Episode 31: Heather Sidorowicz on Tech Writing and Purchasing Her Fathers Business
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Heather Sidorowicz, owner of Southtown Audio Video in Hamburg, NY. Sidorowicz, who is also a former CEDIA board member and current contributing writer to Residential Tech Today, discusses the challenging early years of running her tech integration business after purchasing it from her father, where she acquired the proper business acumen to drive innovation within her company, and how those experiences opened the door to become a respected industry writer.
Read Heather Sidorowicz’s latest tech article at https://restechtoday.com/showdown-apple-homepod-mini-vs-amazon-generation-4-echo-dot/
Episode 30: Michael Heiss is the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Michael Heiss, a Los Angeles-based contributing editor to Residential Tech Today, former audio and video product and marketing executive, and this year’s CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award winner. As a product and marketing executive at Harman International, Michael was responsible for many breakthrough audio and video products. On the entertainment side of the business he was a promotion manager at NBC and was key to the development of hotel in-room movies and created the first nationwide movie rental service for Beta and VHS cassettes.
Read Michael Heiss’ latest tech article at https://restechtoday.com/apple-launches-homepod-mini/
Episode 29: Private Cinema Designer Dennis Erskine is the 2020 CEDIA Fellow
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with 2020 CEDIA Fellow Dennis Erskine, founder of Erskine Group, a Colorado-based private cinema design/build firm. Dennis helped shape several significant aspects of the residential technology integration industry and CEDIA as a global organization, serving now as chairman of the CEDIA Certification Commission. He has been a dedicated volunteer and home theater design subject matter expert for years with the organization, holding key leadership positions, including a two-year term as chairman of the CEDIA Board of Directors and multiple stints as a board member. He has been instrumental in the development of standards and certifications as a volunteer for CEDIA.
Visit https://www.erskine-group.com/ to learn more about the Erskine Group.
Episode 28: Sean Weiner on His Roles as Bravas CTO and Baltimore Branch GM
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Sean Weiner, former owner of Starr Systems, a Baltimore-based custom integration company that is now part of the Bravas network of independent custom integration companies. Weiner has unique insight, having served as CTO of Bravas when it launched a year ago and now as head of the Baltimore branch after the departure of its former GM.
Visit Bravas.com to check out the latest developments from Bravas.
Episode 27: Leon Speakers’ Noah Kaplan is Steeped in Audio and Design
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with legendary Leon Speakers Founder Noah Kaplan, who recalls his early artistic upbringing and shares the little-known fact that his dad is an infectious disease specialist who went to college with Dr. Anthony Fauci at Cornell and was one of the early pioneers in HIV research in New York City. Also, learn how Leon is adapting to the current COVID reality and what the company has in store for its new Leon Live concept.
Visit leonspeakers.com to check out the latest developments from Leon Speakers.
Episode 26: Scott Newnam on Audio Advice’s Free, Online Home Theater Design Tool
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Audio Advice CEO Scott Newnam about his company’s recently launched online home theater design tool, which is free for consumers and professionals anywhere to use. With a Harvard Business School, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley background, Newnam came to the home integration business later than most, but with no less passion or dedication. He has been instrumental in his company’s successful blend of brick-and-mortar and e-commerce retail success in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC.
Visit www.audioadvice.com to check out the home theater design tool.
Episode 25: Sense Labs’ Mike Phillips on Bringing AI into the Smart Home
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Mike Phillips, CEO and co-founder of Sense Labs, a Cambridge, Massachusetts company whose Sense Home Energy Monitor provides real-time insights into home energy consumption. He was a researcher at MIT before going on to co-found two companies (SpeechWorks and Vlingo) that brought speech recognition capabilities to call centers and to mobile phones, including the technology that would go on to power virtual assistants across hundreds of millions of phones.
Visit https://sense.com/ to learn more.
Episode 24: John Sciacca is President of the No-Shirts Club
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with one of his favorite custom home tech writers who, in his day job, is co-owner of Custom Theater & Audio in Myrtle Beach, SC. In this especially candid conversation, Jeremy and his good friend John recall how they met while on a trip to Microsoft headquarters, how they ended up rooming together at trade shows, and discovered a shared fandom for Taylor Swift and Disney World. Eventually, they discuss smart home trends, as well.
