Episode 11: Victor Guzman

Victor Guzman is President and General Manager at Melnor Inc

He is an operations leader known for strategic thought leadership, with a positive track record for functional transformations. He has functional expertise in distribution, digital order-to-cash, warehouse operations, transportation.

His company, Melnor, was founded in 1946 and specializes in designing and marketing high-quality, hose end watering tools for the home gardening. 

He’s held senior leader positions at MedPharma Partners, Mallinckrodt (Mallenkrodt) Pharmaceuticals, Getinge, A.T. Kearney, and Honeywell. 

Victor has a Masters and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

Victor’s LinkedIn

Melnor Website

WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:

●     The time Victor had to cycle in the Pyrenees in Northern Spain to prove himself to his cousins.

●     What’s behind Melnor’s accelerated business growth during the COVID19 Lockdown.

●     Victor’s career path from Mexico City to MIT to the C-Suite.

●     What’s is like being one of the 4% of C-Suite leaders who are Latino.

●     What your first step should be in a crisis…it starts with making two lists.

●     What former Honeywell CEO, Dave Cote, taught Victor about dealing with uncertainty.

●     The surprising thing an employee should ask for when they’re experiencing burnout.

●     How long should it take for you to get up full speed, when starting a new role..

●     Why there’s no shame in being fired.

KEY QUOTE:

“The greatest skill you can develop is learning to learn.”

RESOURCES:

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Leadership Presence by Justin Patton:

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