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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 114: Welcome to the Holidays – Tech, Bourbon and Bacon (Part 2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, George (Santa) Fournier, Brandy Alvarado and Kym Frank as they welcome their guests:

– Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions (and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media (and Vice Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Frank Pisano – VP of Sales, Americas at BrightSign LLC
– Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
– Rob Ziv – Director of Business Development at Almo Professional A/V
– Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee
– Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM

All guests (along with George and Brandy) begin with introductions, talk about their companies and what they do. You’ll also hear each person talk about their beginnings in AV and tech. Kym Frank joins a little later replacing Brandy.

Next, all talk about perspectives of 2018 – the industries, technologies, important things that have taken place and more.

Finally, all provide inspirational messages for the new year – make sure you catch this.

Join us for this show, a great conversation with industry leaders – sit back, plug in and…

Live the AV Holiday Life.

(Note: this podcast is in two parts).


Episode 114: Welcome to the Holidays – Tech, Bourbon and Bacon (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, George (Santa) Fournier, Brandy Alvarado and Kym Frank as they welcome their guests:

– Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions (and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media (and Vice Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation)
– Frank Pisano – VP of Sales, Americas at BrightSign LLC
– Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
– Rob Ziv – Director of Business Development at Almo Professional A/V
– Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee
– Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM

All guests (along with George and Brandy) begin with introductions, talk about their companies and what they do. You’ll also hear each person talk about their beginnings in AV and tech. Kym Frank joins a little later replacing Brandy.

Next, all talk about perspectives of 2018 – the industries, technologies, important things that have taken place and more.

Finally, all provide inspirational messages for the new year – make sure you catch this.

Join us for this show, a great conversation with industry leaders – sit back, plug in and…

Live the AV Holiday Life.

(Note: this podcast is in two parts).


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 90: IoT, AI, OOH, Data and the Marketplace



Join the Crew Corey Moss, JoAnn Arcenal and guest host/moderator Richard Ventura as they welcome their guests:

John DuBois – CEO at Oculus360
Kym Frank – President at Geopath
Steven Keith Platt – Director and Research Fellow at Platt Retail Institute and Research Director at Retail Analytics Council, Northwestern University

After Corey talks with Rich about his recent trip to Croatia (and we find out that one of the guests is a huge soccer fan), along with Integrated Systems Europe and the move to Barcelona in 2021 he turns this episode over to Rich and the three topic expert guests – their companies and organizations:

Oculus360 – AI-powered Insights Platform: in a digital world where you may never meet your customers and competitive barriers to entry are evaporating, the brands that best understand their marketplace and consumer landscape will win.

Geopath is an agile, integrated, passionate, forward-looking organization. They are the OOH industry standard that is powering a smarter OOH marketplace through state-of-the-art audience location measurement, insights and market research innovation.

Platt Retail Institute – Focused on improving the customer experience, PRI helps retailers understand how to use technology to influence customer shopping behavior.

An engaging conversation that involves IoT, AI, robotics, Out-of-Home (OOH), data, analytics and much more – topics of great interest to AV and tech, along with markets served. Rich ends with some future outcome predictions from each of the guests.

Sit back, plug in and listen in to this enlightening (and different) discussion as we live…

The AV Life.