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Episode 148 (Part 1): Talking Young AV Professionals and Diversity in AV – Just the Way Maura Planned It



This episode is sponsored by: www.tierpm.com

Join the Crew host Maura Quinn, Corey Moss and Joe Way (guest, temporary Crew) as they welcome their guests:

Charmaine Torruela – Global Services Manager at Verrex and Chairperson of AVIXA Diversity Council

Brandon Breznick – Assistant Communications Manager at Premier Mounts

Takeiya Jordan – Technical Recruiter at TierPM

Yes, it’s time for Maura to take the host seat! On this epiosde, which she created, planned and produced, the focus is on young professionals and diversity in the AV industry.

All discuss how the industry sets a real focus to the young professionals that are in the industry, and the guests also talk about the ways to bring more of them into the AV industry. Maura, Brandon and Takeiya are some of the many young people helping to build this industry in all the right ways – an excellent conversation with these budding young AV superstars.

Next is the focus on diversity in the industry – Charmaine, who is the Chairperson of the AVIXA Diversity Council, Joe and Maura, who are members, begin the conversation here. Charmaine talks about the Council, and how the industry can become more aware in terms of diversity. She references Takeyia in terms of her being an industry recruiter, and how the recruiter can discuss with managers they’re working with certain things in terms of skillsets and diverse aspects of talent and technologies that can help expand the industry to go along.

Brandon talks here too in terms of developing grassroots education for different communities, and gaining perspectives in term of people of different backgrounds. He discusses putting people on the same page, sharing industry interest – how the Council can help drive change as well.

Charmaine talks about members of the Council on this podcast – Joe, education committee, Maura, communications committee and she mentions others as well. Charmaine also talks about helping people to get certifications. She also mentions some of the manufacturers and others who have participated to assist and help with the Diversity Council. Charmaine talks about being excited about the future.

Takeiya finishes discussing how Charmaine talked about having more diversity discussions, she agrees – and this is a young woman who sure has a voice in this industry.

To find out more see here.

Oh, and another Crew member was added on this show. Corey, the co-host addiction – y’know…

Enjoy this Part 1, part 2 (the brand new AV Life debate segment) coming next week.


Episode 144: Making Our Technology Worlds Go Round, Brainwave EduTech, and a Cold Tasty Beer



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

Pro AV’ers Andrew Davis, Renee Benson and Gina Schneider

The usual banter takes place, and to begin Spence is introduced as a new Crew member. His reward for this is something that all Crew members and guests want – but hurry, it’s only going to be around for a very short time. All talk about how —- hot it is (or may not be) in their living place. Maura makes everyone jealous of course (the beach, y’know), and our Canadian guest talks about what’s going on outside his window.

First, a tech question: What to you makes the technology world go round now?

Guests and Crew talk about what technology (AV or not) is currently making their world better.

Cybersecurity and AV: We discuss Andrew’s article ‘Imminent Disaster — The Looming AV Threat‘

We do get serious here for a bit, as this has been high level discussion in AV for some time now. Andrew talks about why he wrote this article, and some of his perspectives concerning the AV industry and network/cyber security.

From Andrew’s article:

Worst case scenario, front page news tomorrow is an enterprise data attack worth millions that is traced back to AV equipment. All the AV equipment you installed will be ripped out, and the prophecy from my last article about the end of AV hardware will happen in the span of a week.

Some excellent perspectives here from Andrew and others.

(This discussion to be continued on another podcast – stay tuned).

And on another note entirely, this article:

The Welcome to the new utopian brand of education. Or is it dystopian? dept.

Quartz In 15 years we’ll be able to upload education to our brains. So can I stop saving for my kids’ college?

Tim is worried – very worried. Find out why.

If Elon Musk and other brainwave technology entrepreneurs have their way, brick and mortar colleges will no longer be relevant in the coming few decades. We will be able to download education from computers directly into our brains.

Sounds great, parents of young ones rejoice! However, how do we know what exactly will be uploaded into their brains – will we be producing more scientists and engineers for the greater forward advancement of humanity… or mad bombers and doomsdayers?

Then, as we know what happens at the end –

The Firing Range!

The When your beer tastes like a kid’s drink, does it become an extraordinary experience, or a violation on many levels? dept.

Vinepair Pabst Debuts Hard Coffee And Everyone Says it Tastes Like Yoo-hoo

This time Maura and Tim are the team leaders (Corey takes a break with Kym being off), and each choose pretty good teams to take on this subject.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, the 174 year old beer known and loved by so many, is now side by side with a coffee/YooHoo-like hard drink made by Pabst Brewing. So what’s the problem? Yes, we hear your argument PBR (or maybe all beer) die-hards, and while some of us may agree, others of us are really happy with this.

