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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 127: Women in AV and Tech Unite! (Reissued)



Sponsored by Tier PM, with an intro by host Maura Quinn.

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

Alex Crabb – Senior Vice President at Caster Communications
Michelle Loret – Senior Account Executive at Utelogy
Danielle Karr – Architect and Designer Program Manager at Control4
Renee Benson – Account Manager – Vertical Sales – Education – NEC Display Solutions of America
Laura Shubel – PR Account Executive at Caster Communications

Corey begins the show by talking with Maura about an interview he did with her on the ‘AV People Talk’ podcast for International Women’s Day, and after the discussion he turns the host seat over to her for the first half of the show as she talks with the guests, as well as Jennifer about women in AV, tech and business. You’ll hear conversation about negotiating, role playing, professional development, mentoring and more. There’s also discussion of the TierPM partnership with Women in AV, and their combined career initiative.

After this discussion, Corey talks with the guests about how they got into the industry, along with their career up to now. And then someone drops mention of AV as a Service…

Finally the guests give advice, including in terms of their own roles, about getting into as well as succeeding in the industry.

Maura then gives her closing thoughts for the show.

Sit back, plug in and listen to these incredible women in the AV and tech industry as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 122: All About the Experience on the Road to ISE 2019 (Part II)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew host Corey Moss and co-host Michelle Loret as they welcome their guests:

Paul Harris – CEO at Aurora Multimedia
Loren Shaw – Vice President, Marketing at InFocus
Anders Lokke – Head of Marketing at Pexip
Chris Thorson – Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing at Polycom
Lauren Simmen – Director, Marketing at AMETEK Powervar; AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (ESP / SurgeX)
Victor Ramirez – Technical Sales Engineer at Aten Infotech

The in depth discussion about the ISE experience (along with what the company is doing in terms of products, solutions) continues as Loren talks about meeting with InFocus partners from across the world, and showing products and solutions for the first time in Europe. He talks about the Jupiter line, along with a revamp of the projector line and Mondopad. Corey asks why he thinks that this will be a bigger year for InFocus at ISE, and Loren focuses on new products and the refresh. Victor discusses how ATEN has been in the market for 40 years, and how people will come to the booth to see their products and solutions, certain ones that they might not have been aware of. He talks about KVM solutions, AV distribution and more. He also talks about attendees experiencing these solutions “live”, as well as a museum attendees will be seeing at the booth.

Next, it’s time to take a break and talk about stroopwafels. Actually, that’s the subject of this ISE show’s quiz, led by Michelle – with five questions provided (as well as prize provided) by Stroopwafel World in Amsterdam. All of the guests do their best to come close to the answers – one of them wins big, while another tries his best to get a half point. Paul also talks about some of his favorite eating places – listen in to find out if you might want to visit them while in Amsterdam!

Finally the guests talk about any demos and promotions they’ll be having at the show (Chris left the show earlier).

Sit back, plug in, we hope you’ve enjoyed our ISE 2019 shows while we all live…

The AV Life.


Episode 122: All About the Experience on the Road to ISE 2019 (Part I)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss and co-host Michelle Loret as they welcome:

Paul Harris – CEO at Aurora Multimedia
Loren Shaw – Vice President, Marketing at InFocus
Anders Lokke – Head of Marketing at Pexip
Chris Thorson – Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing at Polycom
Lauren Simmen – Director, Marketing at AMETEK Powervar; AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (ESP / SurgeX)
Victor Ramirez – Technical Sales Engineer at Aten Infotech

Each of the guests begin by introducing themselves and their companies, as well as some of what they’ll be doing at ISE (some about the products and solutions they’ll be showcasing). Michelle handles this round, how did he do? She is of course experienced (a former The AV Life Crew member)!

Next each guest gets more in depth talking about the ISE experience, along with what the company is doing in terms of products, solutions and more. Paul discusses Aurora solutions, and he also talks about a different culture at ISE and the varying ideas brought by attendees, which Paul and the people at Aurora really appreciate. He talks about thriving off the energy brought at ISE. He also talks about the booth – being their largest yet at ISE. Paul discusses the AV over IP environment as well. Anders is next talking about what ISE is all about for the European market, how immense the show is now, along with how he perceives the show’s direction. He talks about how the show continues to attract exhibitors from around the world, and the investment that ISE is (along with the needed planning for it). He mentions the move to Barcelona as well. Michelle also asks Anders about exhibitor participation at the trade shows and marketing, especially in terms of a software platform such as Pexip’s.

