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The Family Biz Show

Jul 21, 2023

Ep 86. Building The Best: How MAC Products is Revolutionizing the Welding Industry 

In this episode of The Family Biz Show, CEO of Mac Products Eddie Russnow joins us and talks about the challenges his company has faced, including taking gambles on new products and solutions, and how they have become known for providing solutions to customers' pain points. Eddie also covers the transition of leadership within the family business, how he prepared heirs for the assets they will inherit, and the importance of company culture. Lastly, he shares his top priorities for the next 12 months, which include integrating a new acquisition and implementing a culture-wise program. 



After graduating from The George Washington University in 1988 with a degree in International Finance, my first job was in a commercial lending training program at a regional bank. I expected my career path to take me to Wall Street and Investment Banking. I never imagined I would end up with a career in Manufacturing. I have been with MAC Products since 1990 and have never looked back. The company has been in business for over 50 years. We are a family-owned company with three generations of our family in the office. My father-in-law started the business; then I came on board and two years ago my son joined. My business background, hands-on experience in the plant, and working alongside our customers have served me well throughout my career and ultimately enabled me to build a company that now serves most utilities and mass transit companies in the United States and Canada. My experience has taught me that the essential component of a business is building a team of people who make things happen. Without our employees, we would not be able to serve our customers. I believe in lifetime learning and have been an active Vistage member since 2017. Philanthropy is very important to me; I am a member of the Board of Directors for The Foundation Fighting Blindness. I am passionate about my family, friends, music, wine, and traveling the world. 


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