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Episode 17: Mark Day on Decentralised Control and Designing an Object Oriented Life

Mark Day has held many positions in the Las Vegas AV scene including installation, sales and programming. He is currently
President of Idea Box, a design and installation company he founded in 2009.

Episode 16: Dave Silberstein on IoT in AV, Plastic Surgery and Tornado Warnings

Dave Silberstein has a long history working with AV manufacturers like Audio Video Corporation and Crestron Electronics where he worked as a Director for almost 20 years. I remember the first Crestron courses I attended in NJ around the year 2000, he was a big part of getting to know what that company was all about and how their technology worked.

He is currently VP of Technology at Wyrestorm, a manufacturer of pro AV signal distribution and control solutions and I am really excited to speak with someone with such experience in AV manufacturing and hear their view on the changing role of software in AV.

Episode 15: Dave Schoenbeck on Masterminds, Customer Surveys and Understanding Your Financials

Dave Schoenbeck has a long history in managing and operating retail stores like Toys R Us and is one of the founders of Babies R Us where he served as senior VP of operations for 10 years. So what does that have to do with software? For more than a decade he’s been helping business owners in AV and beyond reach their goals as an executive coach.

When I started this podcast, I did not realise how much shifting to software defined systems affects the business models. But the words ”as a service” keep coming up, so I am really excited to learn a lot today from Dave Schoenbeck.

Episode 14: Paul Harris On Keeping Margins Up, Popularity Contests and Why Programmers Should Be Scared

Paul Harris has been CEO of Aurora Multimedia for over 20 years. When I worked in AV in NYC, I remember Aurora as an independent AMX and Crestron programming company that started making interesting hardware solutions. Now Aurora has a complete line of AV distribution products, touchpanels and control processors. They were one of the first companies to adopt a software defined approach with the perhaps the industry’s first non-propriety control system, with WACI or Web Accessible Control Interface which used web pages to control AV equipment.

Episode 13: Jeremy West On Learning To Talk IT, Virtual Control and Letting Web Designers Do The UI

Jeremy West began his career in broadcast and theatre, working for Sky Australia and several theater companies as well as his own video production and software company. He’s worked as an AV engineer for AMX Australia and is currently revamping the way AV is done at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Episode 12: Frank Damiano On Recurring Revenue, Making Systems Smarter With Raspberry Pi’s and Following Your Heart

I first met Frank Damiano in an AMX training room in Horsham PA around the year 2000.

And for all of that time, he has been Founder and CTO of Damiano Global Corporation, an independent control system and audio DPS programming company.

His company has developed an AV management software called DGnet that, in my mind, looks like a software defined solution to a hardware defined problem.

Episode 11: Lee Rivers On Managing The Risk Of Business, Strategic Alliances And Controlling Your Own Destiny

Lee Rivers talks about how programmers can guarantee AV project success by working directly with
consultants and end users.

Episode 10: Frank Pellkofer on Enterprise Sales and Why AV Is The Crown Jewel Of IT

Frank Pellkofer has been CEO at several companies in the AV IT space and board or committee member of several organisations including the Order Of Odd Fellows whose mission it is to improve and elevate the character of man. The Petaluma music festival which funds musics in local schools and the Mid-Pacific Information and Communication Technologies Center, that helps improve career pathways for thousands of students.

He is currently CEO at Utelogy, A Software-Defined Platform to Control, Manage and Analyze Your Enterprise.

Episode 9: Steve Greenblatt on Consumerism, Playing The Long Game And Why AV Programmers Need To Keep Learning

Steve Greenblatt is probably least known for being one of my former employers. His AV career began by spending a few years working as a Systems Engineer for Crestron, then he went on to found what was probably one of the first Independent AV Programming companies, Control Concepts. With over 21 years in business, Control Concepts is one of the longest running AV programming business out there. He is also host of AVNation’s A State Of Control.

Episode 8: Micha Van Der Stoop on The Opportunity In AV, Compression vs. Bandwidth and Moving To The Cloud

Micha Van Der Stoop started his career at Cisco where he was involved with everything from designing and implementing their internal office networks to business development for Cisco’s Proof Of Concept Lab.

He also he worked at Shell Global Solutions where he was responsible for the global Reference Architecture and Solutions designs for AV, collaboration and CCTV.

He is currently Managing director at IDM Solutions, a Consulting & Design firm in the Netherlands.