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Episode 121: Emily Linscott #thereal99 is back to talk Formula 4 and Football – Catch It!



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

Emily Linscott – Formula 4 racer (#99), brand ambassador and pupil

Mark Linscott – Director, Moose Motorsport Ltd.

Emily begins talking about her workouts, very important for her racing training. And she talks about having advantages over others in the gym (as they talk refer to being in the Formula 4 cockpit). They also talked about Emily’s UK gym bike training for F4SEA in Malaysia, which Corey tried to do, and another Crew member is next to take the Emily Challenge.

The Crew then talks with Emily and Mark about the year ahead in Formula 4 racing. Then she questions the Crew about what they know about F4, and they get to ask her questions. Actually – Emily hosts this segment of the show!

Her year in F4 begins on the U.S. west coast in February in San Francisco and San Jose as she will be training under Pippa Mann through a scholarship (the first ever person from outside the U.S.). Pippa is very interested in having more young woman join auto racing, and this conversation leads to Maura talking about women in the AV industry and opportunities – especially talking about the WAVE Career Pledge and Women in AV.

Emily and Mark then talk more about the year ahead, and Mark discusses more F4, testing and races. Emily also talks about being in the cockpit of the F4 car, she and Mark describe this. Mark, along with Corey talk about sponsors, and their importance for Emily’s career.

Corey, Maura and Tim talk with Emily and Mark about social media – Emily handles her social media, interacting with fans, companies and potential sponsors.

Then it’s time for NFL talk as Corey, Tim and Maura talk about their teams, and Mark and Emily ask about football, teams, the Super Bowl and more. Emily even picks the NFL team that she’ll be following – make sure you listen all the way through to hear it.

Sit back, plug in, and enjoy this next conversation with Emily Linscott as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 71: The Digital Signage Federation: History, Insights, Education and the Forward Movement of the Digital Signage Industry



Join host Corey Moss, Alan Brawn and Michelle Loret as they welcome their guests:

– Brian Gorg: Executive Director at Digital Signage Federation, CEO – Collie Gorg Group Association Management
– Spencer Graham: Vice Chairman at Digital Signage Federation, Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media  
– Wayne Rasor: 2018 At-Large Director at Digital Signage Federation, Director of Digital & Exterior Technology at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. 

On this episode of The AV Life, the Crew talks with their three Board of Directors guests – Brian Gorg who is the Digital Signage Federation’s Executive Director, Spencer Graham who is the Vice Chairman of the DSF and Wayne Rasor, a newer member of the Board.     

Alan Brawn starts it off talking about the DSF and the digital signage industry, where he also points to what the DSF has meant to the industry. Alan brings a digital signage industry historical perspective to this where he equates it to something that needed a real focus to form and function, this in terms of the formation and growth of the organization. Alan was Chairman of the DSF (Rich Ventura, Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions is is the current Chairman) and he talks about the Federation and the great focus to industry education. 

Spence then talks about being the Vice Chairman of the DSF and his perspective of the digital signage industry over the years. He points out the difference between federation vs. association, along with how this applies to the industry and the Board’s ongoing development. He talks about meeting Alan and his career which began in higher education, where he also talks about the importance of education in the digital signage industry, along with his involvement with the education committee of the DSF.  

Brian talks about the DSF and what it encompasses as a professional society. He gives his perspective on the industry, and discusses honing in on three things: professional development, certifications and standards. He also talks about the international view of thought leaders in the DSF. Alan then expands on this conversation as he discusses the diversity of the digital signage industry. 

Wayne talks about what it has meant to him to be on the DSF Board along with seeing the industry from a very different perspective. He also focuses discussion on educating, and how the DSF is supporting industry education. 

Michelle, being a Pro AV professional, talks about pro AV and asks the guests how more companies can be better informed and educated on how they can bring digital signage, content creation and more to the customers. Wayne, Spence and Alan provide input here.

