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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 126: When Tech, Music and Vinyl are Life



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

Rob Sheeley – CEO / President at Williams AV and Owner at Mill City Sound

Joe Whitaker – President at The Thoughtful Home

Mike Loss – Manager – Scientific Web Programming Group and lead guitarist for a DC Metro band

After some intro discussion on vinyl and more with the Crew and guests, you’ll get to know AV industry legend Rob Sheeley who has been a part of it beginning as a sound guy, and then starting an AV integration company in 1987, a pioneer in audio and video conferencing integration. He’s well-known as Founder/CEO of Vaddio (2003 – 2014), who also opened up a record store – Mill City Sound in Minnesota in 2014. He is currently the CEO/President at Williams AV (Williams Sound and Pointmaker Brands), and he’s still the owner of Mill City Sound – where he joins us from on this podcast.

Next, Mike Loss talks about the tech and music sides of his life, along with how he builds his own guitars. It was Mike who influenced the theme for this show, and you’ll find out what else he’s done for The AV Life – music-wise that is. As for being a guitarist, you’ll hear about the Washington DC Metro rock/dance band he’s a part of the ‘Drunk Naked Pirates.’

Joe Whitaker is back, talking about listening to vinyl – the right way. He talks about industry tech companies and how they try to make the other types of music media sound great, but still to him (and the others) nothing replaces the unique sound of vinyl. Those traditional days of music, and life.

There is another round talking about favorite vinyl, a lot of great artists and bands talked about here, along with more talk about listening to vinyl (and the album covers) vs. CD’s, streaming and more. Mike drops some vinyl knowledge here too. Corey reminisces about his early days buying albums, and names some of them too (along with some stores he shopped in). There’s also talk about some of the older portable media players, and viewpoints on streaming services too.

Rob finishes up the conversation here, talking about how he’s been a long time collector, and how he’s spent time going all around the country seeing record collections and picking up albums. He also talks about stories that have come out of certain places he’s visited. Rob talks about how music entered the picture when he started with Williams Sound, along with the business and culture of the company as it’s transformed to Williams AV.

Sit back, plug in and think vinyl as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 125: Welcome to the Mind Shift IV – IoT, Transformation and Cybersecurity



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

Mitchell Klein – Executive Director at Z-Wave Alliance
Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University
Mike Shinn – AV Industry Consultant

In this next Welcome to the Mind Shift episode of The AV Life, all discuss the topics – continuously mounting conversation in this ever-growing connected world. You’ll hear IoT, transformation and security discussion from Mitch, who is an Internet of Things (IOT) and Smart Home technology and practice expert, Joe and Tim who work in higher education, Spence who is a digital signage professional and also worked for West Virginia University, and Mike who brings the commercial business perspective. There is data conversation to go with this as well.

In this podcast, the following recent articles and blogs are discussed (passages referenced here):

IoT For All How IoT Drives Enterprise Transformation

– The total number of IoT devices in use around the world has reached 7 billion. This number is forecast to reach around 18 billion by 2022, as most IT decision makers plan to increase their IoT spending, with an average spending increase totaling nearly 18 percent, according to a 451 Research survey report.

ZDNet Why IoT devices pose a bigger cybersecurity risk than most realize

– Unsecured IoT devices provide an easy gateway for criminals looking to get inside a network.

Joe discusses a cybersecurity law signed in California:
Starting on January 1st, 2020, any manufacturer of a device that connects “directly or indirectly” to the internet must equip it with “reasonable” security features, designed to prevent unauthorized access, modification, or information disclosure. If it can be accessed outside a local area network with a password, it needs to either come with a unique password for each device, or force users to set their own password the first time they connect. That means no more generic default credentials for a hacker to guess.

Targeted privacy discussion here too.

Next, Corey talks about tweets about IoT, transfomation, privacy and cybersecurity from a chat #MWC19 #MegaChat that occurred on Tuesday, and all discuss these as well.

Avast blog What risks do IoT security issues pose to businesses? (referring to sabotage and botnets)

– A hacked IoT device will allow the attacker to access its functions. While a coffee-maker might not allow an attacker to do anything more dangerous than brewing a latte, a hacked heating system or machinery can create far more disruption to a business.
– Cybercriminals can bring together huge numbers of infected devices into networks called botnets. These botnets can be used for a variety of things, but they are best known for their use in DDoS attacks.

Finally, as usual it’s time for…

The Firing Range!

