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#113 LFM Capital and Private Equity with Jessica Ginsberg

#113 LFM Capital and Private Equity with Jessica Ginsberg

June 23, 2020

In today’s episode, Frances Brunelle speaks with Jessica Ginsberg, Director of Business Development at LFM Capital. LFM is a private equity investment group focused on niche manufacturing and industrial service businesses. Jessica is responsible for LFM’s business development activities, including overseeing the firm's direct sourcing and outreach to intermediaries. She brings over 11 years of private equity, banking, and investment management experience to the fund, having served in a variety of roles that include business development, transaction diligence, credit analysis, and investor communications. 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 LFMCapital and private equity, tune in today!

#112 Buying and Selling Manufacturing Companies with Jaimie Petrow

#112 Buying and Selling Manufacturing Companies with Jaimie Petrow

June 16, 2020

In today’s episode, host Frances Brunelle interviews Jaimie Petrow, the 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. We also talk about the value points and risk points involved with customer concentration, as well as some of the risk factors that might mean we reject a client. Finally, Jaimie shares the value of documented standard operating procedure, 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!

#111 Addressing Global Supply Chain Risk Through Software Solutions with Bindiya Vakil

#111 Addressing Global Supply Chain Risk Through Software Solutions with Bindiya Vakil

June 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed just how interconnected, yet fragile the global supply
chain truly is. One company, Resilinc, has been addressing risk in the global supply chain
through a clear vision and innovative software, and its CEO Bindiya Vakil, joins us today. Having come from the world of sourcing and procurement in high-tech, Bindiya felt the industry was very reactive and always at the mercy of suppliers and events. In this episode, we learn more about what Resilinc is doing to increase visibility and understand supply chain
interdependencies. We also learn about how they gather and leverage data and disseminate it to clients to inform decision-making in the face of sudden shifts, from factory fires to natural disasters. They hope to help companies become more resilient and not to design suppliers out, but instead enable businesses to be proactive, predictive, and have some control over the outcomes of events. Along with this, we also learn more about Resilinc’s natural language processing capabilities, the importance of data for lean manufacturing, and more. Be sure to tune in today!

#110 The Role of Safety Professionals in Getting America Back to Work with Diana Stegall, President of ASSP

#110 The Role of Safety Professionals in Getting America Back to Work with Diana Stegall, President of ASSP

June 2, 2020

The time has come for us to consider what it will look like to return to work once stay-at-home directions are withdrawn. How are employers preparing workplaces to ensure the safety of employees, and what role do safety professionals play in getting America back to work? In this episode, host Jennifer McNelly speaks with Diana Stegall, president of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), about how they’re helping to prepare workplaces for employees to return safely, both physically and psychologically. They cover topics from the roles and responsibilities of safety professionals at this time and how COVID-19 has changed those roles within organizations to the hierarchy of controls and how it is applied in direct ways in large companies versus small companies. Diana explains systems thinking like Plan-Do-Check-Act, and the importance of having scalable and flexible solutions, as well as the role that trust and communication plays in the psychological safety of workers. For some practical advice for business leaders aiming to not only survive but thrive coming out of the pandemic, make sure not to miss today’s episode!

#109 Insights into the Supply Chain Publication Industry with Marina Mayer

#109 Insights into the Supply Chain Publication Industry with Marina Mayer

May 27, 2020

With content creation at an all-time high, it’s important to have reputable, reliable sources of information. Marina Mayer, today’s guest, is Editor-in-Chief of two of the foremost supply chain publications, Food Logistics and Supply and Demand Chain Executive which both draw on expert industry knowledge to provide readers with an impressive variety of content. We kick off this episode by learning more about Food Logistics and its mission to help businesses in the industry. With a wide-ranging audience of over 26 000, it is the only magazine dedicated to the global food cold chain. From there, we find out more about COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the food supply chain. Marina and her team have had to work hard to quell fears around the issue. There has been slowing in parts of the supply chain, but it has by no means halted. From there, we turn our attention to the other publication Marina oversees Supply and Demand Chain Executive and the work it does. We also learn more about their Facebook live events along with the variety of awards the publications oversees. Finally, we round the show off with Marina sharing her personal experience in the industry, and her advice for women looking to break in as well. Be sure to tune in today!

