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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 110: Shared_Studios – Extraordinary AV and Human Experiences Around the World Part II (Mexico City, Gaza and Oakland, CA)



Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guests:

Jake Levin – COO at Shared_Studios
Ryan Howard – Founding Principal, Storied Systems and Technical Director, Shared_Studios
Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Amanda Roe – Global Public Relations & Research Manager at Biamp

Mexico City Portal
Curators: Tomas Ramírez, Ciela Herce, Ezra Ruiz

Gaza Portal
Curator: Mira Bakri

Oakland, CA Portal
Curator: Ellen Chamberlin, Youth Outreach/Storytelling Portal Curator at Oakland International High School

Listen to this special episode of The AV Life to find out more about Shared_Studios:

Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room.

You’ll hear from members of their management team, two of the people and companies that they work with in the AV industry – NEC (displays) and Biamp (Devio), and five of their Portal Curators from across the world.

Sit back, plug in, go around the world with Shared_Studios and live…

The AV Life.


Episode 105: NYDSW, Coffee and Controversy, the DSF and more – Good Times with Brian McClimans, Rich Ventura and Frank Pisano



This episode is sponsored by: Peerless-AV (www.peerless-av.com)

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kaleo Lee and new member Kasie Grant as they welcome:

Brian McClimans – VP Sales, North America and APAC at Peerless-AV
Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Frank Pisano – VP of Sales, Americas at BrightSign LLC

The show begins with the introduction of new Crew member Kasie Grant (she works for Baker AV in Georgia), who joins Corey and Kaleo on this one. Corey begins talking with Brian about Peerless-AV and New York Digital Signage Week as the company is a sponsor of NYDSW. The conversation then focuses on Coffee and Controversy, taking place on October 30th – an event in its 4th year.

Brian continues discussion with more of a deep dive about NYDSW, and talks about partnerships as well. Frank talks about the digital signage industry ecosystem and the community – along with why people need to be doing more in digital signage. Kasie adds to this discussion too. Frank also discusses this being his first year at BrightSign. Rich and Brian next talk about the long-time NEC Display Solutions and Peerless-AV relationship. 

All talk about the Almo E4 AV Tour coming up in Nashville which the three companies are a part of. Rich also talks about the “easy button” relationship concerning devices designed to work well together, here referring to BrightSign and Peerless-AV. 

Frank talks about BrightSign and NYDSW, along with a special event the company is having Halloween night (listen for the “dress code”). He and Corey talk about the trips they’ll be taking to the NEC Showcase in New York, the Almo E4 AV Tour in Nashville and back to NY for NYDSW. And there’s a discussion of an AV first aid recovery kit. 

Rich talks about the Digital Signage Federation, the digital signage industry, NYDSW and other shows from the perspective of his being the Chairman of the DSF. Frank talks about a recent trip to Barcelona, where digital signage was recognized by AVIXA as one of two growth categories. 

All end the show with final thoughts. 

More information here about NYDSW. To find out more about the DSF see here. 

Sit back, plug in and listen to these well-known industry executives discuss the upcoming New York Digital Signage Week as we live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 100: AV, Digital Signage, Bourbon & Bacon – It’s Just So Right (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Rich Ventura and Kaleo Lee as they welcome their guests:

Rich’s people…

Kym Frank – President at Geopath
Brian McClimans – VP Sales, North America and APAC at Peerless-AV
Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media
Jeffrey Weitzman – Managing Director at Navori
Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation
Maria McKinsey – Director of Business Development at Brown Innovations

Katye’s people…
Vin Bruno – Chief Executive Officer at Rayva Home Theaters
Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Sales at Stewart Filmscreen

Corey’s people…
Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Justin Watts – Global Operations & Service Delivery Lead at Facebook

(and let’s not forget Kaleo’s son Ethan).

This one continues with Corey revealing his bourbon of choice for the show, and then each of the guests (and the Crew) talk about what they brought to the table (in a glass), and how they live the AV life. 

Kim and Spence get to expand on what they do professionally, and others will as well. 

And Cory wants to hang out with everybody. 

And lots of scoop drops, just like Katye likes it. 

Rich and Corey do their best to finish it out, Katye is always at her best. And stick around till the end to hear Kaleo and the real star of the show Ethan Lee. 

Sit back, plug in, and we hope you’ve enjoyed this show with a total of 20 (or 21) participants as we live…

The AV Life. 


Episode 100: AV, Digital Signage, Bourbon & Bacon – It’s Just So Right (Part 1)



Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Rich Ventura and Kaleo Lee as they welcome their guests:

Rich’s people…

Kym Frank – President at Geopath
Brian McClimans – VP Sales, North America and APAC at Peerless-AV
Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media
Jeffrey Weitzman – Managing Director at Navori
Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation
Maria McKinsey – Director of Business Development at Brown Innovations

Katye’s people…
Vin Bruno – Chief Executive Officer at Rayva Home Theaters
Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Sales at Stewart Filmscreen

Corey’s people…
Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Justin Watts – Global Operations & Service Delivery Lead at Facebook

(and let’s not forget Kaleo’s son Ethan).

Corey begins by telling the story of podcast beginnings, meeting Katye and the two of them podcasting.

A special call-in at the beginning from Cordell Lawrence and Caleb Kilburn from Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.  (arranged by Rich), and all get a chance to talk with them.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy Part 1. #100AVLife.


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.


