Charlie Szoradi and LED Lighting: Transforming the energy revolution

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Charlie SzoradiCharlie Szoradi is the Chairman and CEO of Independence LED Lighting, an award-winning U.S. manufacturer of LED tubes and fixtures. Independence LED’s products meet the “”Buy America”” standards, and are produced at the company’s plant in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Independence LED was awarded the 2013 “”Best Lighting Retrofit”” from the U.S. Green Building Council.

A leading expert on energy-efficient buildings and commercial illumination, Mr. Szoradi is also the founder of GREENandSAVE.com. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Szoradi is a member of the Green Economy Task Force, a Certified Building Performance Institute Energy Auditor, and a sought-after speaker on sustainable design.

Today’s discussion guide:

Why Independence LED moved manufacturing back to the US (from China).

Why American made LED lights are superior.

Total Cost of Ownership – e.g. Lifetime operating expense analysis vs just the cost of equipment and de-lamping options to use one high output tube to replace two fluorescent tubes.

Smart Controls – e.g. Dimming Technology, Light Harvesting, and Utility Demand Response.

Where to put the lights to maximize return – ROI for 24/7 areas like exit stairs, warehouses, etc.

When to Retrofit – Paths such as “”Rolling Retrofit”” and “”Tenant Fit-Out”” to address the needs of customers.”

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Tom Croteau: Creating GA jobs & attracting investments

tomcroteauTom Croteau, Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce, Georgia Department of Economic Development.  Tom leads Georgia’s Global Commerce team to increase jobs and investment through locating and expanding businesses, as well as growing small businesses.

SHOW NOTES

  • The importance of  helping the 60 person company grow into a 100 person company
  • The value of cooperation among local, state and regional departments of economic development
  • Specific programs to recruit new business to Georgia
  • Talent!  Why it’s the key to everything
  • SEUS-Japan – promoting trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and the southeastern United States

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David Tennant LIVE from MODEX!

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WHO: David Tennant
WHAT: President
WHERE: Winward Consulting Group

Today’s discussion topics:

1. We discuss “managerial” issues, what those are, and what that means for an organization.

2. What are the driving forces that cause those issues, such as for example, poor communication.

3. How administrative distractions take away from creating an environment conducive to R+D and innovation.

4. What is the process to improve an internal process; how does an engagement take shape?

5. What are the big takeaways from MODEX14?

6. Supply-chain, why is it suddenly sexy to be a part of the global dynamic supply-chain?

7. Many of these companies at MODEX are global. How did that happen?

8. What are the key trends to be paying attention to?

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Steve Simmerman LIVE at MODEX!

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Who: Steve Simmerman
What: Senior Vice President, Business Development
Where: TZA

Discussion topics:

1. TZA “empowers” its customers. But what does that really mean?

2. Despite technology and innovation, why does a “high performance culture” still matter?

3. How do you integrate the software work you do, verses the process change you do as well…

4. Share your perspective on the lack of skilled labor in the industry…and how is that impacting the industry.

5. What does becoming a “preferred employer” really mean? Are we talking about accountability?

6. How does all of this conversation result in reduced costs?

7. How critical is the collection (and analysis) of big data in all of this?

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Aaron Lamb LIVE at MODEX!

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WHO: Aaron Lamb
TITLE: General Manager
ORGANIZATION: Lift ‘n Buddy

Topics of discussion on today’s show:

1. We discuss the role innovation plays at Lift ‘n Buddy, and what’s driving innovation in the industry.

2. We talk about all the applications of Lift ‘n Buddy’s technology, and how it can be customized based on customer’s specific needs.

3. We discuss how innovation and technology are lifting materials handling and supply-chain management as a whole.

4. How does Lift ‘n Buddy integrate into bigger materials handling solutions?

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Tim Floyd LIVE from MODEX!

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Tim Floyd

Who: Tim Floyd
What: National Sales Director, Material Handling Specialist
Where: Trilogiq

Discussion topics:

1. As diverse in manufacturing as Trilogiq is, we discuss how they and the industry share best practices, where rising tides lift all boats. And how they learns things in one industry, and share it with other industries.