#108 Who is Winning the Tech Race? With Rebecca Fannin, Founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures

#108 Who is Winning the Tech Race? With Rebecca Fannin, Founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures

May 19, 2020

Relations between the US and China are at a low-point right now, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic among other things, but how is that affecting global innovation? Today’s guest on the WAM podcast is an innovation expert, author, public speaker, and media entrepreneur, Rebecca Fannin, who is the founder and leader of Silicon Dragon Ventures. Rebecca’s journalistic career began in Silicon Valley during the dot-com era. Following the venture capital trail to Asia, she was one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, interviewing Jack Ma of Alibaba and Robin Li of Baidu, among others. She’s a regular media commentator and publics peaker, focusing on investments and emerging technology companies. Rebecca has just published her third book, Tech Titans of China, which documents the rise of China's tech companies and intense competition in the sector. In this episode, host Rosemary Coates and guest Rebecca dive into how Rebecca started her company and where it has led her, as well as the recent decision to take the events component of her business online due to COVID-19. Rebecca gives us her perspectives on global tech and innovation and how they affect manufacturing, as well as how the tech race between the United States and China may be hindering collaboration and innovation. Make sure not to miss out on Rebecca’s interesting approach!

#107 Why There’s No Such Thing as Overnight Success with Kelly Costello, Founder of Puppy Cake

#107 Why There’s No Such Thing as Overnight Success with Kelly Costello, Founder of Puppy Cake

May 12, 2020

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. Puppy Cake's products range from personalized dog cakes and mixes to ice creams and cookies, plus dog toys and apparel too. Kelly has a passion for both dogs and manufacturing, personally overseeing the manufacturing of all the Puppy Cake products. In this episode, we discuss some of the challenges that Kelly encountered on her journey to success, the tips and tricks she learned along the way, and the myth of ‘overnight success’. Kelly shares her perspective on ‘bootstrapping’ versus big loans and talks about her experience on Shark Tank. She also has some advice for entrepreneurs looking to start their own manufacturing company, so make sure not to miss this episode!

#106 Product Lifecycle Management with Lucy Blackley, CEO of Bombyx PLM

#106 Product Lifecycle Management with Lucy Blackley, CEO of Bombyx PLM

May 5, 2020

At the intersection of fashion and engineering, today’s guest was inspired to found her own
startup focused on simplifying the lifecycle of products. In this episode of the WAM Podcast, host Linda Rigano speaks with Lucy Blackley, CEO of Bombyx PLM: Product Lifecycle Management, about fashion, digital innovation, and seriously motivated women! Lucy discusses with us her move from the fashion industry to founding her own PLM startup, and the importance of developing simple, affordable, and scalable software systems from the point of view of people in product design industries. Bombyx PLM’s system is useful for startups, SMEs, and corporations alike, and – while a lot of people still don’t understand exactly what garment technology is – Lucy explains that PLM systems can be applicable to nearly all industries that produce a physical product. Tune in to find out how!

#105 Hazard Girls™: The Power of “Can” with Charli K. Matthews

#105 Hazard Girls™: The Power of “Can” with Charli K. Matthews

April 28, 2020

Welcome to the first episode of Hazard Girls™, the show that explores the inspiring professional journeys of women in non-traditional roles. In this episode, your host Emily Soloby of Juno Jones speaks to Charli K. Matthews, the founder and CEO of Empowering Brands, the founder of Empowering Pumps & Equipment, and Empowering Women in Industry. Charli is a truly dynamic individual who has had a fascinating career path, from working in the pumps and equipment industry to the creation of her brands. For her, it’s necessary to look beyond the equipment to the people manufacturing and using it, because without the people, relationships, and support across the industry, none of what they do will be possible. Charli talks about the state of diversity and inclusion in the world of manufacturing, bringing to light those invisible challenges that women inevitably come up against, which is the very reason for creating the Empowering Women in Industry brand. Having formed a supportive network, Charli hopes to encourage women to pursue careers in manufacturing and to equip them with the right mindsets and skills to succeed in the industry. Put simply, her vision for the network is for it to be there for women in the industry in whichever capacity they need. Tune into this interesting episode today!

#104 Why Manufacturing Today Is Not What It Used to Be with Tanya DiSalvo

#104 Why Manufacturing Today Is Not What It Used to Be with Tanya DiSalvo

April 21, 2020

Have you ever tried to get through a day without using or coming into contact with a manufactured item? It’s pretty impossible! Manufacturing is such a big part of our day-to-day lives and we don’t always recognize that. Today’s guest on the WAM Podcast is Tanya DiSilvo, 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, Defence and Photonics.

Tanya received her Bachelor’s in Marketing, from Bowling Green State University. In addition to managing a precision machine shop, Tanya is the past president of the Cleveland Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, a past board member of the Alliance for Working Together, along with holding memberships in Bio-Ohio, Wirenet, and the Precision Machines Products Association. Tune in to today’s episode to hear more from Tanya and her role in empowering women in the manufacturing world.

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