Residential Tech Talks Podcasts

Episode 115: CEDIA Legend Bill Skaer Offers Tips for Dallas Visitors

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This week, Bill Skaer returns to the podcast from his home in Dallas, TX, where he is CEO of Bill Skaer Home Theater and Technology. Bill is one of the pioneers of the custom integration industry, and he currently serves on the CEDIA trade association’s global board of directors. Bill’s dedication to the industry has earned him both a CEDIA Fellow and CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award, and he’s one of Jeremy’s favorite people in the business. We’ve asked Bill back on the podcast at a very important time of year, as we prepare for the annual CEDIA Expo convention and trade show, which, this year, is held in Bill’s home city. There’s a bit of nostalgia related to CEDIA Expo in Dallas, which we let Bill remind us about, but we also wanted to ask Bill to tell us about fun neighborhoods, restaurants, and bars in Dallas that were covered in an article published by RTT.

Link to Article: https://restechtoday.com/cedia-expo-2022-guide-to-dallas-from-a-lifetime-local-and-industry-legend/

Episode 114: Gordon Isaac on Origin’s Biggest CEDIA Expo Ever

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Gordon Isaac joins us from Las Vegas, Nevada, where is chief marketing and strategy officer for Origin Acoustics. Gordon is the third person from his current employer to be interviewed for the podcast, but this is Gordon’s first appearance. Over the years, as he moved from Core Brands to AVAD to ProSource, Gordon and Jeremy connected quite a bit and Gordon wrote several really great articles for the magazine. The last thing he wrote for RTT was about the outdoor audio and lighting system that he’d installed in his Arizona backyard. That system, coincidentally, was from Origin Acoustics. Not too long after that, he was hired by the company. Origin has been in the trade press a lot recently, in the lead up to CEDIA Expo in Dallas. Most recently, for example, the company was named the U.S. brand manager for Bang & Olufsen in the custom channel, expanding on an architectural loudspeaker co-design partnership that began in 2016. With CEDIA Expo coming up at the end of September, we thought now would be a great time to chat with one of Origin’s newer faces to find out what brought him to his current role and what all his company has in the works.

Episode 113: Clint Childress Directs Resi Market for Draper

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On this week’s podcast, Clint Childress joins us from Spiceland, IN, where he was recently appointed to the newly created role of director of residential markets for Draper, the manufacturer of commercial shades, projection screens, AV lifts, and AV mounts and structures. Clint joined Draper in 2000 and has served as a window shade product specialist and green buildings coordinator. A certified LEED AP, he was most recently solar control solutions manager, where his task was to design solutions for exterior, interior, and custom shading needs. He also helped develop and coordinate shade integration controls.

Episode 112: Jim Garrett on the Latest Harman Luxury Audio Gear

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On this week’s podcast, Jim Garrett joins us from Los Angeles, CA, where he is senior director of product strategy and planning for Harman Luxury Audio Group, the home of five prestigious brands — JBL Synthesis, Mark Levinson, Revel, Lexicon, and Arcam. It’s almost time for CEDIA Expo time in Dallas, where Harman Luxury Audio Group typically makes quite a splash. Many of their brand announcements are already public, but it still seemed like a great time to check in with Jim and learn more about the brand’s latest AV offerings.

Episode 111: John Sciacca is Ready for In-Person CEDIA Expo

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On this week’s podcast, John Sciacca joins us from Myrtle Beach, SC, where he co-owner of Custom Theater and Audio. John is a very good friend and one of the most entertaining writers in the AV integration trade press. Looking back on when we last had John on the podcast, Jeremy was stunned to realize that it was almost exactly one year ago to the day that we are recording this. During that chat, more than 50 episodes ago, Jeremy not only celebrated John’s entry into the second-time guest club, but also chatted all about their plans for CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis last year. Well, one of them actually attended CEDIA Expo. For the other guy, it was all pure lies. He stayed home when the Covid Delta variant scared everyone away. This year, no matter what happens between now and then, Jeremy and John agreed to just mask up and go to Dallas anyway.

Episode 110: Lee Travis on Wipliance’s Acquisition of Huppins

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On this week’s podcast, Lee Travis joins us from Bellevue, WA, where he is owner of Wipliance, one of the nation’s top custom integration companies. Since 2006, Wipliance has been creating easy-to-use and enjoyable smart spaces in Washington, Arizona, and surrounding areas. This past July, the company acquired Huppin’s, a 114-year-old family-owned residential and commercial technology solutions provider covering Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Travis shares insights into his company, his career path, and the story of his recent corporate expansion.

Episode 109: Matt Bernath’s First Year as VITAL President

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On this week’s podcast, Matt Bernath joins us from Anaheim Hills, CA, where he is owner and president of VITAL, the custom integration-centric business coaching and software company. Founded by industry veterans Paul Starkey and Steven Firzst, VITAL collaborates and guides CI business owners by using business metrics, benchmarking, best practice sharing, and business coaching to grow profitably. Although VITAL has coached more than 300 companies, it is perhaps best known for pulling together a cooperative of 15 custom integration companies, naming them the Bravas Group, helping them centralize business operations, and then negotiating their purchase to a private equity investment company. Almost exactly a year ago, our guest today moved from his role as a VITAL coach to owner and president, laying out several goals for the company. Today, we’ll get a report on year one from Matt and learn more about how he got to where he is today.

Episode 107: Glee’s Becca Tobin Takes Control of Her Austin Home

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On this week’s podcast, Becca Tobin joins us to talk about her acting career and recent experience adding smart home tech to her Austin, TX, residence. Tobin has starred in the hit TV show Glee, written a New York Times bestseller, and hosted the popular LadyGang podcast. When the talented actress and influencer and her husband, real estate developer Zach Martin, moved from Los Angeles to Austin, TX, in late 2020, their excitement for the new city and house quickly grew into a desire to maximize their home enjoyment with a professionally integrated smart home system. In this conversation, we learn not only about what Becca and Zach love about the tech in their home, but also find out some revealing insights about Becca’s early acting successes — from the Broadway stage to starring in one of the most popular TV shows in the past 10 years.

Episode 106: CEDIA’s Daryl Friedman and Darren Reaman on Why You Can’t Miss the Advocacy Town Hall

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On this week’s podcast, we’re joined by two distinguished members of the CEDIA trade association leadership team, Global President and CEO Daryl Friedman (ceo@cedia.org) and Director of Government Affairs, Darren Reaman (dreaman@cedia.org). Friedman is relatively new to CEDIA, joining the association at the start of 2022, after a long tenure overseeing membership, advocacy, industry relations, and the technical wing for the 25,000-member Recording Academy, which is known globally for the GRAMMY Awards. Reaman’s advocacy work for the custom integration trade broadly and CEDIA members, more specifically, happens mostly behind the scenes but has been at the heart of protecting the trade from harmful legislation and ill-conceived municipal and state licensing requirements over the years. Friedman and Reaman are here to discuss a new event, called the Advocacy Town Hall, which will be held at this year’s CEDIA Expo in Dallas.

