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Episode 70: Time to Power Up Women Across the AV Industry and Continue to Grow the AVIXA Women’s Council Groups



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret and Lauren Larson as they welcome their guests (with the regional groups they head up):

Brandy Alvarado – rp Visual Solutions (Southern California), Cory Schaeffer – QSC (Southern California), Christy Ricketts – Contemporary Research (Dallas with Lauren), Gina Sansivero – FSR, Inc. (New York City), Erica Carroll – Atlona (Atlanta), Debbie Williamson – Tempest Technologies (Seattle), Penny Sitler – Draper, Inc. (Chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council – who joined in progress).

After each of the guests introduce themselves (and the women who are Crew members do too), Brandy starts the show by talking about AVIXA Women and the groups across the country. Cory talks about how she would like to continue to see more groups form across the country, and see more women in tech positions in the industry. Erica talks about being a qualified woman in tech in the industry, and having to prove herself at times (an old story already).

Lauren talks about a recent event that took place in Dallas where Christy was the speaker for the evening. Christy talks about the AV community there as well as the group’s foundation, along with two of the women in the group – one who just passed her CTS and another who has a CTS-D. She also talked about one of the men who attended (and supports their efforts), and the others talk about this too.

Katye discusses how women should present themselves professionally, on LinkedIn especially, Cory and Christy also talk about updating professional profiles. Christy also talks about the Career Empowerment Alliances. Gina talks about helping to start up the Boston group, along with what’s taking place in the New York area (and an event that is planned). Penny talks about all of the women who are involved and how proud she is of their efforts, as well as her role as the Chair of the Council. Debbie talks about the group in Seattle and an event that took place with women in different industry roles attending.

Cory gives a call to action about the AVIXA 2018 Women in AV Award. Erica also gives the group a great statement, Christy and Brandy discuss it too – and Penny talks about the importance of getting credentials. Michelle, Lauren and Katye end the show with “the real deal.” 

Sit back, plug in, and enjoy this episode of The AV Life.


Episode 68: The Return from ISE 2018, the Experiences, and Stories to Tell (Part 2)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Alan Brawn, Justin Rexing and Lauren Larson as they welcome their guests:

Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Brady Bruce – Chief Marketing Officer at InFocus
Joan Vandermate – Head of Marketing, Business Collaboration Unit at Logitech
Kordon Vaughn – Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Control4

After an electric, record breaking ISE 2018 show, the Crew is back along with guests who have returned from exhibiting at the show in Amsterdam. Alan and Justin have joined Corey and Lauren who were on the Part 1 show to talk with the guests about what their companies did at ISE along with their experiences at the show.

Joan Vandermate begins by talking with the Crew about the new SmartDock Flex.

Kordon Vaughn talks about a few product and news items: Triad One Streaming Amplifier, Pakedge Wireless Router with BakPak Lite and the recent acquisition of Ihiji.

Brady Bruce talks about Jupiter PixelNet 2.0 along with the new range of laser projectors. There’s also very interesting projection and screens discussion here as well brought by Alan.

Rich Ventura begins by talking about NEC’s partnerships and relationships which is always a major discussion for him. NEC brought a range of new technologies including RB Laser to the show and Rich discusses that (along with an award given to NEC). There’s also discussion of what NEC is doing with Raspberry Pi, a must listen.

The show wraps (as in Part 1) with the guests and Crew members talking about what’s upcoming for them and their companies in terms of trade shows and events (including ‘The AV Life’ coming to the DSE).

Sit back, plug in, and we hope you’ve enjoyed all of our coverage of ISE 2018 as we all live…

The AV Life.


Episode 68: The Return from ISE 2018, the Experiences, and Stories to Tell (Part 1)



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

Dana Corey – GM & VP of Sales at Avocor
Pippa Edelen – Director of WW Marketing + Communications at Avocor
Justin Kennington – President at SDVoE Alliance
David Kung – Vice President, Product Strategy at Oblong Industries, Inc.

After an electric, record breaking ISE 2018 show, the Crew is back along with guests who have returned from exhibiting at the show in Amsterdam. Katye and Michelle returned from ISE and share their experiences, Katye of course is CEO|Chief Strategist at KMB Communications, and Michelle, who represented Convergent AV as a reporter at the show, is Regional Director – Gulf Coast at ProVideo Solutions. You’ll hear them talk about the show and the city of Amsterdam – for Michelle her first ever trip to ISE. Corey was back at home base in Virginia during the show, and he talks about working with Michelle to put out the exhibitor and executive interviews that she did on Convergent AV. Lauren was home in Dallas, TX, and she looked forward to this show’s conversations with the guests as did all of the Crew.

Each guest who joined on this Part 1 episode talk about their company or organization and what they do, share some of their experiences at ISE, and discuss the following stories:

David Kung – Oblong Industries adds some PoP to ISE 2018 (and more about Mezzanine, along with global team collaboration).

Justin Kennington – Christie Boxer Is Now The First Projector To Deliver Direct Interface With SDVoE system Over 10G Ethernet (along with conversation about AV over IP with Michelle, and a few “shootouts” at ISE).

Dana Corey and Pippa Edelen – Avocor Teams with Zoom to Bring Advanced Video Conferencing on Large Interactive Displays with Zoom Rooms for Touch (along with Avocor touch display technology, collaboration and the huddle room).

The show wraps with Michelle discussing her first ISE show experience, along with the guests and Crew members talking about what’s upcoming for them (and their companies) in terms of trade shows and events (including the AVIXA Women’s Council).

Sit back, plug in and enjoy this Part 1 as we live…

The AV Life.