Gary’s Rants & rAVes

Listen to Gary Kayye’s exclusive podcast – Rants & rAVes. Every episode, Gary talks with some of the biggest names in the AV industry and covers all the latest trends. Tune in, #AVTweeps!

Rants and rAVes — Episode 1009: Watch This Videocast and Be Convinced to Join a Webinar I Host in Less than 2 Weeks!

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I rarely record podcasts or videocasts to promote webinars. The principle seems too “meta” to me — and if you don’t know what that means, don’t fret: I work around Gen Zers and millennials all day, so ask your kids. Back to this webinar thing — I think that this webinar I am doing on Oct. […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1008: Who the Heck Is Nialli?

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A new company made its debut this week: Nialli. Nialli is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nureva (check out the story Gary wrote about it Tuesday). Also, here’s a fun fact: The CEO is Nancy Knowlton of Nureva fame! Gary recorded this videocast with Nancy Wednesday to get the scoop — so watch and learn all about this new venture! Podcast: Play […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1007: I Talked to Both the AVIXA/InfoComm and ISE Show Leadership to Get the Facts About the 2021 Events

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I was honored to have both the managing director of ISE, Mike Blackman, and the CEO of AVIXA, Dave Labuskes, on my videocast Thursday. The subject? The earlier-this-week show shuffle that ended with ISE’s European-centered AV mega show and the famed InfoComm show both scheduled for June 2021. After watching this, you’ll be convinced this […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1006: When You See a Title of ‘Footballer & AV Pro,’ You Gotta Ask

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After getting a connection request, via LinkedIn, from Calaigh Copland of Diversified in Canada, I noticed her title started with Footballer and ended with AV Professional, not the other way around. So, here’s your chance to hear from Calaigh: the AV industry’s only national soccer player (Guyana)! Her path to AV is probably much like yours was, and she’s […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1005: Why Every AV Integrator Should Consider Attending NSCA’s P2Pv

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Gary was joined by NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson to talk about the upcoming P2P (Pivot to Profit) — or, this year, called P2Pv, as the event is virtual — September 22-23. This is THE leading business transformation event aimed at AV and IT, and the 2020 focus is helping low-voltage integrators recover from and reboot beyond the COVID-19 crisis. Using […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1004: Meet Jake Sanders — Almo Pro A/V’s Newest BDM

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People are the lifeblood of AV, and any time we have a chance to meet someone new, we do. Here’s an introduction to Jacob Sanders, Almo Pro A/V‘s newest business development manager focusing on LED and projection, among other specialties, for the distributor. Jake spent the last two years selling and specifying LED for CreateLED and Lighthouse Technologies. However, his […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1003: Why Mvix DSaaS is Well Positioned for Higher Ed

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As the entire industry likely enters a transition to XaaS (Everything-as-a-Service), the easiest place to start is with digital signage installs — they are already 100% networked. To start, Mvix Digital Signage probably has the easiest higher-ed DSaaS (Digital-Signage-as-a-Service) line out there right now. Gary Kayye spoke to Mvix senior solutions consultant Daniel Mersberger Wednesday about how […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1002: Why AV Integrators Should Register for NSCA’s P2P Event in September

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On this episode of Rants and rAVes, Gary was joined by NSCA executive director Chuck Wilson to talk about the P2Pv (“v” for virtual) event on September 22-23, open ONLY to AV integrators and designers. Unlike most virtual events (so far) in 2020, NSCA’s Pivot to Profit (P2Pv) event was specifically designed by integrators FOR integrators. The […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1001: Sean Wargo’s Team at AVIXA May Be the Key to Understanding the Future of AV

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AVIXA‘s senior director of market intelligence, Sean Wargo, is extrapolating a tremendous amount of data that, at first glance, may seem obvious. But rAVe’s Gary Kayye thinks it’s critical to understanding the future of the AV integration business. Want to learn where the market is heading, how to pivot into the right segments, and when to […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1000: Gary’s 1,000th Podcast Guest Is Sara Abrons! Get to Know Her Here