Learn more at the CEDIA Government Affairs website (www.cedia.net/advocacy) and register for the CEDIA Advocacy Town Hall at cediaexpo.com/show/schedule/#the-cedia-advocacy-town-hall. Register for CEDIA Expo 2022 at cediaexpo.com

Episode 105: Kim Parker’s Path to COO of Screen Innovations

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On this week’s podcast, Kim Parker joins from Austin, TX, where he was recently hired to serve as chief operating officer of Screen Innovations. Screen Innovations launched in 2003 by Ryan Gustafson as a garage start-up in Austin to provide projection screens for home theater and commercial video projector installations. As the industry evolved over the years, SI expanded its product mix to include window coverings, as well. Our guest today joined the company three months ago after 13 years with Control4 and Snap One, most recently as Snap One’s vice president of sales for specialty channels. He brings to SI not only his veteran experience with those two major industry brands, but also a diverse history with several other very familiar names in the industry, including Savant, Sonance, Netstreams, and GE Smart.

Episode 104: Everybody Loves Jimmy Paschke

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On this week’s podcast, Jimmy Paschke joins us from Gastonia, NC, where he is settling into his new role as VP of sales and marketing for Apex Technologies US, the distributor of high-performance European AV brands. Jimmy is a hugely popular figure in the custom integration business, joining Apex from SurgeX, where he was director of sales for many years. His expertise in the custom AV channel runs deep, having previously held director of sales positions at prominent AV companies, including Core Brands and Panamax, as well as sales management positions at D&M Holdings and Kaleidescape. Jimmy also served on the board of the Azione Unlimited buying group. Now, he is working with Apex owner Ryan Donaher (best known for his long-time role at Meridian America), where he will work directly with sales reps to drive business, while Ryan continues to focus on dealer sales and support.

Episode 103: TDA’s Patrick Hartman on Tech Team Building and Spartan Races

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On this week’s podcast, Patrick Hartman joins us from Reno, NV, where he is general manager for Technology Design Associates (TDA). TDA, which is owned by Ron Wanless, serves clients in Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona. Patrick and Jeremy discuss how they worked together to help launch the CEDIA Business Xchange conference back in 2014 and have kept up over the years, talking tech and physical fitness (including Patrick’s passion for extreme trail obstacle races.) Patrick offers his industry veteran wisdom and insight into team building and solving business challenges facing the professional home technology integration industry and surprises Jeremy with how many well-known companies and individuals he has worked with over the years.

Episode 102: The Loop’s Eric Crawford is Passionate About Process

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On this week’s podcast, Eric Crawford joins us from Boise, ID, where he is owner of The Loop, a custom integration firm serving The Treasure Valley area of Idaho. Jeremy connected with Eric years ago to discuss his CEDIA class on the importance of having a great process for designing, building, installing, and servicing integrated home systems. Since then he’s always there for ResTech when they needed a quote in the magazine, but this is the first time they’ve done a deeper dive into Eric’s business and career. When Jeremy reached out to him recently, he found out that Eric was on vacation, doing a “digital detox,” completely disconnected from tech for 11 days. That’s where today’s conversation starts, but then we learn so much more about Eric’s unique path to creating The Loop and his mission to provide the best systems and service in the business.

Episode 101: Heather Sidorowicz on Commercial AV Tech from InfoComm

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On this week’s podcast, Heather Sidorowicz joins us from Hamburg, NY, where she is owner of Southtown Audio Video, Western New York’s premier audio-visual company. Heather is a Residential Tech Today contributing writer and former CEDIA board member. Today, during her third Residential Tech Talks appearance, Heather shares her favorite discoveries from last week’s InfoComm trade show, a convention that is primarily focused on the commercial AV integration market. InfoComm is a great place for integration companies, like Heather’s, that do both light commercial installations and home projects to learn about new products and technologies that, yes, will fit into commercial-market-oriented projects, but also might someday make their way into high-end homes, as well. Heather is also our resident health tech wearables reporter, so we will also catch up on her latest experiences with that tech, as well.

Episode 100: How David Warfel Made Professional Home Lighting Design More Attainable

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On this week’s podcast, David Warfel joins us from Madison, WI, where he is founder of Light Can Help You, a lighting design firm that caters to the custom integration industry. David and his company step in as trusted advisors and collaborators for many home tech professionals who first gained their expertise in audio, video, networking and lighting control, but only recently expanded into actual lighting and lighting design. Through his insightful and entertaining writing on his own Language of Light blog and appearances on tech panels, David has become one of a handful of seemingly omnipresent lighting designers looked to for guidance in the CI channel these days.

Episode 99: Motorized Shade Tech Improvements with Hunter-Douglas’ Scott Stephenson

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On this week’s podcast, Scott Stephenson joins us from Denver, CO, where he is the director of product management – motorization at Hunter Douglas. Scott and Jeremy have been collaborating a lot lately thanks to the generous opportunity afforded by him, his company, and his PR agency Caster Communications that led to six Hunter Douglas Gen 3 motorized shades being installed in Jeremy’s own home. Scott has been with Hunter Douglas now for almost five years, but his residential tech career also has included a seven-year stint as senior product manager, lighting & comfort at Control4, and before that nearly four years working for, Colorado vNet. In this episode, we retrace Scott’s path to becoming a motorized shades expert, talk about what makes Hunter Douglas Gen 3 shades better than Gen 2, and share some of things Jeremy has learned about motorized shades in the relatively short amount of time that he’s live with them in his house.

Episode 98: The Future of IOT Tech with Avi Rosenthal

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On this week’s podcast, Avi Rosenthal joins us from Ashburn, VA, where is the managing partner of Bluesalve Partners, a company launched three and half years ago to help start-ups as well as established companies manage the Internet of Things business landscape. Through their deep connections with manufacturers, dealers, retailers, and users, Bluesalve and its team of consultants help clients with the insights and resources needed to develop, market, and manufacture products and services for the IoT Industry. Avi has held leadership roles throughout the IoT industry, including Nortek, Legrand, Evolve, and Superna. He also recently returned from the Integrated Systems Europe convention in Barcelona, Spain, where he caught up with some of the most important companies in home tech.

Episode 97: Showroom Redesign Insights from Premier’s Jason Barth

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On this week’s podcast, Jason Barth joins us from Carmel, Indiana, where he is owner, CEO, and lead designer of the Premier Group, a residential and commercial integration firm that he co-founded with two college friends back in 1999. Premier has a beautiful showroom in the Indiana Design Center that was completely renovated during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. Jason has experienced some firsts with new AV products over the past two years and his team pulled off an impressive showroom renovation that is worthy of discussion during the podcast.

Episode 96: Racing Simulators with Millennium’s Bill Lehman

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On this week’s podcast, Bill Lehman joins us from Indianapolis, where he is co-owner and president of the home tech integration firm Millennium Sounds. Bill and Jeremy have known each other for a few years, ever since his company was asked by Control4 to install Jeremy’s house-wide network and integrated audio video system. Millennium is involved in a cool new venture with Indy 500 racing champion Tony Kanaan and his custom-built racing simulators. Jeremy had the chance to attend a Millennium-hosted fundraiser at the company’s new Motor District Garage Condo recently where he totally embarrassed himself on the sim while Kanaan looked over his shoulder. Despite his horrible virtual driving…. the event, the event location, and the technology itself were too cool not to share on the podcast.

