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Winsert CEO Uses R&D to Grow Family Business | Manufacturing
Trisha Lemery Finds the Fun - and Profit - in Manufacturing
- Trisha Lemery
"My dad went through an interviewing process and a whole personality profile," recalls Trisha Dickinson Lemery
asked each of his
children if they wanted to run the company.
had decided that Trisha
would succeed him, he
engage in a five-year preparation process which included hiring a professional mentor.
People still approach her
notes, to ask if they can have a copy of the succession plan to use in their own business.
recognized the company had to change if it was to survive and grow.
"That is what we started communicating to our customers in the field, that we were able to deliver premium solutions at a lower cost," says Lemery
"That really resonated with our customer base."
used the company's R&D capabilities as a springboard for new business.
began traveling non-stop to visit with customers.
contacted engineers at these engine companies and asked what problems they were running into.
Out of these conversations, they asked her
could make components for turbochargers or other engine parts.
"I said I didn't know but we would try," she
efforts paid off - today 30% of the company's products are used in these new applications, which also provide a benefit in that they are less commoditized than the company's traditional valve inserts.
"No other supplier in the world can make these unique alloys because they don't have this expertise in high-temperature, wear-resistant materials," she
now supplies components for food and beverage, forestry, chemical processing and other industrial markets.
The company's R&D facility has grown from an office in 1992 to a separate 10,000-square-foot building, says Lemery
, "dedicated to solving critical problems for our customers."
"The terrible thing about the recession became the best thing," she
leadership philosophy is to "lead people with their talents, allow them to use their strengths and not highlight their weaknesses.
adds, "I am really strong at embracing what people are good at and using them to the best of their ability.
points out there is no such thing as a perfect person.
belief is you find a person with great skills in a certain area and you utilize those skills.
read Good to Great by Jim Collins many years ago and embraced its message wholeheartedly.
Find the right people and put them in roles where they can be successful.
One benefit of that, she
says, is that she
can trust the decisions of her
employees and doesn't have to micromanage.
has reduced the excessive hours she
Asked how her
entrepreneurial streak guides her
point out that some executives need a lot of facts before they can make a decision.
is more inclined to be guided by her
long-term vision for growth in the company and take a risk on, for example, development of a new product.
"A lot of times these risks will pay off but you have to be willing to take that risk," she
Because of this, she
management team likes to bounce ideas off her
Without diversifying into new products and markets, Lemery
says, the company would become "irrelevant."
Hard Work Pays Off
Those who might think Lemery
came into Winsert
with silver spoon in hand are badly mistaken.
father made it clear to his
children that they would work in the plant.
"I am a better person as a result of it," says Lemery
"Some of the same supervisors are still here today.
I love them and I am grateful to them because I am who I am today as a result of them being extremely hard on me."
brings the job home with her
and discusses it with her
four children - three daughters and a son.
is particularly happy to be setting a positive example for her
daughters as a female leader of a company.
notes that her
son "thinks it's neat that I am a female in such a male-dominated job."
has been active in social media and public speaking to spread the word that manufacturing is a great career.
is working with EY
to spread the message in the Midwest on the value of entrepreneurship and manufacturing.
Part of her
local outreach effort includes inviting students in for tours of the plant.
says students marvel at the processes in the Winsert
plant, the state-of-the-art technology in use and how bright the plant is.
Through these various activities, Lemery
is meeting more and more women in manufacturing.
message to those considering a manufacturing career: "Come join us.
Trisha Lemery Finds the Fun - and Profit - in Manufacturing
Bill Marriott, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International, Inc., named
Family Business: Trisha D. Lemery, President & CEO - Winsert, Inc., Marinette, WI
Trisha Lemery, President and ...
Trisha Lemery, President and CEO of Winsert, spoke about the new building named after her father, who started the company in 1977.
Lemery, stated this expansion is the next step in Winsert's growth and will solidify their standing as a leading global provider of innovative alloy solutions.
Lemery along with her father, Stephen also cut the ribbon officially dedicating the building.
The Company History of Winsert, Inc.
Stephen's daughter, Trisha Dickinson Lemery, is his successor and has been active in the company since 1993.
She has served Winsert in a variety of positions and now serves Winsert as its president and CEO.
In addition to Trisha, the second generation includes Stephen Paul Dickinson, who is a new product engineer.
President & CEO Trisha Lemery as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 finalist in the Midwestby : winsert
On Tuesday, May 21, Winsert President & CEO, Trisha Dickinson Lemery, gave the commencement address at UW-Marinette's graduation ceremony.Â Receiving associate degrees were 84 graduates.Â Â Congratulations to all the graduates and best of luck in your future endeavors!
Our president & CEO, Trisha Dickinson Lemery, will be a speaker at this yearâ€™s Wisconsin Manufacturing First Expo & Conference at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI on September 26th.
The conference allows manufacturers the ability to showcase industry advances, highlight successes, and announce the latest developments.
will also be part of a 5 person panel speaking at an Economic Summit presented by Nicolet National Bank
on October 11th at the Little River Country Club
in Marinette, WI.
Trisha announced how very pleased Winsert is to be in a position of expanding the family business in our community and the great state of Wisconsin. â€œMy family roots are here and we believe the continued expansion of our business reflects a sustained focus on alloy technology and manufacturing innovation.
Trisha Lemery (President and CEO), Geno Lemery (Executive VP), David Eickmeyer (VP of Engineering), Mark Coduti (Director of Sales and Marketing), and Lynne Reff (Director of Quality Assurance) attended the 2011 MOTY Award Ceremony on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.