Tag: Innovation

Robert Hattin: ProVantage Automation, CME

Rob Hattin
Rob Hattin

Robert Hattin

CEO, ProVantage Automation Corp

Chair of the National Board of Directors, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)

About ProVantage Automation

An engineering firm that designs and builds automation control systems to improve manufacturing

We don’t make the widgets. We create the machinery that makes the widgets.

The concept was formulated over pizza and beer

19 months old

About Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Association, resource and advocate for manufactures and exporters

The first chairman was John A McDonald (first Prime Minister of Canada)

The role as Chair is a volunteer position

Passions of Rob Hattin

Ethics

AC DC

Fast Cars

Super Tuscans (fine wine)

Heavy Manufacturing

On Canada and Canadians

No one goes destitute in Canada  by failing in business.

It’s hard to fail in Canada.

Canadians need to participate more in global markets

There is a skills shortage in Canada

A concern is about Canada’s place in the industrial global market

Three parts to innovation

Product

Process

People

Three keys to success

Ethics

Passion

Be authentic

Planning

We made a plan. It turned out to be crap but it gave us the discipline to find other opportunities

Other insights from Rob Hattin

A CEO has a 10 year effective life

The Brand means a lot but it’s the people that really make the difference

We need more women in manufacturing especially in leadership roles

Innovation is meaningful change and Canadians need to get off their butts to innovate

The world is your oyster and the world is going to chew you up

You have one chance at ethics – don’t screw that up

Entrepreneurs, you need to nurture your health and relationships. Remember that while working those late nights.

You need to become number one at what you do

It has to be fun

 

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ProVantage Automation

Rob Hattin in Hamilton Business

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association

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Ron Foxcroft, Fox 40 & Fluke Transport

Ron Foxcroft
Ron Foxcroft

Insights from this inteview with Ron Foxcroft

About Ron Foxcroft

Wears at least three hats

Chairman & CEO Fluke Transport
Chairman, CEO and Founder Fox 40
Professional Basketball referee

Kicked out of high school

Trained to become a basketball referee
Paid 75 cents to referee his first game and told that he was lousy and would never make it as a referee.

Ten years later he refereed the basketball Olympic game

If you want to be respected, learn to listen.

Fluke Transport

Fluke Transport is the most challenging hat he wears. Trucking is not for the faint of heart. It is high volume with low profit and fraught with complications. It depends on people and trucks – both which occasionally break down.

I knew nothing about trucking before I bought the trucking company

How did he buy Fluke Transport with no money?
How did he add 20 trucks with no money?

Everybody has a hot button – a deal making button. It’s something other than money.

Entrepreneurs and Business Success

I didn’t want to work for a dumb boss.

Hire people smarter than you

No such thing as raw inborn talent. Entrepreneurs learn and grow. They are built.

My entrepreneurship qualities:
Drive to success
Fear of failure

Challenges are speed bumps. I had to practice overcoming speed bumps
Failure is a learning experience

My business approach was simple – revenue must exceed expenses

I’m 68 years old and work 100 hours a week. But it’s not work because its fun.

Contacts are everything. That’s why community involvement is important. Every person I meet is smarter than me in something.

When you work 20 hours a day it’s amazing what good luck comes your way.

You can buy a business even if you don’t have any money.

You need a business plan and a plan B and Plan C

You need a stable of mentors

You can’t be a winner without a team

Sometimes you have to have Onions

About Fox 40

The Fox 40 whistle is sold in 140 countries

The Fox 40 whistle was conceived out of frustration with the existing product

In Canada they don’t like change. We were selling in 35 countries before we sold any in Canada. The first Canadian customer commented that “I read about you in Sports Illustrated. If the Americans like you, it must be good.”

The whistle is sold in sports, marine and personal safety markets

 

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Fluke Transport

Fox 40

Canada Basketball

Hamilton Community Foundation

McMaster Alumni Gallery

 

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Stephanie McLarty, CEO REfficient

Stephanie McLarty, CEO REfficient
Stephanie McLarty, REfficient

Stephanie McLarty is CEO and Founder of REfficient

Insights from this interview with Stephanie McLarty

There was a problem that launched this new business

About REFficient

Reduce, Reduce, Recycle

An online marketplace for companies to buy telecom and AV equipment

They can shop for deals in the excess inventory of other corporations

Benefits to participants

Buyers can buy equipment at reduced costs

Sellers free up storage space and gain income

Useful resources are kept out of landfill

Sellers receive certified statements about their environmental performance

Most equipment comes with warranty

About Stephanie McLarty

Graduated from an Arts & Science program – that taught her to connect the dots

Masters in Peace and Conflict with intention to work for UN but that training helps manage people in business

