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Whenever you are on a motorcycle ride, either a trip across the country, a weekend clover leaf with some friends or just out to get new bottle of whiskey and cigars, if you ever stop for gas, more times than not, someone will walk up and say those famous two words, "Nice Bike..." and a conversation usually goes from there. This podcast is about Motorcycle talk, trip advice, packing lists, history, routes, cigars and more. James and Chris are not professional riders, but are passionate about ...
 
As a Boomer I love to talk. Turns out, so does my chatty Millennial co-host. And our favorite way to connect with one another, and hopefully help others connect with each other, is by building conversational bridges. No matter what end of the generational bridge you currently land on, we hope you will join us as we converse with some of our finest “skyscraper” friends who are making inspirational verbal and written differences in our ever-expanding, and ever-connected world. This is Bridges ...
 
For Orthodox Christian fathers and husbands who want advice to win the race to Christ. We discuss how to be the men God called us to be and how to be role models for our children. As Orthodox Christian men, we are called to be leaders in the home and we talk about the best ways we can support our wives and children. Topics include raising kids in the Orthodox faith, fulfilling your duty as a father, and how to be the priests of our little home churches. Past guests include Father Barnabas Po ...
 
There are several approaches to growing or scaling a small business. Some would recommend growth hacking strategies for aggressively marketing your products or services. In contrast, others would say that the only way to cross $10 mil in revenue would be through inorganic growth. If you asked any business owners or executives, 90% of them, including ME, suffer from dream-reality confusion—some claiming their growth ambitions to be as high as 3x in the next three years. Yet, the stark reality ...
 
Communion often begins with good conversation, and good conversation often begins around the table. Join in on the table talk with award-winning singers, songwriters and authors Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer and their thoughtful guests for the brand new TV show and podcast – Dinner Conversations ... Turning the Light On One Question at a Time.
 
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With new trends and technologies such as additive manufacturing and experimental design, it's never been this easy to launch and disrupt a hardware product category. The traditional manufacturers that are slow in taking advantage of these trends run a risk of being disrupted and become irrelevant in their market. The new trends require manufacturer…
 
While other industries such as banking or logistics have successfully differentiated purely because of technology, manufacturers treat digital technologies as their stepchild, especially in the SMB space. SMB manufacturers and distributors rarely have internal IT or use external research to augment their business or digital transformation initiativ…
 
Running a machine shop is complicated with complex parts, heavy precision needs, and tricky materials handling requirements. With cost pressures from customers, rising material costs, and shrinking margins, one inaccurately estimated job could wipe out the profits for the whole month. Also, customers are savvy with their evaluation as they now want…
 
Cost accounting is a complex topic. You have so many different choices, and sometimes it's hard to decide which method may be appropriate for your business. If you choose an incorrect accounting method, you may get a significant variance and require more admin effort to discover the source of variance and tweak the processes to reduce it. The incor…
 
New product development is complex. There are financial risks associated with research and development. The experience could be even more frightening if you are new to R&D, have a tight budget, or working with external or overseas partners. While you might perceive that the risk may be lower with internal initiatives, it may not be true as it's har…
 
To wrap up the debut season of Bridges, we answer listeners' questions with lighthearted interjections by Patsy's youngest son and our producer for the day, Jason! Plus a very special song from our good friend, Sara Beth Geoghegan (sarabethgo.com). Learn more about Bridges ... Spiritual Conversations Through Generational Conversations here: Bridges…
 
The lines keep blurring between traditional retail supply chains with trends such as DTC and buy-online-pick-up-at-store. With large retailers offering such convenience, it's harder for smaller retailers to compete. These models require you to have your fulfillment centers within 20 miles of the customer location to match consumers' delivery time e…
 
After a month long hiatus, the boys are back! This episode they sit down with Original SNL Cast Member Laraine Newman! Laraine shares stories about Gilda Radner, what Lorne Michaels was like when SNL started, and she & Darrell share their love for accents & dialects! Check out Laraine's new audiobook "May You Live In Interesting Times" available no…
 
The risk profile of manufacturers plays a critical role in how insurance companies and regulatory agencies perceive them, including their cybersecurity standard operating procedures, their ability to prevent injuries, and their consistency to hit their KPIs. All of these factors may have significant growth implications for manufacturers. In today's…
 
There are a lot of definitions around LEAN. But implementing it right is easier said than done. Most companies fail to implement LEAN because they focus more on tools than focusing on strategy. It's a change in thinking, the way you do your business. It's the kind of SOPs you want to follow in your business and how flexible you want to be around th…
 
In the 2000's Barry Zito (barryzitomusic.com) was one of the best and highest-paid pitchers in Major League Baseball history. But his big league superstardom gave way to soul-crushing fear and an identity crisis that threatened his livelihood ... and his life. Barry gives us an intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse into the decisions that eventually l…
 
