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Episode 85: Return from Hot Vegas: The Evening InfoComm 2018 Exhibitor Show (Part 2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, Kaleo Lee and Alan Brawn as they welcome their guests:

(In order of appearance – Part 2)

Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee, inc.
Brad Price – Senior Product Manager at Audinate
Loren Shaw – Vice President, Marketing at InFocus Corp.

InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas – what can we say (no, really)? Another big show, true innovation, outstanding events, and the first time for AVIXA. The exhibitors – we have seven of the many on the evening show (we had four on Part 1 of the evening show, along with eight on the daytime Episode 84).

And we continue… 

Garth Leach starts this one off talking about what ZeeVee did at the show along with what took place at the SDVoE booth as ZeeVee is a part of the Alliance. Kaleo talks about what members of the SDVoE Alliance are doing and what it means for the work that he’s doing at AVCO. Garth also talks about Audinate and what’s taking place with SDVoE and the company, and Brad adds some discussion here too.

Brad continues talking about what Audinate did at InfoComm, Dante, audio networking and working with the SDVoE group. He also talks about showing the Dante Domain Manager, network management software that enables user authentication, role-based security and audit capabilities for Dante networks, while allowing seamless expansion of Dante systems over any network infrastructure. He also adds discussion about their AVIO adapters. Michelle then “sets Brad up” here with a security discussion.

Loren finishes the show discussing “the InFocus of today” as he points to Jupiter, the company acquired by InFocus in late 2015, and talks about the new Jupiter PixelNet 2.0. Then, the discussion in what he refers to as “the traditional collaboration side of the house” turns to InFocus’ new wireless presentation system SimpleShare, and finally the company’s main product line – Mondopad. Loren and Corey have an in-depth discussion about the new products in the line.

All of the guests, including those remaining from Part 1 reveal what they “brought to the table” – Alan talks about an excellent conversation he had with AVIXA COO Heidi Voorhees, and the show closes with the remaining guests answering the question ‘how do you live the AV life?’

Sit back, plug in, and we hope you’ve enjoyed all of the pre- and post-InfoComm 2018 exhibitor shows (with your favorite beverage) while we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 85: Return from Hot Vegas: The Evening InfoComm 2018 Exhibitor Show (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, Kaleo Lee and Alan Brawn as they welcome their guests:

(In order of appearance – Part 1)

Chris Fitzsimmons – Product Manager at Biamp Systems 
Lisa Kirtly – President and Co-Founder at Total Channel 
Lauren Simmen – Manager, Marketing at AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (SurgeX and ESP)
Aurangzeb Kahn – President & CEO at Altia Systems, Inc.

InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas – what can we say (really)? Another big show, true innovation, outstanding events, and the first time for AVIXA. The exhibitors – we have seven of the many on the evening show (we had eight on the daytime Episode 84).

Chris begins talking about a big award win at the show (literally), as well as discussing new products shown at ISE and InfoComm for Tesira. Brand new for Biamp (shown at InfoComm) is SageView, and Chris details this software for tech and IT managers – along with a brand new product he’s working on. He also talks about Rashid Skaf, his first InfoComm as CEO at Biamp. Alan and Michelle add discussion here.

Next, Lisa talks about starting in the business on the broadcast and integration side, and then moving into manufacturing growing into what Total Channel is today – hardware and software-based digital signage. She details what Total Channel does in terms of product and support, including new features that they introduced at InfoComm (“signage on steroids” as she says). She also details their video wall processor line, showcased at InfoComm this year with a new 4K video wall processor, along with a new IP layer. Alan adds key discussion on digital signage here. 

Chris and Lisa, before they have to go, answer the question about how they live the AV life. Lauren continues with talking about SurgeX large format UPS’s and new products brought to InfoComm. She also talks about a developers area at the booth, allowing them to bring more useful products to the integrators. Alan also adds here, talking about how SurgeX addresses power issues. Michelle adds to the discussion as well. Aurangzeb is next, talking about Altia Systems, the manufacturer of Panacast, and new technology they had built and showcased at InfoComm, to go along with the great level of interest they received at the show. All on the show are impressed as well, and Michelle had a bit of FOMO – you’ll hear about it…

Lauren and Aurangzeb answer that question in Part 2. 

Sit back, plug in and enjoy this Part 1 of the show. 