Got first job because a friend on the inside recommended her

Asked lots of questions to learn the job

Enjoy speaking with customers

Working and travelling in Thailand and India challenged her to think differently

Continues to take courses on personal and professional development

Other Insights from this interview with Stephanie McLarty

Shipping was a problem so we introduced Shimple – Simple Shipping – we learned how to ship and calculate all costs – and we make money with this service

Learned how to run a business and to market and that is more important than the technical part

Trend in business of being a good company – sustainability is important

Key for startup business is deciding where to focus your limited resources

I was afraid

Excited and nervous in early state – suffered at least five nights of no sleep

In early days – fake it till you make it

Don’t try to get it perfect before you launch

Media attention was a nice to – not a must do

Tips for others

Grow yourself – that will help you grow your business

Try – in spite of your fears

Put support structures around you

Sleep, eat well, and connect with friends and family

Learn more about the company – REfficient

Read about REfficient in Business Week

Watch video interview with Stephanie McLarty on NewsClip TV

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Mike Pley, COM DEV

Mike Pley COM DEV
Mike Pley Com Dev

Interview with Mike Pley, COO of COM DEV International.

Space – the final frontier!

COM DEV produces electronics for satellites. A Canadian company and world leader in satellite technology, based in Cambridge, Ontario and employing over 1,000 people.

Mike Pley is an Engineering graduate of McMaster University.

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Insights & excerpts from this interview with Mike Pley.

We have to build something that will be super dependable for 15 years.

You can’t make repair calls in space.

Our equipment is on 80% of the over 650 satellites up there.

We don’t go after the low cost world where price is king.

We want to encourage the next generation to become astronauts and engineers.

The next big project we are working on is the James Webb Telescope which is scheduled to launch in 2014. It will see far more than the Hubble. The James Webb Telescope is seeking to see first light – the beginning of galaxies.

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Howard Shearer, Hitachi

Howard Shearer
Howard Shearer

Interview with Howard Shearer, President and CEO of Hitachi Canada. He is the first non-Japanese to be president of the company. He seems to thrive on cultural diversity. He is orginally from Jamaica. He is also a people person. The two characteristics probably go hand-in-hand.

Howard has worked at Hitachi for over 25 years.

Hitachi globally employs over 300,000 people.

Hitachi is a strong technology company that operates in several markets including: consumer electronics, automotive electronics, computer storage, energy, medical, biotechnology, and high speed trains.

Insights from this interview with Howard Schearer:

 
“We’re in the business of serving customers.”

“There is no Hitachi car, but we are a major component in cars.”

“Business in all about relatioinships and that’s not done with products.”

“I don’t screen my calls. If it’s good news I want to hear it. If it’s bad news I want to hear it first.”

“I’m happy when it’s Monday.”

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Bay Gardens Funeral Home

Bay Gardens Funeral homes
Bay Gardens Funeral Homes

Interview with Jan Nichols, President of Bay Gardens Funeral Home in Burlington and Hamilton, Ontario.

This is not your standard funeral home. It’s exciting. It has high ceilings, a waterfall and videos screens.

Insights from this interview:
“The most successful opening of a funeral home in North America. Most are lucky to get 100 people to attend. We had over 800!”

“Rooms are named after waterfalls, plants or ponds instead of being called Salon A and Salon B.”

“People want food at a funeral – but not in the same room as the body or in the basement.”

“Reaching out to non-profit organizations and giving them free access to meeting rooms.”

Bay Gardens Funeral Homes

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Peter De Jager

Peter de Jager
Peter de Jager

Interview with change agent and specialist, Peter De Jager. Peter is a consultant and professional speaker that helps organizations handle change effectively. He helped the world’s leading organizations successfuly handle the Y2K challenge.

Insights from this interview with Peter De Jager:

“The purpose of skiing is not to get to the bottom of the hill. It is falling down the hill with the most grace.”

“Being incompetent is normal – especially when dealing with change.”

“Don’t get into the water until you have learned to swim – is bad advice. How else will you learn to swim?”

Peter De Jager website

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Business in Motion Radio Show

George Torok BIM radio host
Host of Business in Motion

George Torok founded the radio show, Business in Motion in September 1995. As the host he has interviewed over 450 business leaders. We will publish selected shows on this podcast.

George Torok is the co-author of the bestseller, Secrets of Power Marketing. As a professional speaker he delivers keynote speeches, executive briefings and training programs on Power Marketing.

Contact George Torok     905-335-1997

George@Torok.com

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