There is always so much at stake with ERP implementations. One plus one is perhaps eleven when it comes to deploying ERP. They are never just technology deployment. The companies that promise the world to their teams based on the overstated claims from technology sales professionals might encounter varied emotional responses from their leaders, lea…
 
Product pricing is more than just the dollar amount printed on the packaging or pricing labels. It drives consumer behavior, affects the customer experience, and impacts the bottom line. Right pricing strategies could catalyze your growth and provide a competitive advantage. On the other hand, overly promotional pricing strategies could be counterp…
 
ERP contracts are inherently crafty. If you don't have experience buying an ERP, you might want to get your contracts reviewed with a consultant who has several years of experience reviewing ERP contracts. You might think of purchasing an ERP as a subscription package, but an ERP system implementation has more nuances in the form of data ownership,…
 
Mobility can increase the efficiency significantly of your warehouses, from automating your data entry to voice-enabled picking. But how to plan for a mobility journey? Is it as simple as picking a bunch of bar code readers from the market and be mobile? Or do companies need to plan based on their size of the warehouse, ergonomics needs, and effici…
 
The Cimorelli Sisters (cimorellimusic.com) are YouTube stars. Literally! With millions of followers subscribing to their music-inspired channel for tips on relationships, style, spirituality, and everything in-between and beyond, these sibling sensations have become much more than a hit music group –– they are mentors to young women leaning in to g…
 
Have you had challenges engaging with your customers? Do you lose prospects just because you could not call them timely? Do you have challenges in finding net-new prospects? Do you have capacity issues in your sales department? How deeply do you understand how your prospects may be interacting with your website? These are the questions you will hav…
 
Gears are among the most foundational parts of machines, ranging from food delivery equipment to medical devices. While we all may recognize the prevalence of gears, how many of us know that manufacturing gear is almost like surgery? Yes, that's the kind of precision and expertise required to manufacture gears. Manufacturing them could even be more…
 
Most people think of customer experience as providing the best customer service. But, in reality, it's much bigger than that. It's about removing the friction and choppiness from each channel. It's making the experience personalized while not compromising on scalability. The customer experience innovation requires a rounded approach, starting from …
 
We're page turners from way back. In fact, books helped save our lives! So when PBS issued "The Great American Read" –– a series survey America's favorite novels –– we couldn't wait to dive in. Today we are exploring a few of the list's most influential titles and digging into the art of a tale-told-well in this conversation all about books! Learn …
 
As your business grows, it's hard to find that Goldilocks zone of inventory so that neither you lose on opportunities nor lock your cash down. Sales and operations planning is easier said than done. The problem becomes more complex when you might have a high-mix of your products, especially if you might be tracking your KPIs manually or on a spread…
 
They say that numbers add up. It couldn't be more true about tail spend, which is the non-strategic spend that most companies don't care for. The problem becomes far serious if they may not have true visibility into tail spend or if they misclassify the tail spend. This issue typically leads to companies losing millions of dollars in potential cost…
 
Episode 13 We have a Fuel Stop Chat with RoadRunner Magazine Editor-in-Chief Florian Neuhauser to talk about my favorite magazine! How it started, Blue Rim Tours, favorite bikes, subscriptions….just listen, you’ll like it! Subscribe and Like it if you do.Por Featuring Chris Black and James Matrisciano
 
Most organizations focus on growing revenue. Sure, getting revenue is always the hardest part. But did you know that the increased time between earning revenue and collecting cash could result in giant write-offs impacting your growth? Also, how would you define the right customers to focus on? Would it be based on revenue or their ability to pay? …
 
We have a very special "Bridges Flyway Giveaway" for one lucky winner and a friend that includes you and us in our hometown of Franklin, TN! So what is the flyaway giveaway? And how do you enter? Listen in and we'll tell you all about it. Learn more about Bridges ... Spiritual Conversations Through Generational Conversations here: BridgesShow.com A…
 
Data is the new oil. But collecting data could also mean distracting your operators from focusing on jobs. Moreover, just because you collected millions of data points, drawing insights or meaning could be challenging if your systems are siloed and don't communicate with each other. Finally, the data quality issues may result in poor sales and oper…
 
The legendary comedian Howie Mandel joins the guys for another killer episode! Howie talks about his early days at the Comedy Store in the 70's with Richard Pryor, why a stand up comic will never win America's Got Talent, how he came up with his infamous rubber glove bit in his act, and hilarious stories about playing pranks on his long time opener…
 
Digital Twin has been around for a long time. But is that just marketing hype? Is it just a fancy term for data gathering? What are the core challenges digital twin solves? Is that supposed to help overworked maintenance departments and extracting stories from each machine? Could it help in reducing waste and improving product quality? These are th…
 
Tonight we talk to Todd (our resident fashionista) about "The Black Motorcycles" and Road to Recovery, a not for profit organization the helps inner city kids with addiction problems.Por Featuring Chris Black and James Matrisciano
 