Episode 95: Tech Training Insights from Giles and Dennis

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On this week’s podcast, CEDIA’s Senior Vice President of Member Success and Sales, Giles Sutton, and Powerhouse Alliance Executive Director Dennis Holzer join us from Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, PA, respectively, to discuss industry training and smart home technology trends. What these two gentlemen have in common is a passion for not only the overall success of the AV integration business, but specifically the technical training that is needed in this industry. Last year at this time, they announced a CEDIA training partnership and Powerhouse’s commitment that every PowerHouse location will have at least one CEDIA-certified instructor, offering dealers the peace-of-mind that their new hires are learning the right protocols and standards of work to be successful on the job. Today, we’ll talk about how that partnership has evolved as well as other opportunities for technical training, certification, product trends, and more.

Episode 94: Catching Up Kaleidescape CEO Tayloe Stansbury

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On this week’s podcast, Tayloe Stansbury joins us from Mountainview, CA, where he serves as chairman and CEO of Kaleidescape, the manufacturer of premium movie servers and movie players. A longtime Kaleidescape customer before joining the company, Tayloe was appointed CEO in late 2020, after serving in executive roles at Watermark Insights, Intuit, and Ariba. Last week, Kaleidescape announced a new strategic partnership with Keith Yates Design, the theater design and acoustical engineering firm for many Hollywood filmmakers. Kaleidescape is working with KYD to build a new Movie Lab at its corporate headquarters that, when complete, will be used by the Kaleidescape content team to ensure that all movies released from its movie store continue to deliver a reference-quality experience. In this conversation, we’ll learn more about this new facility, how the company’s product line is shaping up, and also preview Jeremy’s article about his personal experience living with a Kaleidescape system.

Read Jeremy’s review of Kaleidescape here: https://restechtoday.com/bringing-kaleidescape-home-for-a-demo/

Episode 93: Mark DiPietro Puts Home Tech on Display in Charlotte

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On this week’s podcast, Mark DiPietro joins us from the Charlotte area, in Mooresville, NC, where he is CEO and managing partner of the home tech integration firm SoundVision. Mark has been involved in the consumer electronics business since the late eighties. Starting in car stereo, he was a product specialist for Kenwood, a manufacturer’s rep for multiple lines in multiple states, before starting his own business. With SoundVision, he is responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as financially overseeing the company. In a recent article at restechtoday.com, we wrote about SoundVision’s new 3,000-square-foot technology showroom, and its backbone enterprise-grade network that ensures reliability for the Wi-Fi connected control system, remotes, TVs, lighting, surveillance cameras, doorbells, and window shades. It also has what looks to be a really top-notch podcast studio.

Episode 91: Jen Mallett Levels Up Her Home Tech Business

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On this week’s podcast, Jennifer Mallett joins us from Northborough, Massachusetts, where she is CEO of Level Up Your Home, a full-service commercial technology, design, and automation firm founded in 2016 by a group of veteran technologists with more than 40 years of experience. For the 15 years prior to launching her own company, Jennifer was the senior business manager for the Custom Installation and Extended Warranty Business Unit in the Americas at Bose Corporation. During that time, she gained valuable experience overseeing Bose retail stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, along with a large team of integrators. Here on the RTT podcast, we’re extending Women’s History Month by an extra week, specifically featuring interviews of influential female business owners in the professional home technology industry. It seems like Jen is everywhere at once these days, whether showing up as a speaker at the kitchen and bath business show, a guest panelist for the Parks’ CONNECTIONS conference, or on Linked In congratulating her Florida team on their new showroom.

Episode 90: Jamie Briesemeister is the First Female CEDIA Vice Chairperson

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On this week’s podcast, Jamie Briesemeister, joins us from St. Louis, where she is CEO and co-founder of Integration Controls, a company that provides well-hidden technology and connected living through smart home automation. It’s Women’s History Month, so we’ve chosen to finish out March with interviews of powerful female business owners. And while Jamie is, in fact, a prior guest of the podcast, since her previous appearance 15 months ago, two really cool things have happened for her. She was appointed as the first female Vice-Chairperson of CEDIA, the global industry association for the custom home technology industry. Jamie was also named as a 2022 St. Louis Titan 100, a program that recognizes her city’s Top 100 CEOs & C-level executives. According to Titan, these are the area’s most accomplished business leaders in their industry, demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision, and passion. Jamie is a good friend to RTT, an excellent role model, and from what we can tell, a pretty great boss.

Episode 89: It’s the Year of Yes for Integral Systems’ Melanie Niemerg

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On this week’s podcast, Melanie Niemerg joins us from Clearwater, FL, where, along with her husband Paul, she is the owner of Integral Systems, a company that specializes in residential and commercial security and smart home automation. Integral Systems offers a platform that allows homeowners and businesses to enjoy the benefits of smart technology without “seeing” it. With that goal in mind, their firm is actively involved in their local NARI branch, which is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. In fact, it was a LinkedIn post about providing continuing education to this group where we first encountered Melanie. She also presented at the kitchen and bath trade show KBIS last month in Orlando, and then most recently she served as a guest speaker for a class of interior design and automation/integration students at a local technical school. A former teacher with parents who were both business professors, she has clearly found a way to add even more value to her already important role in her company. As she explains, 2022 is the Year of Yes. Each new opportunity that she embraces seems to lead to another. On the podcast, we learn more about Melanie’s path to co-owning a CI business and a lot more about what kind of technology is finding its way into Integral Systems projects in Clearwater and Tampa, FL.

Episode 88: Ken Johnson on His Premiere SAV Joint Venture in Jackson Hole

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On this week’s podcast, Ken Johnson joins us from Chicago, where he is owner and president of Premiere Systems, a home integration firm of 65 employees serving both the Chicago, IL and Naples & Miami, Florida markets. Premiere Systems and Bozeman-Montana-based SAV Digital Environments earlier this month completed their acquisition of Xssentials in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the launch of a new firm called Premiere SAV to better serve the ever-expanding needs of those in that area of the country. Mergers and acquisitions in the CEDIA channel are relatively rare, so we invited Johnson on the podcast to explain how this particular partnership came together and to learn about his 27 years running his own company and how his partnership with SAV Digital Environments’ Cory Riestad developed through an exclusive alliance of veteran home integrators, called The Guild.

Episode 87: WAC’s Patrick Laidlaw on Lighting in CI Channel

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Patrick Laidlaw joins us from Detroit, MI, where he is on the road evangelizing about the opportunities available in the lighting fixture business as he serves as director of business development for integration at AiSPiRE, the integrator-only brand of WAC. Lighting. WAC produces technology-driven lighting products featuring state of the art LED light engines through their own vertically integrated manufacturing facility. Being a true manufacturer, the Port Washington, NY-based company has the ability to do custom, design-build, and private label goods. Patrick and I met briefly about a week ago in Dallas, during the inaugural Lightapalooza conference organized by the HTSA buying group. Patrick, on behalf of AiSPiRE, led one of several manufacturer-led training sessions, laying out the opportunities and challenges afforded custom integrators interested in adding lighting design and fixture sales to their offerings.