Discussion of the Digital Signage Expo follows, with more excellent information and insights provided by Alan and the guests (and some of that beverage discussion that Alan and the Crew are known for). Michelle adds in here too.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy the show!


Episode 70: Time to Power Up Women Across the AV Industry and Continue to Grow the AVIXA Women’s Council Groups



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Michelle Loret and Lauren Larson as they welcome their guests (with the regional groups they head up):

Brandy Alvarado – rp Visual Solutions (Southern California), Cory Schaeffer – QSC (Southern California), Christy Ricketts – Contemporary Research (Dallas with Lauren), Gina Sansivero – FSR, Inc. (New York City), Erica Carroll – Atlona (Atlanta), Debbie Williamson – Tempest Technologies (Seattle), Penny Sitler – Draper, Inc. (Chair of the AVIXA Women’s Council – who joined in progress).

After each of the guests introduce themselves (and the women who are Crew members do too), Brandy starts the show by talking about AVIXA Women and the groups across the country. Cory talks about how she would like to continue to see more groups form across the country, and see more women in tech positions in the industry. Erica talks about being a qualified woman in tech in the industry, and having to prove herself at times (an old story already).

Lauren talks about a recent event that took place in Dallas where Christy was the speaker for the evening. Christy talks about the AV community there as well as the group’s foundation, along with two of the women in the group – one who just passed her CTS and another who has a CTS-D. She also talked about one of the men who attended (and supports their efforts), and the others talk about this too.

Katye discusses how women should present themselves professionally, on LinkedIn especially, Cory and Christy also talk about updating professional profiles. Christy also talks about the Career Empowerment Alliances. Gina talks about helping to start up the Boston group, along with what’s taking place in the New York area (and an event that is planned). Penny talks about all of the women who are involved and how proud she is of their efforts, as well as her role as the Chair of the Council. Debbie talks about the group in Seattle and an event that took place with women in different industry roles attending.

Cory gives a call to action about the AVIXA 2018 Women in AV Award. Erica also gives the group a great statement, Christy and Brandy discuss it too – and Penny talks about the importance of getting credentials. Michelle, Lauren and Katye end the show with “the real deal.” 

Sit back, plug in, and enjoy this episode of The AV Life.


Episode 64: Getting Together to Talk on the Road to AV Utopia – ISE 2018 (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Alan Brawn, Jonathan Brawn, Michelle Loret and guest Crew member Paul Zielie as they welcome their guests:

Brady Bruce – Chief Marketing Office at InFocus
Joseph Chordas – Vice President, North American Sales and Marketing at ZeeVee
David Schweer – Director Product Marketing at Prysm
Greg Mattson – Control Product Manager at QSC

We begin the conversation talking beers, and each of the Crew and guests tell what they’ve brought to this one – beginning with The AV Life craft beermeisters the Brawns of course. The exhibitor discussion begins with Brady Bruce talking about the just announced Jupiter PixelNet 2.0 distributed display wall system (update to the award-winning Jupiter PixelNet solution), as well as talking about major announcements concerning projectors, Mondopad and ConX Cloud. Joe Chordas talks about ZeeVee, a manufacturer that has gained prominence in the industry in AV over IP, hiring on a new marketing executive, along with the company celebrating their 10th year bringing their AVoIP solution. Joe also talks about being one of the founding members of the SDVoE Alliance, and looking forward to discussing the Alliance it at ISE. Michelle talks about ZeeVee, and Alan talks about expanding communication paths and the experience, along with getting on board with AVoIP. Joe joins in too, Jonathan and Brady cap off this discussion. 

Greg Mattson talks about QSC Q-SYS Core DSPs and control, the sub-segment of the company which he is responsible for, along with discussing adopting more IT standards and adapting, as is continuous conversation in the industry. Michelle then challenges Greg with a question, which then turns into a very good and insightful conversation about real-time OS, dedicated hardware, networks, and more with Paul, Greg, Michelle and Brady. Listen in to this one. 

