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techXchange

A podcast show about technology, news, trends and more. It’s not just AV or IT, it’s techX covering numerous technologies, discussions – and exchanges with a measure of opinion inserted as well. Join host Jane Johnson and regulars Corey Moss (AV Power Up), Christa Bender (AV Power Up, Tech Chaos).

techXchange Episode 1: Meet the Chief Contrarian

Our guest for this show is Simon Dudley, the CEO and Chief Contrarian of Excession Events, and very well-known prior to this as Lifesize’s Video Evangelist.

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techXchange Episode 2: The Industry Educator You Need To Know

Our guest for this show is Paul Zielie, CTS-D, CTS-I, an IT and AV Systems Engineer who is Manager, Enterprise Solutions at AMX by Harman and InfoComm Educator of the Year 2015.

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techXchange Episode 3: AV Meets IT to Create a Software-Based Control Experience

Our guests for this show are Ben Hackett, co-founder and COO, and Alan Vezina, co-founder and CTO of Jydo – a software-based control platform provider.

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techXchange Episode 4: An Executive’s Broadscale View on Video (Part One)

Our guest for this show is Sean Brown, senior vice president at Sonic Foundry. We talk about different categories of video, including organizational video, as well as Big Data.

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techXchange Episode 4: An Executive’s Broadscale View on Video (Part Two)

We continue our discussion with Sean in this part two about mobility/BYOD and its impact on video presentation and streaming, cloud application strategy and a current look at his predictions for 2015.

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techXchange Episode 5: A Look Into AI and the Writing Machine

Our guest for this show is Scott Stollwerk, director of sales at Automated Insights (Ai). We talk with Scott about artificial intelligence and machine writing, structuring data to tell a story (or as Ai says “Let your data tell its story”), and more.

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techXchange Episode 6: Immersed in Dolby Atmos

Our guest for this show is Rian Steffens, business development manager – East at Onkyo. We talk with Rian about Dolby Atmos, immersive movie and home theater experiences, developments at Onkyo, CEDIA and the residential market and more.

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techXchange Episode 7: A Woman of Drones

Our guest for this show is Christina Engh, COO at UA Solutions Group and Army Reserve Blackhawk Pilot (with over 20 years of multi-service military experience). We talk regulations, drones, women in the AV industry,  and more.

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rAVe Power Up!

AV Power Up! - Appearances

Join the "AV Power Crew": Corey (@Cbmoss) Moss, Chuck (@madsoundguy) Espinoza, Hope (@BeerAndPie) Roth, Johnny (@JMOTA3) Mota and your host Christa (@AVChrista) Bender, as they discuss the latest in AV Technology with our own Jane Johnson.

AV Power Up! – Episode 1: Power It Up!

Jane Johnson (@Jane_Pivot) of Pivot Communications joins Cory Schaeffer of Listen Technologies as the guests of the inaugural episode of AV Power Up! 

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AV Power Up! – Episode 6: We’re Talking a WIN for the AV Industry

In this episode our intrepid hosts discuss women, AV, and the newly formed Women of Infocomm Network (WIN).

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AV Power Up! – Episode 9: #InfoComm15

In this extended version of AV Power Up!, Jane Johnson is a guest co-host appearance with Jeremy Caldera, discussing InfoComm.

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AV Power Up! – Episode 11: Live At InfoComm 2015

In this episode, recorded live at InfoComm 2015, the Power Crew talk to numerous guests about their experience at InfoComm 2015.

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AV Power Up! Episode 51: It's Our One-Year Anniversary Show - And You're All Invited!

It's been a whole year since the first AV Power Up! and 51 episodes. The Crew starts 2016 off with a bang, with new team members, and some friendly faces from Episode 1 - Pivot's own Jane Johnson and Christa Bender!

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Tech Chaos is a podcast hosted by our very own Christa Bender

Tech Chaos Episode 1: Where’s My Coffee Drone?

