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Episode 82: Aaron McArdle (RoomReady), Bloomington, Illinois, USA

YPO member Aaron McArdle is from Normal, Illinois, USA, and began his career as an electrician. But, Aaron saw a market opportunity in designing AV technology for companies, so he bought that part of the business from his employer and turned it into RoomReady.

Today, RoomReady is one of the leading companies on conference AV and technology. They own two U.S. patents and have clients such as Nike, Charles Schwab and Stanford University.

RoomReady was the first company in the world to receive a “Cisco Compatible” designation for their integrated room solutions, and it is one of only three groups worldwide granted “Cisco Preferred Solutions Developer” status.

In this episode, Aaron shares how he went from being an electrician to running a leading company with patented conference AV and technology, plus the secrets to building effective meeting rooms!


Guest: Aaron McArdle, Founder and CEO of RoomReady
Host & Executive Producer: Kevin Daum
Executive Producer: Van Van
Music: DreamArtist Music.

Made possible with grants from Gazelles Growth Institute.

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Kevin Daum is an award winning and bestselling author of 5 books. He is a marketer, speaker, and columnist for Inc.com and Smart Business Magazine. As an Inc. 500 entrepreneur, his sales and marketing techniques resulted in more than $1 billion in sales. Drawing on his background in theatre and business, Kevin is a compelling speaker who has engaged and inspired audiences around the globe. Kevin is a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters program and has received the Global Learning Award 3 times from the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he held several board positions. Kevin has designed, produced, and led award-winning executive training programs and events for C-level executives and entrepreneurs on four continents. Previously, Kevin was named one of the 40 people to watch under 40 in San Francisco by the Business Times and in 2006 was named Distinguished Alum of the Year by his alma mater, Humboldt State University.