By Heather L. Sidorowicz December 12, 2013
Back in 2011-2012 I went through a one year business program through the
University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).
The “program enhances the talents and operation abilities of practicing
entrepreneurs. This peer-based, mentor-driven program will empower you
to overcome business challenges, create new opportunities and develop
meaningful connections within the business community.”
By John Sciacca December 10, 2013
By virtually any metric, I would consider myself a pretty tech-savvy
individual. I’ve programmed multiple Control4, Lutron, and URC systems.
I’ve set up, configured, and troubleshot so many home theater systems I
couldn’t possibly keep count. I’ve also installed Escient, Kaleidescape,
Sonos, and almost everything in between. Point being, there aren’t too
many pieces of tech I’m not totally comfortable with.
By Lindsey Adler December 10, 2013
Walk the crowded halls of CEDIA or any other
industry trade event, and no one can deny the glaring homogeneity in
demographics. A young workforce for the future of AV installation is
sorely lacking—bordering on crisis status. It’s quite a mystery how the
most digitally engaged generation, growing up surrounded by audio and
video technology, seems to have little interest or knowledge about good
careers in the AV industry.
By Todd Anthony Puma December 09, 2013
This week I had the good fortune to be on a project in NYC just a few
blocks from my friend Mark who owns Home Theater Advisors. HTA does a
lot of middle market work in New York and I got a chance to spend some
time with him on his projects to kind of get back to my roots. It made
me appreciate all the challenges faced when working with limited budgets
and trying to integrate disparate brands and components.
By Brendan Morrissey December 06, 2013
If you’ve taken the digital plunge and are driving traffic to your
website, don’t let the trail end there. Take a hard look at your
website. Is it optimized to lead qualified buyers to your location? Is
your phone number and contact information front and center to convert
attention into calls? Can clients successfully navigate your site?
By Jeremy J. Glowacki December 05, 2013
When I talk to someone from an in-wall loudspeaker company about the quality of their products, I generally have to take their word for it that what they’re saying is true about the quality of their products.
By John Sciacca December 03, 2013
Through a devilish cocktail that was both beautiful and horrible,
crafted from equal parts boredom, morbid curiosity, and my own
thriftiness, shaken thoroughly in a crucible of suffering and then
poured over icy despair into a crystal tumbler of misery, I found myself
at a Super Wal-Mart this past Thursday–aka “Thanksgiving”–evening.
By Todd Anthony Puma November 27, 2013
One of the banes of our business is that every job is a new project, a
new home, a new client, a new sale. It can be draining, both emotionally
and economically to be constantly selling. It can take away from
building the operations of your business and achieving operational
excellence because you are spending more time selling new business than
working on improving your business processes.
By John Sciacca November 26, 2013
At some point, even the best-designed system will run into some kind of
glitch. Maybe it will be from a power outage, maybe it will be due to a
guest with button jab-itis, or maybe it will come from a Stuxnet virus
attack. But no matter how it happens, when it happens, you’ll be getting
a phone call or email from a client wanting to get things back on
By Heather L. Sidorowicz November 21, 2013
I bet that I am an anomaly in this industry. I am not only female, but I
didn’t start this gig as an installer. My bet is that many of you
started installing for someone else or installing for yourself. From
there you may have grown into a larger business. However, your roots and
foundation come from “the field.”