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Women And Manufacturing Podcast

Where accomplished women empower accomplished women.

Frances Brunelle, Host

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!

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, 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.

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