Clear Impact Podcast

Clear Impact Podcast

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May 16, 2022 16 min

Drum roll please…. We are so excited to launch our new series, Innovations. I mean, it’s in our name, and we’re going to explore the past, present and future of PGT Innovations. In our first episode, we brought in someone who could tell the story first hand, Rod Hershberger, our Co-Founder and Chairman of our Board. Rod shares a few “redneck” stories of the early days of our company.

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We thought it would be fun to chat about additional updates on today’s Clear Impact podcast, so we invited Josh Soto to chat with us. Josh and his team oversee LeadMatch, our lead generation management program. This software, and this conversation, is super helpful for those ready to make the most of their opportunities.

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It’s easy to keep up with changes, right? Sometimes, and that’s what this mini-series is all about. Jim Shank and I sat down to share about the newest improvements our team has been working on. This includes a new training platform and our ground-breaking certification program. Listen in as Jim turns the tables on me for this fun and informative conversation.

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March 28, 2022 27 min

As we wrap up this series on Workforce of Tomorrow, we talked with Rachel Evans, our Vice President of Human Resources. We talk about today’s current hiring climate, and how to be strategic in planning for your staffing needs. From internship to mentorship, our conversation covers a range of helpful topics around guiding the next generation in their career path. We also hear from our summer interns Andrew Mirau and Mitchell Tosi, a...

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Collaboration around a shared goal is always a good idea! We venture outside the enterprise today as we sat down with the good folks from Suncoast Technical College in Sarasota County. Speaking with us is Margie DeMauro, Outreach Specialist and Shauna Donahue, Program Manager, both in the Industrial Programs. They shared their approach to filling the labor gaps for Trades in our local area, as well as where similar programs can be ...

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Creativity is the mother of invention, so when a labor shortage forces us to get creative, we do exactly that. Joining us today is Arianne Spencer, Training Specialist for PGT, and Arianne helps oversee a partnership called Pathways to PGTI. This program is a collaborative effort with a local high school that allows students to explore what working for a manufacturer looks like. For our dealers, this could spark a similar partnersh...

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On today’s episode, we continue in the Workforce of Tomorrow series with more interns who continue to do great work here as employees now. In the first half, we hear from Christian Freeman, the very talented Graphic Designer, who happened to create the logo for this podcast. In the second half, we chat with McKenna Tanski, who turned her final project as an intern, into a full-time role here at PGTI. McKenna’s passion for stopping ...

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Trying to corner the market on fresh talent? There’s something really great about helping someone else, like an intern, and then realizing they will actually be helping you. On today’s episode, we hear from current employees who got their beginnings here as interns. Hong Chen, a Senior Engineer in Code Compliance, and Morgan Lingle, a Talent Specialist with our HR Team, joined me for this fun conversation. They shared about staying...

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February 21, 2022 18 min

Now you’ve heard some of the benefits of having an internship program. But then, how do you actually make it effective for your business? What’s the best way to interact with your intern? Today we are speaking with Stephanie Cz, who has worked with several interns during her career here at PGT Innovations. Stephanie shares some tips to make the experience great for both of you. We also hear from two more of our summer interns, Aust...

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We are excited to bring you this new series, Workforce of Tomorrow. Our first guest is Jessica Murphy, one of our HR Business Partners and coordinator of our 2022 Summer Internship program. Jessica shares some winning insights for a successful internship of your own. We also hear from several of our interns from the summer of 2021. Sharing a bit of their experience as interns, we have Saylor Evans, Josiah Pool, Nicholas Hull and Dy...

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January 11, 2022 15 min

We’re kicking off the new year with our new Senior Vice President of Customer Strategy and Innovation, Bob Keller. He’s certainly not new to our enterprise, but has a new role here at PGT Innovations. Bob and I talk about the resiliency of our dealers through recent challenges, along with some exciting improvements on the horizon. This conversation is full of laughter, hope, and gratitude, which is a great way to begin 2022.

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December 16, 2021 11 min

While out on the road, it’s always great to meet people. In our final episode in our Road Show Series, we had a great conversation with Jack Redden, our Commercial Market Development Specialist. Jack took time between sessions that he taught for our team while in Dania Beach. Jack shared a bit about his role in working with architects, and also shared about his big win at a recent poker tournament in Vegas!

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December 16, 2021 14 min

Another brave attendee joined us at the Road Show Podcast table while we were in Dania Beach. In the first half of today’s episode, we talked with Heidi, who was so excited to have learned a few things that she can put to good use immediately. The second half of today’s episode features Lucy Castillo and Albert Rodriguez, both sales reps in the Miami-Dade-Broward areas. They helped us with our Spanish sessions, and even taught us a...

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December 16, 2021 14 min

When employees are knowledgeable and confident, your customers are better served. One of our recent attendees, Jennifer, a new-to-the-industry employee, sat down with Patrick Jameson, our Customer Education Manager, and Albert Rodriguez, our Sales Rep in Miami-Dade, for the first half of today’s episode in Road Show Series. The second half is a look at the improvements PGTI is making to our production environment to improve lead ti...

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December 13, 2021 10 min

On today’s episode, we did something a little different. We packed up the podcast studio and traveled to Florida’s East Coast for a recent training event. So here’s the first of a few in our Road Show Series. Jim Shank, our Senior Manager of Customer Education and Innovation, sheds some light on what’s ahead for PGTI University. A new learning platform, certifications, and a mobile app! Listen to learn more.

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November 12, 2021 12 min
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November 8, 2021 16 min

Today’s Clear Impact Podcast serves up some helpful ideas for the sales function of Running a Successful Business. Brian Covey, our VP of Sales, shares his wisdom regarding relationship building, communication, and follow up practices. He also shares some great ideas on how to leverage your showroom to maximize results. This is a fun conversation, reinforcing that it’s okay to joke around with the people we work with.

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November 1, 2021 18 min

Just how important are your technology and systems? You know as soon as it doesn’t work, right? Today on the Clear Impact podcast, we talk about all things technology with our Vice President of IT, Steven Colopy. We discuss the value of good systems, what to look for when hiring a professional service, and how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of technology. Whether you consider yourself a novice or a pro, we think you’ll get...

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October 25, 2021 20 min

Hard hats, gloves, eye wear, steel toed boots are just a part of what keeps people safe on the job. Our episode today centers around safety as we talk with Todd Benedict, our Senior Manager of Environmental Health and Safety at PGTI. While safety gear is important, you’ll learn that attitudes, training, and awareness towards workplace safety have a clear impact when it comes to Running a Successful Business.

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October 15, 2021 20 min

Running a Successful Business means that you keep an eye on quality, which is our topic on today’s Clear Impact Podcast. We are chatting with Sudhir Rao, our Senior Quality Manager. We cover a range of topics, from how to establish standards for quality, pride in our work, statistics, root cause analysis, and we even talk about just being nice. We hope you enjoy today’s episode.

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