Episode 86: Taft Stricklin’s Career Path to AV-over-IP Tech

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On this week’s podcast, Taft Stricklin joins us from Portland, OR, where he is the sales team manager for Just Add Power, the Seminole, FL-based AV-over-IP distribution technology manufacturer. But because one job is not enough, Taft is also CEO of Cincinnati-based RS Pro Sales, an independent sales rep firm for several notable brands, including Sonance, Lutron, and Sony. But that’s not all… He’s also one of the most entertaining people to follow on Facebook, arguably the number-one party host at the CEDIA Expo trade show every year, and maybe the biggest current-day Van Halen fan on the planet. Think I’m exaggerating? Consider this… Taft’s legal name is Taft Van Stricklin.

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Episode 85: Diagnosing a Home’s Performance with Corbett and Grace Lunsford

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On this week’s podcast, home performance experts Corbett and Grace Lunsford join us from Atlanta, where they are the stars of the public television series Home Diagnosis and founders of the Building Performance Workshop. Home Diagnosis is the first-ever TV series on the physics, chemistry, and microbiology of homes. The six episodes of Season 1 were shot in cities across the U.S. as part of the Proof Is Possible Tour, and the show follows Corbett and Grace in their Tiny Lab as they use diagnostic testing to solve mystery problems of all types in homes new and old. Season 2 is out now, which tells the whole story of the science of homes over 13 episodes as Grace and Corbett build their own perfectly tuned 3,000-square-foot home in Atlanta. Learn more at homediagnosis.tv.

Episode 84: Kitchen & Bath Tech with Heather Sidorowicz

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On this week’s podcast, Residential Tech Today contributing writer Heather Sidorowicz joins us from Orlando, FL, where she is attending and reporting on the co-located Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and International Builders’ Show (IBS). Heather is a former CEDIA board member and current owner of Southtown Audio Video, a custom integration firm in Hamburg, NY. In this conversation, we learn what we may have missed by not attending these two massive events at the Orange County Convention Center, what Heather sees as compelling trends around kitchen and bath technology, and what she is writing about next in the fitness and health and wellness wearables category that she’s taken on as her editorial beat for the magazine.

Episode 83: Joe Whitaker on Joining Origin Acoustics

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On this week’s podcast, Joe Whitaker joins us from St. Louis, MO, where, for the past week or so, he has been the VP of business development for Origin Acoustics. Prior to accepting this new role, Joe was president of Thoughtful Integrations, a custom installation firm with locations in Dallas and St. Louis. However, as we learned on my very first podcast back in April 2020, Joe is no stranger to working with Origin, having assisted with product development as a consultant. This is not the first time a custom integrator has gone to work for a manufacturer, and it won’t be the last. But while the news is still relatively fresh, I thought it would be interesting to learn more about Joe’s career move and find out what he can tell us about his future projects at Origin.

You can learn more about Origin Acoustics at originacoustics.com.

Episode 82: Dave Pedigo on Room Acoustics

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On this week’s podcast, Dave Pedigo joins us from Indianapolis, where, for the past two years, he has served as CEO of Auralex Acoustics. You may be more familiar with Dave from his 14 years as director of emerging technologies at CEDIA or, if you’re Facebook friends, his passion for Wordle. Dave and Jeremy have known each other for a long time, having lived in the same metro area for the past 15 years and crossing paths at industry events or connecting about magazine articles. With his relatively new role at Auralex, we wanted to learn more about acoustics and acoustical products but, as usual, also find out how Dave’s life and career have evolved to get him to where he is today.

You can learn more about Auralex Acoustics at auralex.com.

Episode 81: DSI’s Eric Thies on Catering to Bel Air Circuit

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On this week’s podcast, Eric Thies joins us from Lake Balboa, California, where he runs the custom integration company, DSI Luxury Technology. DSI, for the past 20 years, has built a reputation for creating amazing screening rooms in Beverly Hills, Malibu, and the general Los Angeles area oftentimes for famous filmmakers in the so-called Bel Air Circuit. But that’s just one of many areas of specialization for this Home Technology Association certified Azione Unlimited member company. For instance, DSI recently was awarded a “Health and Wellness” Project of the Year Award at CES 2022 in Las Vegas.

Learn more about DSI at dsilt.com

Episode 80: Michael Heiss on TV Tech News from CES 2022

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This week, Residential Tech Today’s contributing editor Michael Heiss joins us from his home in Los Angeles to talk about the recent Consumer Electronics Show and some of the latest TV technology developments and other smart home products that he thinks are worth exploring. He didn’t travel to Las Vegas for CES this year but followed the virtual announcements and press releases very closely to distill down what he learned from all of that information. He talks about broader TV technology trends and also breaks it down a bit more, brand by brand. There’s no one better suited to do that than our guest today, who is not only a CEDIA Fellow and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, but also one of the foremost experts on consumer and broadcast video technology.

Episode 79: Acurus and Aragon Audio Brands Realize Benefits of U.S. Manufacturing

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This week, Indy Audio Labs co-founders Rick Santiago and Ted Moore join us from Indianapolis, where they lead the parent company of the high-performance audio brands Acurus and Aragon. IAL manufactures all of its components in the U.S., using custom fabricated parts and assemblies based on its proprietary electronics, mechanical, and software designs. Acurus is a premium brand for private home cinema and media room installs, power amplification, and room acoustic optimization. Whereas, Aragon’s Titanium and Iridium amplifiers and Tungsten preamplifier form the foundation for that brand’s “Elements Collection,” a group of products that focus squarely on world-class 2-channel listening in home and professional environments.

Learn more about the Indy Audio Labs brands at aragonav.com and acurusav.com.

Episode 78: Navot Shoresh and His Visionary Role at Spire Integrated Systems

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This week, Navot Shoresh joins us in Troy, MI, where he is the founder and CVO of the custom integration firm, Spire Integrated Systems. Navot and Jeremy had crossed paths at HTSA buying group meetings, but they had never taken a moment to sit down and get to know each other, until now. When Jeremy saw Navot’s recent post about the opening of a beautiful new showroom up the road in Bay Harbor, MI, Jeremy thought now would be a great time to finally connect, learn about Navot’s career path from his upbringing in Israel to being successful entrepreneur in Michigan, his favorite tech and product lines, and his advice for running a profitable custom integration business with happy employees.

Learn more about Spire Integrated Systems at www.spireintegrated.com

Episode 77: Dante Walston’s Path to IntegrateU

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This week, Dante Walston joins us Richmond, VA, where he is co-founder and CEO of IntegrateU, a new custom integration training center that is home to ProSource Academy and embedded inside the integration firm Livewire. IntegrateU recently announced that it is also now an authorized CEDIA Education Partner. Its courses are designed to enable students to attain industry certifications, including CEDIA’s new Cabling & Infrastructure Technician Certification. This new relationship will help fast track students into getting certified soon after graduation. Walston has a diverse retail background and several years in custom integrations, so I’m happy to welcome him to the podcast to learn more about his career and current role leading IntegrateU.

Learn more about IntegrateU at integrateu.net and livewire at livewire.com.

