Executive Forum 2013


Best Practices Panel talks hiring basics

June 5, 2013 2:41 pm ET

TAMPA, FLA. — In this Executive Forum video from Tampa, executives from DeKalb Molded Plastics Co., Rodon Group LLC (Michael Araten, above) and Processor of the Year Hoffer Plastics Corp., detail their hiring processes during a Best Practices Panel.


McNelly: Manufacturing more important than ever

May 29, 2013 1:36 pm ET

TAMPA, FLA. — In this latest video from PN's Executive Forum in Tampa, Jennifer McNelly states her faith in U.S. manufacturing. McNelly, president of the Washington-based Manufacturing Institute, believes that days of manufacturing's importance are far from over.


Modern Edge's Angell offers lessons in creative thinking

May 23, 2013 11:36 am ET

TAMPA, FLA. — In this latest Executive Forum video, Charles Austen Angell of Modern Edge Inc. talks about establishing an innovation culture, whereby the creative process is enhanced by people from different departments working together.


Gros: Hunt for talent time-consuming, necessary

May 16, 2013 10:29 am ET

TAMPA, FLA. — The hunt for talent can be expensive and time-consuming, but it's important, according to Dennis Gros of Gros Executive Recruiters. In this PN Executive Forum video from Tampa, Gros says companies should see recruiting is an ongoing processes.


Schmidt: Social media can lead firms to talented recruits

May 15, 2013 2:37 pm ET

TAMPA, FLA. — In this latest Executive Forum video, Crain Communications Inc.'s Tracy Schmidt, who takes social media seriously, says Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube offer businesses ways to share content, discuss ideas and find new employees.


Steinwall: Strong worker orientation necessary

May 8, 2013 3:18 pm ET

TAMPA, FLA. — In this latest Executive Forum video, Steinwall Inc.'s Maureen Steinwall explains that helping new employees succeed through a strong worker orientation experience results in a more prosperous company.


Kaczmarek: Create a culture that breeds success

May 7, 2013 2:50 pm ET

TAMPA, FLA. — Margee Kaczmarek, chief human resources officer of Plastics News publisher Crain Communications Inc., gives Executive Forum attendees some nuts-and-bolts tips on how to become an employer of choice.


Kunz: Company training shouldn't be one-size-fits-all

May 1, 2013 1:59 pm ET

TAMPA, FLA. — As baby boomers retire, Generation Y's are becoming a major part of the workforce, and Jeannine Kunz of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, said they expect their employer to invest in training and help them map out a career. In this Executive Forum video from Tampa, Kunz says there is no one-size-fits-all training strategy.


Speakers say veterans are largely untapped labor pool

April 24, 2013 1:49 pm ET

TAMPA, FLA. — Dennis May, above, a retired Air Force colonel, trains employers to hire veterans. May joined U.S. Army veteran Andy Corbett and Kim Miller of Uniform Color Co. in this Executive Forum video in which they suggest that veterans can be a good fit for plastics industry jobs.


Flint sees service as key to good leadership

April 17, 2013 11:19 am ET

TAMPA, FLA. — “Servant leadership” is not a new idea, but plastics veteran Bill Flint believes the management style is needed now more than ever. Flint, above, detailed the style in this video from the Plastics News Executive Forum in Tampa.