Factory Futurist

Factory Futurist

Welcome to the Factory Futurist Podcast where we profile the thought leaders, technologies and companies revolutionizing high-tech manufacturing. We learn from the best about how they sustain high performance leadership in technology, their personal lives, and their companies.If you’d like to subscribe to this podcast, visit our website at factoryfuturist.com or find us on whichever podcast app you use. Thank you for listening.


June 26, 2020 79 mins

In this episode, Drew gets a lesson in résumé building and attracting top talent from Bill Humbert (AKA RecruiterGuy). Many companies have Top Talent Attraction challenges. Bill poses the question leaders must answer about their organization: Do top performers seem to migrate towards your competition?

Bill Humbert's contract recruitment consulting experience will partner with you to develop a plan to attract the top talent. We h...

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Technology is always improving and requires a great deal of creativity and patience. Ryan Kennedy, CEO of Atom Power, discusses his success and explains the challenges of developing new technology. His journey has proven to have quite the learning curve as his company explored new and uncharted territory with innovations in electrical safety. Drew and Ryan explore that and more in this compelling episode that covers a wide range of...

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Terrence O'Hanlon is one of the foremost thought-leaders in the world of Reliability. In this episode, they discuss how we can take a stand and impact the future by looking at the past and examining the current state of the world. Where do we go from here? Drew and Terrence explore that answer and more in an episode that covers so much ground, you may want to listen to it twice.

“There will be no other time in our lifetime where...

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Dr. Gleb Tsipursky outlines the problem with COVID-19 and how manufacturers should prepare for another upward curve as states begin to reopen and loosen restrictions. Without restrictions, hospitals will become overrun. Dr. Tsipursky examines how people, marketing, manufacturing, and businesses aren't prepared for the "new normal" and shares advice on how to appropriately adapt.

"People are having false hopes and vig...

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In this groundbreaking episode, Drew meets with serial-entrepreneur Steve Grubbs as they discuss the future impact of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the corporate training structure. They dive in on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, leading and managing multiple businesses, and time-management. These topics barely scratch the surface of this episode, as they talk more about the future of AR & VR. Lear...

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While socially distancing via webchat, Drew Allen has a conversation with Kyle Bermel on how to adapt and prepare your team if/when the Coronavirus hits home. Kyle is the Chief Operating Officer of Metalcraft, a company in Mason City, Iowa that has been taking precautions early on amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He details how his organization is adapting and overcoming this situation with innovative ideas and processes with his team.


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Drew has known Joe Kann for a number of years and they both share vast experience in global business development. As we learn in this episode, Kann is a veteran technologist and strategist with over 30 years of experience in driving growth and innovation in manufacturing and industrial companies. Drew and Joe discuss the recipes for success in global business development based on his career which was responsible the mergers and acq...

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Drew & Frank discuss how companies have coped in the past in the midst of crises and how the landscape of the way we do business is changing, in many cases, for good.

"It is our duty to find a solution for this Coronavirus and share it with the world." -Frank Hurtte

Frank Hurtte is the Founding Partner of River Heights Consulting. He combines the battle scars of 28 years of front line "in the trenches" experience ...

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In the first episode of the Factory Futurist Podcast, Drew Allen chats with Mike Marks about the COVID-19 impact. Mike Marks co-founded IRCG in April 1987. He began his consulting practice after working in distribution management for more than 20 years. Over the years, his narrow focus in B2B channel-driven markets has created an extensive number of deep executive relationships within virtually every business vertical in constructi...

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March 30, 2020 1 min

Welcome to the Factory Futurist Podcast where we profile the thought leaders, technologies and companies revolutionizing high-tech manufacturing. We learn from the best about how they sustain high performance leadership in technology, their personal lives, and their companies.

About the Host:

Drew Allen is the VP of Strategic Development at Grace Engineered Products, Inc. In addition to his role at Grace, Drew led the acquisition of ...

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