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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 -

Jun 20, 2023

Ed Gilchrest is the President of Gyre9 a growing product design firm that also engineers and manufactures products for its customers. 


In this episode, Ed and Ari dive deep into the fascinating world of product design and development. Ed describes it as "Mythbusters" every day, which sounds like a pretty fun way to work!  Ed describes why manufacturers might want to use an outside design firm and why it's helpful to use one that also manufacturers products. (Hint: not all design firms 'get' manufacturing.)


Then Ari and Ed really dive into the product solution and brainstorming process - which is both very structured and highly creative at the same time.


Finally, Ed talks about the company's work manufacturing EV chargers and mobile power sources and how that fits into the overall structure of the company. 


There's a lot to learn in this episode.


Ed's favorite book: Traction, Gino Wickman


Ed Gilchrest, Gyre9





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Product development

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EV Chargers