Episode 23: Shark Tank Star Robbie Cabral Unlocks Smart Home Market
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Robbie Cabral, inventor, CEO, and founder of Los Angeles-based BenjiLock, a finger-print enabled padlock manufacturer that was introduced to the tech industry at CES 2017 and soon after was made famous on ABC’s SharkTank. Padlocks for gym lockers and bikes aren’t typically the focus of Residential TechTalks, but Cabral is expanding his focus into the smart home, so we’ll discuss that development and more in this episode.
Visit to learn more, visit https://benjilock.com/ and check out our interview in the June-July 2020 issue of Residential Tech Today.
Episode 22: Joe Piccirilli Won’t Compromise in His Approach to Power Management
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Joe Piccirilli, managing director of Rosewater Energy Group, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Joe is an accomplished consultant, strategist, and speaker with almost five decades of experience that spans across the consumer electronics, systems integration, and energy industries. In his current capacity at RoseWater, he oversees the manufacturing, sales, and distribution of new technology for residential power storage and handling efforts, but he’s also one of the founders of AV retailer Sound Advice and AVAD, the well-known AV distribution company.
Visit https://rosewaterenergy.com/ to learn more.
Episode 21: Mark Feinberg is My Good Friend, Too
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Mark Feinberg, president of Home Theater Advisors, a custom integration firm specializing in middle market projects in New York City. Unlike so many companies in the home tech install business that may scoff at more modest budgets, Mark embraces the idea of taking on projects in the $2,000-$30,000 range – even in the typically extreme high-end NYC market – noting in his marketing that “no project is too small.”
Visit https://www.hometheateradvisors.com/ to learn more.
Episode 20: Brandon White’s Perspective as a Second-Generation Technologist
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Brandon White, director of new product development at Vanco International, a U.S. manufacturer of premium audio/video products and electronic accessories. In this week’s episode, we learn more about an article Brandon wrote for the June/July 2020 issue of Residential Tech Today, where he shares how he has followed in his father’s footsteps in the AV business and how his own young son is already showing interest in tech.
Visit: https://www.vanco1.com/ to learn more.
Episode 19: Paradise Theater’s Sam Cavitt Creates Private Galleries for the Artform of Film
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Sam Cavitt, owner of Paradise Theater, a company dedicated to delivering “excellence always” with their private home cinema designs. Find out how Sam evolved from custom integrator to theater designer, how he ended up living in Hawaii, and why he is on a mission to save the artform of film by embracing the concept of cinema connoisseurship.
Visit: https://www.paradisetheater.tv/blog/tag/private-cinema/ to learn more.
Episode 18: Roomba Inventor Joe Jones Takes Robotics Into the Garden
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Joe Jones, inventor of arguably the most successful robot ever made, iRobot’s Roomba robotic vacuum. These days, he is promoting his company Franklin Robotics’ newest invention, called Tertill, the world’s first residential weeding robot. Find out how Jones comes up with new ideas and brings his robotic creations to life (uh oh).
Visit: https://tertill.com/ to learn more.
Episode 17: Richard Millson Takes the Pain Out of Tech Integration
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Richard Millson, CEO of Millson Technologies, a premiere residential electronic systems provider in Vancouver, Canada. Find out how Millson’s 1970s high school job as a teen disco DJ led to a learn-on-the-job business in commercial and residential technology integration. These days, Millson is renowned for his mastery of the multi-dwelling unit (MDU) market and his systemized way of getting in and out of jobs, profitably.
Visit: www.millson.net to learn more.
Check out this article about Millson at https://restechtoday.com/richard-millson/
Episode 16: My Good Friend Todd Anthony Puma
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Todd Anthony Puma, a respected custom integrator, tech blogger, and owner of The Source Home Theater in New Jersey. Find out how Puma handled the very early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when he was turned away from a service call into New York City and how he been reaching out to his client base with great CARE, and even beginning to find installation and service opportunities picking up in New Jersey. Also, we learn more about Puma’s “good friend Mark Feinberg” and how he became such a fixture in many of his articles.
