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CEO of Bead Industries Inspires Graduates to Be Courageous

Jill Mayer, the CEO of Bead Industries, encouraged Quinnipiac graduates to meet every opportunity with courage as the theme of her Commencement address for the School of Business and the School of Computing & Engineering on Saturday, May 13. As a fifth-generation leader, Mayer charted a career path that took her from a biotech company … read more



Leading the Workforce Revolution

Today CEO’s are dealing with a workforce that’s unlike any they’ve ever witnessed before. These days, workers can choose whether they’ll work in the office, remotely, or a mix of both, forcing CEOs and business owners to figure out what model works best for them. The Key to Hybrid? Accountability & Performance. “Companies that stubbornly … read more


Connecticut Tech School Invites Women in Manufacturing to Speak to Students

To celebrate several notable women with careers in manufacturing, the Emmett O’Brien Technical School invited them to speak to more than 30 female students at the school.  Schwerdtle Inc. CEO Kathy Saint, Bead Industries CEO Jill Mayer, and Exello Tool CEO Marcy Minnick met with 32 female students in the school’s precision machining technology program. Schwerdtle manufactures tools, dies, stamps, and … read more



‘Ready to Spring Back’: Manufacturers Look to the Future

The next generation of Connecticut manufacturing leaders are bringing fresh perspectives, new ideas, and a willingness to listen, learn, and adapt as they navigate the sector’s significant challenges. “It’s being able to see what is coming at you and just react quickly,” says Brittany Isherwood, president of Farmington-based Burke Aerospace.  Isherwood was one of three … read more


How to Prepare to Lead Your Multi-generational Family Business

If your parents or grandparents are part of a multi-generational family business, odds are you’ve been asked more than once if you plan to follow in their footsteps.  But according to Family Business Magazine, only 10-30% of family businesses survive the second generation under the same company name and ownership. How can you prepare for … read more


Resiliency Drives Employers’ Pandemic Response

“Not on my watch.” That’s how Bead Industries CEO Jill Mayer recalls her attitude as she and her leadership team mapped out the company’s strategy in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re a 106-year-old manufacturing company,” she told fellow business leaders Sept. 24 at CBIA’s annual The Connecticut Economy conference. “We’ve been through … read more


Podcast: Bead Industries – Empowering Your People

From Made in America with Ari Santiago: Jill Mayer, CEO, is bringing Bead Industries, a 100+ year old company in Milford CT, to new heights. They are updating their marketing, technology, and management systems to empower their people, encourage a younger workforce, and take their company into the future. In this episode, Jill tells wonderful … read more