Episode 76: Lumin’s Alex Bazhinov on Managing Smart Home Energy

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This week, Alex Bazhinov joins us from Charlottesville, VA, where he is founder and CEO of Lumin. Lumin’s Smart Panel is currently adopted by hundreds of solar and energy storage installers, providing a system for retrofitting an existing circuit breaker panel to perform energy data analysis and circuit control. Data on connected appliances and systems is gathered and analyzed to assist homeowners in better understanding their home energy habits. An inventor and entrepreneur, Alex had the idea for Lumin while tending to his first start-up, DreamPower, which he founded at the University of Virginia’s iLab while earning his graduate degree at UVA’s Darden School of Business. Lumin recently announced Lumin Edge, which is a new modular smart energy system and smartphone application that gives homeowners the flexibility to manage, monitor, and optimize their home energy usage.

Learn more about Lumin at www.luminsmart.com

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This week, Dave Nauber joins us from Connecticut, where he is director of brand for Sound United’s Classe Audio product line. Founded in 1980, Classé Audio manufactures a suite of high-fidelity amplifiers, pre-amplifier processors, and integrated amplifiers for movie and music enthusiasts. Prior to the brand’s acquisition from Bowers and Wilkins, Dave was the president of Classe Audio, having earned that role after serving as executive VP of brand development after joining the company back in 2002. On the podcast, he helps explain the ins and outs of amplifier design in general and, more specifically, what’s special about Classe Audio’s new Delta Series.

Learn more about Classe Audio at www.classeaudio.com

Episode 74: Jason Griffing on Selling Services Plans

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This week, Jason Griffing joins us from Littleton, Colorado, where he is director of product at OneVision Resources. Jason and Jeremy have known each other for a while, first as fellow guests on AV Nation’s Resi Week podcast while Jason was director of business development for the custom integration company Harrison Home Systems. Then he moved on from there and through the ranks at OneVision, the company that has made an art out of outsourced remote service for the CI channel. OneVision has a new service called ProVision that we’re going to learn more about in our conversation. Jason walks us through the concept behind the service and how custom integrators can use it to develop a clearer pathway toward selling service plans to their clients and establishing recurring monthly revenue.

Check out an RTT article on ProVision here:

ProVision from OneVision Serves as Central Hub for Service Operations

Episode 73: Ryan McDaniel is a Lighting Specialist Now

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This week, Ryan McDaniel joins us from Westfield, IN, where he is president of the custom integration firm, OneTouch Automation. This week’s conversation covers Ryan’s new, whole-home demonstration space, which includes a really beautiful second-floor dedicated home theater featuring a Star Trek-style sliding door. The two friends also discuss why Ryan decided to become American Lighting Association Lighting Specialist certified and what his observations have been over the past year in residential technology.

Episode 72: Ted Green’s Circle-of-Life CE Career

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This week, Ted Green joins us from Metuchen, NJ, where he is president of the The Stratecon Group, a strategic marketing company for the consumer electronics industry. Ted’s career spans more than 30 years, all in the CE business. His work has taken him from mass merchant & specialty retailing…to manufacturing, distribution, and… now strategic marketing and journalism. He may be best known for his influential and sometimes controversial Stata-GEE newsletter, which gained a ton of new subscribers, recently, thanks to his reporting on the challenges facing CEDIA Expo planners as the Covid-19 Delta Variant led to a mass exodus of exhibitors just weeks before that show. I consider Ted a good friend and I appreciate how he ruffles feathers in the industry, just as long as I’m not the subject of any of his stories.

Episode 71: Deep Sentinel’s Unique Home Security Approach Formula

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This week, David Selinger joins us from Pleasanton, CA, where he is CEO of home security startup Deep Sentinel. Selly was an early Amazon employee and also co-founder and CTO of Redfin, the online real estate marketplace. In all, he has been a co-founder, early employee, or an advisor at more than 20 Silicon Valley start-ups. His latest home security venture combines predictive artificial intelligence and human intervention to “Fix Home Security for Good.”

Episode 70: Frank Sterns and the Latest from Polk and Definitive Tech

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This week, Frank Sterns joins us from Southern California, where he is president of the Polk Audio and Definitive Technology brands for Sound United. Frank is back to discuss why recent product launches have been significant in the evolution of these highly respected loudspeaker brands, and he also shares some early industry predictions for 2022.

Episode 69: iPad Docking Stations with iRoom’s Chris Lehnen

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This week, Chris Lehnen joins us from Portland, Oregon to talk about iRoom IO, the Apple-certified manufacturer of premium in-wall, on-wall, and table-top docking stations and smart control solutions for iPads. Founded in Salzburg, Austria by Mark Hoffer back in 2010, iRoom products now offer features like motorized opening and closing and control functionality independent of the iPad, as well as a locking anti-theft function to enable iPads to be integrated safely into conference rooms and hotel rooms.

Episode 68: Samantha Ventura’s CEDIA Education Legacy

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This week, Samantha Ventura joins us from Indianapolis, where she is senior vice president of education and training at CEDIA, the global association for the home technology industry. Though she has had a profound impact on the CEDIA community for the past three and a half years, Samantha will soon be taking a step back from the industry and corporate life to focus on writing and lecturing. Before her CEDIA tenure ends officially on October 8, we wanted to have her back on the podcast to discuss the current state of industry training, her impressions from her time at CEDIA, and what she hopes the future holds for her and the industry.

Episode 67: Nick Berry on Origin’s Ambisonic Acquisition

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This week, Nick Berry joins the podcast from Las Vegas, where he is CEO of Origin Acoustics. Origin is the loudspeaker company co-founded back in 2014 by Jeremy Burkhardt, the former CEO of the beloved audio brand SpeakerCraft. Nick might be best described as the Yin to Jeremy’s Yang, but they’re both equally savvy businesspeople and motivational leaders who are highly respected for what they bring to the industry. Origin recently announced its acquisition of high-performance audio brand Ambisonic Systems and a new agreement to serve as co-distributor of Amina Sound, a leading manufacturer of invisible loudspeakers out of the UK.

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Episode 66: Bill Skaer on the Advantages of In-Person Industry Events

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This week, Bill Skaer joins us from Dallas, Texas, where he is CEO of Bill Skaer Home Theater and Technology. Bill is one of the pioneers of the CEDIA, custom integration community, and he currently serves on the trade association’s global board of directors. Bill’s dedication to the industry has earned him both a CEDIA Fellow and CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award and he’s one of the friendliest people in the residential tech business. In this discussion, he and Jeremy Glowacki share their positive experiences at CEDIA Expo 2021 and thoughts on the future of in-person events. Bill also recalls how working in his dad’s TV store at the age of 11 influenced his future in home tech.

Episode 65: Aaron Emigh on Brilliant Home Control

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On this week’s podcast is Aaron Emigh joins us from San Mateo, California, where he is CEO of Brilliant, the company he co-founded in 2015 as a mass-market solution for home control and home automation. You may know Brilliant as the company with the sleek all-in-one on-wall user interface, with side-by-side touchscreen and touch slider lighting dimmers that can be installed anywhere that there’s a standard light switch. Brilliant recently earned $40-million-dollar Series B financing that will allow the company to expand its product offerings and double down on its sales strategy for single-family home builders, multifamily developers, property managers, and professional integrators.