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When you hit a milestone like 1,000 — yes, Gary’s recorded 1,000 podcasts — you have to pick a special guest to celebrate it with you. So Gary picked his 16-year friend, colleague and partner, Sara Abrons. This is your chance to get to know Sara. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 999: A Talk with ProAV Industry Legend Ron DeVoe

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ProAV industry icon Ron DeVoe, founder of Texas-based TOTAL Marketing, joined Gary on his videocast Thursday. TOTAL Marketing is universally respected as one of the industry’s top three manufacturer’s rep firms. Ron entered the AV market in the mid-1970s and has weathered all sorts of AV storms. His insights, attitude and historical perspective are invaluable in a […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 998: Almo Adds a Streaming Company, Cattura, to Its Portfolio — Here’s Why

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Gary was joined on his podcast Tuesday by Almo Pro A/V’s vice president of business development & strategy, Rob Ziv, who took the opportunity to introduce a new partner to the ProAV market — Cattura Video. Cattura has three different H.264 streaming appliances for personal, corporate, education and even live events streaming applications. Watch this […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 997: Here’s a LIVE Demo of the VDO360 2SEE USB Camera Integrated with a Far-Field Mic Array

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Almo Pro A/V’s Stephen McKay joined Gary on his videocast to do a LIVE demo of the VDO360 2SEE USB Camera — designed to be a work-from-anywhere personal conferencing device. Using a native 1080p (30fps) camera and four integrated mics, the 2SEE includes echo cancellation and automatic gain control; you’ll see (and hear) it demonstrated […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 996: Bridge the Pre-Sale and Integration Services Gap with SYNNEX Corporation

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SYNNEX Vice President of Design and Support Services Kirk Nesbit & Vice President of Services Joe Pittillo discuss how integrators can lean on SYNNEX to fill gaps in today’s complex business climate while extending their reach with customers. From pre-sales support to installation and maintenance, SYNNEX can help integrators enhance or extend their current offering.  SYNNEX can also help integrators take advantage of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 995: Innovox Audio May Be the Best-Kept Secret in Audio. So Let’s Fix That!

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Gary was joined on his podcast by Innovox Audio founder and CEO Chris Oswood, sales director Ladd Temple, and marketing director Kelly Perkins to talk all about audio — intelligible audio, that is. What is it? What does it mean? How is Innovox Audio different from all the other speaker companies out there? Well, watch […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 994: How a Green-Hair Challenge Turned Into a Record Sales Month at AVI Systems

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COVID-19 has challenged everyone. So when AVI Systems’ CEO and president, Jeff Stoebner, issued a challenge to his team that if they produced a record-sales month, he’d dye his hair green, they responded. How’d he do it? Simple — watch!   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 993: A Video Interview With the 2020 AVIXA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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The 2020 AVIXA Foundation scholarship recipients joined Gary on his videocast today. Here’s your chance to not only meet them but also hire them! In fact, Esmeralda already has her Crestron Level 1 Programming Certification — hint, hint (ahem, Crestron). And both Iris and Adam potentially have only one more year before they become #AVtweeps! Watch and meet the future of AV. Finally, here’s a […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 992: SYNNEX Public Sector Collaborating with AV Channel to Create Solutions that Drive Business

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SYNNEX VP of Public Sector & Vertical Markets Ed Somers joined Gary on today’s podcast to talk about the AV channel’s opportunities during the pandemic. The two discussed how the distributor is working with manufacturers and engaging with resellers to find the right tools and solutions that drive business. From legislation and policies spinning out of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 991: Are You Selling Healthcare AV Yet? You Should Be, So Attend SYNNEX’s Healthcare Event

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On July 8, SYNNEX is using the rAVe LAVNCH Platform to deliver a healthcare-based virtual event focusing on AV and UCC solutions that are not only helping the healthcare industry but also addressing healthcare issues in AV environments. The free event kicks off with a keynote from Sextant Group’s David Glenn. In this interview with SYNNEX’s own VP of […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 990: The Dave Labuskes Post-InfoComm 2020 Connected Interview

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AVIXA CEO Dave Labuskes joined Gary on his podcast today for a special video interview, not just about InfoComm 2020 Connected but also about the future of our industry. It’s a candid look at how far we’ve come over the last 90 days and where we’re headed — what are the opportunities for us, as […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 988: Need IT Expertise? NPower Has a Unique Way for You to Find It

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Alexis La Broi, of VER, introduced us to nPower last week and we decided to highlight the nPower program as part of today’s videocast. nPower creates pathways for launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. And, they focus on developing and teaching IT expertise. This provides AV integrators with an […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 986: WolfVision Cynap the Perfect BYOM UCC Product?