Episode 82: We’ve Got the Power on the Road to InfoComm 2018 – The Exhibitors (2)



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

Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategic Management at NEC Display Solutions
Brian McClimans – VP Sales, North America and APAC at Peerless-AV
Laura Padilla – Head of BD and Channel at Zoom Video Communications
Dana Corey – GM & VP of Sales at Avocor
Pippa Edelen – Director of WW Marketing – Communications at Avocor
Rob Lipps – EVP Worldwide Sales & Marketing at Sonic Foundry Inc. – Mediasite
Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva
David Kung – Vice President, Product Strategy at Oblong Industries Inc.
James Fife – Consultant Extension, Global at rp Visual Solutions

So, on InfoComm exhibitor Episode 81 we had AV Life, and Bacon Life. On this episode, along with AV Life we get Bourbon Life – yet on the previous episode there was talk of bourbon too.

So, if you add 1 and 1, you’ll get 2 episodes of The AV Life that give you 3 AV favorites: bacon, bourbon — and great exhibitors.

Call it the #NewAVMath.

Listen as all of the guests on this show talk about what their companies will be doing at InfoComm 2018.

Laura kicks things off on this one, followed by Dana and Pippa and the others (after an initial check on the ‘Bourbon Room’). There are periodic checks on the Room during the show, specifically to find out exactly what two close industry friends are doing in there.

Will there be any “scoop drops” (again, the Katye McGregor Bennett kind) on this one? Maybe? OK, so we really need to develop that bacon concept from Episode 81.

At the end of the show, the guests play the “lightening round” – make sure to stick around to check it out.

There’s mention of InfoComm Karaoke, and what will Rich and Brian be singing? Right – heaven help us.

That’s all! Sit back, plug in and we’ll see you at InfoComm 2018 where you’ll be sure to get a shot of…

The AV Life.


Episode 74: Time, Technology and Data – Factoring the Future of AV (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part One!

This episode is sponsored by Holonyne

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, (new member) Brittney Lanni, and guest host Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation and Executive Director of VIRTULARIUM as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Randy Pagnan  – President at rp Visual Solutions (on call-in)
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager at Green Hippo Media Technologies, Inc.

Jon picks up the conversation with Randy and Brandy and talks about something that rp Visual Solutions displayed at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) which Jon created the content for, and Brandy details and highlights it. Randy talks about platform and growing up in an age of information, this to go with processing data, the control room space, video walls and current enhanced data visualization capabilities. Rich also talks about the statement of content being king, referring here to data being the new currency – driving sales, delivering ROI and more, along with looking “beyond the screen.” Randy talks further about data and visualization, and Jon also puts a new spin on the content statement. Rich further expands on the data discussion here, to go along with privacy.

Jon then refers to “the attention economy” and how technology is evolving faster than society and culture has evolved to deal with it. Brittney expands on this, also talking about data, tools, visualization, time – and customer experience. Rich talks about Kroeger grocery stores (who were nominated for an APEX award at the DSE) compared to other grocery chains in terms of how they use sensors, data, content and more to drive the experience.

Finally, Jon gives a list of six emerging technologies, and asks each person to comment if these technologies are playing a role in their work and personal life. Listen to these excellent responses, which also follow along with the show’s theme.

Sit back, plug in and we hope you enjoy this look at time, technology, data – factoring the future of AV as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 74: Time, Technology and Data – Factoring the Future of AV (Part 1)



This episode is sponsored by Holonyne

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret, (new member) Brittney Lanni, and guest host Jon 9 – CEO at Holonyne Corporation and Executive Director of VIRTULARIUM as they welcome their guests:

Rich Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions
Randy Pagnan  – President at rp Visual Solutions (on call-in)
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions
Cynthia Austwick – Account Manager at Green Hippo Media Technologies, Inc.

It’s the return of Jon 9 (who first appeared in VIRTULARIUM – ‘The AV Life’ Episode 39), and in a big way as he guest hosts this show which he also co-produced. After the usual show opener Jon takes the host seat, introduces the guests and begins by posing three statements to the guests (and the Crew) concerning time.

Rich talks about looking at what we’re trying to accomplish while delivering value, going “beyond the screen” and focusing on change over time. Brandy talks about marketing perspective and how time is crucial in terms of grabbing attention with the message and marketing strategy. Cynthia gives her thoughts on the subject talking about how the creative process is shifting in terms of time and expectations. Jon asks Randy about manufacturing physical things (as opposed to digital), and Randy talks about the cost actually being time, where the client many times “wants it now” and how that adds certain pressures.

Katye talks about demands on time and expectations, and how focus and communications can be affected, also relating to social media. Brittney talks about production/content creation time, to go along with human processing time concerning communications – and Jon also asks Brittney about her work being affected by social media technologies. Corey talks about being in two worlds of AV – the sales world (in the past) as well as the media world, time and some of the challenges that have gone with them. Then Michelle gives her take on time in relation to expectation and “perfection.”

Jon then brings up the topic of technology platform and the approach, along with the rate of technological change, how it relates to time. Rich talks about big data analytics, retail, DOOH, as well top technologies that retailers will be utilizing. He discusses time and optimization – and also talks about what to look forward to in terms of technology, personalization and engagement by 2020 (no matter the market). Jon asks Cynthia to talk about Green Hippo’s new generation of Hippotizer media server technology and how it relates to being more of a platform in a box. Cynthia also talks about interpreting data. Jon then asks Cynthia to talk about working with 3D models and virtual mapping on to them, she also talks about real-time content manipulation.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy Part One.