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Episode 129: ReFocused, Ready, and What Did They Say?

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

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
Michelle Loret – Senior Account Executive at Utelogy
Kaleo Lee – Sales Manager – Southwest at BrightSign

And so it begins – the Crew and the guests, who are all in different time zones in the U.S. and Canada, start the leadoff banter. Michelle interviews Kaleo, John points out the advantages to working for a Frank, and Corey talks about one of the guests being the happiest person in the industry. Then the latest Tweetstorm (John wants in) – and it all unfolds from there.

Topic 1: InFocus ReFocused?

The Crew and guests take a deep dive into this story:

InFocus “Refocusing”?

The President of the company put out a statement talking about pivoting
its strategic business model, worldwide workforce reduction and
continuing to offer support to channel customers.

All offer thoughts and opinions on this “pivot” and decision, along with discussion of the projection market.

Topic 2: What is lighting up the tech world today, including strategies that are providing a leading edge for end users?

All of the guests offer up their thoughts, along with discussing what integrator and manufacturer responsibilities should be in relation to working with the end user. There was also the “generations” conversation among all on the show, which Maura helped to make sense of (we think).

Topic 3: Alexa improving the customer experience — by violating our privacy?

On Ars Technica: Amazon admits that employees review “small sample” of Alexa audio

All enter The Firing Range to discuss how Amazon is admittedly using human transcriptions to “improve the customer experience.”

“We take the security and privacy of our customers’ personal information seriously,” an Amazon spokesman said.

With such improvements, along with statements like this, should we even be concerned about our privacy anymore since we’ve probably already passed beyond the point of inevitability?

Sit back, plug in, hire a Gen Z (apparently they’re going to save the world) and join us as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 123: Time to Enter The Firing Range – and you thought the burger was Impossible… (Part 2)

Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew and their guests, as it’s time to enter in a whole new way (thanks to Kym) into:

The Firing Range!

The subject: 6 International Delicacies You’ll Find at L.A.’s Disgusting Food Museum

The Crew and the guests break into teams headed up by Corey and Kym to talk about these disgusting delicacies, however Kym has thrown a bit of a twist into this one, unlike the regular Firing Range contests. Each team member must decide on which item they would likely eat, and which they would only give to their worst enemy to try.

Who wins? Actually it was supposed to be what wins as that was really the point here, however the last to go chooses a selection totally off this menu as their food item of choice – and one of the guests truly goes ballistic about it. Yep, Kym knew she’d be starting something that ultimately would lead to this…

Dumpster fire.

There’s NonComm talk here too, and why not – it is the show about anything and everything with people flying in from everywhere. ISE and InfoComm eat your heart out.

At least all’s well that ended well (or something like that).

Sit back, plug in, play along and enjoy the full-effect dumpster fire as this episode progressed while we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 123: Talking Women in AV/Tier PM ‘Creating a Community’ and NonCommEMEA (Part 1)

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

Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation
Jennifer Willard – President at J Technology Solutions, Inc.
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Art Danner – System Sales Specialist at AVI Systems
Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Product Manager – PSO at Zoom Video Communications

After the usual Crew and guest banter, the show begins with an outstanding conversation driven by Maura and Jennifer about ‘WAVEcast: The WAVE Career Pledge’ – the AV Nation podcast hosted by Jennifer where Maura was her guest. The synopsis:

TierPM and Women in AV come together to announce a new initiative to assist women in finding a career path in the AV industry.

The guests and Crew get involved in the conversation begun by Maura and Jennifer, especially John and Kym – she is the President at Geopath, and looks to find out how she can possibly become a part of this initiative as well. John mentions one of his employees who had participated in a panel with two CIO’s, and how she had the true practical knowledge, as well as the experience to be involved. Corey talks about knowing her, and the drive she has to succeed in such a scenario. Spence also talks about the Women of Digital Signage, and the Geri Wolff Scholarship in the digital signage industry which recognizes a woman in the technical field. Marika Aquino, Managing Partner of Tier PM and a well-known AV and IT professional, is also mentioned here for her industry involvement. Jennifer points to the professional resources brought through Tier PM in this initiative, and how women’s groups and scholarships in the industry carry so much importance.