VentureBeat Arm unveils security certification testing for IoT devices

– Arm has teamed up with independent test laboratories to certify security for internet of things (IoT) devices, which have proven vulnerable to botnet attacks.

All get together in The Firing Range to give thoughts, opinions and more to this story — a very good first step? Much further to go? Listen in.

Sit back, plug in and welcome again to the mind shift as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 123: Time to Enter The Firing Range – and you thought the burger was Impossible… (Part 2)



Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Join the Crew and their guests, as it’s time to enter in a whole new way (thanks to Kym) into:

The Firing Range!

The subject: 6 International Delicacies You’ll Find at L.A.’s Disgusting Food Museum

The Crew and the guests break into teams headed up by Corey and Kym to talk about these disgusting delicacies, however Kym has thrown a bit of a twist into this one, unlike the regular Firing Range contests. Each team member must decide on which item they would likely eat, and which they would only give to their worst enemy to try.

Who wins? Actually it was supposed to be what wins as that was really the point here, however the last to go chooses a selection totally off this menu as their food item of choice – and one of the guests truly goes ballistic about it. Yep, Kym knew she’d be starting something that ultimately would lead to this…

Dumpster fire.

There’s NonComm talk here too, and why not – it is the show about anything and everything with people flying in from everywhere. ISE and InfoComm eat your heart out.

At least all’s well that ended well (or something like that).

Sit back, plug in, play along and enjoy the full-effect dumpster fire as this episode progressed while we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 123: Talking Women in AV/Tier PM ‘Creating a Community’ and NonCommEMEA (Part 1)



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

Spence Graham – Business Development Manager at Real Digital Media and Chairman of the Digital Signage Federation
Jennifer Willard – President at J Technology Solutions, Inc.
John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology
Art Danner – System Sales Specialist at AVI Systems
Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Product Manager – PSO at Zoom Video Communications

After the usual Crew and guest banter, the show begins with an outstanding conversation driven by Maura and Jennifer about ‘WAVEcast: The WAVE Career Pledge’ – the AV Nation podcast hosted by Jennifer where Maura was her guest. The synopsis:

TierPM and Women in AV come together to announce a new initiative to assist women in finding a career path in the AV industry.

The guests and Crew get involved in the conversation begun by Maura and Jennifer, especially John and Kym – she is the President at Geopath, and looks to find out how she can possibly become a part of this initiative as well. John mentions one of his employees who had participated in a panel with two CIO’s, and how she had the true practical knowledge, as well as the experience to be involved. Corey talks about knowing her, and the drive she has to succeed in such a scenario. Spence also talks about the Women of Digital Signage, and the Geri Wolff Scholarship in the digital signage industry which recognizes a woman in the technical field. Marika Aquino, Managing Partner of Tier PM and a well-known AV and IT professional, is also mentioned here for her industry involvement. Jennifer points to the professional resources brought through Tier PM in this initiative, and how women’s groups and scholarships in the industry carry so much importance.

Essentially, the message here about the way being paved for women to take a true stake in AV and adjacent tech markets, through many of these efforts.

And then…

Next, a whole different subject – that being ISE… and NonCommEMEA. There’s some ISE talk, and then Art, who is the founder of NonComm (last year’s landslide event around InfoComm time), talks about the big show coming in March. Art’s co-founder Harry Meade was invited to be on, however according to Art, Harry flew to the trade show site to check on things (and meet with Giancarlo their European intern – who replaced that guy who almost singlehandedly brought down NonComm last year). Corey talks with Art and Gabe about a NonComm podcast last year that was co-hosted by Michelle Loret – one that Art was a little bit late for (and Gabe had to worry about being found participating). And – if you’re familiar with the Tweetstorm that recently took place in the industry, one actually began on this podcast – and Art talks about big plans for one at NonCommEMEA.

Do AVIXA and CEDIA know that their major industry show in February is just the preview for the really big show in March? Is there a website? Do we know what kinds of food selections will be available? Which is the premium suite to be had? Is there quality swag? Will we ever make our way back to civilization?

And who exactly is that AV industry celebrity calling in to this show?

The answers to these questions, and more are addressed here… in Part 1.


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 120: pAVing the Way to ISE 2019



Join the Crew host Corey Moss and Tim Van Woeart as they welcome their guests:

Peter Herr – Associate Director, Global Marketing, Systems Group at Shure Systems Group
Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva
Garth Leach – Director of Marketing at ZeeVee
Aurangzeb Khan – President & CEO at Altia Systems, Inc.
Eric Olson – Business Development Manager at Almo Professional A/V

Each of the guests begin by introducing themselves and their companies as well as some of what they’ll be doing at ISE. Tim handles this round, how did he do? Pretty good we believe.

