RSI in Evolution: Sitting Down with Travis Leo, CEO

RSI in Evolution

In 2012, Travis Leo found himself at the helm of one of Denver’s biggest tech companies after purchasing Residential Systems, Inc., and he was ready to generate change. Armed with previous executive experience through his tenure with Quest, Travis was ready to take the company to the next level, propelling RSI into a new era of innovations in technology, and all of the growing pains associated with it.

“I don’t know the difference between a nail and a screw,” he jokes. “I like it that way, I have a comprehensive understanding of technologies and what they can do, but I like to see things through the eyes of the customer.” Travis believes that this approach allows him to help client not only fall in love with smart home technology, but understand and appreciate what it can do to enrich their everyday lives.


Tracking the Trends

RSI was founded three decades ago, and has been no stranger to evolution since. With new smart home products released every month, and upgrades of old products, staying on top of what is successful versus what is no small challenge. From audio and video, to access control, to lighting control, automated shades, and everything in between, Travis is dedicated to staying ahead of tech trends.

The expanding variety of products on the market is not the only change happening in the world of smart home technology. Recently, the industry has seen a rapid shifting toward network-based control systems, which means manufacturers can implement more updates to products, at a faster rate. This change alone has simplified systems and increased the reliability while allowing for consistent deployment and updates that make smart homes, smarter.


Shifting Spaces

In late 2017, Travis decided to transition into a newer, bigger showroom space, to provide even better customer service and customer experience. After outgrowing their old space, RSI needed to expand into an area where they could showcase all of their products comfortably, give live demos, create storage, and play host to client meetings.

Their new space, located at 7661 Shaffer Parkway in Littleton, is 20% bigger than their old space, with room for customers to experience home tech live and in person. In an era that is moving toward DIY smart home solutions, Travis emphasizes the importance of seeing products perform live before making the investment, and stresses the benefit of hiring a professional integration company that has been around for decades.


The Best of the Best

All of this evolution taken into consideration, Travis and team have found a select few products that they love. Though RSI gets a lot of attention for being an A/V shop, they love the recent advances made in regard to lighting control and automated shades. Travis even states that his most favored tech upgrade in his home is his Lutron automation system.

In addition to Lutron, staff picks range from HAI systems (security, light switches, thermostats), tech tycoon Control4, and flexible and reliable Savant systems.


Looking Forward

In regard to the future of RSI and where they would like to go, Travis is excited to embrace upcoming, fresh technologies. His goal always has been, and always will be, to provide all past, present, and future RSI clients with the best, most innovative, and most seamlessly integrated home technologies.