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 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 5: Colin Birney On Managing AV Projects The Google Way, Biohacking and Contract Manufacturing in AV

Colin Birney has had an interesting career path working for both AV integrators and consultants and on the other side of the equation too for large end users like Hess Corporation and Google. He’s had a nice mix working in AV and IT as well as some time in the film industry as a sound editor.

He currently works as a consultant and has some great ideas on how to manage and support AV projects.

Episode 4: Jonathan Mangnall on AV as a Service, Unexpected Competition and The Machete Club

Jonathan Mangnall has a long history working with video distribution systems. He was Sales Director at Endeleo which was acquired by AMX in 2006, which as you all know way acquired by Harman in 2014.  And our guest remained on a Sales Director and VP of Enterprise Sales through that time.

Just last year he decided to shift gears and embrace software defined AV by founding U-topia Technologies, which distributes Utelogy’s AV control and management platform.


Episode 3: Jim Spencer On Keeping Up With Technology And 3D Printing In AV

Jim Spencer works in the trenches as a university support technician. But don’t let that title fool you.
He’s introduced some pretty innovative ideas that we dig into in the interview.
He started his career in HiFi getting involved of everything from sales to installation and service then moved on to working as a lead technician for a commercial integration company before landing at the University of Notre Dame where he helps support their technology needs.


Here is one of Jim’s presentations on 3D Printing.

Episode 2: Justin Kennington On Putting Software First

Justin Kennington has a background in hardware engineering, he spent some time working for Google and also as a technology manager for Crestron’s DigitalMedia products before moving on to Aptovision and creating the Software Defined Video over Ethernet Alliance, a.k.a. SDVoE.
SDVoE aims to create a standardized hardware and software platform for AV signal distribution.
Because it is software defined, it could have a lot of consequencens for the way we do things in AV.

Episode 1: Tim Albright On Recognizing Opportunity, AV as a Service And Being Competitive

Tim Albright is arguably the most successful podcaster in AV.

He started his career in radio, and somehow wound up becoming and AV consultant.

He’s also worked as a control systems programmer and university technology manager before founding AVNation.

AVNation is a network of AV professionals whose goal is to further the AV industry through education and knowledge. They do that through blog posts and covering industry events and they are most well known for podcasting.

Their flagship podcast, AVWeek, was first recorded in 2011 and provides a weekly overview of the AV industry.

Over the years they have launched several other podcasts like ResiWeek, EdTech and my personal favourite, A State Of Control.


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