David Schweer then discusses visual collaboration at Prysm, their software platform and moving away from proprietary hardware along with supporting other’s interactive display hardware. He also talks about IT being driven by end users, bring your own device and not being a “closed shop.”

There’s ISE discussion brought by the guests of course – Brady talks about what to look for with Canvas, MondoPad and Catalyst (and some major projector discussion too), followed by Joe Chordas discussing new ZeeVee AV distribution products, along wth solutions for medical, David Schweer talks about solutions as well as sessions that Prysm will be participating in (two that he is doing – one about “the meeting”), and Greg talks about booth tours and presentations, he will be doing those on control offerings – followed by a final tech conversation about Python, Lua and JavaScript. and a closing thought from Alan Brawn. 

And beer talk? Of course, we’re headed for Amsterdam!

We hope you enjoy this AV/IT journey to the industry’s biggest show of the year – sit back, plug in, and get on board while we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 63: The Leadership Series (# 2): Leaders in the Digital Signage World



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett, Jonathan Brawn, Justin Rexing and Lauren Larson as they welcome their guests:

Richard Ventura – Vice President of Strategy at NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Digital Signage Federation (DSF)
Alan Brawn – Principal at Brawn Consulting
Andrea Varrone – Show Director – Digital Signage Expo
Stephanie Gutnik – Vice President, Business Development at Broadsign

All begin the show talking about the Digital Signage Federation (DSF), for which Rich is the Chairman, and Alan announces recent additions to the Board, including one person who is on this show. Alan expounds on the DSF as former chairman as well as being a long time educator, and later Rich has a special announcement where Alan’s long time involvement is concerned. Stephanie talks about the DSF and her involvement now within the organization.

Andrea then talks about the Women of Digital Signage group, Katye, Alan and Stephanie also add to the discussion. Stephanie begins discussion about what’s happening at Broadsign, talking about a focus on sales tools and additions to their tech stack for 2018. She also talks about where the AV industry is going concerning digital signage, and Lauren adds to the discussion being from the commercial AV side. Rich then talks about the DSF, the digital signage industry, NEC and also follows up on AV, digital signage and display perspective. There’s some “connected” discussion here too.

Rich starts the trade show talk with ISE 2018 and the technologies there, as well as how he’ll be getting around the show. In the midway there’s the beer talk, and we also find out who our designated podcaster is. We also talk about a hall of fame induction – you do have to hear this discussion. Rich also makes that special announcement here.

We turn to Andrea who discusses this award as well as industry support, and then DSE 2018, as she briefly discusses the show and what will be taking place there – and more to come on The AV Life prior to the show. Stick around as Alan closes up with some important commentary on digital signage including content, analytics, IoT, the DSE, DSF and the Digital Signage Experts Group.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy this show with leaders in the digital signage industry as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 62: Recapping CES 2018 with Some of the Experts (Part 1)



Join host Katye McGregor Bennett, Corey Moss and Jonathan Brawn as they welcome their guests:

Gordon Van Zuiden – Founder at cyberManor, Inc.
John Sciacca – Partner, Custom Theater & Audio, Contributing Technical Editor for Sound and Communications, and Technical Reviewer/Blogger for Residential Systems
Robert Keeler – Vice President of Residential Sales at Stewart Filmscreen
David Susilo – Technical Writer at WiFiHiFi Canada, Audio Video Calibrator and Sr. Executive Consultant at Update TV & Stereo
Mike Maniscalco – Co-founder, Ihiji

Gordon starts off talking about going to CES vs. other trade shows in the industry, and understanding what’s going on outside of audio & video entertainment and lighting control for the home. His focus is on intelligence in the kitchen and bath space, and he expands on that here including some of the brands and technologies he saw at the show.

John picks up discussing the voice control market, along with how Google messaging almost “took over” the show to get their name bigger in the game now. He also talks about his work with voice control and some of the expectations in the market. John also talks about the CES blackout.

