The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership: Strategic Anchors with Chris Thomas, Mark Huddleston, Erick Ramos, and Robby Ashley

In this episode, we talk with special guests from the Threaded Fasteners Senior Leadership Team; Chris Thomas (Sr. Vice President of Distribution), Mark Huddleston (Vice President of Supply Chain), Erick Ramos (Vice President of National Sales), and Robby Ashley (Vice President of Manufacturing). Together they discuss the TFI strategic anchors- solution-based services, people development, and operational excellence.

Mark and Robby explain that chasing perfection isn’t the goal; it’s about continuous improvement. Details matter in the path towards operational excellence and the little things are important, you don’t always get it right, but you can always make it right. Robby highlights that the leadership development programs don’t just impact employees work life, it impacts their home life as well. Mark highlights the importance of setting attainable goals for your team and defining what the goal is before you set the expectation; no one can hit a target they can’t see. They highlight the necessity of investment in new processes and improvements– have a vision, communicate that vision, and monitor the day to day.

Erick and Chris discuss how TFI provides “Solutions from the Ground Up” and what solution-based services means for the team. For Erick solutions-based services is more than just providing a fastener solution, its walking with customers every step of the way and providing solutions that they need and offering solutions that can help them better reach their goals. Erick and Chris highlight the importance of the people side of people development and how relating to employees and meeting them where they are is critical in creating a lasting development program. Erick highlights the importance of finding outside perspectives and challenging the “we have always done it this way” mindset. 

Listen in and get a peek behind the curtain with leadership insights directly from the Threaded Fasteners Team. Join us to understand what makes an effective leader and how core mission, core values, and strategic anchors set the blueprint for success!

The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership Podcast

What does it mean to be a leader? Why does learning about leadership matter? How can we become servant leaders? The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership Podcast drills into the foundations of leadership for both the emerging and established leader. Billy Duren and Hali Gibson bring in dynamic leaders each week to discuss what being a lifelong learner and people developer really looks like. Join us as we bring you proven leaders who want to serve you with their story, as well as teaching us how to grow as leaders. We will be mining for the nuggets of wisdom from these dynamic leaders from throughout the country.

“The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership” is available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. For more information, please visit the Nuts and Bolts of Leadership Website.

This Podcast is edited by our friends at Deep Fried Studios.

Threaded Fasteners, Inc

Threaded Fasteners Inc. (TFI) is a 100% employee-owned business that specializes in the manufacturing, custom packaging, and distribution of steel fasteners. With over 270 dedicated employee owners, TFI maintains over $14 million worth of inventory across 16 locations, to meet the global needs of customers from industries including electrical utilities, chemical and electrical, commercial marine construction, steel fabricators, metal building manufacturers and Department of Transportation (DOT) fabricators. More information about TFI can be found on its website at or through social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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