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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 6, 2023

This week, we are joined by Kim Bowen, CEO of Specialty Cable Corporation, a cabling manufacturer specializing in wire that can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures. Their wires are engineered and manufactured in all sizes from baby heart monitors to airplane power cables.


Kim and Ari talk about Kim's interesting background starting at a technical high school for electrician training, moving on to accounting roles and then becoming a Director of Manufacturing before finally taking on the role of CEO.


Kim offers insights into the company's history, their successful methods for long-term employee retention, how to maintain relevance in an older market, and why leveraging technology is vital to small manufacturers.


We also learn the secret to a successful leadership transition.


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Kim Bowen, Specialty Cable Corporation

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Kim and Ari discuss:

Leadership Transitions


Manufacturing equipment



UConn's IMS Industrial Affiliates Program