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Empowering Industry Podcast - A Production of Empowering Pumps & Equipment

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A production from Empowering Pumps & Equipment as the voice of the pump and related equipment industries.

A production from Empowering Pumps & Equipment as the voice of the pump and related equipment industries.


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A production from Empowering Pumps & Equipment as the voice of the pump and related equipment industries.






Unboxing Leadership with Mike Shorts

This week Charli and Bethany talk about Twitter Spaces and how to use it to benefit your business and personal brand. Then Charli interviews Mike Shorts, Global C-Level Executive, Strategy & Growth Expert, and one of Charli's long-time mentors. They talk about Mike's unboxing leadership series he's releasing on LinkedIn, and then talk about his thoughts on the future of the fluid sealing industry with a focus on fugitive emissions. Mike Shorts is a strategic and action-oriented executive...


Bonus Episode: Knighten's Mike Griffith on Managing People in the Pump Industry

In this bonus episode of the podcast, you'll hear Charli interview Mike Griffith, the Vice President of Operations at Knighten Industries, a pump and equipment distributor out of Texas. He’s been in the pump business for 28 years and loves it more today than when he started. He and Charli talk about how Knighten Industries has kept their family business feel even while growing, and how COVID has affected their interpersonal relationships at work. Mike's...


Engineering our Way to a Sustainable Future

This week Charli and Bethany talk about mental health awareness month and then discuss five tips for preparing for your marketing photo shoot. Then Charli interviews Maria Elena (Elena) Rodriguez Hernandez, a Water Engineering Director at Indar, Ingeteam Group, with +23 years of experience in the field of Turbomachinery and Water Engineering. They talk about creating a sustainable future and Elena's efforts to bring more women in STEM into the industry. Elena is based in Zarautz, Basque...


#WaterWeek2021 & Machine Health Monitoring Solutions

This week Charli and Bethany talk about #WaterWeek2021 and how you can participate. Then Charli interviews Tom Ross, Application Engineering Manager for Everactive's Machine Health Monitoring (MHM) solution. In that role, he works across the company to help build value added features into our products and to articulate value propositions to various customer groups. Tom holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Villanova University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is a...


One Year Anniversary & Brazing Rods with SolderWeld

This week Charli and Bethany celebrate the one-year anniversary of the podcast by telling you everything you want to know about the show and hosting a party with former podcast guests (stay tuned to the end for that). Then Charli interviews Lance Robinson, owner & founder of SolderWeld. Recognized throughout Blue Collar Social Media for his widely successful Brand SolderWeld, Lance Robinson made his mark by entering a difficult and already established Manufacturing Industry of Brazing...


Human Error Reduction & Root Cause Analysis

This week Charli and Bethany talk about social media and its relation to your google rankings. Then Charli interviews Robert J. Latino, CEO of Reliability Center, Inc. (RCI). RCI is a 49 year old Reliability Consulting firm specializing in improving Equipment, Process and Human Reliability. Mr. Latino received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Robert J. Latino has been facilitating RCA & FMEA analyses with his...


Engineering and IOT

This week Charli and Bethany talk about #USAMfgHour - a weekly twitter chat for the manufacturing industry. Then Charli interviews Francesco Gasparri, Global Product Manager for IIoT at Flowserve, about RedRaven, their end-to-end IOT solution. Francesco Gasparri has 15 years of managerial experience at Flowserve, with more than 10 years of providing monitoring, predictive analytics and reliability solutions for customers. In his current role, he is responsible for implementing Flowserve...


Bonus: Maintenance Disrupted & Hazard Girls Joint Podcast Episode

This bonus episode was a joint recording effort between Empowering Industry Podcast, Maintenance Disrupted Podcast & the Hazard Girls Podcast. Charli joins Blair Fraser and Emily Soloby to they interview Allyson Hawley, a maintenance reliability engineer with a focus in real-time monitoring and analytics. Brought up in a mining family that had no time for gender stereotypes, Allyson Hawley, our guest on today’s show, was surprised when she began her mechanical engineering degree with...


Maintenance & Reliability with Sanya Mathura

This week Charli and Bethany talk about the history of Women's History Month and what it means to them. Then Charli interviews the Empowering Pumps & Equipment 2020 Industry Person of the Year, Sanya Mathura, about engineering asset management, how she got started in the industry and more about her career in maintenance and reliability. Sanya is from Trinidad & Tobego and is the Founder and Managing Director of Strategic Reliability Solutions Ltd. She has several years of experience in the...


Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG): Leadership in the Water Industry

This week Charli and Bethany talk about World Water Day, and taking the responsibility of leadership. Then Charli interviews Richard M. D’Amato, CEO and President, Brown and Caldwell, about his leadership role in the water industry and how ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is implemented at his company. A senior executive with 28 years of experience, Rich excels in developing strategy and leading organizations and teams to deliver innovative services and solutions to municipal and...


