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Automation Unplugged

Automation Unplugged is a Facebook Live show recorded weekly with our host Ron Callis, Owner and CEO of the digital marketing agency, One Firefly. In each Automation Unplugged episode, Ron speaks with leading industry personalities and technology professionals to discuss all things business development, technology trends, and more. These interviews are designed to help our clients and members of the custom integration industry keep up-to-date with the latest news as well as learn from experts in the field.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #190: An Industry Q&A With Scott Abel

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Scott Abel, Director of Quality and Consumer at SAV, shares the importance of brand consistency and how to avoid brand confusion.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #190: An Industry Q&A With Scott Abel

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Scott Abel. Recorded live on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Scott Abel

Scott Abel is an expert marketer and in his role as the Director of Quality & Customer, he is focused on brand management, marketing analytics, and content strategies at SAV. After graduating from Montana State University in 2002, he worked as an in-house designer of a well-respected ranch and home supply store. Scott then went on to pursue his master’s degree at the Academy of Art University which catapulted him into freelancing at design firms throughout Silicon Valley. After eight years in the Bay Area, Scott moved back to Montana and joined the team at SAV Digital Environments.

Interview Recap

  • The experience gained and lessons learned while working in Silicon Valley
  • The importance of brand consistency and how to avoid brand confusion
  • Using criticisms as motivation to grow and improve
  • Building relationships with photographers and videographers
  • Creating and maintaining a social media presence

Home Automation Podcast Episode #189: An Industry Q&A With Robert Burns

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Robert Burns, Chief Operations Officer at CO-DA, shares the importance of differentiating your brand.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #189: An Industry Q&A With Robert Burns

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Robert Burns. Recorded live on Wednesday, October 6th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Robert Burns

Robert Burns is an integrator with over 20 years of audio-video experience and in his role as COO, he focuses on growing and improving their performance and efficiency across all departments. In 2010, Robert and Chris Wissa merged their companies and founded Audio Video Concepts & Design, Inc headquartered in Indian Trail, North Carolina. In 2019, Chris and Robert decided to rebrand their firm to what is now known as CO-DA and are focused on multiple verticals including House of Worship AV, Commercial AV, Residential AV, and their electrical division, CO-DA Power. Outside of the business, Robert is also on the Savant Advisory Council and was recently a Keynote Speaker at the Azione Unlimited Conference in 2021.

Interview Recap

  • The importance of differentiating your brand
  • The importance of job descriptions and clarity in roles and responsibilities
  • CO-DA, a training University, a training process for new hires and support for current employees
  • Company culture and how it impacts all aspects of the business

Home Automation Podcast Episode #188: An Industry Q&A With Casey Levy-Tulloch

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Casey Levy-Tulloch, Manager of Business Development at Josh.ai, shares on the importance of privacy and security with a voice control service.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #188: An Industry Q&A With Casey Levy-Tulloch

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Casey Levy-Tulloch. Recorded live on Wednesday, September 29th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Casey Levy-Tulloch

Casey Levy-Tulloch is a visionary focused on building business relationships and developing new market growth opportunities. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by entrepreneurial parents, Casey grew up tinkering with technology and has always had a passion for innovation. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration. Casey joined the Josh.ai team as an early employee over four years ago and now manages the company's business strategy and partnerships. As a former collegiate athlete, he brings a competitive drive and team-oriented mindset that has helped drive Josh.ai’s rapid growth.

Interview Recap

  • The challenges of getting a start-up business off the ground
  • The simple, magical experience of Josh.ai
  • The importance of privacy and security with a voice control service
  • The One Firefly and Josh.ai partnership

Home Automation Podcast Episode #187: An Industry Q&A With Shawn Hansson

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Shawn Hansson, CEO and Founder at Logic Integration shares on the increase in morale and work culture after returning to the office.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #187: An Industry Q&A With Shawn Hansson

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Shawn Hansson. Recorded live on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Shawn Hansson

Shawn Hansson is a recognized leader with over 25 years of audiovisual industry experience. In 2004, Shawn founded Logic Integration, a Colorado-based audiovisual and automation firm specializing in the design and installation of easy-to-use technology in homes and businesses. Today, Logic Integration has been recognized for numerous accolades such as Inc 500/5000, Colorado Companies to Watch, and CEDIA Contractor of the Year. Shawn is also a presenter and panelist for events throughout the AV industry such as CEDIA, ProSource, and CES to name a few. When not working, he also volunteers regularly as a drummer and board member of his local church.

Interview Recap

  • Building an award-winning business from a humble start in Shawn's garage
  • One of Logic's hardest and biggest projects deploying a Crestron system in a former missile silo turned bunker in Kansas
  • Increase in morale and work culture after returning to the office
  • Trends in commercial technology in the workplace

Home Automation Podcast Episode #186: An Industry Q&A With Jeff Binette

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Jeff Binette, President at SmartHome Solutions shares lessons learned from growing up in an entrepreneurial family.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #186: An Industry Q&A With Jeff Binette

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Jeff Binette. Recorded live on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Jeff Binette

Jeff Binette is an entrepreneur with the mission of being a trusted and highly knowledgeable resource for homeowners, builders, architects and designers in the custom integration industry. After graduating from Bryant University with a concentration in Computer Science, Jeff held several IT roles while employed at Osram Sylvania and Genuity in Boston. In 2004, he founded SmartHome Solutions, a Kennebunk, Maine-based residential and commercial smart technology company. Today, the company’s business has grown significantly and now has a team of 7 dedicated individuals. When Jeff is not working, he enjoys spending time with this family, golfing, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

Interview Recap

  • Lessons learned from growing up in an entrepreneurial family
  • Adding One Vision as their partner for after-sales service and support
  • Labor shortage challenges and solutions
  • Partnering with electricians to provide lighting fixture and lighting control solutions

Home Automation Podcast Episode #185: An Industry Q&A With Ryan Paddock

In this weeks home automation show of Automation Unplugged, Ryan Paddock, Chief System Designer at A Mindful Home shares the importance of privacy and technology in our homes.

Home Automation Podcast Episode #185: An Industry Q&A With Ryan Paddock

This week's home automation podcast features our host Ron Callis interviewing Ryan Paddock. Recorded live on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

About Ryan Paddock

Ryan Paddock is an integrator focused on redefining the industry’s approach and philosophy towards technology integration in our homes. He founded A Mindful Home in 2019 with the understanding of what’s next and anticipating change in the technology, products, and markets. He prides himself on designing and implementing elegant technology solutions focused on lifestyle and wellness to elevate his client’s homes.

Interview Recap

  • His unique philosophy and marketing position
  • The importance of privacy and technology in our homes
  • The increasing demand for circadian based lighting and home theaters
  • The shift to battery and renewable power solutions