Or we’re pretending to be. This is a debate segment.

Who wins? Kym’s not here (she ended it big-time for the win last time), but we had yet another big-timer on this one – listen in to find out just how exciting (and happy) an end it was.

That’s it – sit back, plug in, and get ready to listen to a good one while cracking open a cold hard YooHoo as we live…

The AV Life.

Happy 4th of July!


Episode 143: We Talk, They Talk and It All Makes Sense – the InfoComm 2019 Exhibitor Post Show (Part 2: InfoComm 2020 The Purge, and The Firing Range)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Re-join the Crew Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Chris Bradford – President at Newline Interactive

David Kung – Vice President, Product Strategy at Oblong Industries Inc

Bob Knauf – Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Poly

Tim, who is The AV Life Zoom green screen background master, shifted and shaped throughout the podcast with industry, foodie and other such images.

At the point where all began the segment “InfoComm 2020 The Purge” – the background message from Tim was “What’s The Buzz.” Who isn’t tired of all of those buzzwords and terms you hear on the show floor – and we’re here to discuss that. One of the guests goes one step beyond to talk about that great Orlando heat and humidity – though no one really ever has an issue with that, right?

Kym adds to the segment, unbeknownst to the guests (along with the other Crew members), asking what ferocious animal would be released on InfoComm as a part of The Purge. Some fun answers from the guests – Maura also has one to add, and Tim just goes with another green screen background image.

Kym then asks a question to the guests about their favorite thing that happened at any trade show or event they were a part of.

Then, it’s time…

In The Firing Range this week:

The “Are you ready for a new kind of incognito” dept.

Yahoo Entertainment: Firefox Wants to Help You Fool Ad Trackers With 100 Useless Browser Tabs

Advertisers are tracking you across the web to build profiles and personalize ads. Firefox maker Mozilla now wants to help consumers bury their tracks, and throw off advertisers, with a fun little hack.

And we’re in. All in.

Yet, of course this is the debate portion of the podcast, and for and against teams must be chosen. Kym and Corey choose, and while you may think you know who the winning team will be (does Maura play the emotion card again here?), stay tuned till the end when it’s slam dunked by one team leader, and the other has no choice but to concede at the true point of no return.

And somehow, with this foodie fans out there get more food references – stroopwafels (who would have thought). Was Chick-Fil-A or Arby’s talked about too? If not, they will next time…

That’s all! Sit back, plug in, and join us for the final post-InfoComm 2019 podcast (see you in 2020, with less buzzwords!) as we live…

The AV Life.

(Note: This show was recorded 6/28/19)


Episode 143: We Talk, They Talk and It All Makes Sense – the InfoComm 2019 Exhibitor Post Show (Part 1: The Conversation)



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

Chris Bradford – President at Newline Interactive

David Kung – Vice President, Product Strategy at Oblong Industries Inc

Bob Knauf – Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Poly

InfoComm 2019 has officially ended (two weeks ago), and boy are we still tired. But, troopers as we and all are in the AV industry, the Crew gets together with exhibitor executives for a great IC19 post-show. It begins with Corey talking about suggestions of a virtual way for those who can’t attend the show to look in on social media, and Kym suggests he tape a smartphone to his hat as he goes around the show. We’re currently in development – patent pending.

Corey then begins talking about what an outstanding show InfoComm 2019 was, and introduces the guests. It was Maura’s very first InfoComm, including the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast and they talk about that – and she described the show, the energy, the experience and more. As for her vendor booth experiences – kind of like this…

Shiny.

The guests begin talking about what took place at the show for them, along with partnerships, and the Crew members interact in discussion – Corey being a part of the tech/videoconferencing/UC space, Tim as the higher ed tech manager, Kym as a company President, tech/data expert and social media influencer, and Maura as a well-known young AV and social media influencer. In fact, all of the Crew love social media.

On this one – there are snack sponsors! A big thanks to Almo Pro A/V, and Daelmans Stroopwafels (with the McDonalds Stroopwafel McFlurry). Listen in, check it out!

Next, the guests are asked about their favorite conversation topics at the show. Excellent conversations, and Chris really got this one going…

Do we go on too long? Did we beat a dead horse? This, and more, are explained on this Part 1.

Enjoy this one, Part 2 coming soon.


Episode 141: One More Detour on the Way to Orlando – Back to the AV Road House!



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

Joe Way – It’s OK, he’s a doctor (and shameless promoter)
Michelle Loret – Putting the GMO in a non-GMO podcast
Renee Benson – She takes the 5th, and the 7th
George Fournier – Please return him to 1998 (you’ll find out why)

(It’s been almost 6 months since all left the AV Road House, which was believed to be for good…)

Some on the show are ready to head right to InfoComm, and the others are looking forward to the detour.

