Will The Revolution Come?
Maybe it’s the thankful season that has us looking forward at the news surrounding the residential side of the AV industry. We are joined by Manager of Software Development for BlackWire Designs Seth Johnson and Owner of TruMedia Home Amanada Wildman.
We start off with a study from Houzz that home projects are continuing despite economic conditions. Rennovation projects for 2023 have been canceled by less than a single percent of homeowners. So will 2023 be smooth sailing for integrators? Discussing the data and how this might affect the industry at large.
Polk Audio’s president Frank Sterns has announced his retirement at the end of the year. He has more than 40 years in the industry, having recently joined Sound United in 2019. We want to congratulate him for this achievement, but it also has us pondering on the next generation. How will knowledge and experience like this be passed down? Frank won’t be the last in the next few years to retire, so how can we ensure that companies can last?
Apropos of the last story, we look at a session back at CEDIA Expo 2022 asking ‘What do we do about the skilled labor shortage?’ And it even happened to be helmed by Amanda Wildman who’s on this very show. She and PrepTECH co-founder Paul Starkey discuss how to bring in fresh talent to the industry. If you watch our own show The AV Profession, you’ll hear many stories of people ‘falling’ into AV. How can we make our industry more visible and accepting so that the next workforce will willingly wish to join AV?
- Amanda Wildman – TruMedia Home
- Seth Johnson – BlackWire Designs
- Residential Tech Today – Renovation projects to continue in 2023
- CE Pro – Frank Sterns to retire at end of year
- CE Pro – Skilled labor shortage and the future of AV workforce