During this inaugural episode of Tech Chaos, Jane Johnson (@jane_pivot), managing partner of strategic communications at Pivot Communications, and Katye McGregor Bennett (@katyemcgregor), chief strategist at KMB Communications, join host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to talk about the surprise trends of 2015 and the potential trends for 2016. They discuss operating their businesses out of their bat caves and whether drones will be visiting Montana in the near future. IoT, wearables and privacy concerns are also discussed.

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Tech Chaos Episode 2: The Drones Have Arrived

Christina Engh (@missenghwyoming), Chief Operating Officer at UASolutions Group, speaks with host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) about drones, unmanned aircrafts, and Christina’s military experience. They discuss how meteorology and weather forecasting relates to flying aircrafts, FAA rules and regulations, and Christina’s sweet new headphones. CES 2016 and ISE 2016 are mentioned throughout the show and somehow the movie Spaceballs is simultaneously the best and worst depiction of a military movie.

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Tech Chaos Episode 3: wePresent at ISE 2016

Eva Cannon, Director of Marketing and Events for US Office, speaks with host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) live from the ISE show floor. They discuss ISE, products, and new releases. All of these topics and more can be heard on this episode of Tech Chaos.

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 Tech Chaos Episode 4: The Geek Girls Are Here!

Vanessa Folk, PR Manager at GeekGirlCon, Torrey Stenmark, DIY Science at GeekGirlCon, and Richard Prevete (@RichardPrevete), Audio Visual Technician at Compass Group North America, speak with host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss ISE, role models, mentorship, certifications, gaming, comic books, science, and math. Christa briefly discusses her use of the Shure MV88 microphone while at ISE. You will learn a secret tip on how playing Goldeneye on the Nintendo64 will make you a better first-person shooter. All of these topics and more can be heard on this episode of Tech Chaos.

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Tech Chaos Episode 5: Eye of the Beholder: Certifications

Alexis La Broi (@AlexisLaBroi) and Bradford Benn (@BradfordBenn) join host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss industry and manufacturer certifications.

Alexis discusses how she was inspired at the WIN breakfast at InfoComm15 to pursue her CTS certification. Alexis describes how she started in the rental and staging side of the industry and eventually made her way to the integration side. Christa and Alexis discuss how the InfoComm CTS prep exam helped them both to study for the exam.

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Tech Chaos Episode 6: For the Love of Technology

Alesia Hendley (@thesmoothfactor) and Joshua Davidson (@dasjoshua) join host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss technology, wearables, millennials, content marketing, and their favorite social media platforms. Learn what drew Alesia into the AV industry. Learn which social media platform Joshua considers the “driver’s license of the Internet”.

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Tech Chaos Episode 7: Acquisitions are Afoot!

Christa Bender (@AVChrista) is joined by Mike Shinn (@axpmike) and Marika Aquino (@tierpm) to discuss NAB, InfoComm, NSCA, IGNITE, Periscope, Snapchat, and more. A special shout-out to John Greene (@jgreenesix) for his social media presence regarding tradeshows. While Christa may have been the only one to see Batman versus Superman, everyone agrees that Deadpool was the best movie in a long time.

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Tech Chaos Episode 8: Extron Brings the 4:4:4

Pivot's own Christa Bender (@AVChrista) is joined by Chris Bach, System Support Engineer with Extron Electronics,to discuss NAB, Vector 4K Scaling Technology, 4:4:4 processing, favorite cars, movies, travel destinations, and more. Christa explains why she loves the Extron website, and Chris explains how Vector 4K Scaling Technology is the result of 20 years of Extron scaling technology evolution. 

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Tech Chaos Episode 9: Pre-InfoComm Prep

Brad Grimes (@BGrimesDC), Director of Communications with InfoComm International, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss all things related to InfoComm and the upcoming show in Las Vegas, NV June 4th to the 10th.

Brad and Christa share their excitement for the area outside of the convention center that holds multiple food trucks and a beer garden., as well as information on the many changes coming to Infocomm 16, including the Seminar and Workshop package

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Tech Chaos Episode 10: Double Digits or Binary Episode 2

Host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) is joined by Hope Roth (@beerandpie), Crestron Certified Programmer with Riordan Brothers Integration, to discuss volunteering and the upcoming InfoComm show in Las Vegas, NV.

