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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world. Continue Reading >>
Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world. << Show Less
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211. Hero: Paula Courtney - CEO & President at The Verde Group Paula Courtney has an amazing journey that is full of inspiration for others to learn from.  As the CEO of Verde Group she is leading the way in improving the customer experience by providing insightful market research consultation services. Paula shares about her entrepreneurial journey and how taking risks was something she always leaned into and the results have been incredible. She take time to unpack several items that are sure to aid others in their journey including:What it takes to find success as an entrepreneurHow women can support each other for successWhy nurturing confidence is key for a growth mindsetWho we can learn from to grow (the power of mentors)Paula is a phenomenal leader and finds true joy in helping others find success.  It was a blessing to get a peak into her amazing world.  This is a powerful conversation that is full of insight to help anyone grow in the future.Be the hero you have inside and keep asking why!Guest: Paula Courtney - CEO & President at The Verde GroupWebsiteVerde Group BlogHBR ArticleTwitterIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
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211. Hero: Paula Courtney - CEO & President at The Verde Group Paula Courtney has an amazing journey that is full of inspiration for others to learn from.  As the CEO of Verde Group she is leading the way in improving the customer experience by providing insightful market research consultation services. Paula shares about her entrepreneurial journey and how taking risks was something she always leaned into and the results have been incredible. She take time to unpack several items that are sure to aid others in their journey including:What it takes to find success as an entrepreneurHow women can support each other for successWhy nurturing confidence is key for a growth mindsetWho we can learn from to grow (the power of mentors)Paula is a phenomenal leader and finds true joy in helping others find success.  It was a blessing to get a peak into her amazing world.  This is a powerful conversation that is full of insight to help anyone grow in the future.Be the hero you have inside and keep asking why!Guest: Paula Courtney - CEO & President at The Verde GroupWebsiteVerde Group BlogHBR ArticleTwitterIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
210. Idea: What is Energy Intelligence? What if you could look at your operations holistically and marry your energy data to the production data?  Welcome - you just entered the world of energy intelligence! Natalie Birdwell is leading the way in this sector and helping industrial users everywhere make an impact with the energy they are already consuming.  In this conversation Natalie unpacks items such as:How to move from energy monitoring to energy intelligenceAreas of low hanging fruit to get a quick win and build advocatesTypes of individuals involved with energy intelligence initiatives Potential headwinds that exist and how to adjustMeasuring what matters - how to speak the right language to show real resultsAs Natalie highlights energy intelligence provides the industrial user the ability to look out of the windshield and make decisions that will positively impact operations based off the energy being utilized.  That is a huge leap forward and one that many can start taking advantage of now.To learn more about this fascinating topic we encourage you to connect with Natalie and the great team at ndustrial.io as they are leading the way with helping industry make a true impact with energy intelligence!Guest: Natalie Birdwell - VP of Strategic and Corporate Development @ ndustrial.ioIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
209. Hero: Tanuj Thapliyal - CEO at Spot AI At the core of who Tanuj Thapliyal is a desire to help people.  That has driven him to great lengths and ultimately founding Spot AI.  Tanuj put in the work to learn the skills needed to serve others so much so that he completed a double masters program at Stanford.  Having a passion for entrepreneurship he has great advice for those wanting to pursue their own path.Some of his advice included finding those that are a few steps ahead of where you are to help push you to achieve what you never knew possible.  He correlates being an entrepreneur to playing a game of croquet versus golf.  In his view it is not so much about the long drives that make a difference in business as much as it is the little steps you take every day to get better. Tanuj is helping industrials all over realize the power they have at their fingertips in utilizing video technology to enable better business decisions and improve processes.  He has a great practice where he tracks what brings him energy and what takes it away.  From reviewing those results he tries to lean in on the items that help him grow and also brings fulfillment to his journey.  That is a cool tip many can learn and start implementing today.  From sausage McMuffin&apos;s to video enabled AI this conversation has it all.  You&apos;ll quickly hear why Tanuj is our hero and we highly encourage others to connect with him and the team at Spot AI for support in turning video into decisions on the plant floor.Guest: Tanuj Thapliyal - CEO at Spot AIIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