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Gary was joined on today’s Videocast with WolfVision’s Michael Lisi to talk Cynap, the VCX Conference and the future of UCC via BYOM and full collaboration. Cynap is well-positioned to be the ultimate BYOM (bring your own meeting) UCC product to drive both local and distance-based collaboration in classrooms and meeting rooms. Watch and see why!

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 985: You Are About to Make a Fortune Selling Audio, Again

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COVID-19 made us all keenly aware of the value of collaboration. And, collaboration without video is just like watching a silent movie. Not only is audio a heck of a lot more profitable than video but, the post-COVID-19 world is going to bring us a plethora of opportunities to sell  “personalized professional audio gear. Oh, […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 984: Melody Craigmyle Talks E4v

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On today’s special videocast watch as Gary Kayye and Melody Craigmyle talk about E4v. With COVID-19 impacting the AV industry — Almo Professional AV is the first industry distributor to announce a virtual trade show. E4v connects you to exclusive online education, all while earning up to 8 CTS RUs! Each day includes four tracks […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 983: An Interview with Scott Gill and Steve Durkee of Legrand | AV

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Scott Gill is leaving Legrand | AV in good hands as Steve Durkee, current president of the Legrand | AV’s commercial division, will ascend to the role of President of Legrand | AV later this month. Gary was given the first video interview with both of them on the heels of the announcement of Scott’s departure. Scott and Steve […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 982: Did You Know That Evertz Does AV-over-IP in 1G, 2.5G, 10G and Beyond?

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This is a promoted post < Gary was joined in his podcast today with Evertz’s Matt Krstulja to talk AV-over-IP. Evertz has been in the broadcast market for years, doing AV-overIP at 25G and 50G data rates and now they have a family of AV-over-IP solutions aimed at the ProAV market, dubbed NUCLEUS. So, what’s different and why should you take a […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 981: Helping their team and SYNNEX customers navigate COVID-19

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This is a promoted post  TJ Trojan, senior vice president of product management, North America, SYNNEX Corporation, and Sandi Stambaugh, vice president of product management. TJ and Sandi discuss how they are supporting their team and partners during the pandemic by helping them understand what SYNNEX is seeing in the market from the supply chain and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 980: Aurora Multimedia Just Introduced the Most Creative Post-COVID-19 AV Product So Far!

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Dubbed Tauri, Aurora Multimedia just launched a portable or “mountable” 10″, 15″ or 21″ ‘Temperature-Check Tablet’ that can be used to screen people in the lobby of urgent cares, corporations, schools and hospitality venues. Using an infrared temperature sensor/detector, Tauri provides alerts when a person is running a high temperature within 1 second – from 3-feet […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 979: Pay attention to Macnica America

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Macnica America is one of those companies that you probably aren’t paying attention to but, probably should. As an early adopter (and a chip manufacturer) of the proposed AV-over-IP standards (from the AIMS Alliance) dubbed IPMX, Macnica hopes to not only deliver standardized network video to the commercial AV world but, also to UCC and the consumer […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 978: If You Aren’t In eSports, You Should Be! Here’s How You Can Learn How to Enter

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On today’s podcast, Panasonic‘s NSM, Steve Milley, and Gary talk about the potential of the eSports market and how their upcoming webinar together, is specifically designed to help AV Integrators navigate entering the market. If COVID-19 didn’t convince you to enter eSports, maybe the fact that NASCAR is holding weekly e-races via eSports platforms will. Or, maybe the fact that over 125 […]

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