coordinating (with Control Concepts’ Dayna Baumann) the New York City region group. Wallace, a 2017 AVIXA Young AV Professional, along with being VP at MertzCrew and an industry live events expert, is also the Chair of the AVIXA Live Event Council. Among numerous subjects, they also discuss being present at the exclusive industry organization InfoComm/AVIXA rebranding event.

Listen to an excellent show about two well known young influencers in the AV industry and live The AV Life!
 


Episode 51: InfoComm India, AV Globalization and the IT “Just the Facts” Discussion



Join the Crew Corey Moss and Justin Rexing as they welcome their guest:

Paul Zielie – Manager, Enterprise Solutions at Harman International

(Globally) well-known AV and IT Systems Engineer Paul Zielie joins Corey and Justin to talk about numerous subjects, beginning with Paul’s trip to InfoComm India and his thoughts and perspectives on the show (and Mumbai, where it took place). Corey asks Paul about shows and trends in certain other world markets (Paul also attended Integrate in Australia), along with global industry growth. Justin asks Paul about the effect of globalization concerning jobs, as well as production in and outside of the U.S. Corey then asks Paul about certain technologies and trends in India. Following that is discussion on global AV industry outlook and trends and AVIXA, the AV industry organization.

After this is a discussion focused on IT with Justin, who is a tech manager at Western Kentucky University, which Paul of course joins in on.

Sit back, plug in and live The AV Life!