Episode 64: Making the Best Out of CEDIA Expo with John Sciacca

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On this week’s podcast is Jeremy Glowacki’s very good friend John Sciacca, co-owner of Custom Theater and Audio in Myrtle Beach, SC, returns to the podcast for a lengthy chat. This time, the two pals talk less about their mutual Taylor Swift and Disney parks fandom and more about Kaleidescape, Sony’s soundbars, and CEDIA Expo 2021 cancellation drama. Find out how John took matters into his own hands to celebrate his membership in RTT’s Two-Timers Club.

Episode 63: Consumer Electronics Sales Development with Pete Baker

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On this week’s podcast is Jeremy Glowacki’s long-time friend Pete Baker, managing director of the Baker International Group. The BIG Corp. is a global sales rep and business development agency, providing support to some of the finest brands in consumer electronics. Prior to his current gig, Pete was a custom integration business owner and then VP of sales and marketing at Remote Technologies Inc., where he spent 12 years building the RTI brand globally – positioning the company as a world-class leader for control, automation, and distributed audio solutions.

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Episode 62: Kat Wheeler Writes Murder Mysteries and Reps Home Tech

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On this week’s podcast is Kat Wheeler, a regional sales manager for Snap One, based in Columbus, OH, who also self-published what she calls a “tech mystery novel” titled, There is No Cloud. It’s a book that centers around people and products that will probably be familiar to anyone who has worked in the residential tech industry for a while. On the podcast, we learn what led her into writing her first novel and also to get to know more about her career and experiences in the male-dominated residential tech business.

Get more from Kat and buy her book at katwheeler.com!

Episode 61: Super CEO Jorey Ramer

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On this week’s podcast is Jorey Ramer, the CEO of a company called Super, which provides subscription care for home appliances and home systems. It’s in a category of services called insurtech that takes the more familiar home warranty to the next level with the addition of preventative care capabilities and the use of a consumer-friendly app and web interface. A service provider like Super isn’t the typical guest on this podcast, but Jorey wrote a really good guest article for the RTT website on how smart homeowners expect more from their service providers, and we wanted to learn more about his company and how they find service technicians to fix various products and systems in the home.

Learn more about Super at hellosuper.com

Episode 60: Savant Power’s Anna Demeo on Solar Power Storage and Microgrids

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On this week’s podcast, Anna Demeo discusses the recent news that her company, Racepoint Energy, has been acquired by smart home innovator, Savant, and renamed Savant Power. Racepoint Energy was founded in 2015 by Savant’s current chairman and CEO Bob Madonna during a time when he had stepped away from running Savant’s day-to-day operations, turning his attention toward innovating smart electrical panels, and automated power and storage solutions. With both companies now running fully under the same umbrella, with Demeo now serving as president of Savant Power, Savant now has a fully integrated and scalable software platform to manage distributed energy resources.

Learn more about Savant Power at savantpower.com

Episode 59: Klein and Malkowski on Matter Connectivity Standard

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On this week’s podcast, Silicon Labs’ and Z-Wave Alliance’s Mitchell Klein and Building 36’s Mariusz Malkowski on help unpack everything you need to know about Matter, the new name for the interoperable, secure connectivity standard for the future of the smart home. The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), formerly known as the Zigbee Alliance, recently announced the name change. This new technology and royalty-free connectivity standard enables communications among a wide range of smart devices. Matter is also a seal of approval, assuring that any object built on this standard is reliable by nature, secure by design, and compatible at scale. What does this rollout of Matter mean for other popular smart home protocols like Z-Wave? How does Matter differ from Z-Wave? How is it similar? What about the existing Z-Wave devices on the market? How will Matter impact them?

Learn more about Matter at www.silabs.com/wireless/matter and Z-Wave at z-wavealliance.org

Episode 58: Peter Aylett on Home Tech Install Standards

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On this week’s podcast, Peter Aylett joins us from his home in England to talk about his work on industry standards and recommended best practices, his career as a custom integrator in the UK and the Middle East, and his current role as a partner with Maurizio Conti at HTE, an Italy-based turnkey room design company for home cinemas and mastering studios. Peter is a 30-year veteran of the residential tech industry and is well-known and respected among his peers as a mentor, teacher, and lecturer on home technology. He has been teaching on behalf of CEDIA for more than 20 years and has served a term on CEDIA’s global board of directors. Peter is currently chair of the CEDIA/CTA R10 Standards Committee and a passionate advocate for creating standards and best practices for home tech installation.

Learn more about HTE at hte.design

Episode 57: Jason McGraw and Samantha Ventura on the Return of In-Person CEDIA Expo

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On this week’s podcast, we are joined by two very important members of the CEDIA Expo 2021 planning team. Jason McGraw, vice president of CEDIA Expo at the show’s management and ownership company, Emerald, gives us a more high-level view of the return of the in-person event September 1-3, 2021. Samantha Ventura, senior VP of education and training at CEDIA, provides some guidance about what we should know regarding classes and training that is planned for this fall at the Indiana Convention Center. Breaking news: No masks required for fully vaccinated attendees to the show!

Register for CEDIA Expo 2021 www.cediaexpo.com.

Episode 56: Tony Liebel and Buzr are Looking to Replace Outdated Apartment Access Systems

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On this week’s podcast, Tony Liebel joins us from New York City where he is CEO of tech startup Buzr. The company’s product, called Buzr Pro, was designed to replace outdated apartment access systems by only requiring the user to install the Buzr Pro smart device hardware into the individual apartment or condo wall unit. Tony and his co-founder Jeremy Walker met at Cornell Tech, where they began their collaboration. In May 2020, Buzr was one of four student companies that won the highly competitive Cornell Tech Startup Awards and received $100,000 in pre-seed funding to pursue their startups after graduation. Along with the funds, the company was provided a co-working space at Cornell’s Roosevelt Island, NY campus and access to a support team of industry leaders and executives in computer science and engineering. Buzr Pro’s anticipated shipping date is Winter 2022. The company is currently running a preorder special for 20 percent off.

Learn more about Buzr by visiting www.getbuzr.com

Episode 55: Melissa Andresko is Lutron’s Brand Ambassador

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In this episode, Melissa Andresko joins us from Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, at the headquarters of Lutron, where she is a chief corporate brand ambassador. Lutron, as most people know, is one of the pioneers and leaders of the lighting control category. The company’s founder, Joel Spira, in 1959, invented the first solid-state lighting dimmer that could replace a light switch in a standard residential wall box. That invention now resides in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, due in part to the efforts and enthusiasm that today’s guest has brought to her various communications roles at Lutron over the past 23 years. Mr. Spira is no longer with us, but today’s Lutron engineers and business leaders continue to evolve and innovate, and Melissa Andresko plays a key role in promoting the company’s accomplishments as they happen, often linking the company’s past with its present.

Learn more about Lutron at www.lutron.com. Find Melissa on Twitter @MelissaAndresko

Episode 54: Manuel Schoenfeld on How PowerX Can Streamline Home Utility Usage

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In this episode, Manuel Schoenfeld joins Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki from Brooklyn, NY, where he is the founder and CEO of PowerX. Launched in 2020, PowerX is an environmental tech start-up with the goal of providing homeowners with knowledge and control of their utility usage. PowerX sensors collect data about a home’s electricity, heat, and water use at a rate of more than 1 million times per second. Machine learning then uses this data to determine which devices are the most wasteful and provides actionable solutions to make a home more efficient.