Mike talks about how CES brings together many people from many different industries, and how the geek in him drives him to be at the show. He also gives his perspective on the kitchen and how it’s now a centerpoint of the home. Mike discusses artificial intelligence, machine learning and contextual awareness as well.

Corey finishes here talking about the Kodak KashMiner, their own bitcoin miner, something that generated a lot of discussion at, and outside of the show. He also talks about Onething Cloud along with blockchain technology that was introduced at CES. Onething Cloud won Most Popular Product at the show.

Sit back, plug in and enjoy part one!


Episode 61: Meet Some of the Great AVIXA Women, Hear About Groups, Events, and How You Can Get Involved Too



Join the Crew Corey Moss, Katye McGregor Bennett and Megan Powers as they are joined by women of the AV industry who are AVIXA Women:

Cory Schaeffer (So Cal), Brandy Alvarado (So Cal), Jennifer Davis (Atlanta), Christy Ricketts (Dallas), Mary Cook (Atlanta), Gina Sansivero (NY), Alexis LaBrois (DC), Christa Bender (PA), Lauren Larson (Dallas/Houston), Dayna Baumann (NY), Amanda Boyer – Sr Director of Member Services at AVIXA (and Council Staff Liaison). 

Hear about how Brandy and Cory started the Women of InfoComm Southern California group in early 2016, and Amanda talks about AVIXA, the AVIXA Women’s Council and her role, as well as interacting and coordinating with regional groups.

You’ll hear from each of the participants about the groups that they head up in their regions, events from 2017, meetings and events upcoming in 2018 and more.

Enjoy this very special show and live The AV Life!


Episode 52: The Leadership Series (Part 1) – Young Influencers Helping to Lead an Industry



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Megan Powers and Jen Cole as they welcome their guests:

Wallace Johnson – VP Business Development at MertzCrew

Gina Sansivero – Director of Business Development Education at FSR, Inc. 

We begin the “Leadership Series” on The AV Life with two industry influencers, Gina, who with her known work in AV and the education market, has also been an important part of efforts for women in the industry through the Women of InfoComm Network (WIN) and co-coordinating (with Control Concepts’ Dayna Baumann) the New York City region group. Wallace, a 2017 AVIXA Young AV Professional, along with being VP at MertzCrew and an industry live events expert, is also the Chair of the AVIXA Live Event Council. Among numerous subjects, they also discuss being present at the exclusive industry organization InfoComm/AVIXA rebranding event.

Listen to an excellent show about two well known young influencers in the AV industry and live The AV Life!
 


Episode 51: InfoComm India, AV Globalization and the IT “Just the Facts” Discussion



Join the Crew Corey Moss and Justin Rexing as they welcome their guest:

Paul Zielie – Manager, Enterprise Solutions at Harman International

(Globally) well-known AV and IT Systems Engineer Paul Zielie joins Corey and Justin to talk about numerous subjects, beginning with Paul’s trip to InfoComm India and his thoughts and perspectives on the show (and Mumbai, where it took place). Corey asks Paul about shows and trends in certain other world markets (Paul also attended Integrate in Australia), along with global industry growth. Justin asks Paul about the effect of globalization concerning jobs, as well as production in and outside of the U.S. Corey then asks Paul about certain technologies and trends in India. Following that is discussion on global AV industry outlook and trends and AVIXA, the AV industry organization.

After this is a discussion focused on IT with Justin, who is a tech manager at Western Kentucky University, which Paul of course joins in on.

Sit back, plug in and live The AV Life!


Episode 50: The International Podcast Day Show



The Crew of The AV Life bring you a special episode as you’ll hear them talk about tech, social media, beers and more — and of course #InternationalPodcastDay.

Sit back, plug in and join the Crew: Corey Moss of Convergent AV, Katye McGregor Bennett of KMB Communications, Alan and Jonathan Brawn of Brawn Consulting, Justin Rexing of Rexing Consulting and Jen Cole of Backspace Media.