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Episode 122: Dennis Lister and His Unique Path to Custom Shades



This week, Dennis Lister joins us from Philadelphia, PA, where he is president of DEL Motorized Solutions. His career began in the early 90s working in his father’s custom furniture upholstery business. In 1996, that company morphed into his current motorized blinds and automated shades custom fabrication and wholesale company. Today, he is Lutron’s top-selling shades dealer in the world. He was recently invited by Lutron president Ed Blair to serve as the featured speaker during a groundbreaking ceremony of Lutron’s recently announced 145,000 square foot shades manufacturing addition in Ashland, Virginia. Dennis’ business is a fairly unique one, as he serves as both a window shades subcontractor to custom integrators in the New York, Philadelphia, and New Jersey markets, and also a manufacturer of extremely custom shade solutions to integrators throughout the U.S.

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Episode 121: Paul Williams on the New ‘Nice’ Brand and Products



This week Paul Williams joins us from Salt Lake City, UT, where he is chief product officer for Nice North America, the global manufacturer of smart home, security, and building automation solutions. Nice, which was founded in Italy by current owner Lauro Buoro in 1993, acquired Nortek Security & Control from Melrose Industries back in October of 20 21. In September of this year, the company announced that it would be sunsetting Nortek Control as a company name and absorbing several of its custom integration brands into the Nice brand. By integrating ELAN, SpeakerCraft, and Panamax into the Nice brand, the company says, they will progressively leverage their full portfolio of solutions for home and building management. Williams, who spent a lot of his career at Control4 and more recent years at Savant’s GE Lighting brand, explains the changes and talks about new products that were introduced at CEDIA Expo this fall.

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Episode 120: Eric Harper on Snap One’s Newest Tech



This week, Eric Harper joins us from Charlotte, NC, where he is senior vice president at Snap One, the provider of smart living products, services, and software to professional integrators. Like many on the manufacturing side of this business, Eric started his career as a custom integrator. But his switch from CI to manufacturer, back in 2001, was especially notable in that he helped launch Onkyo’s high-end Integra and Integra Research audio brands into the specialty retail and CI channels. Prior to his current 12-year-run at Snap, Eric also held marketing and product development roles at Sunfire and ELAN. In this week’s conversation, Eric reviews new product introductions from CEDIA Expo 2022, including Control4 Halo Remotes, Control4 Vibrant Lighting, the Episode Radiance Audio & Lighting System, Luma x20 Surveillance, and the Araknis AN-820 Wireless Access Point.

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Episode 119: Chris Lehnen on His New Role at Luminii



This week, Chris Lehnen returns to the podcast from his home in Portland, OR, after his fairly recent hiring as business development manager, AV, for lighting manufacturer Luminii. Chris last joined us about a year ago during his time at iRoom IO, the Apple-certified manufacturer of Premium iPad Docking Solutions. On this episode, we’ll talk about what it was like taking a new role in a completely different technology category, get his take on the exciting opportunities in architectural LED lighting for the custom integration channel, and how he’s helping his company transition from commercial to residential lighting.

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Episode 118: Keith Cottrell Gets Pulled Back into CI Channel



On this week’s podcast, Keith Cottrell joins us from New York City, where he is vice president of operations at Electronic Environments New York. Keith and Jeremy have known each other since the early 2000s when Keith was working as director of operations for Jeff Hoover at Audio Advisors in West Palm Beach, FL. Keith was pivotal in the development of CEDIA University’s Project Management Track and has worked on the commercial integration side of the business and for a security software company. Now he’s back, working as a residential integrator again, helping industry veteran Kim Michaels grow his already-successful NYC operation. Jeremy and Keith crossed paths recently at the HTSA buying group, and Jeremy suggested that they use the podcast to fill in the missing details from Keith’s career path and find out what pulled him back into the custom integration channel.

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Episode 117: Legrand AV’s Latest Smart Home Solutions



On this week’s podcast, two guests join us from Legrand AV to discuss products recently released by their company during a six-city residential roadshow and recently at CEDIA Expo 2022 in Dallas. Charlie Derk (based in Easton, PA) is general manager for Legrand Shading Systems and Vantage lighting control and Alex Weaver (based in Dallas, TX) is VP of residential CI for Legrand’s Chief, Da-Lite, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, On-Q, and Sanus brands. Jeremy was fortunate to receive a personal tour of Legrand’s CEDIA Expo booth by Alex and some of the company’s product managers last week, so a lot of this is fresh in my memory. Before it fades, we thought it would be great to have today’s two guests on to share more about their brand.

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Episode 116: Absolute AV Design’s Daniel Craig on MDU Tech



On this week’s podcast, Daniel Craig joins us from San Diego, where he is owner of Absolute AV Design. Jeremy met Daniel (the integrator, not the actor), very recently while in Southern California touring the headquarters of Nice North America. During that manufacturer visit, those in attendance were also treated to a tour of a beautiful private home on San Diego’s Coronado Island and a luxury high-rise condominium building called Pacific Gate. Both the private home and nearly all of the 215 condominium residence units feature technology that was installed and maintained by Absolute AV Design, a company that has only been in business for five years. During the tours, led by Daniel and members of the Nice team, Jeremy was impressed with Daniel’s professionalism and quality of work, and clearly his clients were as well. We thought what better way to learn more about Daniel’s story than to have him on the podcast to discuss his career, his company, and some of insights about residential and resimercial technology.

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



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/

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



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.

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Episode 113: Clint Childress Directs Resi Market for Draper



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.