My Peer Group is short money; a good investment for short and long term results.
My group affords me an important monthly opportunity to learn from my manufacturing peers’ experience in their respective businesses. With our group I get a chance to both share my solutions and hear from colleagues on their solutions. I can bring both small and outsized challenges to the group for their insights and feedback. Getting candid feedback from a group of smart manufacturing professionals is invaluable.”
Dan Shedd, Owner
Taylor Box Company
Why I value my Peer to Peer group:
- Trust – I absolutely trust the integrity of our facilitator, Ken Cook and all the members of the group.
- Benefit of shared resources/experiences – small privately held manufacturing companies share similar challenges including transition of the business between owners, intellectual property issues, retirement of key staff, growing pains, slowing pains, new product development, marketing, managing employees, managing sales people, incorporating Lean Thinking into business practice and culture, changing the culture of the business to meet today’s market challenges and employee expectations, finding the best solutions for everything from Healthcare to Environmental and OSHA issues…
- Walk the Walk – knowing we are meeting once a month to work on our businesses keeps all of us thinking about the higher level activities we should be engaged in as owners/managers which is often a struggle for “working managers” such as myself. My fellow business owners and our facilitator will often help me to see things from a broader perspective which results in my taking a more balanced approach to my activities.
- Current Events – I often learn about programs that could be helpful to my business and conversely I will hear about legislation, regulations and policy that could be a threat to my business.
- Been There, Done That – It is comforting to know that I’m not alone and that most members of the group have, at one time or another, faced the same challenges I have. I joined this group because I knew some of the members and respected their track records and felt we would be able to collaborate as “Peer to Peer”. In fact, I ask myself if I am adding equal value to the group because it is important to me that we all get something out of it.
- Affordable – I have been approached by other organizations that are similar to this but the cost of membership was exponentially higher and the time commitment was beyond what I was willing to make. At this point in my career, 20+ years in the business, I don’t need hand holding.”
Kathy Saint, President
I’ve been working with Ken Cook and my Manufacturing Peer Group for just a little over a year now and I can strongly attest to the benefits of the program.
Each month I get the opportunity to meet and work with my peers (all Manufacturers) on issues ranging from Lean best practices to “how can we grow our business”. The discussions are fast paced and real and they’re based on shared real life experiences and knowledge from people who live and work in a manufacturing environment. The beauty of the program is that I get to learn and share with people who I admire and trust and whose primary objective is to make each member company better.”
David Marquis, President
I have had many usable, practical takeaways from my Peer to Peer Group.
- Our group discussions helped me to develop and implement a sales and marketing plan.
- The team helped me see the light in terms of bringing focus to our strategy and segmentation regarding exploiting our IP.
- The teams input assisted me in evaluating new technologies. In fact, one of the team members is my first customer for one of those technologies.”
Roger LaFlamme, President
White Flame, LLC
Being part of a Peer to Peer group helps me to focus on what is important for me and my company.
It allows me to discuss ideas and situations, while getting advise and knowledge for other business people, in a safe environment.”
Paul Hoffman, Owner
Orange Research Corporation
The investment I make in my Peer to Peer Group has paid dividends both personally and professionally.
My peers help me to look at my business as a whole. It is a place you can gather information and bounce ideas off a great group of seasoned business leaders. I gain valuable input form my peers, learn about what had worked for them and more importantly what mistakes to avoid. ”
Jack Biddick, President
The Allied Group
Any company that participates will become even more successful.
My Peer to Peer Group is an unfettered meeting of the minds from local manufacturing firms. The insights help me and the other members improve their businesses, employee engagement, lean, and overall sales and profits. I can communicate my biggest challenges and receive back perspective and experience that many times leads to success.”
Andrew Dudka, VP Operations
The Brickle Group
It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in the challenges that I face.
My Peer to Peer Group affords me an important monthly opportunity to learn from my manufacturing peers. While no two manufacturing companies are exactly alike, we share many of the same challenges.”
Pat Hayden, Co-Owner
We each have at least one good idea drawn from our discussion that we can take back to our own organizations and implement.
Our Peer to Peer is my once a month unique opportunity to banter around topics and issues, and hear intelligent comments directly from local business leaders on these matters.”
Craig Pickell, CEO & President
It’s nice to know that you aren’t the only one dealing with the challenges of running a business.
My Peer to Peer Mfg. group is a diverse group of manufacturing companies that each have their own challenges. The discussions amongst the group are always enlightening, informational and above all valuable. The advice that we give each other on a variety of topics helps everyone as we may have different types of manufacturing businesses, but face the same challenges on a varying degree. The group has developed a shared interest to help each other in an open and honest environment that we are comfortable speaking in and know that our conversations will remain confidential.”
Don Mortifoglio, Owner
Tarry Manufacturing Company