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Issues Affecting Today’s Corporate Finance Leaders

Being a corporate “finance leader” today means wearing multiple hats, if the spectrum of people who attended the 2014 VMA Finance Leaders Seminar April 10-11 in Arlington, VA is any indication. The topics they discussed among themselves during coffee breaks and the session topics covered ranged from today’s main human resources concerns to legal and regulatory issues to general economic trends with one thing in common: In today’s world, it all affects the bottom line.


After You Sell it You Have to Deliver

Shawn Casemore Preparing for Growth part 2One of the most important factors to consider when encountering business growth is to ensure that capacity is strategically expanded to minimize the chaos that can accompany rapidly fluctuating demand. Unfortunately it often happens that companies apply more of a feast or famine approach, with little consideration to being strategic in planning and executing capacity. After all, once you make the sale you have to deliver.

The Only Profitable Growth is Strategic Growth

up arrowIt should come as no surprise that the recent announcements around the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) are a sure signal of future growth for the natural gas sector. More importantly, this is exciting news for valve manufacturers considering the relatively flat market over the past few years.

Leveraging Talent Management to Support Lean

lean-management-WEBsizeAt first glance, your talent management programs might not seem to have a direct bearing or even connection to your lean initiatives. After all, they're about hiring, setting goals, employee development, performance reviews, succession planning, compensation — all the stuff around workforce management.

Success Through Supply Chain Collaboration

technicaldrawingsrolledengineerWith valve components sourced from numerous suppliers around the globe, valve, actuator and control manufacturers are faced with a significant number of challenges while attempting to meet the desired flow control at a competitive price. They must manage the impact of raw material and component costs, control and stabilize product quality and be always vigilant against counterfeit materials.

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