Actually, it’s 7 against 1 – Road Trip!

First, all talk tweakers after someone had been asking about them on Twitter. For those picking them up at InfoComm, make sure you donate a few to The AV Life, Kym needs to know exactly what a tweaker is in the AV industry. Check out this discussion.

A question to start this off – where should InfoComm really be held?

Answer – Orlando and Las Vegas.

See, that was easy.

Though there’s the question of this place you’ll find in Orlando that kids and adults love all the same. Polling is already underway to hold InfoComm in the Magic Kingdom in two years. There’s (the yet to be approved) NonComm West, make sure you contact Maura about that.

And as all re-enter the Road House, where the Impossible Burger will NOT be served –

A few articles to discuss (just like the good old times):

The “I’ll take 100 containers of ranch dressing with my un-assembled sandwich and extra, extra, extra crispy bacon” dept.

USA Today – Ranch with my milkshake: Uber Eats sheds light on weirdest delivery requests

So go ahead, order the weirdest combination of things you can ever imagine on Uber Eats, just be careful when asking for tweakers. Again, that Kym conversation.

The “When Ikea and the tiny home go to the robots” dept.

Futurism – Ikea Wants to Sell You Robotic Furniture for Your Tiny Apartment

Sure, we know – robotic everything at this point. So what the heck, go to Ikea and buy some robotic furniture for your tiny home. It comes in half a million pieces, and if you end up with an extra robot or two, you’ve probably done it right.

Oh, and make sure you get a side of Ikea Biodegradable Packaging Tasty Lab-Grown Meats to go with your milkshake and ranch dressing. And box wine.

The “Robots, kids and illness – time to go home!” dept.

Futurism – This Robot Scans Preschoolers’ Faces Daily for Signs of Sickness

Walklake. What? Dr. Way explains, and if you’re still scratching your head – you’re by no means alone. But it’s finally about getting these &^$* kids out of school if they’re sick. Yet, they’re now going to come home and make sure you get sick (nice plan sending them off to make the other kids sick). Total lose lose situation now for you the parents. Then Maura brings up a great point about brainscans and potential issues. Who’s really the doctor here?? And then Michelle “redlists” herself. Check this out.

Then after some shoutouts to podcasters who will be at InfoComm, if you still don’t feel like you’re fully back in the Road House, we go right to the segment that began there in the first place…

The “If it’s ok for AV people to wake up and share on Twitter, what’s the problem here?” dept.

Futurism – US Gov Now Collecting Social Media Handles of Visa Applicants

In the Firing Range – before they can enter the United States, visa applicants will now need to let the government know what they’ve been up to on social media. That’s OK, because the industry trade association is watching us every time we put out a social media post – yet, they still let us come to InfoComm.

Who wins and who loses here? Let’s just say two people who have never been on the same side before run the risk of losing for the first time. If that makes any sense.

Just remember, and never forget – once you enter the Road House, you can never leave. Just like trying to check out of the AV industry…

This podcast is rated M for Michelle. And all we can say about Michelle and her vernacular — whoops.

Sit back, plug in, get in the back of the pickup (right, just get in) and join us on the final ride before hot and sweaty Orlando as we live…

The AV Life.


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 133: Do You Feel Like We Do?



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

Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University
Kaleo Lee – Sales Manager – Southwest at BrightSign
Carrie Leigh Garcia – Sales Executive at DC Group

Never before has a The AV Life show begun with guest introductions, shout outs and banter about Bundt cake. If you’re a cake fan, you’ll like what you hear – especially from Michelle, Carrie and Kaleo.

The topics for this episode:

For the love of an industry: Talk about why you love the AV industry

NSCA Ignite’s Send us a selfie video about why you’re hooked on AV gives you the chance to tell young people why this industry is so great. On this show, the Crew and guests will talk about why they love the industry.

A multigenerational view for the positive

We’re bringing back this question from last week with new generational perspectives.

The value of trade show swag

Here all talk about swag, and just what exhibitors could hand out to win over attendees. Some have favorite swag items, and we may just be putting together a Swag Council (hint: spinners and popsockets appear to be pretty popular).

Then, as always, it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

Stress at work, we all have it. So instead of going off on co-workers or your computer, you can hit, swear at and stick pins in a black sofa pillow robot that shakes instead.

Priceless.

Engadget: These ‘cathartic’ stress robots can take a beating

The debate begins in The Firing Range with even teams (hurrah), and ends in a win with a future warning, and a sea of emotion.