Visit: http://www.thesourcehometheater.com/ to learn more.
Check out Todd’s latest blog at https://www.residentialsystems.com/blogs/picking-a-pro-podcast
Episode 15: Mitchell Klein has Two NFL Teams to Root for Now
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Mitchell Klein, Z-Wave Alliance executive director and 2019 CEDIA Lifetime Award winner, a lifelong Boston sports (and very recent Tampa Bay Bucs) fan with 25 years of custom integration industry knowledge and wisdom. Find out what insights Mitchell offers from his experience as an integrator, manufacturer executive, trade association president, and tech protocol alliance director, and how Z-Wave parent company Silicon Labs is working to create alignment across the industry with the goal of advancing both security and compatibility in smart home devices. Visit: www.z-wavealliance.org to learn more.
Watch Episode – https://youtu.be/6dvqL5P3L9E
Episode 14: HTSA’s Jon Robbins Refuses to Workout in His Garage
In this episode, Residential Tech Talks Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Jon Robbins, the executive director of The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), a consumer electronics buying group that in recent years has become one of the most progressive leadership organizations in the residential tech integration business. Although he’s too modest to take credit, it was Jon’s leadership and vision that pushed the group into new technology categories like lighting design and “wellness tech” that the rest of the industry embraced later.
Visit: www.htsa.com to learn more.
Episode 13: Azione’s Richard Glikes Slow Dances with His Wife
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Richard Glikes, the president of Azione Unlimited, a consumer electronics buying group that was founded in 2011, and has become a force in the residential tech integration business, thanks, in part, to Richard’s passion as an industry leader, as well as the quality of residential tech integrators and manufacturers that he recruits to be a part of his group. Find out how Azione dealer and vendor members are staying in touch through virtual fireside chats and what song inspired Richard to slow dance with his wife in the middle of his family room.
Visit: www.azioneunlimited.com to learn more.
Episode 12: CEDIA’s Giles Sutton: ‘What a Difference a Month Makes’
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by CEDIA’s senior vice president of industry engagement, Giles Sutton, whose role in the industry is basically meant to be the exact opposite of social distancing. When times are normal, it’s quite common to see Facebook updates from Giles showing very long lines on a map from origin to destination and back. Find out how Giles is keeping in touch with residential technology integrators and vendors, and what how CEDIA helping its membership through the COVID-19 shutdown.
Visit: www.cedia.org to learn more.
Episode 11: Livewire’s Henry Clifford Meets Clients Where They Want to be Met
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki talks with Henry Clifford, CEO of Livewire, a custom integration firm based in Richmond, VA. When he’s not writing tech articles and product reviews for Residential Tech Today, Henry is guiding his quarantined employees and essential in-the-field techs through the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic hurdles by meeting clients where they want to be met and appreciating their business.
Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/rvJDya6D0CY
To read Henry Clifford’s article on his company’s approach to the no-touch sale during and after the Coronavirus Quarantine, visit https://restechtoday.com/coronavirus-2020-work-from-home/
Visit https://www.getlivewire.com/ to learn more.
Episode 10: Chris Smith Leads NYC-based Cloud9 Smart from a Safe Distance
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki talks with Chris Smith, the CEO of Cloud9 Smart, a custom integration firm based in New York City. Smith is one of the smartest and most thoughtful integration professionals in the country, so you might not be surprised to learn that as soon as he realized that the health of his employees was at risk from COVID-19, he closed down operations, even for so-called “essential workers” and relocated himself to Colorado, where he and his girlfriend had a place to stay away from one of the worst Coronavirus hotspots in the country. In this conversation, Smith shares how he has already “right-sized” his business for an eventual return to work, what he’s learning from his fellow CEOs during the pandemic, and how a “new normal” will affect his employees when they return to work early this summer.
Visit cloud9smart.com to learn more.