Hope and Christa are joint recipients for the Harald Thiel Volunteers of the Year award. They discuss the importance of volunteering and agree that you should not wait to be asked to volunteer, that you should step forward and express interest in volunteering.

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Tech Chaos Episode 11: InfoComm Wrap-up with TierPM

Marika Aquino (@TierPM), Program Manager with TierPM, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss the 2016 InfoComm show as well as favorite anime shows and Christa's guilty pleasure show.

They also discuss the various events they attended at InfoComm, such as the Opening Keynote Speaker and the WIN breakfast.

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Tech Chaos Episode 12: InfoComm Wrap-up with HARMAN

Host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) is joined by Bradford Benn (@BradfordBenn), Themed Attractions Solutions Manager with Harman Professional, to discuss the 2016 InfoComm show, Net Neutrality, Rule 41, and how an #AVPuppy makes everything better.

Bradford discusses the numerous new products that Harman displayed at the InfoComm show.

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Tech Chaos Episode 13: Lucky 13 with Innovation Women

Bobbie Carlton (@BobbieC), founder of Innovation Women, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss the importance of gender-balancing speaking events and the difference between mentorship and sponsorship.

Bobbie explains what DAMP stands for in regards to live panels at events. Bobbie explains why she created Innovation Women.

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Tech Chaos Episode 14: Find Your Dream Job

Rachel Valdez (@rachelbvaldez), Chief Dream Maverick/Head of Global Talent Management at PowerToFly, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss the importance of gender diversity, technology, and one-on-one mentorship versus group mentorship.

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Tech Chaos Episode 15: Listen Up with Scott Boekweg

Scott Boekweg, Product Manager at Listen Technologies, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss ListenWiFi and ListenIR applications.

Scott talks about the difference in audio applications between Europe and the United States. Scott explains why he likes being involved in innovative technology and how he became interested in technology.

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Tech Chaos Episode 16: Boots on the Ground

Richard Prevete (@RichardPrevete), Audio Visual Technician at Compass Group North America, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to talk technology, study groups, fitness watches, and their love for The Walking Dead. Rich’s dog Lily even puts in her two cents.

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Tech Chaos Episode 17: Drones Are Still Here

Christina Engh (@missenghwyoming) and Bradford Benn (@bradfordbenn) join host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) in this extra-long podcast to talk drones, unmanned aircrafts, CTS, mentorship, books, and photography. They discuss the new Small UAS Rule (Part 107) that went into effect August 2016. They also discuss what no-fly zones mean in relation to drones and unmanned aircrafts.

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Tech Chaos Episode 18: Finally, Legal!

As always, Christa announces that the guest on this episode of Tech Chaos is her favorite! Johnny Mota (@JMOTA3) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) and they discus Johnny’s new beard and what a leaf peeper is. Johnny renames the show “Techpocalypse”. They also discuss music, movies, virtual reality, and augmented reality.

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Tech Chaos Episode 19: Stream This!

In this episode Rob Lipps, Executive Vice President at Sonic Foundry, joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss recent partnerships, why streaming video is complex, and whether there is a difference in solutions for education and corporate clients.

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Tech Chaos Episode 20: What We Learned in 2016

In this episode, Alexis La Broi (@AlexisLaBroi) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss what they learned in 2016. Christa continues to mispronounce the company Alexis works for (she’ll get it right one day). Christa and Alexis talk about what trends they think will continue into 2017.

They talk about their love of remote working and Alexis furthers the conversation based on an article she read titled, “Scrap Your Work From Home Policy.”

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Tech Chaos Episode 21: Tech We Love & ISE

In this episode, Victoria Barela (@barelAVictoria_) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to discuss what technology they are currently loving. They share their thoughts on wearables, microphones, and phone apps.

Christa and Victoria also talk about Integrated Systems Europe and how they are excited to be attending the show in Amsterdam, NL. Christa provides Victoria with a couple of tips since this is her second year attending ISE.

