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Episode 126: When Tech, Music and Vinyl are Life



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

Rob Sheeley – CEO / President at Williams AV and Owner at Mill City Sound

Joe Whitaker – President at The Thoughtful Home

Mike Loss – Manager – Scientific Web Programming Group and lead guitarist for a DC Metro band

After some intro discussion on vinyl and more with the Crew and guests, you’ll get to know AV industry legend Rob Sheeley who has been a part of it beginning as a sound guy, and then starting an AV integration company in 1987, a pioneer in audio and video conferencing integration. He’s well-known as Founder/CEO of Vaddio (2003 – 2014), who also opened up a record store – Mill City Sound in Minnesota in 2014. He is currently the CEO/President at Williams AV (Williams Sound and Pointmaker Brands), and he’s still the owner of Mill City Sound – where he joins us from on this podcast.

Next, Mike Loss talks about the tech and music sides of his life, along with how he builds his own guitars. It was Mike who influenced the theme for this show, and you’ll find out what else he’s done for The AV Life – music-wise that is. As for being a guitarist, you’ll hear about the Washington DC Metro rock/dance band he’s a part of the ‘Drunk Naked Pirates.’

Joe Whitaker is back, talking about listening to vinyl – the right way. He talks about industry tech companies and how they try to make the other types of music media sound great, but still to him (and the others) nothing replaces the unique sound of vinyl. Those traditional days of music, and life.

There is another round talking about favorite vinyl, a lot of great artists and bands talked about here, along with more talk about listening to vinyl (and the album covers) vs. CD’s, streaming and more. Mike drops some vinyl knowledge here too. Corey reminisces about his early days buying albums, and names some of them too (along with some stores he shopped in). There’s also talk about some of the older portable media players, and viewpoints on streaming services too.

Rob finishes up the conversation here, talking about how he’s been a long time collector, and how he’s spent time going all around the country seeing record collections and picking up albums. He also talks about stories that have come out of certain places he’s visited. Rob talks about how music entered the picture when he started with Williams Sound, along with the business and culture of the company as it’s transformed to Williams AV.

Sit back, plug in and think vinyl as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 104: More Cowbell Please!



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kaleo Lee and new member Joe Whitaker (The Thoughtful Home) as they welcome their guests:

Kevin Barlow – Director of Business Development at Draper, Inc.

Nader Dajani – Head of Business Development at Josh.ai

Toni Sabatino – Designer Owner at Toni Sabatino Style
 
The show begins with Corey with talking to Joe about becoming a new Crew member, and then there’s an immediate “audio mishap” after that. Then he compares Draper’s long time standing in the industry along with Josh.ai’s relatively shorter time. Toni Sabatino, a home designer specializing in kitchen and bath is next – she’s returned for another show and talks about her continuing fascination with the industry. Joe brought Toni in, and she has continued to love it and all of the relationships she’s made. 

Corey talks about having various relams of the industry on the shows, here commercial and smart home along with the home designer (on episode 100 it was commercial, residential/smart home and digital signage). 

Then there’s that convergence conversation…

Nader talks about Josh.ai – luxury voice control for the most advanced homes in the world – the technology and opportunities in voice control. Then all talk about moving past the technology ‘fear factor’ for industry advancement as well.  

Toni talks about interior design and lifestyle – also considering the magic of tech making it all happen in terms of the user experience. 

Next is conversation with Kevin Barlow, beginning with news of the week involving Barco UniSee, and what Draper is doing these days in terms of advanced business solutions and partnering. Along with the 116 years in business, still of course manufacturing screens and shades. Corey also drops the name of a very good friend and former inside sales person at Draper who he used to work with.

There are of course more hashtags on this show – and Joe-isms. That’s a first.  

The show ends with a professional life cowbell question – and then, it just ends…

(Join us for more on the next Convergent AV industry podcast – coming very soon).

Sit back, plug in, and put some more cowbell in your life as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 101: The Residential Integrator, the Kitchen & Bath Designer and the Architect – the Final Frontier in AV Trade Technology (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew host Katye McGregor Bennett (Billings MT area), Corey Moss(Northern VA area) and Allie Watson (Washington, DC Metro Area) as the welcome back 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)

As in Part 1, the show’s ongoing theme concerns “playing better in the sandbox” for the integrator, the designer and the architect. Katye talks about it being October, and officially on the other side of CEDIA Expo.

And the conversation continues – including mention of other important trade shows, integrators hosting events for architects to get to know the technology, enrichment through the NKBA relationship (and much more)…

Katye also talks about voice – a very important add to this episode (there’s a regular guest’s company name mentioned here too). Joe also talks about voice and audio solutions enhancing “the total experience.”  

Some real “aha” moments here, as we seek the best ways to properly align residential AV and the other trades. 

The Final Frontier. 

(This episode recorded and produced by Katye McGregor Bennett) 


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 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 58: A Discussion With CEDIA’s 2018 Board of Directors – Global Insights, Lessons Learned and More



Join host Katye McGregor Bennett as she welcomes CEDIA 2018 Board of Directors guests:

Executive Committee:

Dennis Erskine (Chairperson) – President, Erskine Group, Inc. (Vancouver, WA)
Omar Hikal (Secretary) – Principal, Archimedia (Cairo, Egypt)

Directors:

Henry Clifford – Owner, Livewire, LLC (Richmond, VA)
Rob Sutherland – Managing Director at Inspired Dwellings (London, United Kingdom)
Joe Whitaker – Founder/President at The Thoughtful Home (Creve Coeur, MO)

Newly Elected Board Directors:

Heather Sidorowicz – President/Owner at Southtown Audio Visual (Hamburg, NY)
Matt Scott – President at Omega Audio Visual (London, Canada Area)

The CEDIA Board of Directors defines the association’s vision and identifies its strategic direction. These leaders continually connect with members to make sure CEDIA’s strategic principles remain relevant and are adaptable to our members’ changing needs.

After introducing the guests and having them tell something about themselves, Katye talks with those on the show who will be continuing their service on the CEDIA Board about being a part of the Board, and perspectives on the global organization. The two new Board Directors, Heather Sidorowicz (the first woman to serve on CEDIA’s Board) and Matt Scott enter the discussion as Katye asks all about lessons they’ve learned in the industry along the way, to go along with advice they have for those in the business.

Finally, Katye talks about how CEDIA members should view the 2018 Board and addresses numerous topics in the discussion. Make sure you listen to Dennis Erskine at the end talk about Heather and Matt joining the Board, and both of them talking about what it means to them.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy a very insightful (along with a bit of fun) show with the CEDIA Board of Directors as we live…

The AV Life.