Learn more about PowerX at PowerX.co

Episode 53: Joey Kolchinsky Adds Hiring Services to OneVision Platform

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In this episode, Joey Kolchinsky joins Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki from Boston, where he is founder and CEO of OneVision Resources. OneVision’s virtual customer service platform enables relatively small businesses to compete like much larger companies while maintaining the feel of a local bespoke enterprise. Now the company is launching new offerings designed to fill in the resource gaps that many integration companies wrestle with, including HR and recruiting, financial planning and accounting, and business coaching and leadership development.

Learn more about OneVision Resources at onevisionresources.com.

Episode 52: Patrick Gall Wants to Introduce You to Orro Smart Switches

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Patrick Gall, head of channel development for Orro, a relatively new smart switch brand looking to tackle the middle market. The last time they saw each other in person was two years ago at Fenway Park in Boston when PG was helping develop the custom integration channel for the Sonos audio brand. Orro is a very stylish product with a lot of potential for wellness applications and integration with other more established brands, and PG is the right guy to help spread the word about it to the professional installation community.

Learn more about Orro at getorro.com

Episode 51: Tony Grimani’s Path from Dolby to THX to Home Theater Design

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Tony Grimani who was on holiday with his wife and young son in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tony was one of Jeremy’s favorite columnists during his days as editor at Residential Systems magazine. He wrote broadly about the home theater category, which was apt, given his career at Dolby and Lucasfilm THX, and as owner of a theater design firm called PMI as well as an acoustic materials brand called MSR Acoustics and his own high-performance home theater loudspeaker brand, Grimani Systems.

Learn more about PMI at pmiltd.com

Episode 50: How Ron Wanless Manages Multiple Locations

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Ron Wanless from Bend, Oregon, where he is president of Technology Design Associates. Wanless is a respected custom integrator running multiple branch locations in Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon. Ever since they worked together on an industry committee many years ago, Jeremy has been impressed with his Ron’s business acumen and insights. Missing the chance to meet up in person for the past year, they used the podcast to catch up about tech observations, favorite product categories, and advice about how to effectively manage multiple locations of a custom integration company.

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Episode 49: Webcam Tech with Konftel’s Stefan Eriksson

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Stefan Eriksson, chief marketing officer for Konftel, an innovator in video conferencing technology since 1988. The Swedish company recently introduced a new business-class webcam called the Cam10, which was designed specifically for hybrid work environments. As we all know, Covid-19 has made all of us more dependent on video conferencing, and a great web camera is essential, but the company is also a bit of a pioneer in audio conferencing technology. It’s a category that will be of interest to anyone in the classroom or boardroom tech space as well as any work-from-home professional.

Learn more about Konftel at konftel.com.

Episode 48: Gordon van Zuiden on cyberManor’s New Home Technology Demo Space

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Gordon van Zuiden, the founder of cyberManor, a Los Gatos, CA-based custom integration company. Jeremy gave Gordon his first writing outlet as a columnist for Residential Systems magazine, where he continues to cover the latest tech developments and smart home product trends. His company also recently opened its New Home Technology showroom, an actual house loaded with all of the latest tech, but in a way that any member of the household can understand.

Learn more about cyberManor at cyberManor.com.

Episode 47: Thar Casey on Amber Solutions’ Solid-State Control of Electricity

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Thar Casey, the CEO, president, and founder of Amber Solutions. Casey is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with a track record of launching disruptive technologies. His latest venture is creating patented technologies for digital control of electricity in solid-state architecture. The solid-state control of electricity changes the rules of the game for everything – security and control systems, circuit breakers, dimmer switches, outlets, and even appliances. The resulting products could offer breakthroughs for increased safety and reliability within electrical infrastructure, widespread and endpoint-specific energy monitoring, and greatly expanded Internet of Things (IoT) integration. All of this functionality arises from the ability to install solid-state solutions built in the existing walls of buildings.

Learn more about Amber Solutions at ambersi.com.

Episode 46: Matt D. Scott on Balancing an Integration Business and Podcasting

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Michael Heiss, his good friend Matt D. Scott. Matt is the president of OMEGA Audio Video in London, Ontario, Canada, and host of the Resi Week podcast on the AV Nation network. AV Nation was acquired, recently, by Conference Technologies Inc., a communications technology solutions provider for AVIT Integration, Broadcast, and Events. Matt, along with one of his four business partners, Tim Albright, had been co-owners of AV Nation, and remain two of Jeremy’s podcast role models and mentors. Matt and Jeremy talk about the podcast acquisition, Matt’s experience in the house of worse AV tech integration business, and how he moved into residential work.

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Episode 45: Michael Heiss Returns to Talk About Tech He Wished He had Thought of

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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 most recent CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Michael joins us from his home in Los Angeles to talk about his most recent articles on the latest smart home products and technologies, and how soon you’ll need to replace your current 4K TV with a model featuring miniLEDs.

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Episode 44: John Clancy on the Crestron Home 3.4 Update

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki welcomes John Clancy, the VP of Residential at Crestron for the past five years. Prior to joining Crestron, John spent 22 years at Audio Command Systems, a custom integration company in Westbury, NY, where he held almost every job. In addition to learning more about John’s background (not including his stint in the U.S. Marines, which he failed to mention until after the interview), the conversation centers the Crestron Home platform, in particular what has been added after an extensive 3.4 update.

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Episode 43: Immersive Gym Expands Fitness Tech Opportunities

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki welcomes Immersive Gym founder Charles Pearce and CEDIA’s senior director of strategic partnerships Ian Bryant. Ian is now in charge of CEDIA Propel, an affinity program designed to connect CEDIA members to new brands and products, such as Immersive Gym, in emerging categories like wellness tech, health and fitness tech and more. Immersive Gym combines large video screens, short-throw video projection, surround sound, and exercise equipment to create a workout studio like you’ve never experienced before.

Learn more about Immersive Gym and CEDIA Propel at https://restechtoday.com/cedia-propel-emerging-tech-brands-categories/ and https://www.immersivegymco.com/

Episode 42: Frank Sterns on His New Role as President of Polk and Definitive Technology

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki reminisces with long-time friend Frank Sterns about great sushi dining moments, an amazing dealer event in the Vancouver Islands, the origin story of Jeremy’s home theater, and even Sterns’ brief tenure as a wine label owner in Napa Valley. Sterns also offers insight into his new role as president of Sound United’s Polk Audio and Definitive Technology brands as well as his successful stints at Sony and Niles Audio.

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Episode 41: Hagai & Bryce Discuss Access Networks Executive Changes and New Tech

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by two members of the Access Networks executive team, Hagai Feiner and Bryce Nordstrand. Access Networks was founded 17 years ago to focus exclusively on helping custom integrators create the highest quality network solutions for their homeowner clients. Hagai recently passed the CEO baton to Bryce, an eight-year company veteran, after a year of preparation. Hagai remains president of the company but is already broadening his horizons into some cool new adventures, and Bryce hasn’t wasted any time making a mark in his new role with the launch of a new offering called ARCC.

