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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).


Episode 98: The Road Back From CEDIA Expo – A Focus on Lighting, Z-Wave, the Designer, the Integrator and More



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

Walt Zerbe – Senior Director of Technology & Standards at CEDIA
Michael Gaydos – Vice President of Market Development at LumaStream
Mitchell Klein – Executive Director at Z-Wave Alliance 
Toni Sabatino – Designer Owner at Toni Sabatino Style/ President NKBA Manhattan Chapter 
Dawn DeLuca – Principal at Dawn DeLuca on Design 
Joe Whitaker – Founder/President at The Thoughtful Home/ CEDIA Board of Directors
Eddie Shapiro – Chief AV Designer at SmartTouch – AV

The return  from CEDIA Expo 2018 – the Crew welcomes seven guests to discuss the show. Along with discussion that focused on lighting (LumaStream won CEDIA Expo Best New Product Award) audio, the integrator and more, all talked with Toni and Dawn who brought their overview of the show from the designer’s perspective.

Mitch talks about Z-Wave Alliance and the smart home connection, with special focus to security, along with discussion of the insurance industry. Eddie and Joe of course bring the direct integrator focus to the show – specifically business, education and design. Walt of course adds discussion from the CEDIA side.  

Allie Watson focuses on social media discussion – and her main platform is Instagram.

This is it – the final CEDIA Expo podcast, we hope you’ve enjoyed them all. Sit back, plug in, and join us as we live…

The AV Life.


Trade Show Special: Kaleo Lee’s Interviews at CEDIA Expo 2018



The AV Life Crew member Kaleo Lee, VP of Sales and Business Development at The Audio Visual Company of Hawaii (AVCO), talked with various exhibitors on the CEDIA Expo show floor – from well-known Control4 to those in Innovation Alley.

You will hear Kaleo’s interviews with the following companies (with some “extra” unedited content):

Control4 – Leader in home automation and smart home systems
LumaStream – Low-Voltage Intelligent LED Lighting Systems (Best in Show)
Ambisonic – World’s first outdoor Wi-Fi amplifier, Immersive HD Series loudspeakers and more
Danby – Refrigeration and Specialty Appliances
Olibra – Bond Home
ATX-LED – Ceiling Lighting DC solution
Clovitek – CloviFi
Neeo – The Thinking Remote
WeConekt  – Marketing and Business Consulting Services for integrators (Kaleo had the most fun with this one)

Enjoy listening to these interviews – and get to know more about these companies that Kaleo talked with as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 96: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – We Couldn’t Design It Any Better… Let’s Do This!



Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett, Corey Moss, Matt Montgomery and Kaleo Lee as they welcome their guests:

Brian Pagel – Senior Vice President at Emerald Expositions
Giles Sutton – Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement at CEDIA 
Toni Sabatino – President at NKBA Manhattan Chapter
Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai
Frank White – Senior Consultant at Weld2 & StayTuned
Brad Hintze – Sr. Director Product Marketing at Control4
Emily Harger – Senior Marketing Manager at Séura

This is it, the final stop on the #RoadtoCEDIA as Katye hosts the third ‘Road to CEDIA Expo’ show for The AV Life! This one wraps it up with seven guests, along with Crew members Convergent AV’s Corey Moss, smart home and home theater integrator Matt Montgomery, and commercial integrator Kaleo Lee, who talks about his attending CEDIA Expo (as well as a commercial voice control integration that his company AVCO in Hawaii did). 

CEDIA Expo is the event that’s making smart homes genius. More than 20,000 home tech pros and 500+ exhibitors convene for the leading event in connected technology – receive concentrated access to new products, breakthrough innovations and targeted training in tech integration.

And with all of this in mind – listen to the guests (and members of the Crew), and what they will be doing at the show, as well as what they’re looking forward to there. It’s the first time on The AV Life for Brian, Giles, Toni, Frank, Brad and Emily – Alex is a ‘The AV Life Pro’ (listen in for more on that). One of the major focuses here – the design/lifestyle connection to the AV/tech world, and the user experience to go along with it. Oh yes, and then there’s this party at the show…

Sit back, plug in, join the guests and the Crew who bring you along for this final podcast ride to CEDIA Expo 2018 – as we live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 95: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – A Focus on Trade Show, Experiences and Trends



Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett, Corey Moss and Matt Montgomery as they welcome their guests (in order):

Jayson Savage – Western Regional Technical Manager Premium and Custom Installation products at Sony Electronics
Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai
Tim Bigoness – Chief Marketing Officer at D-Tools, Inc.
Joey Kolchinsky – Founder, CEO at OneVision Resources 
George Walter – President at RAYVA
Mark Cichowski – CEO at Clarity AV International, Inc./Founder of Technology & Business Summit 
Joe Whitaker – President at The Thoughtful Home/ CEDIA Board of Directors 
David Watson – Consultant
Allie Watson – Digital Strategy Specialist at KMB Communications, Inc.
Bruce Reed – Senior Systems Engineer at Cloud9 Smart
Gordon Van Zuiden – Owner at cyberManor

As a continuation of Episode 94, what can we say – another must-listen pre-CEDIA Expo podcast, where this time Katye ties for most participants on a show. We hope to break the record sometime soon… 

Sit back, plug in and continue down the road to CEDIA Expo 2018 with us as we live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 94: The Road to CEDIA Expo 2018 – A Focus on Trade Show, Experiences and Partnerships



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

Tim Sinnaeve – Managing Director at Barco Residential
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Sales at Stewart Filmscreen
Nader Dajani – Head of Business Development at JStar LLC (Josh.ai)
Bryce Nordstrand – Chief Sales Officer at Access Networks
Matt Montgomery – President at Tym Smart Homes and Home Theaters
Allen Tremble – CEO at Acoustic Evolution

Katye and Corey begin The AV Life coverage of CEDIA Expo 2018 with six guests – manufacturers and integrators – who talk about their companies, the show, “the experience” and partnerships.

Each of the manufacturers discuss what they’ll be doing at the show, how they focus on the experience, the importance of partnerships and education – perspectives that fully round out this episode. Each of the integrators follow suit in terms of the experience for the end user, along with relationships which include education. Each will also talk about what they’re looking out for at the show.

Terrific insights on this episode brought by all of the guests, including one that focuses on the integrator — or should we say the former integrator…?

And a new Crew member has been recruited. Katye refers to it as trapped. Find out who it is.

Sit back, plug in, and join us on this first ride on the road to CEDIA Expo 2018 as we live…

The AV Life.