211 episodes

On The Manufacturing Executive podcast, we’ll explore the strategies and experiences that are driving midsized manufacturers forward. You’ll hear conversations with passionate manufacturing leaders who have compelling stories to share about their successes and struggles. You’ll also hear interviews with B2B Sales and Marketing experts about what’s working on the business development front and how to make these ideas actionable. Episodes will feature topics related to industrial marketing and lead generation, manufacturing sales strategy, technology, and industrial sector innovation.

The Manufacturing Executive Joe Sullivan

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 138 Ratings

On The Manufacturing Executive podcast, we’ll explore the strategies and experiences that are driving midsized manufacturers forward. You’ll hear conversations with passionate manufacturing leaders who have compelling stories to share about their successes and struggles. You’ll also hear interviews with B2B Sales and Marketing experts about what’s working on the business development front and how to make these ideas actionable. Episodes will feature topics related to industrial marketing and lead generation, manufacturing sales strategy, technology, and industrial sector innovation.

    Moving From Custom-Engineered to Configuration-Based Products w/ Henrik Hulgaard

    Moving From Custom-Engineered to Configuration-Based Products w/ Henrik Hulgaard

    In this conversation, Vice President of Product Management and co-founder of Configit, Henrik Hulgaard, talks about moving from a custom-engineered to configuration-based product offering.

    Specifically, he unpacks the benefits both to the customer AND the manufacturer of making this shift.

    • 37 min
    What the U.S. Can Learn From the German Manufacturing Model w/ Jon DeSouza

    What the U.S. Can Learn From the German Manufacturing Model w/ Jon DeSouza

    Following a few decades of sending manufacturing across seas to drive down costs, big reshoring movements are in full force throughout the American manufacturing sector.

    But meanwhile in Germany, much of that manufacturing never left in the first place. Through strategies that have included embracing automation, localizing manufacturing operations and focusing on quality, German manufacturing has remained competitive throughout.

    So what can we learn from the German manufacturing model?

    Jon DeSouza, the CEO and President of HARTING Americas, a German-based global manufacturer, is here to unpack this topic.

    • 30 min
    Getting Inside the Minds of the Next Generation w/ Meaghan Ziemba

    Getting Inside the Minds of the Next Generation w/ Meaghan Ziemba

    We all know that we need to find ways to engage the next generation so we can build the manufacturing workforce of the future.

    And it's no secret to anyone listening that this next generation uses technology differently, interacts with people differently and collects information differently.

    But they also have different core values and care about different things.

    In today's conversation, Meaghan Ziemba of Mavens of Manufacturing, talks about how we need to put in the work to truly understand what's going on inside the minds of those who will become our future manufacturing workforce.

    We can't simply brush aside the nuances of how they think and feel. Because if we do, we're putting the futures of our businesses at risk.

    • 46 min
    How to Adapt in a Changing B2B Manufacturing Buying Landscape w/ Joe Sullivan

    How to Adapt in a Changing B2B Manufacturing Buying Landscape w/ Joe Sullivan

    For many B2B manufacturing organizations, what got them where they are today won’t get them where they want to go in the years ahead.

    In this concise solo episode, The Manufacturing Executive's host Joe Sullivan draws on over a decade of experience advising manufacturing leaders to share his own perspective about how the buying landscape has changed, and what actions need to be taken from a marketing perspective to remain competitive.

    • 16 min
    How Simulation Technology is Reshaping Product Design w/ Dr. Masha Petrova

    How Simulation Technology is Reshaping Product Design w/ Dr. Masha Petrova

    For years, product development has meant designing a few things, and then manufacturing them in the thousands or millions.

    But CEO of Nullpace, Dr. Masha Petrova, will tell you, we're quickly moving in a direction where we can design thousands of things and then manufacture just a few of them.

    She'll dive into the ways design engineering technology is enabling manufacturers to replace time and money spent buying parts, assembling, testing and measuring with digital simulations.

    • 32 min
    Empowering a Self-Directed Workforce w/ Matthew Rassi

    Empowering a Self-Directed Workforce w/ Matthew Rassi

    Quite a few manufacturing leaders that I talk to – whether through interviews on this show or in marketing consultations that I conduct – are leading second or third-generation family-owned businesses.

    They've built successful companies, but have struggled to let go of responsibilities, to delegate and to empower their people to play a role in shaping the company's future success.

    As lean manufacturing consultant Matthew Rassi will remind us, what got you here won't necessarily get you there. In this conversation, Matthew talks about the intersection of servant leadership and lean manufacturing practices, and how together, they can help you build a loyal, engaged and self-directed workforce.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

PeteSteg ,

Manufacturing leaders about leading manufacturing

If you’re a manufacturing business leader, this show needs to be in your podcast rotation. Lots of relevant topics and guests - mostly people like you, sharing their experience. Joe Sullivan is engaging and delivers a well-curated topic and guest list.

Give this show a listen - you won’t be disappointed.

Kris Harrington ,

Go-to podcast for manufacturers

Informative and actionable content. Must listen for manufacturers.

Shawn Fitz ,

A Must For US Manufacturing Leaders

Joe and his team do a great job of surfacing interesting, informative and helpful interviews with impactful business leaders and business models. As fast as things are changing right now, manufacturing leaders need podcasts like the Manufacturing Executive to cut through the clutter and keep up with what matters most.

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