Episode 70: Frank Sterns and the Latest from Polk and Definitive Tech
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
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
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
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.
Episode 66: Bill Skaer on the Advantages of In-Person Industry Events
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Episode 58: Peter Aylett on Home Tech Install Standards
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Learn more about Technology Design Associates at techdesignassociates.com.
Episode 49: Webcam Tech with Konftel’s Stefan Eriksson
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
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
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
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.
Episode 45: Michael Heiss Returns to Talk About Tech He Wished He had Thought of
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.
Read Michael Heiss’ latest tech article at https://restechtoday.com/ces-2021-reflecting-back-on-video-audio-and-connectivity-tech-trends/
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Episode 44: John Clancy on the Crestron Home 3.4 Update
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.
Learn more about Crestron Home at https://www.crestron.com/Products/Market-Solutions/Crestron-Home
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
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.
Learn more about Sound United at https://www.soundunited.com/
Episode 41: Hagai & Bryce Discuss Access Networks Executive Changes and New Tech
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.
Access Networks is the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern home | Learn more about Access Networks at https://www.accessnetworks.com/
Episode 40: Amanda Wildman Talks Cabling and Infrastructure Testing Certification
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.
Episode 39: Harman’s Jim Garrett Unveils JBL’s 75th Anniversary Audio Products
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.
Learn more about Harman Luxury Audio at https://www.harmanluxuryaudio.com/
Episode 38: Jamie Briesemeister Applies Speech-Language Pathology Lessons to Home Tech
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.
Learn more about Integration Controls at https://integrationcontrols.com/.
Episode 37: SnapAV CEO John Heyman Says Current Tech Trends are Here to Stay
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.
Learn more about SnapAV at SnapAV.com
Episode 36: WiSA’s Tony Ostrom on Bringing Immersive Wireless Audio to Home Cinema
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.
Learn more about WiSA at https://www.wisaassociation.org/.
Episode 35: WhyReboot’s Bjorn Jensen on Creating a Robust Home Network
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.
Learn more about WhyReboot at https://whyreboot.com/
Episode 34: Sound United’s Phil Jones Makes IMAX Enhanced Easier to Understand
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
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.
Learn more about Sonance at https://www.sonance.com/
Episode 32: Alex Capecelatro on the New Josh.ai Nano and Core Products
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.
Learn more about Josh.ai at https://www.josh.ai/
Episode 31: Heather Sidorowicz on Tech Writing and Purchasing Her Fathers Business
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Heather Sidorowicz, owner of Southtown Audio Video in Hamburg, NY. Sidorowicz, who is also a former CEDIA board member and current contributing writer to Residential Tech Today, discusses the challenging early years of running her tech integration business after purchasing it from her father, where she acquired the proper business acumen to drive innovation within her company, and how those experiences opened the door to become a respected industry writer.
Read Heather Sidorowicz’s latest tech article at https://restechtoday.com/showdown-apple-homepod-mini-vs-amazon-generation-4-echo-dot/
Episode 30: Michael Heiss is the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Michael Heiss, a Los Angeles-based contributing editor to Residential Tech Today, former audio and video product and marketing executive, and this year’s CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award winner. As a product and marketing executive at Harman International, Michael was responsible for many breakthrough audio and video products. On the entertainment side of the business he was a promotion manager at NBC and was key to the development of hotel in-room movies and created the first nationwide movie rental service for Beta and VHS cassettes.
Read Michael Heiss’ latest tech article at https://restechtoday.com/apple-launches-homepod-mini/
Episode 29: Private Cinema Designer Dennis Erskine is the 2020 CEDIA Fellow
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with 2020 CEDIA Fellow Dennis Erskine, founder of Erskine Group, a Colorado-based private cinema design/build firm. Dennis helped shape several significant aspects of the residential technology integration industry and CEDIA as a global organization, serving now as chairman of the CEDIA Certification Commission. He has been a dedicated volunteer and home theater design subject matter expert for years with the organization, holding key leadership positions, including a two-year term as chairman of the CEDIA Board of Directors and multiple stints as a board member. He has been instrumental in the development of standards and certifications as a volunteer for CEDIA.
Visit https://www.erskine-group.com/ to learn more about the Erskine Group.
Episode 28: Sean Weiner on His Roles as Bravas CTO and Baltimore Branch GM
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Sean Weiner, former owner of Starr Systems, a Baltimore-based custom integration company that is now part of the Bravas network of independent custom integration companies. Weiner has unique insight, having served as CTO of Bravas when it launched a year ago and now as head of the Baltimore branch after the departure of its former GM.
Visit Bravas.com to check out the latest developments from Bravas.
