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Women And Manufacturing Podcast

Kim Alford, Production manager of KAM Tool & Die.

Today on the WAM Podcast, we welcome Kim Alford, who is the production manager of KAM Tool & Die of B-Square Precision Group located in Zebulon, North Carolina. Having been a part of this prestigious company since it’s founding in 1995, Kim brings extensive, time-tested expertise in production planning, human resources, and accounting to the manufacturing space. Kim offers valuable insight into not only the production side of manufacturing but also the financial side of it. She also explains the process of being with the company from the time it started as a small company within a garage and only 2 machines, to becoming one of the biggest names in manufacturing and how to maintain integrity and quality through every stage of growth.

Jessica Ginsberg, Director of Business Development at LFM Capital

In this episode, Jessica talks about why LFM Capital is different from other firms, including the way in which they approach private equity. We discuss LFM’s business development, investment, and acquisition strategies, and Jessica highlights the importance of valuing the culture and legacy of a business. Jessica outlines some of the companies in LFM’s portfolio and explains how LFM has facilitated growth and an increase in revenue. For more on LFM Capital and private equity, tune in today!

Jaimie Petrow, Head of Business Development at Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers

In this episode, Frances and Jaimie discuss all of the ins and outs of buying and selling manufacturing companies, from necessary documents and information to the risks involved and the duration of transition. Jaimie highlights the importance of trust and transparency when dealing with her clients and why respecting the legacy of a company is essential, as is maintaining the relationship between buyer and seller. She also shares the value of documented standard operating procedures, and touches on the due diligence process and the stamina and patience required to follow through with a transaction. Don’t miss this incredibly informative episode!

Marina Mayer – Experienced B2B Journalist

We kick off this episode with Marina Mayer, an experienced B2B journalist with 12-plus years in the food and beverage space. Marina shares more about Food Logistics and its mission to help businesses in the industry. Before joining Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive on Jan. 6, 2020, she spent the last eight years as editor-in-chief of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine. This B2B publication covered everything from packaging, food safety, new product development, and market trends to energy management solutions, supply chain, and logistics, and more.

Kelly Costello, Founder of Puppy Cake

It’s not a birthday unless there’s cake! Why shouldn’t that be true for dogs too? Today’s guest is Kelly Costello, founder of Puppy Cake. Her lightbulb moment came when she was looking at old cake mix advertisements for a client and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if they made that for dogs too?” Realizing that dog owners across the globe wanted to treat their dogs like family and provide them with healthy and safe treats, Kelly established Puppy Cake in 2007. Kelly shares her perspective on ‘bootstrapping’ versus big loans and talks about her experience on Shark Tank.

Tanya DiSalvo, President of Criterion Tool

Today’s guest on the WAM Podcast is Tanya DiSalvo, she’s the president of Criterion Tool, in Brookpark, Ohio. Criterion Tool is a female-owned, non-union, precision machine shop that strives for excellence in machining for the “No Failure” industries of Medical Device, Aerospace, Defense and Photonics. Tune in to today’s episode to hear more from Tanya and her role in empowering women in the manufacturing world.

Dawn White, Founder and CEO of Perisense Inc.

We are excited to share today’s guest and her company with all your manufacturing businesses, especially those who are small to mid-sized. Today on the WAM podcast our guest is Dawn White, the founder and CEO of Perisense Inc., based in Ann Arbour Michigan. Dawn shares with on how she started Perisense Inc. and how the company is working towards making things like the industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things more accessible to small mid-size manufacturing businesses.

Elisabeth Weissenrieder-Bennis, Executive Vice President of Weiss-Aug

On today’s show, Fran welcomes Elisabeth Weissenrieder-Bennis, the Executive Vice President of Weiss-Aug. Weiss-Aug is a company that provides custom insert molding, precision metal stamping, and assembly solutions to the automotive, medical, electronic, and semi-conductor industries. Beth has had over 15 years in the metal forming industry. Stay tuned to today’s episode to hear more about Beth’s role in manufacturing and what their company is doing with regards to skills acquisition, education, apprenticeship, and promoting women in manufacturing companies.

Lydia Di Liello, MBA – CEO and Founder of Capital Pricing Consultants

Today on The WAM Podcast we have Lydia Di Liello, CEO and founder of Capital Pricing Consultants. Hear all about Lydia’s passion and her reason for starting the company and her years of experience working in procurement at General Motors. Lydia and Frances shift to discussing proactive versus reactive pricing, why constantly lowering prices is detrimental to the industry, and what manufacturers can do to avoid price wars and reverse auctions. Lydia talks about instances where she has advised her clients to “fire” demanding customers and when she has encouraged them to lower their prices

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