On this week’s Rebels & Flux we are joined by Dan Lee, Managing Director at Hewshott International in the UK. Dan is a technology consultant who helps customers determine the right technology solutions for their projects. Dan explains how the technology expectations have gone beyond the AV in a conference room and now incorporate a more integrated approach with IT, Acoustics and Building Management Systems. What are the main differences between project bids/tenders in the US vs Europe? How does Hewshott leverage its global presence? These are some of the questions answered before we dive into finding out “Who is Dan Lee?”. We get up close and personal to find out what’s Dan’s favorite pass time, the meaning behind the tattoos, Baywatch, Bank Holidays and a definitive answer to which country makes a better breakfast.
This week we sit down the Jim Kelly, Analyst & Consultant for Recon Research. Jim has a secret test lab where he puts AV devices to the test. His specialty: Video Conferencing Hardware and Software. We learn about a special project he’s working on in Florida. After hours Jim spends his time tearing up the Arizona desert exploring with his family in the “Black Widow”.
In this episode of Rebels & Flux we meet DTEN’s new Head of Sales Enablement, Dave Silberstein. Dave is a familiar face to many in the AV industry as a 30-yr. veteran. What is his new role and What’s with the fancy title? What is Collaboration and how many mic drop moments can we handle within the 1st 5 minutes of the show. We then get personal and dive into Dave’s hidden talent as a grill master. We unlock some musical facts that will surprise many. He then weighs in on a national shortage of Drinks & Sandwiches before delivering some advice for AV rookies looking for some career advice.
Matt Montgomery, President of TYM homes, joins Rebels & Flux this week. TYM homes has pivoted a few times, in its history, to adjust to changing market conditions. We take a deep dive into how social media fueled the company’s pivots and how it forged new opportunities and income. Matt not only shares some great advice, but he also reveals some incredible numbers to back up his social media efforts. Finally we were able to catch a great “Fanboy” moment before settling the score between Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday.
This week we are joined by AV Engineer, Meg Sciarini Smith. A Live Events specialist turned corporate AV Systems Engineer who is both technically sound and well versed in the experiential movement. Meg joins us from the coffee shop in LA to discuss her unique journey in AV and her nerdy love of all things techie. Along the way we uncover this Rebel’s passion for Ice Hockey, Japanese anime and Octopus on Ice.
On this Episode of Rebels and Flux we continue our talk with Cofounder & Chief Brand Strategist at Latin & Code Mr. Steven Picanza. Steven serves up some more great tips on Digital Marketing, What is an “Agency” and How to find and select the right one for your business. We then discuss the best fictional TV sitcom hangout, What is an Italian Hot Dog, ferocious animals and Puerto Rican Reggae.
On this episode of Rebels & Flux, we talk with Steven Picanza, Co-founder & Chief Brand Strategist at Latin & Code. Steven gives us his fresh take on Digital Marketing, Infocomm and Brand Activation. We then learn about Fried Spam before discussing who would win in a battle of the titans: Gary V. or Seth Godin. As we wrap up I may have instigated a fight between Steve and another company’s CEO.
This week we chat with Andrew Davis, Collaboration Solutions Programmer at Ignite CSG. Andrew is a Dual Certified AV professional who knows how to program, install and design complex AV systems. It also makes him the right person to sound off about Cybersecurity and how AV can better prepare itself. We hear the inspiration behind his articles. We get the scoop on his Alt Radio past, Which Canadian team he misses the most and where in the world is Kingsclear?
This week on Rebels & Flux we meet Derek Myers, President & CEO of Neoti. All bets are off when I ask Derek “What is a “Neoti”? We dig deeper to discover more about this LED manufacturer and how it planted roots in Indiana. One project, in particular, hit home with Derek when he lights up talking about their work with at a Division 1 university football program. And finally, we get to fun questions to ask “What is in your kitchen junk drawer(s)? You will be surprised at what we find and more.
This week we continue our conversation with Jarrod Hillman, Owner of Hillman AV in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada. We quickly dive into an AV recruitment conversation and discuss how to recruit when there’s a shortage of experienced and/or trained AV technicians. We then debate Apprenticeship vs. College Degrees and how Hillman overcame recruitment and how they solved training. We wrap up the video by discussing where to find the Best Poutine, Schitt’s Creek and the best place to Unplug. Part 2 of 2
This week we take a trip north to Canada to meet Jarrod Hillman. Jarrod is the Owner of Hillman AV in Regina, Saskatchewan. We start off with Jarrod giving us the Hillman AV origin story. Followed by how he built an AV business centered around the Bars & Restaurant market. Not the easiest vertical to be successful in but he reveals his strategy on what it takes. Along the way, we chat all things Canada such as Degrassi, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Nickelback (of course). To be continued… Part 1 of 2.
Meet Monte Bennett Barco’s Director of Distribution. Monte knows “stuff” about Barco’s Clickshare that many don’t remember. Let’s take an “Excellent Adventure” (Pun intended) with Monte back through time to understand where Clickshare came from and where it is today. We also get a glimpse into Monte’s past life as we discuss his competition Car Audio background and his contributions to Burning Man.
Juan Chavez is back! DTEN’s energetic Channel Manager who has a passion for technology and fun. On this episode, we discover InfoComm through the eyes of a 1st timer. Discover the differences between Comic Cons and InfoComm. How do you develop a fan base? What are the value adds of an All-in-One device? What good audio means to a display manufacturer? Plus we dive into debate Pizza and bad Airports!
Meet Juan Chavez! DTEN’s energetic Channel Manager who has a passion for technology and life. Who is DTEN, What is D7 and What does “Cars” have to do with it?