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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving manufacturing leader to share the positive messages around the industry with two goals:

1) To share best practices amongst manufacturing business leaders to help each other to grow and succeed

2) To spread the word that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the CEO of CompassMSP a Technology Managed Service Provider with offices from Miami to Milwaukee and down the eastern seaboard. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it makes on our economy.


This podcast is brought to you by CompassMSP -

Produced by Miceli Productions -

May 9, 2023

In this episode, Ari talks to Marc Navarre, CEO of Talalay Global, about Talalay’s unique manufacturing process and the relationships they’ve built with their OEM customers.


Talalay Global is a 45-year-old company that produces high-quality latex foam for mattresses and pillows. Their unique process involves trapping air in the latex foam to produce a consistent, durable and top-quality product with good airflow.


Marc discusses the benefits of having strong OEM relationships. He then explains how he leveraged those relationships to grow their own direct-to-consumer pillow brand, Juvea, and how, in-turn, this brand will actually benefit his OEM customers.


Marc talks about the competition Talalay and its customers felt from “bed in a box” brands – but tells of how they managed to stay ahead until the market leveled out for those new companies.


Finally, Ari and Marc discuss the company’s investments in the future, such as their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint and upgrading their factories.


Marc's favorite business books:

Anything by Jack Welch 

Robert Caro - The Power Broker


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Marc and Ari discuss:

Go to Market strategy

OEM relationships

Talalay latex


Advanced manufacturing