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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1007: I Talked to Both the AVIXA/InfoComm and ISE Show Leadership to Get the Facts About the 2021 Events
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1002: Why AV Integrators Should Register for NSCA’s P2P Event in September
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 1001: Sean Wargo’s Team at AVIXA May Be the Key to Understanding the Future of AV
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 […]
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
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 998: Almo Adds a Streaming Company, Cattura, to Its Portfolio — Here’s Why
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 997: Here’s a LIVE Demo of the VDO360 2SEE USB Camera Integrated with a Far-Field Mic Array
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 996: Bridge the Pre-Sale and Integration Services Gap with SYNNEX Corporation
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 995: Innovox Audio May Be the Best-Kept Secret in Audio. So Let’s Fix That!
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 994: How a Green-Hair Challenge Turned Into a Record Sales Month at AVI Systems
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
Rants and rAVes — Episode 993: A Video Interview With the 2020 AVIXA Foundation Scholarship Recipients
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 992: SYNNEX Public Sector Collaborating with AV Channel to Create Solutions that Drive Business
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 […]
Rants and rAVes — Episode 991: Are You Selling Healthcare AV Yet? You Should Be, So Attend SYNNEX’s Healthcare Event
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 […]
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 […]
After nearly 20 years at NEC Display, Rich Ventura became the VP of B2B at Sony Professional last week. Why’d he leave NEC, and why the heck did he go to Sony? Watch, and you’ll hear why!
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 […]
Here’s a personal message from rAVe Founder Gary Kayye on why you should join him next week during THE rAVe Agency‘s LAVNCH WEEK 2! Check it out below and register here TODAY!
Rants and rAVes — Episode 921: Wayne Borg and His 4000 Lumen Casio XJS400UN Projector Is LED/Laser Leader
Casio’s Marketing Manager, Wayne Borg, joined Gary via video today to show us how small his new 4000-lumen XJS400UN projector really is. It’s an LED/laser projector that’s spec’d to last 20,000 hours, and with 10 years of LED-based projection behind them, Casio’s specs are backed up with literally millions of solid-state projection installs. This native WUXGA (1920 […]
It’s Friday and time for the Weekly Wrap-Up. Was it a busy week for you? In case you missed anything, every Friday we post the top need-to-know stories from the week. This week we are featuring new products from Extron, an InfoComm 2015 podcast and blog post from Corey Moss and more! A New Model […]
A DSE Special Videocast: An Interview with Exponation President & COO Chris Gibbs About Digital Signage Expo
The 12th year of the Digital Signage Expo kicks off next week in Las Vegas with over 200 exhibitors and the most education ever offered on digital signage in one place. I was joined on today’s videocast by the president and COO of Exponation (parent company of DSE), Chris Gibbs, who gave me a great overview […]
Miss something this week? Here are the top stories we think deserve a second look. Happy Friday! Post by rAVe. Like it? Love it? Hate it? Let us know what you think and if you think we missed an important story.
It’s Friday and time for the Weekly Wrap-Up. Here are some of the top stories we think deserve a second look from this week. Joel Rollins’ latest Crew Call column about opportunities to change the way large meetings work, blogger Lee Distad writes about how to talk to customers effectively, Sara Abrons published a blog […]
It’s Friday once again. That means it’s the weekend and also time for the Weekly Wrap-Up. Every week, we give you the top five or so stories from the week that you can’t miss or stories we think deserve a second look. This week’s news includes the Harman acquisition of AMX and a Rants and […]
Gary’s popular Rants and rAVe video series is back! You may remember that in 2011 and 2012, he produced some hilarious, some serious, but all educational videos that addressed subjects like the GreenAV movement, reasons to hire young people, how HomeAV is infiltrating the ProAV market and his disdain for 3D. All in all, over […]
Gary’s latest episode of his (almost) daily Rants and rAVes is all about CONNECTORS. Why are there so many? There’s gotta be a standard! Watch this latest episode to see exactly what Gary is talking about!
For the second year in a row, our founder Gary Kayye will personally lead an exclusive show tour during InfoComm – where he walks attendees (limited to 50), booth-by-booth, to see his Top-10 new products. Details on how to register are in this podcast and here.
Thanks to our sponsors, Christie, Almo ProAV, Barco, Cisco, Panasonic, FSR, NEC and Visix, we will not only be sending over 25 reporters around the show floor shooting thousands of videos, blogging and reporting LIVE news, but we’ll also be playing PLINKO to find 16 Grand Prize Winners to play for the SMART Car. But, […]