Episode 27: Leon Speakers’ Noah Kaplan is Steeped in Audio and Design
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with legendary Leon Speakers Founder Noah Kaplan, who recalls his early artistic upbringing and shares the little-known fact that his dad is an infectious disease specialist who went to college with Dr. Anthony Fauci at Cornell and was one of the early pioneers in HIV research in New York City. Also, learn how Leon is adapting to the current COVID reality and what the company has in store for its new Leon Live concept.
Visit leonspeakers.com to check out the latest developments from Leon Speakers.
Episode 26: Scott Newnam on Audio Advice’s Free, Online Home Theater Design Tool
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Audio Advice CEO Scott Newnam about his company’s recently launched online home theater design tool, which is free for consumers and professionals anywhere to use. With a Harvard Business School, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley background, Newnam came to the home integration business later than most, but with no less passion or dedication. He has been instrumental in his company’s successful blend of brick-and-mortar and e-commerce retail success in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC.
Visit www.audioadvice.com to check out the home theater design tool.
Episode 25: Sense Labs’ Mike Phillips on Bringing AI into the Smart Home
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Mike Phillips, CEO and co-founder of Sense Labs, a Cambridge, Massachusetts company whose Sense Home Energy Monitor provides real-time insights into home energy consumption. He was a researcher at MIT before going on to co-found two companies (SpeechWorks and Vlingo) that brought speech recognition capabilities to call centers and to mobile phones, including the technology that would go on to power virtual assistants across hundreds of millions of phones.
Visit https://sense.com/ to learn more.
Episode 24: John Sciacca is President of the No-Shirts Club
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with one of his favorite custom home tech writers who, in his day job, is co-owner of Custom Theater & Audio in Myrtle Beach, SC. In this especially candid conversation, Jeremy and his good friend John recall how they met while on a trip to Microsoft headquarters, how they ended up rooming together at trade shows, and discovered a shared fandom for Taylor Swift and Disney World. Eventually, they discuss smart home trends, as well.
Episode 23: Shark Tank Star Robbie Cabral Unlocks Smart Home Market
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Robbie Cabral, inventor, CEO, and founder of Los Angeles-based BenjiLock, a finger-print enabled padlock manufacturer that was introduced to the tech industry at CES 2017 and soon after was made famous on ABC’s SharkTank. Padlocks for gym lockers and bikes aren’t typically the focus of Residential TechTalks, but Cabral is expanding his focus into the smart home, so we’ll discuss that development and more in this episode.
Visit to learn more, visit https://benjilock.com/ and check out our interview in the June-July 2020 issue of Residential Tech Today.
Episode 22: Joe Piccirilli Won’t Compromise in His Approach to Power Management
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Joe Piccirilli, managing director of Rosewater Energy Group, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Joe is an accomplished consultant, strategist, and speaker with almost five decades of experience that spans across the consumer electronics, systems integration, and energy industries. In his current capacity at RoseWater, he oversees the manufacturing, sales, and distribution of new technology for residential power storage and handling efforts, but he’s also one of the founders of AV retailer Sound Advice and AVAD, the well-known AV distribution company.
Visit https://rosewaterenergy.com/ to learn more.
Episode 21: Mark Feinberg is My Good Friend, Too
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Mark Feinberg, president of Home Theater Advisors, a custom integration firm specializing in middle market projects in New York City. Unlike so many companies in the home tech install business that may scoff at more modest budgets, Mark embraces the idea of taking on projects in the $2,000-$30,000 range – even in the typically extreme high-end NYC market – noting in his marketing that “no project is too small.”
Visit https://www.hometheateradvisors.com/ to learn more.
Episode 20: Brandon White’s Perspective as a Second-Generation Technologist
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Brandon White, director of new product development at Vanco International, a U.S. manufacturer of premium audio/video products and electronic accessories. In this week’s episode, we learn more about an article Brandon wrote for the June/July 2020 issue of Residential Tech Today, where he shares how he has followed in his father’s footsteps in the AV business and how his own young son is already showing interest in tech.
Visit: https://www.vanco1.com/ to learn more.
Episode 19: Paradise Theater’s Sam Cavitt Creates Private Galleries for the Artform of Film
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki chats with Sam Cavitt, owner of Paradise Theater, a company dedicated to delivering “excellence always” with their private home cinema designs. Find out how Sam evolved from custom integrator to theater designer, how he ended up living in Hawaii, and why he is on a mission to save the artform of film by embracing the concept of cinema connoisseurship.
Visit: https://www.paradisetheater.tv/blog/tag/private-cinema/ to learn more.
Episode 18: Roomba Inventor Joe Jones Takes Robotics Into the Garden
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Joe Jones, inventor of arguably the most successful robot ever made, iRobot’s Roomba robotic vacuum. These days, he is promoting his company Franklin Robotics’ newest invention, called Tertill, the world’s first residential weeding robot. Find out how Jones comes up with new ideas and brings his robotic creations to life (uh oh).
