| Volume 4, Issue 11 – November 30, 2015 |
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| November 11, 2015|
Episode 58: Innovative Audio Products from Audioengine
David Solomon, national director of sales and marketing at Audioengine, speaks with host Johnny Mota almost one year after he last had him on last, when David was national sales and marketing director at TIDAL HiFi, about all the innovative audio product offerings at Audioengine. They cover wired to wireless, DACs, Bluetooth, computer audio and everything in between.
David talks about his past audio career (TIDAL, Audioquest, Peachtree Audio) as well as his music likes and dislikes. They also have a really good discussion about high-res audio vs. compressed audio and what that means to you. All this and more on this episode of AV Insider.
November 3, 2015
Episode 57: CEDIA Recap With Terra Speakers & Knack Factory
Alex Steed (marketing and communications at Terra Speakers, and partner at Knack Factory) and James Banfield (president of Terra Speakers) speak with Johnny about CEDIA 2015 and all its gloriousness. We cover everything from experiences, technology announced and things to expect for newcomers and vets alike. These two guys are a great pair of #AVTweeps and in this podcast they share some really good insights on this episode. As always, some great new products are covered in typical AV Insider fashion, but the only way to learn more is to clink the link and listen to this episode.
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November 24, 2015
Episode 32: On This Show We #OptOutside for Black Friday (A Special)
Host AV Christa Bender and (her co-host/sidekick for this show) Corey CB Moss welcome KMB Communications CEO Katye McGregor Bennett to talk about something that is very important to her as well as her company, which is the campaign that is being conducted by retailer REI, who announced in October it would close its stores on Black Friday and instead encourage people to #OptOutside.
Along with Katye we also invited FSR Inc.’s Gina Sansivero and instead of talking about technology, Gina also participated in this discussion of opting outside to do things with family and friends vs. shopping in the malls or crowded retail stores on Black Friday. While stores advertise the Friday after Thanksgiving as their biggest sales day of the year (heck some places talk about Black Friday like IT’S a holiday itself), certain stores have also decided to be open on Thanksgiving and we may, just have a problem with that.
In fact you can even Opt out of Black Friday and visit a national park for free instead and according to this article, nearly 1 million people have since joined in on the idea, sharing photos and ideas of what they’re going to do instead of spending hours in store lines.
So if you are thinking about going out at midnight on Black Friday to wrestle those other parents for the Legos or Barbie Dolls as well as that must-have gadget (stuff or thing?) – or if you feel like frequenting those %&@* stores that have decided to not give their employees the day off on Thanksgiving – this is a must listen for you. It may just change your perspective on Black Friday and the great outdoors – and the possibilities of breathing clean fresh air as opposed to, well y’know.
And in this great world of technology and the interwebs, you can always shop online – right…?
November 20, 2015
Episode 31: We Ride!
Join Host AV Christa Bender and the Crew Corey CB Moss, Vaddio Stacy Kringlen, Johnny (Stuff n’ Things) Mota and Hot Jobs Rich Prevete as they welcome their guests:
So if you’re listening to this show on this station, saddle up and enjoy the ride…
| November 10, 2015|
Episode 30: So a Drones Expert and a PR Professional Walk Into a Podcast…
Join Host AV Christa Bender and the Crew Corey CB Moss, Johnny (Stuff n’ Things) Mota and Hot Jobs RichPrevete as they welcome their guests:
We talk drones, CEDIA, wine, snooze buttons, InfoComm Connections and more – what else could you ask for?! Oh yeah – Hot Jobs!
Rich also talks about his road to CTS in a must hear discussion which will begin an ongoing segment. Corey talks about the upcoming InfoComm Connections in New York City this week on November 11th and 12th. For more information on the event go to infocommconnections.org. And Johnny talks about snooze buttons. Stuff? Thing? You decide.
Sit back, enjoy the podcast and…
| November 5, 2015|
Episode 29: Driving Certifications, Convergence and the Power Up
As with any technology industry, certifications carry a great amount of identity and weight in terms of recognition. The audio visual industry specifically focuses on certifications that provide a benefit to all who work within it – the integrators, consultants and manufacturers. There are, and will always be, those who call into question how an industry sets out to attain certain goals, as well as the work that goes into it. However there are also those who stand up in front and help to deliver the proper messages about how an industry can continue to move forward and grow, along with the technology innovations and education upon which it thrives. On this show, we have two such people as our guests who bring us great discussion on certification and more – including the outstanding technology discussion we’ve been know to mix in with the humor.
