AV/IT Amplifier

Ryan Gray

Higher education institutions rely on audio-visual (AV) and information technology (IT) solutions as a key backbone for modern teaching and learning. The AV/IT industry plays a critical role in providing these solutions, and it is important to highlight the latest trends, innovations, and perspectives in this sector. The podcast “The AV/IT Amplifier” aims to fill this gap by featuring interviews with people from Higher Education Institutions and the AV/IT Industry who have an idea, concept, perspective, event or product that would be helpful or interesting to the target audience of higher education technology managers. The host of the podcast is Ryan Gray, Assistant Director of IT at Yavapai College.

“The AV/IT Amplifier” podcast will have a bi-monthly schedule with two recordings per month, each being split in half to provide for weekly episodes. Each episode will be targeted for 30 minutes to be about the length of an average commute. The first half of each recording will focus on the primary topic for that guest, while the second half will be a profile of the person.

The podcast will not only focus on technical topics but also on non-technical ones such as effective people management, pedagogy, community building, building a personal brand, career planning, professional development and other similar topics for our audience. The split episode format allows for a dive into the topic and the opportunity to get to know the person and perhaps draw the connections between why that topic is so important to that guest.

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Episodes

052: I Ask Smart People Dumb Questions with Tim Albright
Apr 17 2024
052: I Ask Smart People Dumb Questions with Tim Albright
Tim Albright, the founder and president of AV Nation, discusses the evolution of AV Nation and its role in serving the AV and IT integration industry. He emphasizes the importance of AV and IT integration and the need for a voice to represent the end users responsible for the day-to-day operation of AV systems. Tim shares his experience attending Enterprise Connect and highlights the value of end user shows in understanding the needs of the industry. He also discusses the process of conducting interviews and the importance of asking dumb questions to gather insights from industry experts. Tim offers advice for Hetma in the next five years, emphasizing the need for collaboration with manufacturers and integrators.TakeawaysAV Nation serves the AV and IT integration industry by providing a voice for end users responsible for AV systems.End user shows like Enterprise Connect are valuable for understanding industry needs and fostering collaboration.Asking dumb questions and synthesizing information from industry experts can lead to valuable insights.HETMA should take its responsibility seriously and engage in meaningful conversations with manufacturers and integrators.Connect with Tim:https://www.linkedin.com/in/tdalbright/https://twitter.com/tdalbrightFind AVNation: www.AVNation.tvConnect with Ryan: https://twitter.com/Ryan_A_Grayhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanagray/ryan@higheredav.comFollow the Show:https://twitter.com/AVITAmplifier https://higheredav.com/Voiceovers by Chris Dechter: https://twitter.com/cdechterhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cdechter/Please rate and review the show wherever you get your podcasts, feedback is very welcome and we look forward to hearing from you!
048: Closed Mouths Don't Get Fed with Britt Yenser
Mar 20 2024
048: Closed Mouths Don't Get Fed with Britt Yenser
In this episode, Britt Yenser discusses the importance of speaking up and advocating for oneself. She emphasizes the need to overcome imposter phenomenon and heal the inner child to build confidence. Britt also encourages individuals to raise their hands for opportunities, even if they are not 100% prepared, and to embrace the possibility of rejection. She highlights the welcoming nature of organizations and the importance of identifying and utilizing one's strengths. Overall, the conversation emphasizes the power of self-advocacy and the value of diverse voices in leadership positions.Takeaways-Speak up and advocate for yourself to ensure your goals and desires are known.-Overcome imposter phenomenon by recognizing your strengths and focusing on external validation.-Heal your inner child and embrace your adult self to build confidence and overcome past experiences.-Raise your hand for opportunities, even if you feel unprepared or unsure.-Embrace the possibility of rejection and learn from the experience. -Identify your strengths and find ways to contribute to organizations and communities. Connect with Britt:https://twitter.com/brAVe_britt_https://www.linkedin.com/in/britt-yenser/Find brAVe [space]:https://twitter.com/brAVe_space_https://higheredav.com/category/media/brave-space/Connect with Ryan:https://twitter.com/Ryan_A_Grayhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanagray/ryan@higheredav.comFollow the Show:https://twitter.com/AVITAmplifierhttps://higheredav.comVoiceovers by Chris Dechter:https://twitter.com/cdechterhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cdechter/
