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Episode 15: AVIXA CTS Holder of The Year Award – A Discussion with Rob Ziv

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guest:

Rob Ziv – Director of Business Development at Almo Pro A/V

Corey and Rob discuss the following:

  • His 6 1/2 years in Business Development with Almo Pro A/V, along with what it has meant to his personal growth in the industry
  • Being a CTS-I/CTS-D dual holder (he attained both in the same year) – what winning the CTS Holder of the Year Award means to him as well as for Almo Pro A/V
  • His accomplishments as an educator, including holding CTS prep classes at Almo Pro A/V
  • What he believes the moment will be like when he receives the award at InfoComm
  • What he says to those looking to become a dual CTS holder, as well as those looking to become a first-time CTS
  • His writing a current AVoIP series for Sound and Communications

(Note: See all of the AVIXA Award winners here).

Episode 14: Poly – The Power of Many, a Discussion with Amy Barzdukas

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guest:

Amy Barzdukas – CMO & EVP at Poly

Corey and Amy discuss the following:

  • Poly launch day – March 18th, Day 1 at Enterprise Connect
  • Development of the re-brand, the power of many
  • The Poly logo, Plantronics and Polycom history
  • A statement by Poly President and CEO Joe Burton
  • Technology, IT, insights

Announcements from Enterprise Connect:

  • Poly Doubles Down on Native Microsoft Teams Experience With New CCX Business Media Phones
  • Poly Announces Integration of Amazon Chime and Alexa for Business With Polycom Trio and Amazon Alexa With Plantronics Voyager 4200 UC Headsets
  • Poly Announces Polycom VVX x50 OBi Edition as First Launch Partner Desktop Phones Certified for Google Voice for G Suite
  • Up to date happenings at Poly, partnerships
  • “Perils of the Open Office” video campaign
  • How the re-brand has set in with the company

Episode 13: Signagelive Key Integrations – NEC Display, BrightSign, AdMobilize and More, A Discussion with Jason Cremins

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guest:

Jason Cremins – Founder and CEO at Signagelive

Corey and Jason discuss the following:

  • DSE 2019
  • NEC Display Solutions Analytics Learning Platform (ALP) integration
  • BrightSign integration
  • Audience measurement/integration with AdMobilze and
  • Kramer Control for integrated meeting rooms and retail experiences
  • Room Booking apps with Google and Office 365 integration
  • Integration with Workplace Communications Apps including Slack, Yammer and Workplace by Facebook

Episode 12: Almo Pro A/V Digital Signage and Content Services, a Discussion with Jim Nista

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guest:

Jim Nista – Senior Director of Content Creation Services at Almo Professional A/V

Corey and Jim discuss the following:

  • Almo Pro A/V acquisition of Insteo digital signage content and creative company, and what’s happened since
  • Digital signage services as products
  • Training end user clients – service for integrators
  • Work with BrightSign – hardware, content, training
  • Dealer training
  • The Almo Pro A/V E4 Experience in Chicago
  • Almo Content at the Digital Signage Expo
  • Opportunities for AV integrators in digital signage

Episode 11: NanoLumens Debuts Visualization as a Service (VAAS) Business Program, a Discussion with Joe’ Lloyd

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guest:

Joe’ Lloyd – Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development at NanoLumens

The story: A New as a Service Offering in the AV Industry – NanoLumens Debuts Visualization as a Service (VAAS) Business Program

Corey and Joe’ discuss the following:

  • How NanoLumens sees the VAAS program being accepted by AV integrators on a wide scale
  • Consumers (end users/buyers) being foreign to the complexity of these technologies
  • Is VAAS at all separate from the AVaaS discussion? How it translates for the end user
  • How does this really differ from a lease?
  • On being a manufacturer offering an as a Service program, differences
  • The buyer’s needs for large scale visualization solutions and advantages with NanoLumens VAAS program
  • Servicization – how does this apply to the NanoLumens VAAS program model
  • Ongoing reviews to discuss technology refresh and implementation plans

Episode 10: A Visit and Tour at Shure Headquarters

Join Corey Moss (on location at Shure headquarters) as he welcomes his guest:

Chris Lyons – Sr. Manager, Integrated Systems Marketing at Shure, Inc.