Next each guest gets more in depth about what the company is doing in terms of products, solutions and more. Garth talks about products and certain other companies (along with the SDVoE Alliance) ZeeVee is working with at ISE, he also talks about AV over IP and attendee expectations at the show. Peter talks about Shure audio and applications/environments that the products are used in – he focuses product discussion on Microflex Complete and Microflex Complete Wireless, also board room and huddle room applications. There’s a whole new brand experience, and a tag line – listen in for this.

Adrian talks about Nureva and live remote demos they’ll be doing (Adrian will be participating remotely), and discussing growth in terms of their products and the collaborative space. Aurangzeb talks about Altia Systems, whose year began at CES, and their Panacast camera technology – the new Panacast 3. He talks about CES, and the real differences between that show and ISE. Eric discusses Almo Pro A/V, the company as well as their global focus. He talks about Almo nobox and the new Watchdog solution. He also talks a bit about the E4 AV Tour, which begins in March and makes four stops over the year.

Then, it’s time for an Amsterdam quiz for all of the guests as they’re asked questions about the city and some of the goings-on. The winner may have been totally unexpected… and the prize? Anyone who has been in Amsterdam and craves for that favorite snack food when they return in February – that’s it.

Next some of the guests talk about special promotions at the show (or swag), and all will give reasons why to visit with them at ISE.

Sit back, plug in, and join the Crew and their guests on this first pre-ISE show (show #2 next week!) as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 119: Impossible? A Burger, CES Gadgets and Non-Human Apartment Renters



Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart, Maura Quinn, Jonathan Webster and their guest Renee Benson as they take on the impossible. 3.0.

Kym, Tim and Maura begin with –

Impossible 1: The Impossible Burger 2.0

The subject – The plant-based burger that tastes like…

Thoughts? Opinions? Brutal honesty? Tune in for this one to find out who has what to say. This, as well as the person who compares the buns to pillows. Make this stuff up we cannot.

Tim did bring the real thing to the show – a Royale with Cheese (for all of the Pulp Fiction fans tuning in).

Jonathan and Renee are being sent out next to try one, and bring those results to the first show in February. Corey abstained (or should we say refused).

Impossible 2: CES 2019, the extraordinary – rollables, foldables and more

The subject – Rollable TV’s, foldable phones, AI vacuums and Pong (it’s back!)

The articles:

Forbes – The Best TVs Of CES 2019: From 8K To Rollable OLED Display And Micro LED Technology

MSN Money – CES 2019: The future of phones is… foldable?

Digital Trends – Robotics company Trifo activates A.I.-based Ironpie robo-vacuum at CES 2019

C|Net – CES 2019: This modern Pong table is better than it has any right to be

Listen to the Crew and their guest talk about each article and the tech. Are we as an industry ready for rollable displays? Can a foldable phone withstand the abuse that will surely be brought upon it? An AI vacuum – is this the real deal or is it just buzz? Pong revisited in a cocktail table version, just how long have we waited for this to happen?

After this, there was a break to find out what all were enjoying during the show (in a bottle, glass, etc.), and then a PSA for AVaaS. The first we know why, the second we’re still not sure.

And then…

Impossible 3: The Firing Range

The subject – Can two cats live together in a rented apartment without driving each other crazy?

CNBC – Silicon Valley dad spends $1,500 a month to rent an apartment for his daughter’s 2 cats

Teams are chosen (even teams finally!) – for and against the following: could this possibly be a sound decision to pay all this rent for cats to live together in their own apartment?

Or on the flipside, is this possibly the most insane thing a human can do for non-humans?

Stick around for this one, if not to just find out that these cats may have more privileges than one of the Crew members. Though there is a convincing argument, and soft music for the win. Again, make this stuff up we cannot.

Sit back, plug in, pet your cat, drink a beer, and get ready to shell out $2999 for your very own Pong basic coffee table as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 118: Star Wars, the Bird Box CES 2019 Challenge and The Firing Range (it’s back…)



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

Gabe Moronta – Technical AV Product Manager – PSO at Zoom Video Communications
Renee Benson – Vertical Sales – Education at NEC Display Solutions of America
Jimmy Paschke – Director of Sales at SurgeX Residential
Jonathan Webster – Recruiting Manager at TierPM

Follow us here – it’s all necessary information as a listening guide for this podcast.