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Tech Chaos Episode 22: The AV Honey Pot Snares Another One

In this episode, Chris Turner (@AAVChris) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) and she proclaims him to be one of her favorite people (shocking, I know).

Chris talks about his time in California before he joined the AV industry. Chris provides the perfect example of how being friendly and keeping in contact with people can lead to a new job opportunity.

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Tech Chaos Episode 23: AV & Beer

In this super-short episode, Rich Prevete (@RichardPrevete) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) at a local brewery, Stickman Brews.

Christa and Rich start the show off by discussing the types of beers that they are drinking. Then then go on to see where Rich is with his AV training. Christa reveals that she has been focusing on marketing training recently. Rich guarantees that his name will be on the CTS wall.

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Tech Chaos Episode 24: Programming & Certification

In this episode, Dayna Baumann (@DaynaBaumann) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to talk about what it is like being a new person in the audio visual industry.

Christa and Dayna start the show off with a “woo-hoo” and then Dayna explains her role at Control Concepts. Dayna provides key information that is needed for a programmer to update or change programming code.

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Tech Chaos Episode 25: Is Your Content Preserved?

In this episode, Sean Brown (@Sonic_Sean) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to talk about how Kansas State University is preserving up to four decades of content with Mediasite. They also talk about the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and how they are using Mediasite to record lectures, continuing legal education and campus events in their new downtown Phoenix facility.

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Tech Chaos Episode 26: The #AVTweeps Community Brought Them Together

In this episode, Mark Coxon (@AVPhenom) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to talk about how he chose his Twitter handle. Christa and Mark talk about how the #AVTweeps community on Twitter made the dive into social media easier.

Mark talks about how he left the glorious world of zoology behind and joined the AV industry. Why count guppies for a year when you can get real job in the AV world? Mark and Christa reveal what they said while interviewing for the AV industry.

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Tech Chaos Episode 27: The #AVWonderTwins Crossover Edition Part II

Note: This is the second part of a crossover series that Hope and Christa are doing, so make sure to catch the first part of this series on The Floating Point.

In this episode, Hope Roth (@beerandpie) joins host Christa Bender (@AVChrista) to talk about football, their big bet, and how watching football outside of the United States is interesting. Not to be left out, they talk about soccer and baseball also.

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AV Nation - the network for the Audio Visual Industry

AVSocial: Episode 14 Let’s Play

AVSocial co-hosts Dawn Meade and Kelly Perkins are joined by Chris Neto of AV HelpDesk and Jane Johnson of Pivot Communications to discuss Gamification

AV Nation - the network for the Audio Visual Industry

AVSocial 49: Dirty Databases

AVSocial co-hosts Dawn Meade and Kelly Perkins are joined by  Jane Johnson of Pivot Communications, Christa Bender of Pivot Communications, and Steven Picanza of Latin & Code.

Electronic mail! Using the series of tubes that is the internet to send out emails is the lifeblood of businesses and marketing, especially with email campaigns. On today’s episode of AVSocial, we discuss how to get the most out of email listings, what marketers can do to craft a successful email campaign, the pitfalls to avoid when creating a database list and finding the particular voice for your brand. We also look at the future of email campaigns and how AV might come into play.

AV Trade Talk: A Technology Podcast

AV Trade Talk: Meet the Content Marketing Pros @ Pivot

Pivot Communications is an innovative content marketing firm that develops revenue-driving lead generation programs for hi-tech and professional AV companies, serving a global client base. What's that mean? More effective ways to target, engage, and sell more to your ideal audience. Find out what that really means and why you should consider this offering in this short episode. Pivot Communications Managing Partner, Jane Johnson, and Client Services Manager (and CTS-holder) Christa Bender, also share what they were excited to see during InfoComm 2019, where this podcast was recorded. Many thanks and huge hugs to Starin Marketing and Chris Neto for inviting us to be part of BASE CAMP, where indie podcasts like AV Trade Talk were provided a station to record episodes like this one.