November 25, 2013
Today we are speaking with Kevin Higginbotham, the CEO of the Evergreen Marketing Group. Evergreen has always been a leader in product training since its inception, and Kevin gives us some insights into what their group is doing to advance professional training using a multi-dimensional approach.
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October 9, 2013
Today we’re talking with Rick Monogue, the publisher of a new magazine scheduled to launch in January of 2014 call Pro Contractor Rentals. We’ll find out why he thinks there’s room in an already crowded market for another print book. I think you’ll find some of his comments interesting.
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May 22, 2013
What are you doing for fast track training for tradesmen?
When talking with manufacturers or contractors, a common complaint is not that they don’t have enough work, but they can’t find qualified people to fill the jobs.
According to a Skills Gap study by the Manufacturing Institute, more than 80% of U.S. manufacturers can’t find qualified people for nearly 600,000 skilled production jobs that are currently unfilled.
Today we’ll be talking with Darlene Miller about an issue that is near and dear to all manufacturers – hiring a skilled workforce. Darlene has first-hand experience and has helped initiate some solutions by helping to found Right Skills Now. Darlene Miller is the owner and CEO of Permac Industries, Inc., a global leader in the precision machining industry.
She shares her insights and she’s been a part of developing programs to help fast track training for skilled workers.
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April 2, 2013
How do manufacturers, especially small ones, face the challenges of both legislation and regulatory issues on a daily basis?
Today we’ll be interviewing Rob Kiener, Director of Government Affairs and Miles Free, Director of Research and Technology from the PMPA (Precision Machined Products Association). Their members are mostly small- to medium-sized privately held machine shops and I believe represent the challenges faced by other manufacturers as well.
They’ll share ideas on how you can be effectively heard by your representatives in Washington and how to deal with the ever-mounting sea of regulations.
December 18, 2012
Staying relevant to customers today has become much more complex. Traditional marketing and customer service, based on transactions, isn’t enough anymore. Customers want to pay less for faster, better service.
The new rules focus on content, commerce and community building, integrating online platforms with traditional marketing methods.
Manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and distributors have to integrate traditional systems of record (transaction-based) with systems of engagement (differentiated value-based) to stay competitive in their markets.
We caught up with Tom Gale who is President of Gale Media, a publisher of business information, research, software and market analytic tools that make wholesale distribution companies and their business partners run better for his thoughts on this important topic.
Tom’s company has two divisions: Industrial Market Information, a 25-year-old industrial products market research firm, helps customers map markets and identify potential within existing accounts and new territories, customer segments and product categories. And Modern Distribution Management, which publishes industry news and research since 1967.
Listen to what Tom has to say. Great insights. Enjoy.
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October 30, 2012
We were fortunate to have been able to catch up with Skip DeVilling recently and talk about the job market on both the distributor as well as the manufacturing sides of our world.
Skip shared his insights on what folks are looking for and what you need to do if you’re on the side of the table looking for a job. He touches on the role of technology and how it plays in the process, and he highlights some of the most common mistakes employers make.
It’s a good listen, enjoy.
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August 29, 2012
We are fortunate to have hooked up with Rich Vurva. Rich is an old friend and he has been around the distribution market for several years. He was the founding editor of Progressive Distributor and currently is the VP/Editorial Director of the Industrial Group of DBM, which he is a co-founder of, and is the Editor and Publisher of Industrial Supply magazine.
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