215 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 • 139 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.

    A New Generation of Craftsmen with Character w/ Dave Hataj

    A New Generation of Craftsmen with Character w/ Dave Hataj

    "The power and strength of our country is this next generation."

    These are the words of my guest today, Dave Hataj. Dave is a 35-year veteran of the manufacturing sector and founder of Craftsman with Character – a pre-apprenticeship program that focuses on character development and career guidance through mentoring relationships in industrial facilities.

    Dave will tell you that we have an entire generation that's looking for a chance. And it's our responsibility as manufacturing leaders to tap into our high schools and local communities to show that generation what's possible for them in the manufacturing sector.

    As you'll soon learn, he's figured out how to do it. And he's here to share his perspective and advice.

    • 36 min
    When and How to Implement a Warehouse Management System w/ Casey Winans

    When and How to Implement a Warehouse Management System w/ Casey Winans

    Warehouse management systems.

    What exactly are they? What's different from the features in your ERP? Or your MES?

    Who truly needs a warehouse management system? When do you know you'll be ready for one? And how do you choose the right one for you?

    CEO of Fullstride, Casey Winans, is here to answer all of these questions and more.

    • 38 min
    When Engineering and Marketing are in Sync w/ Adam Beck and Jeffrey Abell

    When Engineering and Marketing are in Sync w/ Adam Beck and Jeffrey Abell

    In most companies, experts are hired to do a specific job. Engineering does engineering. Marketing does marketing. Sales does sales. And so on.

    But what happens when each of those departments does their respective jobs in silos, without a common mission, and in the absence of collaboration?

    In today's conversation, Jeffrey Abell (engineer) and Adam Beck (industrial marketer) of Cadenas PARTsolutions talk about how to bring together the engineering and marketing functions of a manufacturing organization to drive growth. Because when the silos come down, opportunities emerge.

    • 35 min
    The Benefits of an Employee-Ownership Culture w/ Brian Baker

    The Benefits of an Employee-Ownership Culture w/ Brian Baker

    If you were out at a nice dinner with your significant other and you had the choice to be served by whichever waitress or waiter usually services your table OR the owner of the restaurant, who would you choose?

    In today's conversation, CEO and President of Sentry Equipment Brian Baker talks about the benefits of an employee-ownership culture. As a 28-year leader of an employee-owned manufacturing organization, he's witnessed first hand what's different when those doing the work ALSO have skin in the game.

    And while employee-owned companies may represent a only a sliver of the manufacturing sector, the lessons he'll share from his experiences are universally applicable.

    • 43 min
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 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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