Sit back, plug in, eat cake and don’t stress out while we live…

The AV Life


Episode 130 (Pt 1): The Creative, The Smart, and the Mic Drop



This episode is sponsored by: TierPM

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

Cory Schaffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC
Danielle Karr – Architect and Designer Program Manager at Control 4
Michelle Loret – Senior Account Executive at Utelogy
Erick Parra – Client Relationship Manager at TierPM

The banter begins, then Maura introduces her guests. After introductions, along with some Control 4 talk (and a shameless podcast plug), Erick is given an assignment on the podcast (beside his own job ) – you can check out @ErickJParra to see if he succeeded.

Maura, who created and hosts this episode, asks all on the podcast the following:

Bringing creativity to the forefront. Not all of us have creativity in our job descriptions but we all work in an industry of the arts. What are some ways you work creatively or creative strategies you use at work that differ from the way your job is typically structured?

All answer talking about forms of creative in their daily lives, also discussing social media as a creative part. Wait till you hear about one of the things that Cory does (Corey talks about writing a profile article about her a few years back including this). One question – is Michelle’s brand of creativity widely acceptable? Then there’s the proper way to cut a bagel, workout routines, improv and the new “AV”. Yep, you have to hear this one.

What smart technology has your place of work implemented in the office (if any)? What smart technology have you implemented in your home or day to day life (wherever that may occur/if any)? Has it been an improvement or is it a nice to have?

Ah, for the love of Alexa. Cory starts out talking about Alexa and the meaning of life. Of course Danielle is here to talk about Alexa, control and the smart home – she talks about the benefits, as well as how you can have some fun with a smart home with unsuspecting guests. And there just may be something happening in the near future where Danielle (or a voice that sounds just like her) will be helping you out with all of your Alexa issues. Tim talks about getting his first “hit” of IoT devices.

Michelle talks about the “Siri Conspiracy” – something to do with voice command and the Bayou. Then she brings up stories of caller ID to go with this discussion of voice bias. Danielle helps to set the record straight with some serious (authorized) plugs of Control 4. Jen talks about her like of smart technology, yet she doesn’t get it (Danielle to the rescue here too!). Then there’s that Apple Watch, and her dislike for Siri. So, she’ll be hosting a show soon too. Erick got totally frustrated installing his smart home system, bringing up the new “AV”, and Danielle develops a brand new creative idea for this (bingo!).

As for that mic drop…

Some karaoke talk in this episode as Cory brings up that thing that Corey really likes to do, and the group runs with the conversation from there. Some reveal karaoke go-to groups and songs, and in fact, one or two showed their stuff on this episode – what did they sing?

And who gets to wear those socks?

Stay tuned for this one.

Sit back, plug in, and join us on this open mic podcast as we live…

The AV Life.

Part 2, The Firing Range (something about pigs, brains and ethics) coming next week.


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 128: The Post-DSE 2019 Show Exhibitors and the Digital Signage Federation – Engagement, Education and other such Experiences



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart, Maura Quinn, guest Crew members Spence Graham and Erick Parra as they welcome their guests:

Jonathan Gudai – CEO at Adomni, Board of Directors Member at DPAA

Ryan Cahoy – Managing Director at Rise Vision, Education Committee/ At-Large Board Member at Digital Signage Federation

Daniel Griffin – VP Marketing at Userful

Ella Taran-Katz – VP Business Development at Red Falcon.AI

Tosh Akhgar – Manager, Solution Sales at Shuttle Computer Group

The Digital Signage Expo was outstanding, and the Crew who were at the show (Corey, Kym, Spence and Erick), the exhibitors and members of the Digital Signage Federation (Spence and Ryan) talk about DSE – experiences, engagement, gamechangers (are we seeing a pattern here?).

After introduction of the guests, Spence and Ryan talk about the Digital Signage Federation – Spence gives insight into the Federation, and Ryan goes in depth about education, professional development and their microcredential program. Spence also talks about NEC Display’s Rich Ventura who received the green jacket, listen in for this.

Next the guests talk about theirs and their company’s experiences at the show – and what’s a good post trade show podcast without discussion of some of those buzz words heard there too. The Crew add theirs too.

Then it’s time for Kym Frank’s favorite segment…

In The Firing Range – IBM, AI, and getting to know your employees (that are ready to quit) better:

IBM artificial intelligence can predict with 95% accuracy which workers are about to quit their jobs

All get to present opinions on the article – is this a good idea? Is it ethical? Will we need to be concerned about the company knowing how we really feel about meetings?

For answers to these questions, along with engagement, experiences, experiential (and on) –

Sit back, plug in, and relive these moments from DSE 2019 as we live…

The AV Life.