046: Leave the World a Little Better Than You Found It with Chris Hewitt
Mar 6 2024
046: Leave the World a Little Better Than You Found It with Chris Hewitt
In this episode, Ryan Gray and Chris Hewitt discuss various topics related to the AV industry and personal experiences. They talk about the power of networking and the importance of trade shows in connecting with others. Chris shares his extroverted nature and how it has influenced his career in customer service. They also discuss the significance of company culture and the impact of mergers and acquisitions.Chris emphasizes the value of trust and intuition in decision-making. The episode concludes with Chris's drop the mic sign off, encouraging listeners to leave the world a little better than they found it.TakeawaysNetworking at trade shows is essential for connecting with others in the AV industry.Being an extrovert can be an advantage in customer service roles.Maintaining company culture is crucial during mergers and acquisitions.Trusting your gut and intuition can lead to better decision-making.Leaving the world a little better than you found it is a meaningful goal.Connect with Chris:https://www.linkedin.com/in/chewitt1/Connect with Ryan:https://twitter.com/Ryan_A_Grayhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanagray/ryan@higheredav.comFollow the Show:https://twitter.com/AVITAmplifierhttps://higheredav.com/ryangrayVoiceovers by Chris Dechter:https://twitter.com/cdechterhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cdechter/Please rate and review the show wherever you get your podcasts, feedback is very welcome and we look forward to hearing from you!
045: Breaking Down Silos with Chris Hewitt
Feb 28 2024
045: Breaking Down Silos with Chris Hewitt
In this conversation, Ryan Gray and Chris Hewitt discuss the importance of breaking down silos between AV and IT departments in higher education. They emphasize the need for collaboration and the shared goal of providing exceptional experiences for end users, such as students and faculty. Chris shares his own experiences and challenges in unifying AV and IT at his university.They also discuss the role of network professionals and the importance of understanding their motivations. The conversation concludes with a call to action for AV and IT professionals to work together and embrace cross-functional collaboration.TakeawaysBreaking down silos between AV and IT is crucial for providing exceptional experiences in higher education.Collaboration and communication between AV and IT departments is essential for proactive problem-solving and system optimization.Understanding the motivations and perspectives of network professionals can help foster collaboration and bridge the gap between AV and IT.The transition to AV over IP requires careful planning, high availability, and business continuity planning.Connect with Chris:https://www.linkedin.com/in/chewitt1/Connect with Ryan:https://twitter.com/Ryan_A_Grayhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanagray/ryan@higheredav.comFollow the Show:https://twitter.com/AVITAmplifierhttps://higheredav.com/ryangrayVoiceovers by Chris Dechter:https://twitter.com/cdechterhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cdechter/Please rate and review the show wherever you get your podcasts, feedback is very welcome and we look forward to hearing from you!
043: Hustle with Ann Kelly
Feb 14 2024
043: Hustle with Ann Kelly
In this conversation, Ann Kelly, Assistant Manager of Events and Classroom Technologies at Yale School of Medicine, discusses her career journey and experiences as a woman in a male-dominated industry. She shares her transition to Yale and the differences she has observed, as well as her motivations for seeking the next step in her career. Ann also talks about dealing with gender bias and the strategies she has used to navigate the industry. She emphasizes the importance of hustle and pursuing knowledge, as well as gaining access to opportunities. The conversation concludes with Ann providing her contact information for further engagement.TakeawaysTransitioning to a new institution can provide opportunities for growth and exposure to innovative technologies.Women in male-dominated