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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/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Visit to learn more, visit https://www.customtheaterandaudio.com/ and check out John’s articles at www.residentialsystems.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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