Corey took a Convergent AV Road Trip to Shure headquarters in Niles, IL on Monday March 11th, and was taken on a tour of the facility by Chris.

They discussed:

  • Some of Shure’s history, including discussion about founder Sidney N. Shure (there is a history exhibit there)
  • Shure’s most historic and famous microphone – the Unidyne
  • The well-known SM58, and significance concerning where headquarters is located
  • A visit inside Shure’s anechoic chamber for analysis and testing, used for testing microphones under development along with ongoing verification testing
  • Quality and assurance testing rooms – including microphone drop testing, testing for UV and electromagnetic exposure, temperatures, humidity and more
  • Wireless microphone and device testing for standards compliance and performance
  • Wireless microphone usage and demand
  • Axient Digital
  • The S.N. Shure Theater
  • The Performance Listening Center/Studio (where this podcast was recorded)
  • The people at Shure and their ongoing commitment to audio quality and excellence
  • The influence of the marketplace for ongoing development, quality testing and assurance

Episode 9: A Discussion with Melody Craigmyle, Vice President, Marketing & Communication at Almo Corporation about the Almo E4 Experience

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guest:

Melody Craigmyle – Vice President, Marketing & Communication at Almo Corporation

Almo Professional A/V, the Pro AV industry’s Favorite Distributor, has introduced the 2019 E4 Experience, a rebranded, expanded version of the award-winning E4 AV Tour. Almo is continuing its education partnership with AVIXA by offering high quality courses worth CTS Renewal Units (RUs), while bringing new certification opportunities with the SDVoE Alliance and the Digital Signage Federation to E4 Experience attendees. Other highlights include an All-Star lineup of the industry’s most sought-after speakers teaching on the topics that are critical to AV professionals, along with a new E4 Concierge service to plan a customized experience based on attendee needs and interests.

Listen to Melody talk with Corey about the Almo E4 Experience which travels the U.S. to four locations during 2019: Chicago, IL and Costa Mesa, CA (in the Spring)/ Teaneck, NJ and Alpharetta, GA (in the Fall).

A reference news story for Chicago:

Almo Professional A/V’s E4 Experience Features All-Star Industry Educators Teaching Thought-Provoking Sessions *

Also hear Melody talk about how integration companies can make the E4 Experience a showroom for their customers.

Registration is open for Chicago (March 12th).

Registration is open for Southern California (April 5th).

*Most of the educators will be at the Southern California E4 Experience, there will be some others there.


Episode 8: A Discussion with Aurangzeb Khan, CEO at Altia Systems about ISE, Demonstrating at ISSCC 2019 and GN Audio (Acquisition Agreement)

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guest:

Aurangzeb Khan – President & CEO at Altia Systems, Inc.

Aurangzeb discusses the following with Corey:

Episode 7: ClearOne and ISE 2019 Discussion with Zee Hakimoglu

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guest:

Zee Hakimoglu – President, CEO, and Chairman at ClearOne

Zee discusses the following with Corey:

  • What’s happening at ClearOne, prep for ISE
  • Product news: ClearOne Debuts the UNITE® 50, a New Wide-Angle Camera Ideal for Huddle Space Performance and Budgets
  • Product news: ClearOne Introduces Ceiling Microphone Array With Built-In Dante Interface
  • Product news: ClearOne Addresses Wider Range of Market Demand with Debut of COLLABORATE Versa Product Family of BYOD Web Conferencing Solutions
  • ISE 2019
  • What is ClearOne looking forward to at the show
  • Another new product coming – see it at ISE
  • Company messaging “Better Together” – what this should mean for attendees at the show
  • Reasons to see ClearOne at ISE

Episode 6: Mimo Monitors and ISE 2019 Discussion with Mike Campagna

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guest:

Michael Campagna – Chief Marketing Officer at Mimo Monitors

Mike discusses the following with Corey:

  • The Mimo Monitors team ready for ISE
  • What products the company will be showcasing (including BrightSign Built-In)
  • What the company is expecting, and looks to achieve at the show
  • A statement from the Mimo Monitors website ‘Small Touchscreens. Flexible Innovation. Human Connection’ – what it should mean for the attendees
  • President David Anderson will be speaking at the show
  • Some talk of what’s ahead for the company, trade shows and more