Act 1: Star Wars

Right off the bat, the Crew intro says it all as you’ll hear dialogue from a scene in one of the greatest movies ever made. From there, well, get ready for a Star Wars podcast trip as the Crew and guests discuss some of the movies, ones they liked, disliked and a character that should never have entered a galaxy far, far away. One of the Crew members looked the part – we believe Tim is ready to star in Episode 9.

One of the guests did admit to never seeing any of the Star Wars movies, but he did see another one of epic proportions – and we gave him extra credits for it. Many of them.

Act 2: The Bird Box CES 2019 Challenge

Netflix has warned fans against participating in a potentially dangerous online challenge that’s inspired by its recent original horror film Bird Box.

Yet they didn’t mention anything about it to the guests on this show.

Well, the good thing is that everyone blindfolded on the podcast are inside and sitting down. The bad thing is they have no idea what’s going to happen after they remove the blindfolds.

Some of the Crew members, as well as the guests are challenged with questions about certain weird CES 2019 tech products.

Get ready to play the “CES Price is Right” where all of them try to guess the price of these items while not being able to see a thing:

The weirdest gadgets from CES 2019 – One of the stories: Las Vegas gets weird(er) – One of these items, Lovot (the cuddly robot from Japanese robotics startup Groove X), has one mission in life, and that is to make you happy.

I tried out Foldimate’s laundry-folding bot at CES 2019 – The story: Bots to fold laundry – a device that promises to fold a “full load of laundry,” has gained widespread attention at CES and online.

Kohler’s smart toilet promises a ‘fully-immersive experience’ – The story: 146-year-old plumbing company Kohler has already stolen the show with what will undoubtedly be 2019’s hottest gadget: an “intelligent toilet” with built-in surround sound speakers, ambient mood lighting, and Amazon Alexa voice controls.

Act 3: The Firing Range

Impossible Foods Rolls Out The All New Impossible Burger 2.0 At #CES2019

The tech conference seems an unlikely place to unveil a food product (as Kym alludes to) and indeed, the Impossible Foods launch of its new plant-based formula is the first food product to launch in the show’s more than 60-year history. They say it’s brown and charred, and smells like a real burger. Umm, and it bleeds? As always, there are for and against teams – and did the winning team really win? Not if they end up having to eat this thing.

Sit back, plug in, and join the Crew on this rollercoaster ride to wherever 2.0 as we live…

The AV Life.


Episode 117: A New Year – Perspective, Prediction and Intervention



This episode is sponsored by TierPM.

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

Cory Schaeffer – Director, Strategic Industry Relations at QSC

Alex Capecelatro – CEO at Josh.ai

John Greene – Vice President of Sales and Marketing at New Era Technology

Brandy Alvarado – Marketing and Business Development Manager at rp Visual Solutions

Joe Way – Director of Multimedia Services at California Baptist University

Welcome to the New Year 2019, and the first order of business is introducing the guests and the new Crew members – Kym, Tim and Maura.

After this – a very important discussion about ‘Bird Box’ and the Bird Box Challenge.

Which leads to #AVBirdBox, and possibly even the #AVBirdBoxChallenge.

No kidding.

Next, all talk about perspectives and predictions for 2019. Cory begins with business and some resolution discussion, and Maura relates to the importance of mindfulness in terms of preparation and achieving. Corey talks about how this discussion was actually influenced by Alex and an e-mail he had sent detailing his perspectives, you’ll hear them here – along with some very good ones from the guests and Crew.

All get to meet Joe Way who is brand new as a guest to the show, he talks about a number of things including his industry podcast Higher Ed AV, as well as his best-seller book Producing Worship.

And then there’s the predicted death of something that the AV industry can’t stop talking about. Listen in for this.

Kym talks about some predictions for 2019, influenced by her tech and data knowledge – being the resident The AV Life data expert (and #DataGeek).

There was a little nostalgia next, as Corey read a TierPM Hot Job. Make sure to listen in especially if you live in NY or NJ.

Finally, it’s time for something that’s been a long time coming – an intervention to deal with Corey’s long-time podcast co-host addiction. Did it work, or did Corey try to draft another Crew member on this show? Maybe Joe is thinking about bringing on a few co-hosts now?

Some excellent conversation (and perspectives here as well) along with the intervention – and as for the answers to the questions, you’ll just have to listen and find out.

Sit back, plug in, welcome to 2019 and join us as we live…

The AV Life.

(The Firing Range will be back next week).