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Episode 89: AV, and the Daily Discussions in the Industry (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, JoAnn Arcenal and guest Crew member Gabe Moronta (Zoom Video Communications) as they welcome their guests:

Nic Milani – Director, Commercial Product Marketing at Crestron
Megan Dee Durocher – AV/IT Solutions Architect at University of Southern California
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing & Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions

This part two discussion continues with conversation about AV, and the following:

Big Data Analytics – discussion led by Megan
Marketing – discussion led by Brandy
Security – led by Nic

All to go along with convergence, integration, experience and engagement.

…and some of the fun “what did you bring to the table” conversation The AV Life is known for. 

You sat back and plugged in for Part 1, keep listening to this Part 2 conversation – and of course continue to live…

The AV Life.


Episode 89: AV, and the Daily Discussions in the Industry (Part 1)



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, JoAnn Arcenal and guest Crew member Gabe Moronta (Zoom Video Communications) as they welcome their guests:

Nic Milani – Director, Commercial Product Marketing at Crestron
Megan Dee Durocher – AV/IT Solutions Architect at University of Southern California
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing & Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions

First – yes Katye is back (we know you missed her)! After an announcement about Zoomtopia which takes place in October, this part one discussion takes off with conversation about AV, and the following:

Cloud – discussion led by Nic
UX – discussion led by Megan
Digital signage led by Brandy

All to go along with convergence, integration, experience and engagement.

Tune in for this insightful discussion brought by these AV industry guests and the Crew.


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 75: When the Creative and the Content are the Experience



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

Ed King – Co-Founder at HighStreet Collective
Vern Freedlander – President at Grace Street Media
Jennifer Hetzel – Business Development Director at Creative Realities, Inc.
Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions

OpenEye Global’s Steve Picanza joins the Crew for this one for a conversation that he’s also the perfect fit for. You will hear why.

Corey begins talking with Jennifer as she helped bring the theme, as well as the guests to this show – she talks about Creative Realities and what they do in terms of the technology, creative and the experience. Ed talks about HighStreet being consultants and practitioners focused on the retail space, designing around the shopper’s experience. Vern talks about Grace Street Media in terms of the “marriage” of content and technology, along with strategic thinking and storytelling. Brandy talks about rp Visual Solutions and the #MoreThanAMount statement.

Next, all talk about creative and content, and Jennifer begins by talking about her and Vern being a part of the DSF Education Committee, educational programs and how they discuss content. Ed talks about the Digital Experience (DX) Forum at DSE, focused discussion from the forum about the CMO being the new client and talking to the CMO in their language. Steve, with his marketing and brand experience picks up on the discussion talking about a proactive approach and how it relates to digital signage perspective and design. He also talks about omnichannel. Vern talks about how the CMO has taken over and how many will need to market to them – with brand, technology, and content. Brandy talks about being directly in touch with the CMO to discuss architectural solutions, also discussing optimization, unique solutions and “painting the bigger picture.” 

Corey then talks with Jennifer about Creative Realities being a digital signage solutions integrator, and ways that they differ in terms of their business. The others pick up here too, further defining experience as well. Katye and Steve also talk about metrics. Vern also discusses implementation strategy.

After the break (yes, what did everyone bring to the show…), all get on with direct focus to the title theme – an excellent, must hear discussion brought by all.

Finally, all talk about the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) some being members and/or educators.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our two months of digital signage and DSE 2018 coverage – sit back, plug in (enjoy some good laughs too) and join the Crew as we live…

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.


Episode 59: Holiday Party Edition II – Bringing a Year of AV Cheer (Part 1)



(See episode with pictures on convergentav.net)

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.

The guests joined in four separate groups, here in Part 1 you’ll hear those in groups one and two.

In group one we have:
Randy Pagnan – President/Owner, and Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions 
Penny Sitler – Marketing Manager at Draper, Inc.
Adrian Doughty – National Sales Manager at Nureva
Apryl Lamberti – Director of Business Development – Hospitality at Almo Professional A/V

Corey hosts the first group as Adrian Doughty begins by talking about some of the big things taking place with Nureva, Randy and Brandy (who were re-named for the show) talk about the business as well as a recent big project, Apryl Lamberti discusses a number of things happening in Almo Professional A/V’s Hospitality Division, and Penny Sitler talks about some of the big occurrences for Draper, from the rebrand to the launch of their new website. An “unplanned guest” joins in, and the group gets to answer a trivia question about a company that has been in the industry for a very long time.

Group two brought us two InfoComm 2017 Award Winners, 4 CTS-Duals, and a woman who flies drones professionally and may have qualified as a wiring nightmare.

Bill Nattress (CTS-D, CTS-I) – Director of Channel Strategy – Paging at Biamp Systems  (CTS Holder of the Year)
James Maltese (CTS-D, CTS-I) – President at Audio Visual Resources  (Educator of the Year)
Paul Zielie (CTS-D, CTS-I) – Manager, Enterprise Solutions at Harman Professional
Jake Corlett (CTS-D, CTS-I) – Regional Manager – North Central at Biamp Systems 
Christina Engh – COO at UAS Solutions Group

Katye takes over hosting group two (after keeping her dog Jackson from grabbing her antlers) talking with all about how they are, what they’re doing and why Christina is dressed the way she is. Last year’s ugly sweater winner Jake Corlett decided to let someone else win this year. Paul talks about what he had to leave to join all on the show, James might be looking to go for the contest wins, and brings a very good AV and data conversation to the show. Bill discusses how he’s winding down for the year, and talks wine and music too. A true AV and drones trivia question for this group, listen in.

Sit back, plug in, and enjoy Part 1 of The AV Life holiday show!