Lauren talks about the various industry shows, and focuses on the ISE experience for SurgeX. She talks about power solutions and their importance, along with growth for the company. She also discusses bringing on new distributors, and the importance of the distributor in the overseas markets. Lauren talks about what SurgeX hopes to project in terms of messaging and education for attendees. Chris talks about some of the products that Polycom will be showcasing, including the new Polycom Studio, along with Plantronics solutions and products including SoundScaping and headsets. Corey talks with Chris about the huddle room focus, and how Polycom Studio fits in especially. Chris also talks about Polycom’s statement about the power of collaboration, and the relation to attendees at the show.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy Part 1!


Episode 111: Welcome to the Mind Shift III – AVoIP and HDBaseT



Join the Crew host Michelle Loret, Corey Moss, Kasie Grant and guest Crew member Adrian Doughty as they welcome their guests:

Paul Harris – CEO, CTO at Aurora Multimedia Corp.
Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee, Inc.
YT Liang – Product Manager at ATEN Technology
Joshua Castro – Product Manager at Atlona

As was pointed out in the previous ‘Welcome to the Mind Shift’ episodes, many types of discussions occur in the audio visual industry – including in-company and client meetings, panels and networking conversations at trade shows, and social media interactions. Over the last few years the AV industry has seen changes and enhancements in technology innovation, approaches and implementation like never before, to go along with these daily discussions.

On this episode, we’ve invited four guests from well-known manufacturers to focus on AV over IP and HDBaseT discussion based on these questions (after guest introductions):

What would you say that you/your company has achieved in terms of industry AV over IP and/or HDBaseT leadership in 2018?

Compare/contrast AV over IP and HDBaseT solutions – what are applications for which one is truly better to use than the other?

The AV over IP vs. HDBaseT wars – is it time to end the madness? Or is this still a true challenge?

And finally, AV industry predictions for 2019 provided by all participants in the podcast.

Sit back, plug in, Welcome to the Mind Shift III (and more to come in 2019) as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 93: Welcome to the Mind Shift



Join the Crew host Michelle Loret, Corey Moss, Steven Picanza and JoAnn Arcenal as they welcome their guests:

Chris Fitzsimmons – Product Manager at Biamp Systems
Jimmy Vaughn – UC Technical Product Manager at Crestron
Chad Wiggins – Senior Director Networked Audio Systems at Shure Incorporated
Bill Cherne – Director of Field Engineering at Sonic Foundry Inc.
Derrick Kelly – National Director of Technical Service Operations at Whitlock

Many types of discussions occur in the audio visual industry – including in-company and client meetings, panels and networking conversations at trade shows, and social media interactions. Over the last few years the AV industry has seen changes and enhancements in technology innovation, approaches and implementation like never before, to go along with these daily discussions.

On this episode, we’ve invited five guests from well-known companies to talk about the industry based on these questions:

What is it that you do? Each guest gives a short “elevator pitch” on what it is exactly.

Has the term audio visual finally reached its shelf life? If yes, and you were asked to provide a new term (or statement) to replace it, what would it be? If no, why (and how) do you still consider the term as a descriptor to be relevant? 

– Chris Neto (@chris_neto) proposed a question for the Sunday Twitter #AVintheAM conversation on 8/5: Do you consider the AV industry to be more reactive or proactive towards trends and tech? Do we wait for new ideas to come from other sectors? Do customers request them? Do we now wait for the Consumer side to deliver acceptance (I.e. Voice)?

Do you believe the industry overall (manufacturers, consultants, integrators) is properly focused on the numerous stakeholders in enterprise and higher ed organizations, including C-levels and tech managers – or still for the most part the facilities manager?

Sit back, plug in, listen to the guests and Crew discuss the questions and topic as we live…

The AV Life.