industries may face challenges such as gender bias, but it is important to stand your ground and assert your expertise.Hustle and a willingness to learn are key to advancing in the industry, and taking advantage of training programs and certifications can enhance professional development.Having a breadth of understanding across different technologies and a depth of knowledge in specific areas can be valuable in problem-solving and providing effective solutions.Networking and being part of professional organizations can provide access to opportunities and resources for career advancement.Connect with Ann:https://www.linkedin.com/in/annkelly9/Ann.Kelly@yale.eduConnect with Ryan:https://twitter.com/Ryan_A_Grayhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanagray/ryan@higheredav.comFollow the Show:https://twitter.com/AVITAmplifierhttps://higheredav.com/Voiceovers by Chris Dechter:https://twitter.com/cdechterhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cdechter/Please rate and review the show wherever you get your podcasts, feedback is very welcome and we look forward to hearing from you!
042: We Are Gathered Here Today with Jennifer Weaver
Feb 7 2024
042: We Are Gathered Here Today with Jennifer Weaver
AV/IT AmplifierEpisode 042In this conversation, Ryan Gray interviews Jen Weaver, the business development manager for education at Starin. They discuss topics such as introversion vs. extroversion, the challenges of being a single mom, the nature of good and evil, and meaningful family traditions. Jen also shares her love for Prince and dolphins, her dream vacation to Tahiti, and her life hack of putting on makeup to boost her mood. The conversation concludes with Jen's drop the mic sign-off phrase: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."TakeawaysUnderstanding the differences between introverts and extroverts is important for effective communication and collaboration.Being a single mom can be challenging, but with support and prioritization, it is possible to balance work and family.People have both good and evil tendencies, and it is important to recognize and navigate the fine line between the two.Meaningful family traditions can create a sense of connection and remembrance.Taking time for self-care, such as putting on makeup, can have a positive impact on mood and mindset.Connect with Jen:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-weaver-9866779/https://twitter.com/Jweaver319jennifer.weaver@starin.biz Connect with Ryan:https://twitter.com/Ryan_A_Grayhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanagray/ryan@higheredav.comFollow the Show:https://twitter.com/AVITAmplifierhttps://higheredav.com/Voiceovers by Chris Dechter:https://twitter.com/cdechterhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cdechter/Please rate and review the show wherever you get your podcasts, feedback is very welcome and we look forward to hearing from you!
040: Stay Safe America with Chief Tyran Payne.
Jan 17 2024
040: Stay Safe America with Chief Tyran Payne.
AV/IT AmplifierEpisode 040In this conversation, Chief Tyran Payne of Yavapai College shares insights on leadership, creating a positive work environment, and the importance of self-care. He emphasizes the value of approaching each day with a positive mindset and cultivating an approachable image. Chief Payne also discusses the complexity of human behavior and the need to understand the why behind actions. He shares his passion for collecting comic books and reveals that he would have pursued a career in nursing if not for law enforcement. The conversation concludes with Chief Payne's sign-off: 'Stay safe, America.'TakeawaysApproach each day with a positive mindset and cultivate an approachable image.Effective leadership is intentional and requires adjusting leadership styles to individual team members.Understand the complexity of human behavior and seek to find the why behind actions.Take care of yourself physically and mentally to better care for others.Engage in hobbies and activities that bring joy and help decompress from work.Consider alternative career paths that align with your passion for helping others.Connect with Chief Payne:https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyran-payne-a00567ab/Tyran.Payne@yc.eduConnect with Ryan:https://twitter.com/Ryan_A_Gray https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanagray/ryan@higheredav.comFollow the Show:https://twitter.com/AVITAmplifierhttps://higheredav.com/Voiceovers by Chris Dechter:https://twitter.com/cdechterhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/cdechter/Please rate and review the show wherever you get your podcasts, feedback is very welcome and we look forward to hearing from you!