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

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Episode 56: Tony Liebel and Buzr are Looking to Replace Outdated Apartment Access Systems



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 The company’s product, called Buzr Pro, was designed to replace outdated apartment access systems by only requiring the user to install the Buzr Pro smart device hardware into the individual apartment or condo wall unit.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

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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 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 wallbox. 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

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



In this episode, Manuel Schoenfeld joins Residential Tech Today Executive Editor Jeremy Glowacki from Brooklyn, NY, where he is 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

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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.

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



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 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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.\

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