Visit: https://tertill.com/ to learn more.
Episode 17: Richard Millson Takes the Pain Out of Tech Integration
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Richard Millson, CEO of Millson Technologies, a premiere residential electronic systems provider in Vancouver, Canada. Find out how Millson’s 1970s high school job as a teen disco DJ led to a learn-on-the-job business in commercial and residential technology integration. These days, Millson is renowned for his mastery of the multi-dwelling unit (MDU) market and his systemized way of getting in and out of jobs, profitably.
Visit: www.millson.net to learn more.
Check out this article about Millson at https://restechtoday.com/richard-millson/
Episode 16: My Good Friend Todd Anthony Puma
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Todd Anthony Puma, a respected custom integrator, tech blogger, and owner of The Source Home Theater in New Jersey. Find out how Puma handled the very early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when he was turned away from a service call into New York City and how he been reaching out to his client base with great CARE, and even beginning to find installation and service opportunities picking up in New Jersey. Also, we learn more about Puma’s “good friend Mark Feinberg” and how he became such a fixture in many of his articles.
Visit: http://www.thesourcehometheater.com/ to learn more.
Check out Todd’s latest blog at https://www.residentialsystems.com/blogs/picking-a-pro-podcast
Episode 15: Mitchell Klein has Two NFL Teams to Root for Now
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Mitchell Klein, Z-Wave Alliance executive director and 2019 CEDIA Lifetime Award winner, a lifelong Boston sports (and very recent Tampa Bay Bucs) fan with 25 years of custom integration industry knowledge and wisdom. Find out what insights Mitchell offers from his experience as an integrator, manufacturer executive, trade association president, and tech protocol alliance director, and how Z-Wave parent company Silicon Labs is working to create alignment across the industry with the goal of advancing both security and compatibility in smart home devices. Visit: www.z-wavealliance.org to learn more.
Watch Episode – https://youtu.be/6dvqL5P3L9E
Episode 14: HTSA’s Jon Robbins Refuses to Workout in His Garage
In this episode, Residential Tech Talks Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Jon Robbins, the executive director of The Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), a consumer electronics buying group that in recent years has become one of the most progressive leadership organizations in the residential tech integration business. Although he’s too modest to take credit, it was Jon’s leadership and vision that pushed the group into new technology categories like lighting design and “wellness tech” that the rest of the industry embraced later.
Visit: www.htsa.com to learn more.
Episode 13: Azione’s Richard Glikes Slow Dances with His Wife
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by Richard Glikes, the president of Azione Unlimited, a consumer electronics buying group that was founded in 2011, and has become a force in the residential tech integration business, thanks, in part, to Richard’s passion as an industry leader, as well as the quality of residential tech integrators and manufacturers that he recruits to be a part of his group. Find out how Azione dealer and vendor members are staying in touch through virtual fireside chats and what song inspired Richard to slow dance with his wife in the middle of his family room.
Visit: www.azioneunlimited.com to learn more.
Episode 12: CEDIA’s Giles Sutton: ‘What a Difference a Month Makes’
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki is joined by CEDIA’s senior vice president of industry engagement, Giles Sutton, whose role in the industry is basically meant to be the exact opposite of social distancing. When times are normal, it’s quite common to see Facebook updates from Giles showing very long lines on a map from origin to destination and back. Find out how Giles is keeping in touch with residential technology integrators and vendors, and what how CEDIA helping its membership through the COVID-19 shutdown.
Visit: www.cedia.org to learn more.
Episode 11: Livewire’s Henry Clifford Meets Clients Where They Want to be Met
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki talks with Henry Clifford, CEO of Livewire, a custom integration firm based in Richmond, VA. When he’s not writing tech articles and product reviews for Residential Tech Today, Henry is guiding his quarantined employees and essential in-the-field techs through the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic hurdles by meeting clients where they want to be met and appreciating their business.
Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/rvJDya6D0CY
To read Henry Clifford’s article on his company’s approach to the no-touch sale during and after the Coronavirus Quarantine, visit https://restechtoday.com/coronavirus-2020-work-from-home/
Visit https://www.getlivewire.com/ to learn more.
Episode 10: Chris Smith Leads NYC-based Cloud9 Smart from a Safe Distance
In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki talks with Chris Smith, the CEO of Cloud9 Smart, a custom integration firm based in New York City. Smith is one of the smartest and most thoughtful integration professionals in the country, so you might not be surprised to learn that as soon as he realized that the health of his employees was at risk from COVID-19, he closed down operations, even for so-called “essential workers” and relocated himself to Colorado, where he and his girlfriend had a place to stay away from one of the worst Coronavirus hotspots in the country. In this conversation, Smith shares how he has already “right-sized” his business for an eventual return to work, what he’s learning from his fellow CEOs during the pandemic, and how a “new normal” will affect his employees when they return to work early this summer.