Are we already out of the woods from COVID? Should you be bullish on the economy? How should you plan your investments for this year? Can you comfortably plan for long-term investments? How would the new normal look? What disruptions can you expect in your supply chain? What new consumer trends can you expect? What workforce changes can you expect?…
 
Author Sally Clarkson’s son, Nathan, was diagnosed with multiple disorders as a child. Now an adult, he and his mom are building bridges for parents and kids with not-so-easy dynamics so that they too can realize “What Makes You Different Makes You Great.” Lean in. Sally (sallyclarkson.com) is here to tell us all the upsides of not being normal! Le…
 
As your company grows, you might feel the need for software as you encounter each problem. The software landscape is hard to navigate, and if you don't understand the role each system, such as ERP, E-commerce, and CRM systems play. You could create an extremely patchy architecture, which typically results in significant admin overhead and conflicts…
 
No one appreciates uncertainty. It is even more frustrating when the uncertainty may not be in your control. And if you are an executive of a company, navigating through difficult times has a toll on everything. The uncertainty could be related to macroeconomic trends such as recession, trade tensions, or merely changing consumer behavior. These ma…
 
Tracy Lynn Charles. Retired widow sells all worldly possessions, buys a GS and embarks on a motorcycle trip around the world. COVID creates challenges for border crossings, but determination is packed in her saddle bags! Check out Tracy's travels at TLC_Travels on instagram and YouTube.Por Featuring Chris Black and James Matrisciano
 
Building a high-performing sales team requires more than just winners and the winning product. It requires the right compensation structure, refined customer groups, and a deep understanding of their needs. But is that enough for sustained growth? What do small to medium-sized businesses miss that struggle to grow? Whose responsibility is to genera…
 
Filmmaker Allen Cheney tells the tender story of his musician grandfather, who’s life, though initially fraught with dramatic challenges, crescendoed into a beautiful narrative of love and wholeness –– a tried and true score for the composition of our lives. And a story that has made an indelible impact on Allen’s own life. Learn more about Bridges…
 
Running manufacturing operations is not easy. But if you are running a machine shop that produces complex parts in short runs, the switch over time between jobs or additional time spent in bringing material to machines could have significant profitability and growth challenges. Also, if your data collection and entry is primarily manual, you might …
 
For our 20th episode, Emmy Award Winning Actor Jon Cryer joins the guys this week! Jon talks about a crazy Broadway story, having success at such a young age w/ Pretty in Pink, and of course about working w/ Charlie Sheen (and Ashton) on Two and a Half Men! Don't forget to add us on social media and TELL YOUR FRIENDS about this podcast! Social Medi…
 
It's very rare to relate reshoring initiatives with costs saving and sales growth. It's typically the opposite. However, if you account for all the costs and risks involved with offshoring or near-shoring, including geopolitical risks, reshoring initiatives can help grow a company. In today's episode, we have our guest Harry Mosner from Reshoring I…
 
James and Chris welcome Steve Brooks from Tour of Honor to talk about the motorcycle scavenger hunt to honor the military and first responders. Find out more at www.tourofhonor.comPor Featuring Chris Black and James Matrisciano
 
When you think of print marketing, what comes to your mind? Perhaps flyers or coupons? But print marketing is much more than that. There have been some exciting trends lately with print marketing, where the print packaging includes QR codes that can take you to a web page to improve customer experience. The print industry is way cooler than you wou…
 
A national music artist with a large public platform since she was a young teenager, Jaci Velasquez (jacivelasquez.com) shares how her story has shaped, not defined, her. And she helps us own our own stories through the telling of her family’s challenging story –– the inspiration behind her new book, “When God Rescripts Your Life: Seeing Value, Bea…
 
Who doesn't enjoy drinking wine? But did you know that wine distribution is very complicated, similar to Cannabis or Tobacco businesses? And if you are selling in Canada, especially in Ontario, there is a different complexity level as everything is so monopolized and govt controlled. In today's episode, we have our guest Nelson Aberu from 3050 Impo…
 
Product packaging is as important as the product itself. Poor packaging could cause issues with delivery, failures, and increased returns. These issues typically lead to a bad customer experience. In today's episode, we have our guest Mark Oser from Anteris Consulting Group, who discusses How to launch new products by simply changing the packaging.…
 
Fans of SNL & of Adam Sandler movies will love this episode! The guys sit down with the great Tim Herlihy (former SNL writer & writer of all of Adam Sandler movies)! Tim reminisces with Darrell about their SNL days (including some throwback impressions by Darrell) & what it was like for Tim being a writer (and eventually the head writer) on the sho…
 
Rob from Americas Ultimate Long Distance Rider joins us tonight to talk about his riding inspiration, What it's like to ride 70k miles in a year and the joys of the open road.Por Featuring Chris Black and James Matrisciano
 
Do you care for your vendor relationships? Well, your vendor relationships are as important as your customer relationships. If you are dealing with international vendors such as China, Mexico, or India, your relationship with vendors and understanding of their culture could impact your bottom line and growth. In today's episode, we have our guest F…
 
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