Episode 82

Growth and Evolution in the Electronics Industry

In this episode of the Mind The Innovation Manufacturing Leadership Podcast, host Sannah Vinding sits down with Mallerie Merchant, a dedicated professional with a strong background in business and sales at RC Merchant. Mallerie shares her insights into the electronics industry and the exciting changes taking place in various sectors, from automotive technology to healthcare applications. They delve into the significance of the evolving industry, detailing the long design cycles, the impact of the pandemic on sales strategies, and the importance of nurturing a familial company culture.

The conversation also explores the importance of mentorship, continuous learning, and connecting with industry experts. Listeners will gain valuable knowledge about adapting to change, staying connected with customers, and navigating the challenges and opportunities in the industry.


Sannah Vinding


Mallerie Merchant



Key takeaways

The electronics industry is rapidly evolving, with a significant shift towards advanced technology in various sectors such as automotive and healthcare. This evolution presents exciting opportunities for professionals in the industry.

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Mentoring and fostering a supportive, familial company culture plays a crucial role in employee retention and satisfaction. An effective mentorship program can ensure smooth transitions for retiring employees and the successful onboarding and development of new talent.

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Effective communication, both digitally and in-person, remains paramount in maintaining strong customer relationships, particularly during times of industry disruption, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Building and nurturing these relationships is key to long-term success in the industry.

“People like doing business with people that they know and companies they know they can rely on.”

Mallerie Merchant

Partner, R.C. Merchant & Co

The networking events in our industry offer a great opportunity for younger professionals to connect with knowledgeable and inspiring individuals. It’s okay to reach out and make those connections, as people are usually willing to give their time and share their experience. Learning from others is a key part of personal and professional growth in leadership.”

Sannah Vinding

Leadership & B2B Marketing Strategist, Technical Engineering Expert

Show Notes:

In this episode of the Mind the Innovation Leadership Podcast, host Sannah Vinding engages in a conversation with Mallerie Merchant, a dedicated professional with a strong background in business and sales. They discuss the rapidly evolving electronics industry and the profound impact it has on various sectors, including automotive and healthcare. Mallerie expounds on the significance of understanding the dynamics of long design cycles and adapting to changes in customer interactions, especially in light of the pandemic.

Delving into the topic of nurturing talent and fostering a supportive work environment, the podcast explores RC Merchant’s approach to employee retention and development, highlighting the value of mentorship and continuous learning. Mallerie also shares insights into maintaining strong customer relationships and adapting to digitalization trends in the industry.

Listeners gain valuable perspectives on the dynamics of the electronics industry, the significance of mentorship and continuous learning, and the importance of nurturing strong customer relationships.

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“Our industry is a really exciting industry for younger professionals to come into. There’s a ton of technology. It’s really cutting edge, and it’s going to continue to grow.”

Mallerie Merchant

Partner, R.C. Merchant & Co

Mallerie Merchant

Mallerie Merchant

Mallerie Merchant

Partner, R.C. Merchant & Co

Mallerie Merchant is a dedicated professional with a strong background in business and sales. She is known for driving growth and achieving goals, and as a leader at R.C. Merchant & Co., Inc., she has skillfully led teams to surpass performance benchmarks while forging strategic partnerships with manufacturers to enhance their business outcomes.

Mallerie’s mission is to help businesses thrive, whether it’s a manufacturer seeking an expanded market presence or a company in need of collaborative sales strategies.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a focus on Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing from DePaul University. Her top skills include marketing, account management, and sales.

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