208. Idea: Historically Black Colleges and Universities & Their Impact on Industry One area that is making an impact on industry and specifically the skills gap are the amazing graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU&apos;s).  Ayoka Gay is an HBCU graduate herself and shares about how programs at HBCU&apos;s are teaching many of the skills that industry is seeking and how she&apos;s helping graduates and employers find each other.  Ayoka is a passionate advocate and shares tons of wisdom around ideas such as:Where the most progress has been made to support HBCU graduates in industryHow industry leaders can engage HBCU students directlyProgram examples that align to industrial skillsets Industrial career paths that HBCU students could considerAdvice for students considering industry for a career in the futureAt the core of Ayoka&apos;s message is teaching others how to support and bring awareness to HBCU&apos;s moving forward.  She is an amazing advocate and the insight she provides is sure to connect the dots for many in industry.  As she demonstrates daily there is a great opportunity to create diverse, robust, highly skilled and extremely talented workforces in the future and the incredible graduates from HBCU&apos;s are leading the way! Guest: Ayoka Gay - System & Test Engineering Manager at Schneider ElectricIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
207. Heroes: Advocates for Vocations - Amber Wilborne & Jody Woolwine The next generation of industrial leaders are sitting in a classroom right now.  They are being taught many different subjects that will help them grow but too many never get the chance to learn about some of the exciting opportunities that exist in industry.  Amber Wilborne and Jody Woolwine are vocation advocates that have a passion for evangelizing to bring awareness to the many paths that exist on an industrial journey.In this conversation they share their personal experiences that were each unique but which both led to serving in industry and making huge impacts.  They hit many of the topics head on that can start changing the game including:Evolution of Vocational Industrial Clubs of America - where it was and where it is nowPerception of trades - why celebrating a trade school should be at the same level as a traditional 4-year institutionPower of apprenticeships and co-op&apos;s How parents can support and expose their children to vocation opportunities Student loan crisis and how vocation programs combat head onThe passion you&apos;ll hear from Amber and Jody is incredible.  If you think they have a great chemistry together you can blame that on genetics.  Being brother and sister they love to have fun together and they even had a good time looking back during a unique lightning round!It is important for the industrial leaders of today to lean in and start learning how to be an advocate for the next generation.  As more and more businesses decide to on-shore the opportunities will be expansive and the need great.  There are amazing opportunities to earn a significant income and make a huge impact on the world around you once vocations are learned.  It&apos;s our job to make sure those opportunities get the proper spotlight and this conversation hits that on the head.  We are proud to call Amber and Jody our heroes and we highly encourage others to learn from their experiences and start helping those behind us see the paths they never new existed in the ever evolving industrial world. Guests: Amber Wilborne - Co-Owner at TW ControlsJody Woolwine - Leader at MersenAugmented Reality DemoIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
206. Idea: Culture by Design – How to build a High Performing Culture Do not leave culture to chance because it influences everything!  David Friedman literally wrote the book on how to design company cultures that make an impact and he shares some of the insights he&apos;s learned over the years that are sure to help you move forward.  David leaves no ground uncovered and reviews areas such as:How culture can drift and what to do to correct itWhat a &quot;culture plan&quot; is and why most organizations miss this Eight step framework for creating a winning cultureThe incredible power of ritualsHow to create fundamentals (behaviors) that you&apos;ll actually have buy in withImplementation and putting culture into practiceDavid is an award winning Vistage speaker and has poured his heart into the topic of culture.  It can be what separates the best from the rest and is now more critical than ever when it comes to attracting and keeping talent.  As industry evolves the importance of company culture keeps rising as a key differentiator and conversations like this are sure to set you on a path of success.  So will you design your culture or are you letting the environment around you define it for you?We highly encourage others to connect with David and the team at CultureWise as they are the industry leaders in helping businesses take control and begin acting with intent to build a culture by design! Guest: David J. Friedman - Founder/CEO at CultureWiseDavid&apos;s Resources: WebsiteCulture By Design - BookIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