Episode 82: We’ve Got the Power on the Road to InfoComm 2018 – The Exhibitors (2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret and Steven Picanza as they welcome their guests:

Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions
Brian McClimans – VP Sales, North America and APAC at Peerless-AV
Laura Padilla – Head of BD and Channel at Zoom Video Communications
Dana Corey – GM & VP of Sales at Avocor
Pippa Edelen – Director of WW Marketing – Communications at Avocor
Rob Lipps – EVP Worldwide Sales & Marketing at Sonic Foundry Inc. – Mediasite
Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva
David Kung – Vice President, Product Strategy at Oblong Industries Inc.
James Fife – Consultant Extension, Global at rp Visual Solutions

So, on InfoComm exhibitor Episode 81 we had AV Life, and Bacon Life. On this episode, along with AV Life we get Bourbon Life – yet on the previous episode there was talk of bourbon too.

So, if you add 1 and 1, you’ll get 2 episodes of The AV Life that give you 3 AV favorites: bacon, bourbon — and great exhibitors.

Call it the #NewAVMath.

Listen as all of the guests on this show talk about what their companies will be doing at InfoComm 2018.

Laura kicks things off on this one, followed by Dana and Pippa and the others (after an initial check on the ‘Bourbon Room’). There are periodic checks on the Room during the show, specifically to find out exactly what two close industry friends are doing in there.

Will there be any “scoop drops” (again, the Katye McGregor Bennett kind) on this one? Maybe? OK, so we really need to develop that bacon concept from Episode 81.

At the end of the show, the guests play the “lightening round” – make sure to stick around to check it out.

There’s mention of InfoComm Karaoke, and what will Rich and Brian be singing? Right – heaven help us.

That’s all! Sit back, plug in and we’ll see you at InfoComm 2018 where you’ll be sure to get a shot of…

The AV Life.


Episode 81: When #AVisLife and #BaconisLife are The Life at InfoComm 2018 – The Exhibitors



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

Melody Craigmyle – Vice President of Marketing, Pro A/V Division at Almo Professional AV
Penny Sitler – Marketing Manager at Draper, Inc.
Peter Herr – Associate Director, Global Marketing, Systems Group at Shure, Incorporated
Tim Bigoness – Chief Marketing Officer at D-Tools, Inc.
Todd Eddy – Vice President of Global Commercial Sales at Stewart Filmscreen
Michael Fencil – Commercial Sales & Marketing Director at Leon Speakers
John Antanaitis – Chief Marketing Officer at ZiipRoom 

Listen as all of the guests talk about what their companies will be doing at InfoComm 2018. 

Melody kicks things off on this show, as well as with Almo at the Opening Reception at InfoComm. The #BaconisLife part? You just have to listen in for that as it’s a continuous theme of this one – to go along with InfoComm 2018 (and #AVisLife of course).

Will there be any “scoop drops” (the Katye McGregor Bennett kind) on this one? We hope (we hope). 

At the end of the show, the guests play the “lightening round” – make sure to stick around to check it out. 

Sit back, plug in and enjoy the conversation that these InfoComm 2018 exhibitors are bringing to this show – and of course always be living…

The AV Life. 


Episode 80: Talking AV – or not – in the PM (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret and Steve Picanza as they welcome their guests:

Chris Neto – Business Development Manager – Consultant Liaison at Barco
Mike Shinn – Director of Global Managed Services at Verrex
Malissa Dillman – Market Development Manager at Starin Marketing
Kaleo Lee – VP of Business Development at The Audio Visual Company (AVCO) of Hawaii
Luke Jordan – Account Manager at Electro Acoustics
Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Project Manager at Zoom

Part 2 – it’s time to bring the questions, or the knowledge, or we’re not 100% sure… but we do know that whatever it is, Chris will start it up like he does on Sundays with the #AVintheAM Twitter chat. 

The first question is business related and deals with risk and the integrator. Mike starts it off with a perspective about taking a risk only after something occurs. Kaleo is next – though Corey mistook what he did as wanting to participate, which leads to discussion of huddle rooms and jumping out of planes. Yes, this is The AV Life…

Luke then disses Chris (which leads to a repeat of the #AVCrush), though he does praise  Chris’s after that, and mentions the community that’s involved and how they respond in the conversation, along with conversations that continue into the next day. Steve talks about Twitter chats that he used to participate in, and the networking that takes place as a result. Then there’s the call for InfoComm on social media. 

