CE Pro Podcast https://www.cepro.com Interviews addressing the business needs of professional integrators serving the small and midsize business (SMB) market. en-us 2021 CE Pro, a Division of Emerald X, LLC. 2021-10-22 12:15:15 CE Pro Interviews addressing the business needs of professional integrators serving the small and midsize business (SMB) market. CE Pro andrew.nichols@emeraldx.com no CE Pro Podcast #79: Display Kings from Value Electronics' TVs & UST Projection Shootout Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:15:15 EST Joel Silver, Jason Dustal and Robert Zohn enthusiastically embrace the home video market and the impact of HDMI 2.1. CE Pro Podcast #78: Experts Outline HDMI 2.1, CEDIA/CTA-RP28 Design Best Practices Fri, 15 Oct 2021 14:02:54 EST Joel Silver, Jason Dustal and Robert Zohn discuss the HDMI 2.1 format, along with the CEDIA/CTA-RP28 Best Practices standard. CE Pro Podcast #77: Stereo Barn Reflects on 50 Years in Business Fri, 08 Oct 2021 10:54:30 EST Family-owned Stereo Barn started in 1971, migrating from pure retail to custom installation. Community involvement has helped breed success. CE Pro Podcast #76: Assessing the State of CEDIA Education Fri, 01 Oct 2021 12:41:40 EST Outgoing senior vice president of education & training Samantha Ventura takes a look at CEDIA's successes and what lies ahead. CE Pro Podcast #75: Conferencing Provider Konftel Discusses Impact of Climate Neutral Commitment Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:39:54 EST Swedish company Konftel’s Stefan Eriksson talks about growing need for AV conferencing, plus manufacturer benefits of Climate Neutral certification process. CE Pro Podcast #74: How to Outsource Proposals, Specs, Documentation in Booming Market Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:13:20 EST BlueDog Group's Scope & Budget Tool enables integrators to outsource proposals, design and documentation without over-hiring. CE Pro Podcast #73: Live from Indianapolis, It's CEDIA Expo 2021 Fri, 10 Sep 2021 11:49:59 EST CE Pro Podcast features roundtable discussion from the CE Pro booth at CEDIA Expo 2021, covering exhibitors, technologies, show themes, education sessions and more. CE Pro Podcast 72: How HDMI 2.1 Helps Dealers Deliver State-of-the-Art Gaming Systems Thu, 02 Sep 2021 12:00:05 EST As gaming starts to gain a new generation of enthusiasts, integrators should keep up-to-date on how HDMI 2.1 can act as an entry point into this burgeoning market. CE Pro Podcast 71: Crestron CEO Randy Klein on Why He's Ready to 'Graduate' Fri, 27 Aug 2021 11:49:50 EST President & CEO Randy Klein talks about Crestron’s health, why he won’t use ‘retirement’, how company culture feeds into ‘the customer experience’ and more. CE Pro Podcast 70: Behind the Music of the CE Pro All-Star Band Fri, 20 Aug 2021 12:15:30 EST CEDIA industry musicians discuss their backgrounds and how musicians such as Eddie Van Halen, Chick Corea and Paul McCartney influenced their taste and style. CE Pro Podcast #69: How Z-Wave Alliance Is Expanding Smart Home Possibilities Fri, 13 Aug 2021 12:48:28 EST Mitch Klein of Z-Wave Alliance and Silicon Labs joins the CE Pro Podcast to chat about the interoperability of the protocol and latest home and resimercial uses for integrators. CE Pro Podcast #68: Why Savant Is Bullish on Expanding into Intelligent Power Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:47:46 EST Anna Demeo of Savant Power, formerly known as Racepoint Energy prior to Savant’s recent acquisition of the company, joins the CE Pro Podcast to talk about how integrators facilitate intelligent energy management. CE Pro Podcast #67: Becoming a Living-in-Place Expert for Clients Fri, 30 Jul 2021 09:51:04 EST A detailed discussion about the living in place market and how to obtain a Home Accessibility Trade Specialist certification. CE Pro Podcast #66: Sound United Acquisition of Bowers & Wilkins One Year Later Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:39:28 EST With supply chain shortages abounding, Sound United is serving the custom channel first and not funneling equipment to other channels. CE Pro Podcast #65: What’s Ahead for Home Networking? Fri, 16 Jul 2021 13:40:33 EST CommScope Ruckus discusses Wi-Fi 6, the advent of wearables, Access Networks’ acquisition by Snap One and more. CE Pro