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Episode 40: Amanda Wildman Talks Cabling and Infrastructure Testing Certification

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Amanda Wildman, co-owner of TruMedia, a custom integration firm located in Ada, MI. Amanda and her husband Ponch founded their company in 2003, but Amanda might be the more “industry famous” of the two of them, thanks to her passionate dedication to the CEDIA Cabling and Infrastructure Testing Certification commission and her role on the board of directors over the past year. This discussion focuses on Wildman’s insights on smart home industry trends, the story of what drew her toward a career in tech, and what you should know about the newest CEDIA certification exam.

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Episode 39: Harman’s Jim Garrett Unveils JBL’s 75th Anniversary Audio Products

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Jim Garrett, senior director of product strategy and planning for Luxury Audio at HARMAN, the company probably best known in the world of consumer electronics for its JBL brand. To celebrate JBL’s 75th anniversary, the company has introduced throw-back speaker and integrated amplifier designs that both have modern technology twists, as well as new additions to the high-end JBL Synthesis family of speakers.

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Episode 38: Jamie Briesemeister Applies Speech-Language Pathology Lessons to Home Tech

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Jamie Briesemeister, CEO and co-founder of Integration Controls, a 16-year-old custom integration company in St. Louis, MO. In 2005, the Residential Tech Today contributing writer and CEDIA Board member shifted careers from speech-language pathology to home automation. She says that working with children with language delays and disorders has helped in current role as a home technology provider when determining what your clients want or need when they don’t have words to explain for it.

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Episode 37: SnapAV CEO John Heyman Says Current Tech Trends are Here to Stay

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with John Heyman, CEO of SnapAV, a company that has become a major force in the professional, residential, technology business since it was founded in 2005. A distributor or manufacturer of nearly every tech product category that goes into a smart home, the company made its biggest splash a year ago with its merger with the home automation brand Control4, which prior to that, was already becoming a bit of a juggernaut through various acquisitions. Heyman believes that the growing connectivity needs of homeowners will continue to increase even beyond the global pandemic.

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Episode 36: WiSA’s Tony Ostrom on Bringing Immersive Wireless Audio to Home Cinema

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Tony Ostrom, the president of WiSA, the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association comprised of nearly 80 consumer electronics brands and founded by Summit Wireless Technologies. Due to heightened interest in a home cinema experience, especially during a time when people are staying at home more, the Association is driving collaborative marketing efforts for its members by expanding into a more consumer-facing role.

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Episode 35: WhyReboot’s Bjorn Jensen on Creating a Robust Home Network

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Bjorn Jensen, the CEO of WhyReboot, a South Florida-based company that specializes in creating commercial-grade networks for residential, commercial, and luxury marine environments. With so much stress being put on computer networks in our current environment of virtual meetings, online learning, and streaming home entertainment, it seemed like a great time to check in with someone who really knows how the network backbone of a home or business can be kept running efficiently and free from cyberattacks.

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Episode 34: Sound United’s Phil Jones Makes IMAX Enhanced Easier to Understand

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Phil Jones, director of global training for Sound United, the parent company of audio brands: Denon, Marantz, Polk, Definitive Technology, HEOS, Boston Acoustics, Classe, and the recently acquired Bowers & Wilkins. Phil and Jeremy first connected during Sound United’s inaugural dealer conference a few years ago in New Orleans, where Jeremy gained an appreciation for Phil’s enthusiasm for technology and the way he provides context for how his company’s growing portfolio of products can fit into a person’s lifestyle.

Learn more about Sound United at https://www.soundunited.com/ and check Phil’s training videos at https://www.youtube.com/c/soundunitedtraining/videos

Episode 33: Sonance’s Ari Supran on Reinventing the Invisible Loudspeaker Category

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Ari Supran, CEO of Sonance, iPort, and James Loudspeaker in San Clemente, CA. Jeremy and Ari have known each other for more than 15 years, going back to Ari’s days at Lutron. They’re both New York Yankees and Georgia Bulldogs fans, which is a pretty rare sports combination. Despite the temptation to do so, Jeremy doesn’t turn this into a sports podcast because he really wanted to discuss an impressive new “invisible” style speaker from Sonance that he heard demo’d recently at a local AV integrator’s showroom near his home in the Indianapolis area.

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Episode 32: Alex Capecelatro on the New Josh.ai Nano and Core Products

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In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with our first second-time guest, Alex Capecelatro, founder and CEO Josh.ai, the natural language voice control system catering to the custom integration channel. The reason for the rare return visit? On the day that this podcast drops, Alex and his team hosted a much-ballyhooed virtual Keynote in Los Angeles, where the company’s executive team revealed a pair of new products designed to appeal not only to custom integrators and their clients but also to architects and designers looking for a way to blend residential tech with a more elegant aesthetic.

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Episode 31: Heather Sidorowicz on Tech Writing and Purchasing Her Fathers Business

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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

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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

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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.

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Episode 28: Sean Weiner on His Roles as Bravas CTO and Baltimore Branch GM

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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.

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Episode 27: Leon Speakers’ Noah Kaplan is Steeped in Audio and Design

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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.

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Episode 26: Scott Newnam on Audio Advice’s Free, Online Home Theater Design Tool

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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.

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Episode 25: Sense Labs’ Mike Phillips on Bringing AI into the Smart Home

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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.

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Episode 24: John Sciacca is President of the No-Shirts Club

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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.

Visit to learn more. Visit https://www.customtheaterandaudio.com/ and check out John’s articles at www.residentialsystems.com.

Episode 23: Shark Tank Star Robbie Cabral Unlocks Smart Home Market

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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.

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Episode 22: Joe Piccirilli Won’t Compromise in His Approach to Power Management

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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.

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Episode 21: Mark Feinberg is My Good Friend, Too

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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.”

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Episode 20: Brandon White’s Perspective as a Second-Generation Technologist

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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.

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Episode 19: Paradise Theater’s Sam Cavitt Creates Private Galleries for the Artform of Film

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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

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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).

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Episode 17: Richard Millson Takes the Pain Out of Tech Integration

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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.

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Check out this article about Millson at https://restechtoday.com/richard-millson/

Episode 16: My Good Friend Todd Anthony Puma

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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.

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Episode 15: Mitchell Klein has Two NFL Teams to Root for Now

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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.

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Episode 14: HTSA’s Jon Robbins Refuses to Workout in His Garage

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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.

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Episode 13: Azione’s Richard Glikes Slow Dances with His Wife

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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.

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Episode 12: CEDIA’s Giles Sutton: ‘What a Difference a Month Makes’

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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.

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Episode 11: Livewire’s Henry Clifford Meets Clients Where They Want to be Met

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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.

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Episode 10: Chris Smith Leads NYC-based Cloud9 Smart from a Safe Distance

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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.

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Episode 9: Thoughtful Integrations’ Joe Whitaker has a Post-Quarantine Plan

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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.

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Episode 8 – ELK Products Brings Security, Comfort, and Convenience

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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.

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Episode 7 – JOSH.AI Takes Voice Control To Another Level

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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.

Watch: https://youtu.be/g2LwiB-1wBg

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.

Watch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB9gjYJE9cI&t=6s

For more info visit: https://www.dish.com

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