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Episode 136: Women and Leadership in the AV Industry – the AVIXA Women’s Council (Part 1)



This episode is sponsored by: TierPM

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Maura Quinn and guest Crew Michelle Loret as they welcome their guests:

Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC
Christy Ricketts – VP of Operations & Marketing at Contemporary Research
Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at TierPM
Susan Wilhite – Territory Sales Director at VIP Cinema Seating
Christina Cruzeiro – Business Development Manager at Stampede
Cristina Lucas – Manager, Product & Marketing at Genesis Integration

This show begins with Cory talking about the creation of the AVIXA Women’s Council and groups in the U.S. It started small, and has expanded greatly through today.

Next, Christy talks about the AVIXA Women’s Council groups in Texas as she oversees all of them (she is in Dallas), she was one of the early group starters as well. She also talks about starting up the Dallas group and how that happened, along with putting together this year’s breakfast with Alexis La Brois (the topic of part 2). Cory adds to this conversation too.

Susan Wilhite talks about getting involved in the AVIXA Women’s Council (she co-leads the Los Angeles group) and how she has built relationships through Council group events, including in other cities. Cory also talks about anyone wanting to start a group where none exists at the current time.

Christina Cruzeiro and Cristina Lucas (both head up the group in Toronto) talk about how they handle responsibilities together with their separate talents and capabilities. Cory talks about how terrific a job they do with meetings as well as attendance. They also talk about how there are many men who attend the events.

Michelle talks about the Houston group (that she co-leads with Alesia Hendley) and all that happens with that group.

Maura gives her perspective, being a young woman fairly new to the industry. She is also new to the Southern California area, and getting familiar with groups out there. Cory talks here about group events that have been put together, collaboration, and starting a new group as well. There’s also talk about Brandy Alvarado, the Chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council.

Corey talks about Marika and their friendship, as well as how it started (with a podcast) several years back. Marika talks about how the AVIXA Women’s Council has grown and her perspective on that.

Cory closes this conversation talking about relationships and mentoring in the industry.

Listen to this Part 1 about an influential group in the commercial AV industry, Part 2 is about the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at InfoComm.


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 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 59: Holiday Party Edition II – Bringing a Year of AV Cheer (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join co-hosts Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Megan Powers and George (Santa) Fournier as they welcome their guests for the second annual holiday episode on The AV Life.

We continue the show with group three:

Keith Yanke – Sr. Director Product Marketing at NEC Display Solutions
Maria McKinsey – Director of Business Development at Brown Innovations
Bill Cherne – Sales Engineering Manager at Sonic Foundry – Mediasite
Jen Cole – Owner at Backspace Media LLC

Megan Powers takes over hosting this group and begins talking with her social marketing co-host on ‘Making a Marketer’ on what’s going on in her world. Maria is next taking about what Brown Innovations does and some examples of the markets that they’re working in, projects as well as the experience including their partnership with NEC. Keith follows up by talking about working with Brown Innovations as well as the experience. Bill discusses working with higher ed with lecture capture and global expansion, video and he also talks about conferences and the corporate space. 

The show closes with group four: 

Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation
Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM AV/IT Workforce Solutions
Elaine Shuck – Director, Communication & Development at i2i Technologies 

Corey hosts the final group on the show and begins talking with Jon 9 about VIRTULARIUM® – he discusses what’s taking place now, talks about his partnership with NEC and Green Hippo, and using multi-image technology as a storytelling device (and details this technology project as well). Jon also talks about his new development in video wall programming, a combination of hardware and software, which he hopes to bring to InfoComm this year. Along with this, he talks about starting a non-profit foundation to bring video wall technology to education and arts institutions.

Next Corey talks about first getting to know Elaine along with education, which is a big part of her technology career. She talks about working with students in the U.S. to connect with other students across the world (Ghana for one), and how they will use technology in the future. She also mentions two teachers in Alaska who have done very big things with videoconferencing. Marika finishes the show talking about Tier PM and what the company does that has set them apart from other recruiters in AV/IT, along with her background in the IT industry. Corey and Marika talk about how they met, how they’ve worked together in podcasting and have been doing the Hot Jobs for all that time. 

Sit back, plug in and have a very happy holiday! 


Episode 54: One Year In and We’re Still Teching!



Join the Crew: host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Alan Brawn, Justin Rexing and Jen Cole as they welcome their guests on this first year anniversary show:

Bill Nattress – Director of Channel Strategy – Paging at Biamp 

Marika Aquino – Managing Partner at Tier PM 

Taylor Meyer – Mechanical Engineering student and robotics expert at Iowa State University (and former Crew member!)

On this first anniversary episode, Corey starts off talking about how he’s been podcasting since 2014 (cAValry Rides, AV Power Up and The AV Life) with some of the best people in the industry – of course including those who are current Crew members. Katye has been with Corey since Jan. 2016 and they talk a little about that as well as how they met on social media and at InfoComm.

Taylor begins talking about her “AV experiences” and some of the people she’s met. Bill talks about Taylor and her background where possibilities in AV exist, and then Justin talks about Bill and his first experience meeting him. Marika talks about her background as an IT project manager, working for IBM, and then her transition to AV as well as meeting all of the great people in the industry. Corey talks about a memorable moment at InfoComm interviewing Bill and Ron Camden, where they talked about their beginnings in AV, and Bill, Alan, Justin and Katye talk about their beginnings as well as “careers” in AV. 

And the L in Bill (L. William) Nattress’ name? You’ll hear about that here, those 280 Twitter characters, and much, much more.

Plug in, sit back and enjoy this first anniversary episode – and of course don’t forget to live…

The AV Life.