Podcast 64: Make Larger Lighting Impact by Adding Fixtures to Portfolio Fri, 09 Jul 2021 13:32:20 EST Millson Technologies, Harrison Home Systems and World Premiere outline best practices for fellow integrators, and DMF Lighting shares manufacturer insights with CE Pro. CE Pro Podcast #63: Resideo Details Robust Smart Home Expansion Strategy Fri, 02 Jul 2021 09:48:05 EST Resideo’s Scott Harkins outlines the company’s vision and the 'democratization of the smart home' using its Pro Series platform. CE Pro Podcast #62: Optimizing HDMI 2.1 Features & System Installations Fri, 25 Jun 2021 13:07:51 EST HDMI Licensing president & CEO Rob Tobias discusses great HDMI 2.1 gaming features, 4K & 8K display enhancements, cable testing & certification and more. CE Pro Podcast 61: UK Group Gets Industry 'Together for Cinema' in Charitable Work Thu, 17 Jun 2021 09:15:00 EST Together for Cinema founder Ian Morrish outlines latest charitable initiatives & how custom industry suppliers and integrators can get involved. CE Pro Podcast #60: Building Brand Loyalty with Custom Integrators Fri, 11 Jun 2021 15:22:22 EST CE Pro Brand Analysis leaders Sony, Yale Smart Residential, WaterCop & DoorBird highlight why their solutions resonate with CE Pro 100 and other dealers. CE Pro Podcast #59: What's on the Product Roadmap for SnapAV? Fri, 04 Jun 2021 11:13:22 EST SnapAV executives GPaul Hess, Kenny Kim and Mike Jordan discuss keys to CE Pro Brand Analysis success and upcoming initiatives in myriad tech categories. CE Pro Podcast #58: Upselling a Six-Figure Outdoor Lighting & Audio Project Fri, 28 May 2021 10:48:57 EST Integrated AV in Oklahoma had a job go from 15 fixtures to 200, plus $100K+ in speakers/subwoofers, aided by powerful Coastal Source demo. CE Pro Podcast #57: Savant Invests Heavily in Audio Fri, 21 May 2021 10:07:18 EST Savant's new 9.4 software release offers increased personalization and integration with Spotify and other streaming services. CE Pro Podcast #56: Developing an Exit Strategy and Determining Your Company Value Fri, 14 May 2021 11:31:24 EST M&A expert Ron Davis says going rates are 20X and 40X multiples for RMR, and 4X to 7X for EBITDA. Minimum of 10% net profit is a goal. CE Pro Podcast #55: Nortek Control Expands Elan Capabilities, SpeakerCraft Subs Fri, 07 May 2021 12:58:49 EST Nortek Control’s Jeff Shaw joins the CE Pro Podcast to cover the latest Elan, SpeakerCraft, BlueBOLT product news and more. CE Pro Podcast #54: Google, Shelly Target Smart Home, Wellness Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:45:20 EST Google expands 'Works with Google Assistant' program while Allterco Robotics targets entry level with Shelly line of Wi-Fi solutions. CE Pro Podcast #53: Sonance Redefines Indoor & Outdoor Audio Possibilities for Its Integrators Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:43:03 EST Ari Supran and Michael Bridwell share how Sonance’s ‘Beyond Sound’ messaging resonates with residential and commercial dealers, guides product development and more. CE Pro Podcast #52: How PowerHouse Alliance Members Pivoted to Meet Integrators’ Pandemic Needs Fri, 16 Apr 2021 12:00:09 EST PowerHouse Alliance executive director Dennis Holzer highlights efforts the distributor’s 11 members and 50+ locations made over the past year, plus hot technologies dealers are capitalizing on. CE Pro Podcast #51: Capitalizing on the Red-Hot Home Video Market Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:55:30 EST Joel Silver of Imaging Science Foundation, Jason Dustal of Murideo and Robert Zohn of Value Electronics talk 4K, 8K, HDR, streaming & more. CE Pro Podcast #50: Springing Forward to CEDIA Expo 2021 in Indianapolis Fri, 02 Apr 2021 09:31:29 EST Jason McGraw of CEDIA Expo owner Emerald and Visit Indy’s Morgan Snyder address health & safety protocols, travel plans and other adjustments to anticipate. CE Pro Podcast #49: Expanding Your Audio Sales Horizons Fri, 26 Mar 2021 12:35:15 EST CE Pro checks in with integrator Electronic Concepts, AudioControl and Savant to discuss various audio categories and how to generate more adoption by Millennials and Gen Z. CE Pro Podcast #48: Somfy Recommits to Custom Integration Channel Fri, 19 Mar 2021 13:00:48 EST Somfy offers certified drivers for Control4, Crestron, Savant, URC and Elan. Open-API motors enable integration