Corey introduces a discussion about AVaaS and hardware, and Michelle picks up on this and talks about “starting at the room” and what can be done for the customer, along with AV sales people’s approaches. Luke continues here talking about a recent conversation with a client and certain tech that the customer wanted, extending this past the usual “box” discussion. Gabe talks about how people are afraid to challenge a customer’s choice for technology that they’ve seen or heard about if it’s a potential incorrect fit, along with how this leads to building partnership with the client. This in itself leads to challenging discussion among those on the show. 

Steve talks about how people should ask about a business case for the technology. Luke follows up with a discussion that leads to conversation of is a client a right client for your business, along with value for the business. Katye talks about time as a factor that’s also involved as a major part of the commitment to the client. There’s also discussion of evaluation of the opportunity and the client, and Katye puts a cap on this conversation. Mike even comes up with a new show that must be done in the evening.

Chris wraps things up, also talking about a milestone for the hashtag – and then Katye really wraps it (thank you Katye)…

Sit back, plug in (again), we hope you enjoy this two part podcast about the dynamite Sunday Twitter chat #AVintheAM – and you also enjoy living…

The AV Life. 


Episode 80: Talking AV – or not – in the PM (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret and Steve Picanza as they welcome their guests:

Chris Neto – Business Development Manager – Consultant Liaison at Barco
Mike Shinn – Director of Global Managed Services at Verrex
Malissa Dillman – Market Development Manager at Starin Marketing 
Kaleo Lee – VP of Business Development at The Audio Visual Company (AVCO) of Hawaii
Luke Jordan – Account Manager at Electro Acoustics
Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Project Manager at Zoom 

First, all (and especially the AV people) listening who may not be familiar with Steve Picanza will get to know our new Crew member. For those who do know him, they already know what to expect.

Corey begins with the intro of all of the guests (one shows up late) — and what exactly does Chris Neto bring to the table on this show? Would you believe cold pizza? Yep, in fact it leads to a great discussion at the beginning of the show that wasn’t AV – or AM. Wait till you hear Luke’s addition to the conversation too. 

After this, Chris talks about #AVintheAM, the Sunday morning AV Twitter chat that he created – its origin, its growth, how he develops the topic and questions for it, the mass participation and more. Then guests talk about their own #AVintheAM experiences – how they got into it and what it means to them. Luke elaborates on one of the recent Sunday discussions, one that he and Corey had a small disagreement over – which then backfires on Corey during this show.

And of course when you get a group like this together, be ready to expect the unexpected – including the #AVCrush and Millennial Twitter confusion. You just have to hear this. 

So sit back, plug in and enjoy Part 1 of this Sunday Twitter AV hashtag discussion with outstanding people in the industry!  


Episode 78: Time to Power it Up on the Road to InfoComm 2018!



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett and Michelle Loret as they welcome their guests;

Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva 
Gina Sansivero – Director of Business Development, Education at FSR
Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM 

We dedicate this podcast, a show about AV, and life – along with this special episode – to the greatest people in any technology stratosphere… the #AVtweeps.

Corey talks about why this is a special episode of the show, and how Katye has been an important part of this ‘The AV Life’ podcast journey as well.  Michelle has been a very important part of the show as well since she joined at the end of January.  

And Gina won a Convergent AV Radio award – announced on this show! You’ll hear all about it. 

The InfoComm 2018 discussion begins with Adrian talking about Nureva and all – or should we say most – that is going on for InfoComm (and there’s more award winner talk involving our PR Ninja…). Corey also asks Adrian to talk about President and CEO Nancy Knowlton and her leadership, along with discussion of the company and their growth (Corey mentions a recent interview with Nancy on Convergent Tech Talk).  Corey talks about how Nancy is a woman in AV who all in the industry need to know.  Adrian also discusses the “collaboration discussion” in the industry along with how Nureva differentiates. 

Marika talks about Tier PM, a leading recruiter in AV and IT, what they do in terms of recruiting in the industry, and what they will be doing at InfoComm. Corey asks Marika to talk about her background before she joined the AV industry, as well as how Marika has been recognized in the industry. Marika also mentions where they will be at the show. 