As we continue to back the industry, its manufacturers, integrators and consultants, as well as the industry organization itself – we say again, “Be the Industry” and help it to grow forward.
Join Host AV Christa Bender and the Crew Corey CB Moss, Hope BeerAndPie (aka The Programmer) Roth, Vaddio Stacy Kringlen, Johnny Stuff n’ Things Mota and Hot Jobs Rich Prevete as they welcome their guests:
As we continue to support the industry and all who contribute and work hard within it, we just have one thing to say… Power Up!
November 23, 2015
Episode 6: From Policy to Action: How Sustainability Became the Culture at Freeman Audio Visual Canada
This month host Midori Connolly chats with Heidi Welker, vice president of marketing at Freeman AV Canada. Heidi shares some fantastic stories and ideas to help inspire and educate anyone looking to create a green policy and then carry it out on an ongoing basis. One idea that I thought was particularly interesting was the concept of a corporate “mentor” — for Freeman, sustainability at the Fairmont hotels was an inspiration and example to follow. What a great way to create and incorporate a sustainability plan… but studying how one corporation did it and emulating their practices and success. Freeman also used a committee comprised of employees who volunteered to develop their sustainability policy and action plan. By making this a top-down and bottom-up plan, they have been able to transform a formal corporate policy and procedure to become a way of conducting business that is authentic and natural. This was key for developing a culture of behavior that has become so successful that they actually struggle to keep up with all of the great green actions their employees take!
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November 20, 2015
Episode 110: An Education Podcast Part Three
On this episode of THE WEEK, Joel Rollins, Garry Kayye, and Mark Coxon sit down to discuss the current state of education and training in the AV industry. This conversation stems from a blog Mark wrote last month (found here), and Gary’s thoughts, Why CTS Matters to Me. This podcast is part three of three in this discussion.
November 19, 2015
Episode 109: An Education Podcast Part Two
On this episode of THE WEEK, Joel Rollins, Garry Kayye, and Mark Coxon sit down to discuss the current state of education and training in the AV industry. This conversation stems from a blog Mark wrote last month (found here), and Gary’s thoughts, Why CTS Matters to Me. This podcast is part two of three of this discussion.
November 18, 2015
Episode 108: An Education Podcast
On this episode of THE WEEK, Joel Rollins, Garry Kayye, and Mark Coxon discuss the current state of education and training in the AV industry. This conversation stems from a blog Mark wrote last month (found here), and Gary’s thoughts, Why CTS Matters to Me. This podcast is part one of three of this discussion.
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November 24, 2015
Episode 446: Nureva Intros System Aimed at Education Market
Earlier this week, Nureva launched the Span classroom collaboration system in the form of two models, the WM210e and the WM220e. Designed for use in classrooms, media centers and innovation labs, the Span classroom collaboration system draws upon familiar, simple and flexible tools already widely used in paper-based creative processes in the classroom including sticky notes, sketches, images and flip charts. The system uses a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to enable collaboration on an expansive 40′ (12.2 m) digital canvas. Students create their input on their personal devices, either a computer or a tablet, and share it on the digital canvas in the cloud. The single-projector WM210e model or dual-projector WM220e model transforms classroom walls into a 10′ or 20′ (3.1 m or 6.1 m) interactive panoramic workspace for small-group or whole-class collaboration on the digital canvas.
Gary is joined by Nureva President and CEO Nancy Knowlton on today’s podcast, where they talk about the company’s launch into education.
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November 30, 2015
Episode 13: Lead Lists
There are plenty of resources that offer to sell you construction leads, but are they worth the investment? Listen to this week’s Selling AV to get Mark’s take on if these lists are valuable and how to get the most from them. Think of it as your five-minute sales manager.
November 23, 2015
Episode 12: Join Associations
Do you want to add some fuel to your AV network? This week on Selling AV, we talk about three important associations you may want to join if you are doing commercial AV work. Think of it as your five-minute sales manager.
November 10, 2015
Episode 11: Working With Architects
We all hear that AV people should be talking to architects, but that’s easier to say than to actually do. This week I give a few tips on how to open those architect doors. Think of it as your five-minute sales manager.
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