Visit cloud9smart.com to learn more.
Episode 9: Thoughtful Integrations’ Joe Whitaker has a Post-Quarantine Plan
Even while we’re all hunkered down with quarantine orders across North America, Joe Whitaker seems to be anywhere and everywhere (at least virtually). In this episode, Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki talks with the President of Thoughtful Integrations in the St. Louis and Dallas markets about his weekly Facebook Live video broadcasts, where he addresses both the concerns of custom integration business owners as well as the concerns of his smart home client base, looking for advice on keeping their home networks and entertainment systems humming, while hunkered down during this unprecedented time. Joe offers insights into his own best practices as he continues to work in the field during the COVID-19 quarantine, as well as an intriguing e-commerce concept that he’s developing to provide guided-install technologies for his clients.
Visit https://thoughtfulintegrations.com/ to learn more.
Episode 8 – ELK Products Brings Security, Comfort, and Convenience
Feeling a sense of security and safety in both your home and business is more essential now than ever before. That’s why connected homes and businesses need smart control solutions focused on security. In this episode of Residential Tech Talks, Editor-in-Chief Charles Warner speaks with ELK Products Technical Support & Training Manager Brad Weeks to discuss ELK Products and their innovative security and automation solutions.
Visit https://www.elkproducts.com to learn more!
Episode 7 – JOSH.AI Takes Voice Control To Another Level
While in lockdown, your home is more important than ever to you and your family. In this episode, Residential Tech Today Editor-in-Chief Charles Warner talks with Co-Founder and CEO of JOSH.AI Alex Capecelatro. Alex explains why JOSH. AI is at the forefront of voice control, bringing personality, comfort, and privacy to you through their AI technology, as unique as the homes it runs. Learn what your home capable of during #lockdown.
Visit www. josh.ai to learn more!
Episode 6 – Modernizing Mansions with HGTV's Tamara Day
Tamara Day has an eye for renovation and a passion for creating the perfect home. This shines through on her HGTV program Bargain Mansions, where Day works to fully reinvent homes from top to bottom, often in collaboration with her father. On this episode of Residential Tech Talks, Associate Editor Anthony Elio asks Day about the origins of her love of home renovation as well as how she personally views smart home tech.
Read the full interview here: https://restechtoday.com/julyaugust19-issue/
Check out Bargain Mansions on HGTV: https://www.hgtv.com/shows/bargain-mansions
Episode 5 – Joe Perry Rocks the House
Hall of Fame rocker Joe Perry of Aerosmith is used to being in the spotlight, with his cover feature in Residential Tech Today providing a brand new chance to shine. In this episode of Residential Tech Talks, Perry discusses home technology and his recent creative projects.
View The Complete June 2019 Issue: https://restechtoday.com/june2019-issue/
Episode 4 – The Magic of Home Tech with Penn Jillette
Penn Jillette was one of our publication’s favorite cover features, discussing everything from home automation to video gaming. In this special episode of Residential Tech Talks, we present our discussion with the multi-faceted entertainer.
Read The Story: https://restechtoday.com/penn-jillette/
Episode 3 – InVisions Technology – Titan Digital The 4K HDMI Solution
In this exclusive episode, Residential Tech Today Editor-in-Chief Charles Warner sits down with Jeffrey Boccaccio, President and Founder of DPL Labs and INvisions Technologies, to discuss the company’s new evolution of HDMI and 4K transmission, the Titan HDMI cable. Titan Digital™ is HD evolved.
TITAN DIGITAL™ HDMI Cable —- Best Active 4K@60Hz Solution
For more info visit: http://invisionstech.com
Episode 2 – MODULUS – The New Home Media Experience
In this exclusive episode, Residential Tech Today Editor-in-Chief Charles Warner sits down with Steve Schulz, President and CEO of Modulus Media Systems, to discuss the company’s new home media experience and what we can expect from MODULUS in the future.
MODULUS is the first all-in-one system, combining a premium DVR, Blu-Ray/DVD/CD player, feature-rich movie server, streaming video and music device, and personal media organizer into one device.
For More Info: https://www.modulusmediasystems.com
Episode 1 – The Evolution of DISH Network
In this special first episode, we talk with General Manager for Dish Network Frank DeFillippis LIVE at CEDIA 2019 in Denver, CO. Defillippis shares how DISH has a history working with integrators and why DISH is one of America’s most influential tech companies.
For more info visit: https://www.dish.com