2. What are some of the trends worth watching in materials handling?

3. The impacts of the “motion economy.”

4. Kitting and low-cost automation…other trends worth watching!

5. An increased focus on safety AND efficiency. Are they mutually exclusive? Or not?

6. Has the industry adopted all these new changes and new technologies?

7. The mindset of achieving alignment amongst all the players in the industry, and why sharing information is so vital to advances…

8. Tim shares an exiting new initiative from Trilogiq! And how it will impact their customers…

9. The power of “creative destruction.”

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Dianne Zimnavoda of RCF Technologies

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dianne ZJoined by Dianne Zimnavoda, CEO + President of RCF Technologies, Inc.

Ms. Zimnavoda has worked with RCF since its inception in 1975. There is no aspect of the business that she has not been involved with. Under her leadership, the company moved from a gross income of only $750,000 to over $3 million.

Discussion topics:

1. Dianne talks about their Rishon® material, which is unlike more rubber-like composites on the market. Fire-proof, the unique properties of the material, its use as insulation…

2. Dianne talks about the aerospace industry, which is where they are a major player, such as with organizations like Lockheed, Sikorsky, and Pratt-Whitney.

3. But then addresses newer industries where there is big potential: NASCAR, medical devices, marine, and construction.

4. Dianne shares some the amazing applications of their product, but also drops some hints on newer ideas and possibilities.

5. We talk about the importance of culture, and how that facilitates the innovation, creativity, and the R+D in organizations like hers has to focus on.

6. Finally, Dianne shares some insights into the status of manufacturing, and what lessons others can learn.

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Steve Leavitt: How cloud computing will really impact small business manufacturing

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Steve Leavitt

Who: Steve Leavitt
What: General Manager
Where: Cloud Solutions US, for Exact Software

Why you should listen: With regards to cloud computing, find out what the future holds for small busines manufacturing and wholesale distributors!

Learn more about Exact!

Learn more about Steve:
Steve Leavitt is an experienced sales professional with a strong track record of success as a business leader in the IT industry. As General Manager of Exact Online US, he is responsible for orchestrating the strategy and execution for the Exact Online business solutions for SMB manufacturers and wholesalers.

With more than 15 years of sales and Cloud technology background, Steve has developed a keen understanding of the important contribution Cloud solutions make for small businesses. Steve’s career spans many years in roles of increasing responsibility: Most recently he was the VP of North American Sales for Neotys and prior to Neotys, VP of East Coast Sales for the Data Protection Business at HP Software with responsibility for the strategic sales direction both the cloud and on premise based data protection solutions. Steve joined HP by way of the acquisition of Autonomy, Inc. in 2011.

Steve spent 12 years in various roles in Iron Mountain’s Digital Business Unit where he helped drive both direct and indirect sales to build one of the world’s largest Public Clouds. Steve joined Iron Mountain by way of the acquisition of Connected Corporation where he was one of the first sales people and helped build the business from $1 million to $20 million.

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Seegrid’s David Heilman LIVE at MODEX!

WHO: David Heilman
TITLE: Chief Administrative Officer
ORGANIZATION: Seegrid

David walks us through the “Guided by Seegrid” program, which includes tools and training, and shares some of the feedback they’ve been receiving. We also explore some of the almost endless applications of the Seegrid AGV product line, as well as the real impacts of the technology. Dave also shares some news about a new OEM partner!

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Seegrid’s Jeff Christensen LIVE from MODEX!

WHO: Jeff Christensen
TITLE: Director of Product Development
ORGANIZATION: Seegrid

Jeff walks us through the launch of Seegrid’s GWS35, that latest game-changer from Seegrid, the first vision-guided LIFTING truck. As in 3,500 lb load capacity! It is not just about new technology, it is really about all the new applications this technology makes possible. Jeff shares some of what’s possible!

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