Essentially, the message here about the way being paved for women to take a true stake in AV and adjacent tech markets, through many of these efforts.

And then…

Next, a whole different subject – that being ISE… and NonCommEMEA. There’s some ISE talk, and then Art, who is the founder of NonComm (last year’s landslide event around InfoComm time), talks about the big show coming in March. Art’s co-founder Harry Meade was invited to be on, however according to Art, Harry flew to the trade show site to check on things (and meet with Giancarlo their European intern – who replaced that guy who almost singlehandedly brought down NonComm last year). Corey talks with Art and Gabe about a NonComm podcast last year that was co-hosted by Michelle Loret – one that Art was a little bit late for (and Gabe had to worry about being found participating). And – if you’re familiar with the Tweetstorm that recently took place in the industry, one actually began on this podcast – and Art talks about big plans for one at NonCommEMEA.

Do AVIXA and CEDIA know that their major industry show in February is just the preview for the really big show in March? Is there a website? Do we know what kinds of food selections will be available? Which is the premium suite to be had? Is there quality swag? Will we ever make our way back to civilization?

And who exactly is that AV industry celebrity calling in to this show?

The answers to these questions, and more are addressed here… in Part 1.

Episode 117: A New Year – Perspective, Prediction and Intervention

This episode is sponsored by TierPM.

Join the Crew host Corey MossKym Frank, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC

Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology

Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions

Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University

Welcome to the New Year 2019, and the first order of business is introducing the guests and the new Crew members – Kym, Tim and Maura.

After this – a very important discussion about ‘Bird Box’ and the Bird Box Challenge.

Which leads to #AVBirdBox, and possibly even the #AVBirdBoxChallenge.

No kidding.

Next, all talk about perspectives and predictions for 2019. Cory begins with business and some resolution discussion, and Maura relates to the importance of mindfulness in terms of preparation and achieving. Corey talks about how this discussion was actually influenced by Alex and an e-mail he had sent detailing his perspectives, you’ll hear them here – along with some very good ones from the guests and Crew.

All get to meet Joe Way who is brand new as a guest to the show, he talks about a number of things including his industry podcast Higher Ed AV, as well as his best-seller book Producing Worship.

And then there’s the predicted death of something that the AV industry can’t stop talking about. Listen in for this.

Kym talks about some predictions for 2019, influenced by her tech and data knowledge – being the resident The AV Life data expert (and #DataGeek).

There was a little nostalgia next, as Corey read a TierPM Hot Job. Make sure to listen in especially if you live in NY or NJ.

Finally, it’s time for something that’s been a long time coming – an intervention to deal with Corey’s long-time podcast co-host addiction. Did it work, or did Corey try to draft another Crew member on this show? Maybe Joe is thinking about bringing on a few co-hosts now?

Some excellent conversation (and perspectives here as well) along with the intervention – and as for the answers to the questions, you’ll just have to listen and find out.

Sit back, plug in, welcome to 2019 and join us as we live…

The AV Life.

(The Firing Range will be back next week).

Episode 116: Still Snowbound – A festAVus for the restAVus

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank and new Crew member Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media (and Vice Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology

George Fournier – Design Engineer – Workplace Technologies at dancker

Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions (she was there, then she wasn’t – you’ll hear)

So if you listened to the last episode of AV Road House (the holiday edition), you’re ready for this episode of The AV Life. If not, don’t worry we’ll get you prepped on this podcast. AV Road House host Joe Whitaker, who is now officially a Crew member of The AV Life, had just a little too much fun. Maura took his place, now she’s a Crew member (Corey’s Crew member intervention is coming up in 2019). Some of the AV Road House guests apparently made it out before the storm hit, Spence remained, somehow John and George made their way there. And in no time, it basically became a show about nothing.

And just then, festAVus came to The AV Life.