Everything You Need to Know About Pumps

This week Charli and Bethany reflect on a year of Covid and its effect on life and the pump industry. Then Charli interviews The Pump Guy, Larry Bachus. Interview @ 26:30 With more than 40 years of experience in the industrial pump arena, his areas of expertise include diagnosing pump problems and seal failure. As a teen, Larry took a job as a mechanic apprentice in a steel mill and in 1968, went into the Navy and continued working with pumps. After the military, Larry graduated from the...


The Impact of Community on Launching Your Startup

This week Charli and Bethany (in her first episode back from maternity leave) talk about International Women’s Day and how you can participate. Then Charli interviews Anne Cocquyt, founder of GUILD. Anne Cocquyt, originally from Stuttgart Germany, is a serial entrepreneur and super-connector in Silicon Valley. After a career in the corporate world of IT, finance and digital health, she developed and sold a consumer product startup and founded the GUILD (letsguild.com). The GUILD is an...


Collective Goals for Sustainable Solutions with Caitlyn Young-Gilbert

This week, Charli and Michelle (filling in while Bethany is on maternity leave) talk about how to use Instagram Stories to Grow your business. Charli interviews Caitlyn Young-Gilbert, the Chief of Staff at UpKeep Maintenance Management and Head of Community of The Maintenance Community Slack Group by UpKeep! From working in the social impact space partnering with non-profit organizations, to suddenly working at a tech startup building out an entire department and online community from the...


Engineering Style with DeJuan McGuire

In this bonus episode of the podcast, Charli interviews DeJuan McGuire DeJuan is a chemical engineer, husband, father to a 10-year old son and 3-year old daughter, and a men's style enthusiast. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, where he also played with the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands. He recently joined Kissick Engineered Products & Services as a Sales Coordinator. He is also a freelance writer for the website Dappered, writing men's style...


Sustainable Engineering with Selena Rodgers Dickerson

This week, Charli and Michelle (filling in while Bethany is on maternity leave) talk about how to develop a strategic ABM program. Charli interviews Selena Rodgers Dickerson, president, CEO, and chief visionary of SARCOR LLC. SARCOR is a growing woman-owned small business enterprise that provides engineering, project management, and construction management to private, corporate, and municipal clients. Its divisions possess the technical and management capabilities to provide innovative...


Women in Construction with L’Tryce Slade

This week, Charli and Michelle (filling in while Bethany is on maternity leave) talk about why podcasts are useful marketing tools. Charli interviews L’Tryce Slade, Principle, of SLADE Land Use, Environmental, and Transportation Planning, LLC. Slade has experience in development and construction projects. Her firm is a licensed general contractor in AL, MS, TN, GA, and SC. Slade specializes in environmental services, geotechnical services, construction material testing and urban...


Intelligent Water Services with Jennifer Loudon

This week, Charli and Michelle (filling in while Bethany is on maternity leave) talk about successful social media marketing campaigns. Charli interviews Jennifer Loudon, founder of Intelligent Water Services, a smart water startup that offers wastewater treatment utilities a streamlined way of managing their industrial users through the use of advanced technology. Jennifer is an environmental scientist with 20 years of laboratory experience. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Sciences...


Leading Women in STEM Forward with Angel Wileman

In this bonus episode of the podcast, Charli interviews Angel Wileman Angel has grown her career by pushing boundaries and relentlessly driving for improvement, both on a personal and professional level. Hailing from an engineering family in the automotive industry, she ditched the cars of the motor city in Michigan and headed south to Texas to pursue a career in mechanical engineering research. With the Texas sun on her shoulders, she has spent the last 18 years growing as a woman and...


Leadership and Advocacy with David Reid

This week, Charli and Michelle (filling in while Bethany is on maternity leave) talk about developing a social media strategy as part of your marketing efforts. This week, Charli interviews David Reid of NOV. Interview: 19:58 David’s Bio: David’s life and career has focused on the development of people, business, technology and culture. He has been a pioneer and champion of strategic growth in technology, business models, machine design, and industrial digitization. He is a global public...


A Marketer’s Journey to the Table with Jennifer Cardillo

In this bonus episode of the podcast, Charli interviews Jennifer Cardillo. Jennifer works for Sulzer and is the Marcom Director for the rotating equipment services division in the Americas and for the global turbo product line. She has spent her career in a variety of roles including working as an artist for several years. Jennifer enjoys being a dynamic, strategic, creative and solution-focused international Marcom Manager. Via her career, Jennifer’s number one mantra is to inspire...