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Women And Manufacturing Podcast

Where accomplished women empower accomplished women.

Leading Youth Into the Manufacturing Industry with Kristin Carlson

Today on the WAM podcast, Frances Brunelle welcomes guest Kristin Carlson, President of Peerless Precision, Inc.., situated in Westfield, MA. Our guest today is passionate about informing kids and their parents that just because you go into a trade and start working right out of high school, does not mean that you lose the opportunity to go to college. More often than not, employers like herself want to invest in their employees and companies. Today, we welcome to the show, Kristin Carlson, who is President of Peerless Precision, Inc. in Westfield,…

Brand Awareness and Acquisitions with Sue Nordman

Today’s guest is Sue Nordman, President of Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc., situated in Rockford, Illinois. In this episode, we talk to Sue about how she became President at Obsidian where she gets into the different roles her husband and herself perform at the company. Sue highlights some of the strategies she is using to keep her company top of mind online and in the manufacturing community, getting into the benefits of blogging, Twitter chats, and more. We also hear Sue’s thoughts about the two acquisitions she navigated shortly after stepping into her role and discuss some of the challenges of performing such a feat during a pandemic.

Growing Through Acquisitions with Elizabeth Paquette

Today we welcome to the show, Elizabeth Paquette. Liz is the Co-owner of Rock Valley Tool (RVT), a 50-year-old manufacturing company in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Liz left a special education career to acquire RVT, with her husband, who is the operations manager. Tune in today as we hear straight from Liz all about how she transitioned to manufacturing, how they are working with their community to bridge skill gaps, implementing high school co-op programs, how diversification has helped her company during COVID-19, and much, much more!

Going Digital in a Modern Market with Anna Korolekh of Oro Inc.

Today we welcome, Anna Korolekh Marketing Director at Oro, Inc. In this episode, we explore the incredible opportunities that arise from taking your business online. We open our conversation by unpacking Oro’s product offerings and how they help companies to digitize their business. We dive right into the important role that Client Relationship Management Systems — or CRMs — play when engaging with customers. From discussing how CRMs increase the efficiency of sales teams, we chat about how eCommerce can unlock quick and exponential business scaling. Tune in to hear more about how going digital is becoming a manufacturing standard.

Recognizing Opportunities, Solving Problems, and Finding Need with Courtney Wright

Courtney is the CEO of Gemini Builds It! and Showcase Acrylics. She is one woman who is making manufacturing cool in Chicago! In today’s episode, we delve into how Courtney and her team made an incredibly timely pivot providing a key product for the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic. She talks more about how she is driven to solve problems, continually finding new opportunities, and shares great advice about failing fast and prioritizing growth. Stay tuned for an insightful conversation with Courtney Wright.

ERP Software Systems with Theresa Santiago

Theresa Santiago, an Account Executive with COUNTERPART. COUNTERPART, powered by Smooth Logics, is a full-business operating software solution for engineers to order manufacturers. It is one total business solution, and it is not modular — it is a smart and dynamic software solution for both purchasing and inventory manufacturing. Listen in as we talk about all things ERP systems and why they are beneficial for manufacturing companies.

Proper Planning and Wealth Protection with Rachel Lower

Business owners often neglect planning because they are busy working in the business rather than thinking about the next step. This is why it’s important to bring in a third-party to help with planning and looking to the future. Today’s guest is Rachel Lower, President of Cornerstone Advisors. In this episode, Rachel explains Cornerstone’s mission and their passion for helping businesses endure. She also sheds light on some of the tools Cornerstone uses to help their clients plan and protect wealth such as trusts and life insurance. Wealth transference and protection should go hand in hand with business growth, but Rachel acknowledges that this is not always the case when owners are in the weeds running their companies.

Rita Tabatchnick, President of Tabatchnick Fine Foods

Family-owned takes on a whole new meaning, something much larger to our guest today on the WAM podcast. In this episode, we heartily welcome Rita Tabatchnick. Rita is the President of Tabatchnick Fine Foods, a nationally recognized soup company with over 30 varieties of hearty soups and broths. In today’s episode we talk about all things family and women-owned business, where they’re operating in the markets, the reason behind their product lines, how they’re navigating new FDA regulations, how they work to give back to their community, and more! So stay tuned for yet another inspiring episode with a firehouse woman in the manufacturing industry.

Smart Glasses, Accessories, and Robotics with Johanna Bellenberg

Today we welcome to the show Johanna Bellenberg, joining us all the way from Germany. Johanna is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Picavi, an award-winning service provider with 100 percent dedication of its intra-logistics and wearable expertise to Pick-by-Vision solutions. In today’s episode we talk about all things related to their Picky-by-Vision products and solutions, accessories, functionality, ideal customers, and much more, so stay tuned as we dive into this amazing product!

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