Executives from top manufacturing firms in the St. Louis metropolitan region joined Barry-Wehmiller International’s (B-WI) launch of its first executive event, Operational Excellence Through People-Centric Leadership, on Wednesday July 23rd. The event gathered an impressive group of executives to the Bogey Club in Clayton, Mo., to hear how Barry-Wehmiller’s people-centric culture has enhanced the organization and its divisions’ people, business performance, and manufacturing success.
Sponsored by BWI’s PLM Services and Engineering Solutions business units, the premiere event featured Barry-Wehmiller speakers Rhonda Spencer, Chief People Officer, and Matt Whiat, Director of Organizational Empowerment to start the presentation. Rhonda and Matt set the stage by educating the room with Bob Chapman’s Leadership Crisis video, which gave the audience a firsthand look at Bob’s vision and leadership principles for the organization. They also shared the influence BW’s cultural journey has had with case studies from BW Paper Systems (formerly Paper Converting Machine Company) and employee interviews from different divisions throughout the United States.
Following this presentation, the event also featured speakers Phil Evans, SVP of Engineering, and Scott Mannis, SVP of Human Resources of Hussmann Inc., a B-WI customer located in St. Louis. Hussmann is a leading manufacturer of food retail equipment and originally engaged with B-WI in 2012, as they too were going through a significant cultural journey across their global organization. Phil and Scott provided insight on their culture ‘The Hussmann Way’ and key findings that have impacted their people and business’ bottom line.
An interactive roundtable Q&A session concluded the event and opened the floor to the audience. Executives from Graybar, Sunnen Products Co., STROCO Manufacturing, and many others weighed in on the topics presented and had intriguing questions about how to boost their culture’s adoption rate and success metrics. Others commented on how they enjoyed the presentations’ roadmap approach to establishing an organizational culture, but more importantly, making it sustainable and well-received.
The feedback that the audience shared most was that culture was one of the larger initiatives in their organization. They also indicated that most were interested in improving their organization’s manufacturing and engineering departments. Additionally, the top value drivers for the audience’s business success were improving product quality & monitoring and reducing time-to-market.
B-WI, Barry-Wehmiller, and Hussmann representatives were all very pleased by the audience’s participation and meaningful discussion around building a strong culture and leadership for business success and operational excellence. This event was the first to kick off B-WI’s executive event series for 2014 and 2015, in which the division will share Barry-Wehmiller’s message along with other topics and value drivers geared toward manufacturers in today’s global marketplace. The next B-WI executive event will take place in November 2014 located in St. Louis followed by a 2015 event in Syracuse, New York.