Episode 9: Thoughtful Integrations’ Joe Whitaker has a Post-Quarantine Plan
Even while we’re all hunkered down with quarantine orders across North America, Joe Whitaker seems to be anywhere and everywhere (at least virtually). In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki talks with the President of Thoughtful Integrations in the St. Louis and Dallas markets about his weekly Facebook Live video broadcasts, where he addresses both the concerns of custom integration business owners as well as the concerns of his smart home client base, looking for advice on keeping their home networks and entertainment systems humming, while hunkered down during this unprecedented time. Joe offers insights into his own best practices as he continues to work in the field during the COVID-19 quarantine, as well as an intriguing e-commerce concept that he’s developing to provide guided-install technologies for his clients.
Visit https://thoughtfulintegrations.com/ to learn more.
Episode 8 – ELK Products Brings Security, Comfort, and Convenience
Feeling a sense of security and safety in both your home and business is more essential now than ever before. That’s why connected homes and businesses need smart control solutions focused on security. In this episode of Residential Tech Talks, Editor-in-Chief Charles Warner speaks with ELK Products Technical Support & Training Manager Brad Weeks to discuss ELK Products and their innovative security and automation solutions.
Visit https://www.elkproducts.com to learn more!
Episode 7 – JOSH.AI Takes Voice Control To Another Level
While in lockdown, your home is more important than ever to you and your family. In this episode, Residential Tech Today Editor-in-Chief Charles Warner talks with Co-Founder and CEO of JOSH.AI Alex Capecelatro. Alex explains why JOSH. AI is at the forefront of voice control, bringing personality, comfort, and privacy to you through their AI technology, as unique as the homes it runs. Learn what your home capable of during #lockdown.
Visit www. josh.ai to learn more!
Episode 6 – Modernizing Mansions with HGTV's Tamara Day
Tamara Day has an eye for renovation and a passion for creating the perfect home. This shines through on her HGTV program Bargain Mansions, where Day works to fully reinvent homes from top to bottom, often in collaboration with her father. On this episode of Residential Tech Talks, Associate Editor Anthony Elio asks Day about the origins of her love of home renovation as well as how she personally views smart home tech.
Read the full interview here: https://restechtoday.com/julyaugust19-issue/
Check out Bargain Mansions on HGTV: https://www.hgtv.com/shows/bargain-mansions
Episode 5 – Joe Perry Rocks the House
Hall of Fame rocker Joe Perry of Aerosmith is used to being in the spotlight, with his cover feature in Residential Tech Today providing a brand new chance to shine. In this episode of Residential Tech Talks, Perry discusses home technology and his recent creative projects.
View The Complete June 2019 Issue: https://restechtoday.com/june2019-issue/
Episode 4 – The Magic of Home Tech with Penn Jillette
Penn Jillette was one of our publication’s favorite cover features, discussing everything from home automation to video gaming. In this special episode of Residential Tech Talks, we present our discussion with the multi-faceted entertainer.
Read The Story: https://restechtoday.com/penn-jillette/
Episode 3 – InVisions Technology – Titan Digital The 4K HDMI Solution
In this exclusive episode, Residential Tech Today Editor-in-Chief Charles Warner sits down with Jeffrey Boccaccio, President and Founder of DPL Labs and INvisions Technologies, to discuss the company’s new evolution of HDMI and 4K transmission, the Titan HDMI cable. Titan Digital™ is HD evolved.
TITAN DIGITAL™ HDMI Cable —- Best Active 4K@60Hz Solution
For more info visit: http://invisionstech.com
Episode 2 – MODULUS – The New Home Media Experience
In this exclusive episode, Residential Tech Today Editor-in-Chief Charles Warner sits down with Steve Schulz, President and CEO of Modulus Media Systems, to discuss the company’s new home media experience and what we can expect from MODULUS in the future.
MODULUS is the first all-in-one system, combining a premium DVR, Blu-Ray/DVD/CD player, feature-rich movie server, streaming video and music device, and personal media organizer into one device.
For More Info: https://www.modulusmediasystems.com
Episode 1 – The Evolution of DISH Network
In this special first episode, we talk with General Manager for Dish Network Frank DeFillippis LIVE at CEDIA 2019 in Denver, CO. Defillippis shares how DISH has a history working with integrators and why DISH is one of America’s most influential tech companies.
For more info visit: https://www.dish.com