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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 -

Nov 27, 2023

When you combine entrepreneurial spirit, customer collaboration, and technology, you get a well-run company that leans into technological advancements. That's what we're learning about in this episode with Sam Simons, President of OEM Controls 


On this episode, Ari and Sam talk about OEM Controls, which specializes in industrial joystick controllers as well as Internet of Things (IOT) hardware that allows data from the customers' machines to be collected and analyzed.


Ari and Sam talk about what IOT is, how OEM is harnessing it, and the many applications that will help their customers' machinery be more efficient, cost effective, and safe. They discuss how OEM Controls collaborates with other companies and their customers to be sure that end users get the products they need. They also dive into OEM Controls' Agile/Lean journey. 


It's a technology-forward, lively conversation!


Sam's favorite book: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey and Plan to Pivot, Gerry Starsia 


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Sam and Ari discuss:

Internet of Things (IOT)

Off-highway machinery

Agile methodology

Agile strategic management

Customer Collaboration