with unique solutions. CE Pro Podcast #47: Bridging Gaps to Broaden Today’s Smart Home Possibilities Fri, 12 Mar 2021 12:17:57 EST Olibra is launching the Bond Bridge Pro hub this month that connects RF appliances like fans, shades and fireplaces to IP for smart home control integration. CE Pro Podcast #46: Coastal Source's Outlook for Outdoor Audio & Lighting Market Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:54:21 EST Coastal Source's Franco D'Ascanio describes how integrators can achieve an incredible 95% close rate on outdoor audio and lighting sales. CE Pro Podcast #45: Integrators Dish on Crestron Home One-Year Later Fri, 26 Feb 2021 11:13:18 EST Panel of integrators review the past 12 months of deploying Crestron Home in the field and how it assisted their businesses during COVID-19. CE Pro Podcast #44: Access Networks Addresses Succession, Expansion Plans Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:33:08 EST Access Networks founder Hagai Feiner and CEO Bryce Nordstrand discuss the past, present & future of enterprise-grade home networking provider. CE Pro Podcast #43: AV Yoga Club Empowers Industry Bonding Fri, 12 Feb 2021 12:41:47 EST Organized by Katye Bennett of KMB Communications, the AV Yoga Club has grown steadily during the pandemic as industry members find balance between careers and home lives through yoga. CE Pro Podcast #42: Developing Award-Winning Design Collaboration Skills Thu, 04 Feb 2021 11:24:14 EST Are you doing enough to forge collaborative relationships with designers? George Harrison of Harrison Home Systems offers integrators some tips from his time in the field. CE Pro Podcast #41: What’s Your Wellness Technology Game Plan? Fri, 29 Jan 2021 11:40:40 EST CEDIA’s Walt Zerbe joins the CE Pro Podcast to discuss wellness strategies, trends, CEDIA Propel, assistive living and much more. CE Pro Podcast #40: Why Energy Automation Can Spark Your Business Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:55:03 EST Troy Morgan of PanTech Design discusses the Adapt Energy solution, how integrators can pitch energy automation, why it can be vital for customers and more. CE Pro Podcast #39: How to Enable Change & Embrace Service Business Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:19:24 EST Will 2021 be the year your company turns the tide on selling service? OneVision Resources’ Joey Kolchinsky & Jason Griffing outline the path to more profits. CE Pro Podcast #38: Garden Light LED Targets Channel with Unique Landscape Lighting Solutions Fri, 08 Jan 2021 13:14:23 EST Garden Light LED brings high-quality landscape lighting with flexible, non-proprietary wiring system to market. CE Pro Podcast #37: How to Be a Leader in Cybersecurity for Your Clients Fri, 18 Dec 2020 10:24:35 EST Invisus, Security Funding Associates, and AvantGuard central station outline new blanket coverage Cybersecurity Defense Program. CE Pro Podcast #36: Level Up Your Luxury Client Experience Game Fri, 11 Dec 2020 11:53:10 EST Matt Montgomery of TYM Smart Homes & Home Theaters, Just Add Power’s Taft Stricklin and Cody Crossland of distributor BlackWire Designs shed light on dealing with VIPs. CE Pro Podcast #35: Calibration Tips to Tweak Your New Audio System Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:34:32 EST Home Acoustics Alliance director Gerry Lemay joins the CE Pro Podcast to discuss the impact of acoustics and tools to tame rooms for stereo & home theater audio. CE Pro Podcast #34: Desert Valley AV’s Growth Plans Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:02:40 EST CE Pro 100 integration company Desert Valley AV makes strategic acquisition in another state, plus adds electrical and lighting design divisions. CE Pro Podcast #33: WiSA Weighs In on Wireless AV Trends Fri, 20 Nov 2020 12:00:19 EST Tony Ostrom, president of the Wireless Speaker & Audio (WiSA) Association, discusses product happenings and why integrators should be excited about wireless AV installs. CE Pro Podcast #32: Getting Up to Speed on HDMI 2.1 System Installs Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:51:56 EST HDMI Forum president David Glen talks about Ultra High Speed cable certification; enhanced gaming and video features; PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X releases; and more. CE Pro Podcast #31: Versatility Helps