Passing the Torch w/ Ethan Hogle

Hello Friends!

We want to welcome you to this very special episode of Manufactured Excellence. We plan to cover many areas of manufacturing on this show both in the professionals and personal world.  Today is going to be more personal as our amazing host Ry Russell will be passing the torch to an individual who has been working with him on and off for almost a decade. Ethan Hogle first worked for Ry when he was 16 at the Saco Drive-In, then to Netflix with Ry’s father Tom Russell. Recently he has come back up to Maine to work on WeedBudz Radio and other business ventures including Knot PlasticRyz Above Media and now being the new host of Manufactured Excellence. Join us today to meet your new host, and learn why it is important when growing and scaling to encourage others to move forward and help them find their fire. Tune in!

Guest:
Ethan Hogle
WeedBudz Radio
Manufactured Excellence
Ryz Above Media
Knot Plastic

Host:
Ry Russell
Manufactured Excellence
WeedBudz Radio
Knot Plastic

The Art of Prototyping w/ Tyler Hurd

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Welcome to another episode of Manufactured Excellence! As you know on this show we love diving into the world of manufacturing, and as we do we learn more and more. On this episode  we explore the idea of prototyping and why it is so crucial to the full process of manufacturing. Who better to have that conversation with us than our friend and colleague Tyler Hurd, CEO & Co-Founder of Purilan Technology, a mechanical engineer with a background in consumer physical product design. Ry met Tyler a while back and since then Tyler has helped design & prototype products for Knot Plastic including Golf Tees, Guitar Picks and more! There was a time when it took a team of individuals to complete the prototyping process, but what does it take now? What do you need to start your own prototype? Join us and find out not only how to start the process, but how to perfect it. Tune in!

Guest:
Tyler Hurd
Purilan Technologies

Host:
Ry Russell
Manufacturing Excellence
WeedBudz Radio
Knot Plastic

Manufacturing Excellence Through Innovation w/ Mike Hennesy

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Welcome back to another episode of Manufactured excellence, we are very excited you are on this journey of manufacturing excellence with us. We are learning from each other and creating that platform where we can connect and move that needle forward. On WeedBudz RadioRy had the opportunity of speaking with Nancy Whiteman, CEO of Wana Brands. And today he is interviewing another member of the company, Mike Hennesy, Vice President of Innovation at Wana Brands. Starting from a sales rep, he realized he enjoyed sales but was not passionate about it. After managing the sales team to much higher margins, he sat down with Nancy and they figured out the focus should be innovation and making waves in a newer market. The position Mike currently holds was created and he has been there since. Join us and learn how innovation is done right. Tune in!

Guest:
Mike Hennesy
Wana Brands

Host:
Ry Russell
Manufacturing Excellence
WeedBudz Radio
Knot Plastic

Is Excellence a Series of Steps? W/ Rob Wirtz

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 Welcome to Manufactured Excellence, where we explore the world of manufacturing with individuals that bring excellence into their world everyday. Our host Ry met today’s guest before the pandemic and had the opportunity to interview him on another show called WeedBudz Radio. It has been a lot of fun following Rob Wirtz and his journey as his company continues to evolve. Rob manufactures excellence in his personal life as well as his professional, he is the Vice President of Strategy, Growth, M&A at The Wirtz Group and CEO of Mach Technologies. On this episode we discuss what a roadmap for manufacturing excellence looks like, is it a set plan? Is it a culmination of experiences? Does it involve just yourself and your position in the company? Tune in to find out!

Guest:
Rob Wirtz
Mach Technologies
The Wirtz Group
Wirtz Manufacturing Company

Host:
Ry Russell
Knot Plastic

How to Build the Perfect Team w/ Tom Russell

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Welcome to our very first episode of Manufactured Excellence! This is a show where every episode we will dive into and explore the world of Manufacturing, all the way from production to team-building. To bring along on our journey we will be interviewing individuals who manufacture excellence in their personal and professional lives. Who better to kick off the first episode with our host Ry Russell, than his father Tom Russell! Tom has been manufacturing excellence since Ry was born and he has done so consistently afterward. Today these two Russells sit down and discuss a vital part of manufacturing, team building. Tune in and learn about why it all starts with an amazing team, and the way to build one.

Guest:
Tom Russell

Host:
Ry Russell
Manufacturing Excellence
WeedBudz Radio
Knot Plastic