205. Hero: Bob Meads - President at iQagent Every journey is unique and what makes Bob Meads so special is the passion in which he unpacks his creation story that led him to the amazing world of augmented reality.  Beginning with his career in the Navy, Bob always had a passion for technology.  That love for technology presented many opportunities for him to grow his skillset which included items such as computer and PLC programming.  From C++ to Java he never backed down from the challenge of mastering these platforms.  At the heart of what he always loved was software.  So when the opportunity presented itself to solve problems that industrial manufacturers were facing with a technology like augmented reality Bob leaned in and hasn&apos;t looked back.  He&apos;s literally on the front lines of many industry 4.0 initiatives and helps people every day accomplish some of their most challenging modernization goals.Bob&apos;s happiness comes from serving others and that resonates loud and clear in his story.  For fun you can find him brewing some of his favorite beers while manning a smoker full of seasoned meat.  Bob is hands down a hero of industry and we know his story will leave you inspired and ready to chase your passions.We hope you enjoy and remember to keep asking why! Guest: Bob Meads - President at iQagentAugmented Reality DemoIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
204. Idea: Industrial Marketing for Manufacturers in 2022 To create visibility for your business you must be able to position yourself and your company as expert resources.  Through that process you can earn attention, trust and visibility.  But how is that accomplished?  Welcome to the party industrial marketing!  In this idea episode Joe Sullivan from Gorilla 76 breaks down ways that manufacturers can take the lead and be in control of so much of their destiny in the future.Joe covers many areas including:Knowing your audienceHow to talk about and overcome &quot;resistance&quot; New ways to conduct market researchMarketing and sales convergence How to engage subject matter experts to build valueKnowledge extraction dayDeliver value without sellingThe true purpose of marketing for manufacturingJoe brought his A game in this conversation and it is chocked full of wisdom and insight that you can act on today.  The bottom line is that if you are trying to reach new levels of growth you need to know how your audience consumes information, how they make buying decisions and then meet them where they are rather than forcing the way you want to sell on them.We highly encourage others to connect with Joe and the team at Gorilla 76 as they are making a significant impact on industry and their solutions could be the next move that sets you apart in the market.Guest: Joe Sullivan - Thinker & Founder @ Gorilla 76 Joe&apos;s Recourses:Gorilla 76 Industrial Marketing Learning CenterThe Manufacturing Executive PodcastIndustry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
203. Hero: Ron Thompson - Control/Interface Developer at Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Co. &quot;I enjoy what I&apos;m doing&quot; - that sums up the great journey that our hero Ron Thompson shares in this episode.  After serving his country as a marine Ron has made an impact in many industries and what makes him unique is that he&apos;s always got a desire to learn new things.  From PLC&apos;s, HMI&apos;s and even industrial networks Ron is always pushing himself to expand his areas of expertise.He shares great advice including how critical it is to build a solid foundation of understanding before you go too far.  He finds that hands on learning is the way to go and seeking out mentors who are ahead of you is such a great way to grow your career.  Ron gets technical and even reviews how he labels tags inside his PLC code that others may find extremely helpful.Ron has traveled the world and shares some great stories about his time in Australia and will have you running for the hills at the site of vegemite!   It was a delight to be able to sit down with this hero of industry and we highly encourage others to find a career path that brings you as much joy and fulfillment as it does for our hero Ron Thompson! Guest: Ron Thompson - Control/Interface Developer at Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Co.Industry War Story Submission: Send us a DM!FacebookInstagramHost: Chris GraingerExecutive Producer: Adam SheetsPodcast Editor: Andi Thrower
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