Vanco Set Dealers Up for Resi and Commercial Success Fri, 06 Nov 2020 10:54:14 EST In an interview that took place just prior to the CEDIA Expo Virtual event, Mark Corbin, president of Vanco, discussed HDMI 2.1 and the challenges of doing business in 2020. CE Pro Podcast #30: How D-Tools’ Software Continues to Delight Dealers Fri, 30 Oct 2020 12:19:11 EST D-Tools chief marketing officer Tim Bigoness discusses the latest updates to its System Integrator and Cloud tools, how CEDIA Expo Virtual went and plans heading into 2021. CE Pro Podcast #29: Nortek Control CEO Forecasts Supply Chain, Market Conditions Post-COVID-19 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:19:43 EST Nortek Control President/CEO Chris Larocca offers advice for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 on where integrators should focus. CE Pro Podcast #28: Sleek Solutions to Ring Up More Security Customers Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:14:11 EST Todd Towey, national account manager for Ring installed solutions, highlights CEDIA Expo Virtual takeaways, X Line, new Access Controller, indoor drone and more. CE Pro Podcast #27: Mainstreaming Technology in New Homes Fri, 09 Oct 2020 13:01:10 EST Aaron Emigh, CEO of Brilliant, discusses how built-in technology in new construction is moving from an option to a standard among builders. CE Pro Podcast #26: Mixing Martial Arts into Work-Life Balance Fri, 02 Oct 2020 13:18:13 EST Industry’s Got Talent guests Kevin Main of Torus Power and John Baskerville of One Firefly discuss how they got into martial arts, plus its mental, physical and career benefits. CE Pro Podcast #25: Growing Connectivity Opportunities from COVID-19, 5G Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:38:41 EST SureCall’s VP of Sales Frankie Smith discusses with CE Pro how the work-from-home environment has given a ‘boost’ to cellphone signal boosters. CE Pro Podcast #24: Editors Roundtable Recapping CEDIA Expo Virtual Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:59:36 EST CE Pro editors share initial impressions following the 3-day CEDIA Expo Virtual platform with pros/cons, exhibitor favorites, education session thoughts & other shoutouts. CE Pro Podcast #23: Samsung Spotlights Dazzling Display Options for Dealers Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:51:42 EST Executives Jim Mayo and Mark Quiroz detail how new products like The Terrace outdoor TV bolster Samsung’s Wall, Frame and other versatile residential & commercial solutions. CE Pro Podcast #22: Getting the All-Star Band Back Together, Virtually Fri, 04 Sep 2020 10:00:21 EST The CEDIA Expo Virtual Experience, set for Sept. 15-17, will be capped by a return engagement from the CE Pro All-Star Band comprising talented industry players. CE Pro Podcast #21: How to Navigate the CEDIA Expo Virtual Experience Fri, 28 Aug 2020 10:49:13 EST CEDIA Expo associate show director Ashley Sprengnether takes attendees through cediaexpo.com highlighting how to find education, events, exhibitors and more. CE Pro Podcast #20: Previewing CEDIA Expo Virtual Education Fri, 21 Aug 2020 11:52:35 EST Among the 50+ classes offered during the CEDIA Expo Virtual Experience, Sept. 15-17 2020, are HDMI 2.1, AV-over-IP, resimercial projects and leadership. CE Pro Podcast #19: Deploying Home Networks Amid Coronavirus Fri, 14 Aug 2020 11:05:18 EST Trio of industry experts discuss why so many integrators are still not deploying quality networks, despite the emphasis from COVID-19. CE Pro Podcast #18: Caster Communications’ Kim Lancaster Cooks Up More than PR Campaigns Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:33:38 EST In addition to knowing her way around a Crestron system, Kim Lancaster is a passionate foodie and wine aficionado who supports her local Rhode Island farms and fisheries. CE Pro Podcast #17: Virtual Tour of New CEDIA Website & Academy Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:17:05 EST CEDIA’s Samantha Ventura and Desiree Friedman join us to highlight details, navigation, education modules and much more about the revamped website and online learning tools. CE Pro Podcast #16: Digging Deep into Wellness with PureTech Alliance Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:27:11 EST PureTech Alliance of reps tells CE Pro why the wellness trend is ready