Gina discusses her special award, and then talks about what FSR is doing for InfoComm, (as well as UBTech) – specifically furniture. There’s also discussion about Jan Sandri, President at FSR, Inc. (and another great Woman in AV) in terms of how the company has continued to grow and innovate, and Gina mentions how Jan talks about family and “staying true to their roots.”

Next, Corey talks with all about the InfoComm Reception and Networking events. Tier PM is a sponsor of the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast (Marika talks about it) and FSR is a sponsor of the Tech Managers Reception (Gina talks about this). 

Nureva is a global partner and sponsor of the TIDE Conference and Adrian discusses this. 

And then finally… FREE BEER! 

There’s free beer at InfoComm! This discussion actually leads to a more interesting discussion with all on the show. Tune in for this one.

Sit back, plug in, get on the road to InfoComm ’18 with us and live…

The AV Life. 


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 75: When the Creative and the Content are the Experience



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret – and guest Crew member Steven Picanza as they welcome their guests:

Ed King – Co-Founder at HighStreet Collective
Vern Freedlander – President at Grace Street Media
Jennifer Hetzel – Business Development Director at Creative Realities, Inc.
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions

OpenEye Global’s Steve Picanza joins the Crew for this one for a conversation that he’s also the perfect fit for. You will hear why.

Corey begins talking with Jennifer as she helped bring the theme, as well as the guests to this show – she talks about Creative Realities and what they do in terms of the technology, creative and the experience. Ed talks about HighStreet being consultants and practitioners focused on the retail space, designing around the shopper’s experience. Vern talks about Grace Street Media in terms of the “marriage” of content and technology, along with strategic thinking and storytelling. Brandy talks about rp Visual Solutions and the #MoreThanAMount statement.

Next, all talk about creative and content, and Jennifer begins by talking about her and Vern being a part of the DSF Education Committee, educational programs and how they discuss content. Ed talks about the Digital Experience (DX) Forum at DSE, focused discussion from the forum about the CMO being the new client and talking to the CMO in their language. Steve, with his marketing and brand experience picks up on the discussion talking about a proactive approach and how it relates to digital signage perspective and design. He also talks about omnichannel. Vern talks about how the CMO has taken over and how many will need to market to them – with brand, technology, and content. Brandy talks about being directly in touch with the CMO to discuss architectural solutions, also discussing optimization, unique solutions and “painting the bigger picture.” 

Corey then talks with Jennifer about Creative Realities being a digital signage solutions integrator, and ways that they differ in terms of their business. The others pick up here too, further defining experience as well. Katye and Steve also talk about metrics. Vern also discusses implementation strategy.

After the break (yes, what did everyone bring to the show…), all get on with direct focus to the title theme – an excellent, must hear discussion brought by all.

Finally, all talk about the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) some being members and/or educators.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our two months of digital signage and DSE 2018 coverage – sit back, plug in (enjoy some good laughs too) and join the Crew as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 74: Time, Technology and Data – Factoring the Future of AV (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part One!

This episode is sponsored by Holonyne

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, (new member) Brittney Lanni, and guest host Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation and Executive Director of VIRTULARIUM as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Randy Pagnan  – President at rp Visual Solutions (on call-in)
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager at Green Hippo Media Technologies, Inc.

Jon picks up the conversation with Randy and Brandy and talks about something that rp Visual Solutions displayed at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) which Jon created the content for, and Brandy details and highlights it. Randy talks about platform and growing up in an age of information, this to go with processing data, the control room space, video walls and current enhanced data visualization capabilities. Rich also talks about the statement of content being king, referring here to data being the new currency – driving sales, delivering ROI and more, along with looking “beyond the screen.” Randy talks further about data and visualization, and Jon also puts a new spin on the content statement. Rich further expands on the data discussion here, to go along with privacy.

Jon then refers to “the attention economy” and how technology is evolving faster than society and culture has evolved to deal with it. Brittney expands on this, also talking about data, tools, visualization, time – and customer experience. Rich talks about Kroeger grocery stores (who were nominated for an APEX award at the DSE) compared to other grocery chains in terms of how they use sensors, data, content and more to drive the experience.

Finally, Jon gives a list of six emerging technologies, and asks each person to comment if these technologies are playing a role in their work and personal life. Listen to these excellent responses, which also follow along with the show’s theme.

Sit back, plug in and we hope you enjoy this look at time, technology, data – factoring the future of AV as we live…

The AV Life.