Jim Zaiser is the President & CEO of Hydro-Thermal Corporation, a third-generation manufacturer of direct steam injection technology systems. Jim spent a decade working outside of the family business for companies like Robert Bosch and Strattec Security Corp. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and MBA from Keller Graduate School.
Jim became CEO in 2015 after buying out his father over an eight-year period. Since then, he’s helped guide the company through an international growth strategy, achieve ISO 9001 certification and implement Kaizen training and Lean Manufacturing practices. In addition, the company has experienced double digit revenue growth, doubled its facility size and added new, specialized manufacturing processes under Jim’s leadership.
Mike and Jim cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including his concept of management by wandering around, how his post 9/11 experience focused his thinking about what he wanted to do next, why the best innovations are the ones you don’t know you need, the challenge and ultimately the success he experienced developing the team he needed to support his vision for the business, and how he intends to transform multiple industries by bringing new ideas for maximizing the power of steam.
And now here’s Jim Zaiser.
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