to take off, and which categories are set for growth. CE Pro Podcast #10: Why Sonos Launched the Dolby Atmos-Friendly Arc Soundbar Sat, 18 Jul 2020 11:12:00 EST Cullen Harwood of Sonos explains the process the popular audio company employed to develop its new Dolby Atmos compatible Arc soundbar and its S2 OS. CE Pro Podcast #15: ‘Nitro’ Nick Looks Back on Bon Jovi Days; Yamaha Addresses Supply Chain Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:24:02 EST Aggressive Home Automation’s Nick Tamburri recalls how being in the Bon Jovi inner circle influenced his CI business. In segment 2, Yamaha explains how it’s maintained its distribution network amid coronavirus pandemic. CE Pro Podcast #14: 2020 First Half Review; Second Half Outlook Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:05:32 EST Power trio of Frank Sterns, Tom Doherty and Jeremy Burkhardt break down surprisingly first six months of 2020 and offer cautious outlook for rest of year. CE Pro Podcast #13: What’s Fueling Bowers & Wilkins Comeback? Fri, 03 Jul 2020 09:15:00 EST Bowers & Wilkins resurgence in marketshare being driven by restructured sales channels. Sound United buyout proposal still moving along. CE Pro Podcast #12: Clara Shades Shoots for Mid-Market Sweet Spot Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:34:35 EST Taking advantage of its integrator perspective, Canadian firm HomeSync started Clara Shades to seize more opportunities with builders, developers and first-time homebuyers. CE Pro Podcast #11: Micah Sheveloff, PR Man Meets Piano Man Wed, 17 Jun 2020 12:05:53 EST In addition to clients that include AudioControl, Bryston and Savant, the industry veteran is also a rocker-turned singer/songwriter, and recently released his latest record, ‘Rockville.’ CE Pro Podcast #9: Is It Time to Revisit the Aging-in-Place Market? Fri, 05 Jun 2020 10:50:22 EST Coronavirus exposes health risks of assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Aging-in-place market is potential new market for integrators. CE Pro Podcast #8 ft. Tim Bigoness, D-Tools Fri, 29 May 2020 11:35:06 EST D-Tools’ chief marketing officer talks about his passion for music and drums, plus opportunities for integrators as we slowly phase out of quarantine protocols. CE Pro Podcast #7: A New Era of Video Training at ISF Fri, 22 May 2020 09:45:00 EST Imaging Science Foundation’s Joel Silver discusses new video calibration coursework, improvement of streaming video image quality, infrastructure issues and more. CE Pro Podcast #6: Industry’s Got Talent with Camila Ballario, Leon Speakers Fri, 15 May 2020 10:05:00 EST CE Pro is showcasing some of the talents and hobbies of industry members with a new segment, Industry’s Got Talent. CE Pro Podcast #5: Analyzing Your Immediate Post-Coronavirus Upgrade Opportunities Fri, 08 May 2020 10:14:16 EST With customers stuck in their homes for the past several months due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown, they have likely discovered potential shortcomings in their home technology. Many integrators found clients needed immediate upgrades to their home networks during the lockdown. But what are the best potential sales upgrade opportunities once the restrictions lift? […] CE Pro Podcast #4: Home Networks Go Mission-Critical | Building an Award-Winning Tech Support Team Fri, 01 May 2020 10:32:00 EST Access Networks’ Hagai Feiner gets integrators up to speed on networking and cybersecurity needs, and AudioControl’s Alex Camara discusses how to cultivate top-notch support services. CE Pro Podcast #3: Coronavirus Survival Tips from Integrator of the Year Fri, 24 Apr 2020 10:34:00 EST FulTech Solutions’ Dan Fulmer shares insights on implementing team member precautions, doing commercial jobs, weighing residential tech demand and more amid COVID-19 outbreak. CE Pro Podcast #2: CEDIA's New Campaign, Outdoor Opportunities Arise Fri, 17 Apr 2020 10:48:00 EST CEDIASTRONG initiative formed to help integrators navigate through the coronavirus pandemic, plus details on outdoor installations and concert DVD recommendations. CE Pro Podcast #1: Opportunities Amid ‘New Normal’ Fri, 10 Apr 2020 15:22:00 EST Our roundtable editors’ discussion centers on new and more focused installation possibilities for integrators during the coronavirus crisis and perhaps longer term.