54 episodes

Welcome to Manufacturing Happy Hour, the podcast where we get real about the latest trends and technologies impacting modern manufacturers.

Hosted by industry veteran Chris Luecke, each week, we interview makers, founders, and other manufacturing leaders that are at the top of their game and give you the tools, tactics, and strategies you need to take your career and your business to the next level. We go beyond the buzzwords and dissect real-life applications and success stories so that you can tackle your biggest manufacturing challenges and turn them into profitable opportunities.

Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

Manufacturing Happy Hour Chris Luecke

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

Welcome to Manufacturing Happy Hour, the podcast where we get real about the latest trends and technologies impacting modern manufacturers.

Hosted by industry veteran Chris Luecke, each week, we interview makers, founders, and other manufacturing leaders that are at the top of their game and give you the tools, tactics, and strategies you need to take your career and your business to the next level. We go beyond the buzzwords and dissect real-life applications and success stories so that you can tackle your biggest manufacturing challenges and turn them into profitable opportunities.

Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

    35: All Things HR and Manufacturing with TriNet’s Kristin Russum

    35: All Things HR and Manufacturing with TriNet’s Kristin Russum

    Kristin Russum is a Director of Human Capital Services at https://www.trinet.com/industries/manufacturing?utm_source=show_notesandutm_medium=linkandutm_campaign=manufacturing_happy_hour (TriNet). Having spent almost 2 decades as an HR leader across a number of companies, at TriNet, she’s now helping small and medium size businesses implement full-service HR solutions tailored by industry.
    In this episode, Kristin takes us through her journey in the HR world and shares some of her best tips HR tips that every manufacturing leader should keep in mind. From succession planning to creating workplaces that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive, Kristin makes it clear that creating a people-centric organization doesn’t just stop and start at the HR department.
    About TriNet:
    TriNet is a professional employer organization that provides small and medium size businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry. To free SMBs from HR complexities, TriNet offers access to human capital expertise, benefits, risk mitigation and compliance, payroll and real-time technology. From Main Street to Wall Street, TriNet empowers SMBs to focus on what matters most—growing their business.
    Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com (ManufacturingHappyHour.com) for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

    • 42 min
    34: From eCommerce to Side Hustles with GenAlpha President & COO Kristina Harrington

    34: From eCommerce to Side Hustles with GenAlpha President & COO Kristina Harrington

    Kristina Harrington is an eCommerce expert with no shortage of experience when it comes to easing the process of doing business with manufacturers. Having moved up the ranks with large equipment companies like Bucyrus and Caterpillar, she is now the President and COO of GenAlpha, a B2B eCommerce software business for equipment manufacturers.
    In this episode, we hear about Kris’ career journey and how her work experiences took her from Wisconsin to Latin America and back to cofounding GenAlpha. She gives us a rundown of GenAlpha’s Equip platform and how manufacturers should be leveraging eCommerce and analytics to grow their business. Finally, we’ll get to hear about Kris’ agricultural side hustle and the lessons she’s learned from farming that have helped her in her career.
    Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com (ManufacturingHappyHour.com) for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

    • 51 min
    33: Using Business Process as a Differentiator with Paul Van Metre

    33: Using Business Process as a Differentiator with Paul Van Metre

    Paul Van Metre is a machine shop owner-turned-entrepreneur. After starting Pro CNC in Bellingham, WA in 1997, he recently went on to co-found ProShop, a cloud-based ERP software system that combines elements of an MES (a manufacturing execution system) with a QMS (a quality management system) into a single platform.
    In this episode, Paul shares his story about starting a company right out of college some Formula SAE buddies and how the challenges they faced as machine shop owners inspired them to create ProShop. In addition to hearing some of the lessons that Paul has learned throughout his entrepreneurial career, we discuss why systems, documentation, and business processes are the key differentiator for manufacturers – particularly machine shops – in today’s market. We even get into a little car talk before the interview wraps up, so make sure to stick around until the end!
    Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com (ManufacturingHappyHour.com) for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

    • 34 min
    32: Why Manufacturers Need to “Stop Being the Best Kept Secret” with Curt Anderson

    32: Why Manufacturers Need to “Stop Being the Best Kept Secret” with Curt Anderson

    Curt Anderson has been rocking the eCommerce world since 1995. As an early adopter with 2-and-a-half decades of experience leading multiple businesses in this space, he's now sharing that experience as an eCommerce evangelist for manufacturers through webinars, his website b2btail.com, as well as his new book https://amzn.to/3nlqGe9 (Stop Being the Best Kept Secret! Manufacturing eCommerce Strategies).
    Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com (ManufacturingHappyHour.com) for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

    • 29 min
    31: Stories in Welding, Employee Retention, and Gratitude with Lisa Ryan

    31: Stories in Welding, Employee Retention, and Gratitude with Lisa Ryan

    Lisa Ryan has one of the most unique trajectories that you’ve ever seen in the industrial sector. She’s gone from welding to med device sales to where she is now as an author and keynote speaker that helps manufacturers solve their employee engagement and retention challenges. In addition to writing books like https://amzn.to/2VTaXa5 (Manufacturing Engagement), she’s the Founder of Grategy, a training and coaching business dedicated to helping leaders keep their top talent from becoming someone else’s.
    In this episode, Lisa shares the ups and downs of her career and the lessons learned along the way. We also cover the importance of empathy and communication when it comes to employee engagement before wrapping up with a conversation about trade skills and career paths.
    Make sure to visit http://manufacturinghappyhour.com (ManufacturingHappyHour.com) for detailed show notes and a full list of resources mentioned in this episode. Stay Innovative, Stay Thirsty.

    • 43 min
    30: How to Turn Your Brand's Podcast into a Content Goldmine

    30: How to Turn Your Brand's Podcast into a Content Goldmine

    Chris goes solo in this episode to share a podcast version of a keynote he recently gave at Content Marketing World 2020. While the majority of podcasts have less than 1,000 listeners per episode (and that's okay!), today you're going to learn how to make tens of thousands of impressions with every episode you release.
    Whether you're a brand or an individual that's considered adding a podcast to your content strategy - or maybe you already have one within your content repertoire - today's show contains the foundational skills and tools you need to create a goldmine of highly-sharable audio, visual, and written content. That way, you can meet your audience wherever they are spending their time, whether that’s on social media, YouTube, or your website.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

paulvm ,

Fun and informative!

Chris has such a fun natural style with his guests. Love the beer sub theme!!

And he has great guests who bring really interesting thoughts and ideas about the manufacturing industry.

Definitely one to subscribe to.

Jboy2722 ,

Hello manufacturing Allstars!

If you are looking to up your game in the wonderful world of manufacturing, you’ve come to the right place!

Chris and his guests cover a wide range of topics and ideas, so no matter if you’re the CMO or just starting out, you will find value in every episode.

Through intellectual and thought-provoking conversations Chris brings color and charisma to what some might consider a cold and complicated subject matter.

Now kick back with a glass in one hand and a pen in the other, enjoy the show!

Joe Sullivan, Gorilla 76 ,

Fantastic show

Chris brings a ton of personality (and a refined palate for beer of course) to a show filled with super smart guests. Go ahead and hit that subscribe button!

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