Of course, all began to air grievances. AV grievances? Technology grievances? Someone’s wife aired a grievance and told him to get his butt up and take care of the tree? Yes, just listen in.

Feats of strength? Hold on, we’re getting to that.

Since all are in the Road House, it was decided they’d discuss an article – of course one related to outer space (yep – Kym):

The “Humans are not welcome on Mars but Martians are welcome here” dept.

Dangerous life on Mars? Humans could be infected and we could kill microbes on the Red Planet

Is there really any safe place for humans to be anymore? Will we soon see little people from Mars walking around on earth with surgical masks on their faces?

Then, of course, you can’t have a The AV Life/AV Road House episode without…

Feats of strength performed in the Firing Range (but this one’s a three on three):

The “Internet-connected devices and the monetization of every move you make (and every breath you take)” dept.

The Coming Commodification of Life at Home

We carry internet-connected devices and use internet-connected appliances. Data is collected and distributed at will.

What’s wrong with us?

Did the Crew and guests finally get out of the Road House? Will they be snowbound for the holidays? Will anyone even send a search and rescue party for them?

Sit back, plug in, enjoy the show, and the holidays as we live…

The AV Road House Life.

Episode 112: Play the Game – A Discussion of Video Gaming and Esports

Join the Crew host Kym Frank and Corey Moss as they welcome their guests:

Talking gaming:
John Vielee – Lead Animator at Wise Web Connections, LLC dba WisEngineering
Russ Crespolini – Award-winning journalist, educator

Talking Esports:
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology

Kym Frank hosts this excellent discussion with good friends John Vielee and Russ Crespolini who are the gamers (she’s a gamer too), and with John Greene who is one of the voices in the industry concerning Esports.

Esports (also known as electronic sports, e-sports, or eSports) is a form of competition using video games. Most commonly, esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players and teams. Although organized online and offline competitions have long been a part of video game culture, these were largely between amateurs until the late 2000s, when participation by professional gamers and spectatorship in these events through live streaming saw a large surge in popularity. By the 2010s, esports was a significant factor in the video game industry, with many game developers actively designing toward a professional esports subculture.

There’s discussion of gaming systems that Kym, John V. and Russ are using along with “the glitch” that befalls John V at times. They also talk about VR gaming.

John G. talks about Esports, and how the company was approached by a local university to install an Esports facility. He talks about the technology, the competition (they’re called Esports athletes) and the market – including major opportunities.

Kym asks about the games they play in Esports, John G. talks about games and hardware that they use, Russ and John V. also add to the discussion. John G. talks about the experience of watching Esports competition. Corey talks about Esports by the numbers.

John also refers to the residential market here too, and Kym talks about how her office is a gaming environment.

There’s also discussion of Gamergate, controversy which stemmed from a harassment campaign. Corey introduces an article ‘Record number’ of girls engaged with esports. Kym also talks about mobile gaming, and how women are dominating that space.*

Kym and the guests talk about about gaming hardware as a smart hub (and drops another good friend’s name). She also brings up an interesting conversation about monetizing billboards and advertising in video games. There may be some trash talk here too (and giant panda heads)…

John G. finishes the episode talking about Esports in 2019, industry and opportunities.

Sit back, plug in and listen to an excellent conversation on gaming and Esports as we live…

The AV Life.

* See The Biggest Mobile Gaming Consumers In 2018 (And Beyond) Are Women

Episode 97: AV Family

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Taylor Meyer and guest Crew member Meredith Shubel as they welcome:

Scott Meyer – CFO at Electrosonic (Taylor’s father)
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology  (and his son Mitchell)
George Fournier – Design Engineer – Workplace Technologies at Danker  (and his son Sean)
Linda Moss – Associate Attorney (Corey’s daughter)

A very special podcast, where well-known AV people and their family members join in this The AV Life episode. Hear stories about the people, their (AV and otherwise) lives, companies, use of technology, E-Sports, and much more – including a certain 10 year old who will really captivate you. Some real good fun to go with this one as well.

Sit back, plug in and listen to this special family episode as we live…

The AV Life.