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In this episode we talk with Jeff Quinn, CEO & Owner, Keith Umlauf, COO & Owner, and Mike Mulroe, President of Haire Group. After decades of working together the four horsemen go down to two and Jeff Quinn and Keith Umlauf knew they needed to bring in a skilled leader to complement their skills.
Enter Mike Mulroe. With humor and humility, they candidly talk through their history, the transition, and lessons learned. They also discuss their decision and process to keep the culture while moving Haire Group from a lifestyle company to a performance-based company.
About Jeff Quinn | CEO & Owner
Starting as a summer intern in 1983, Jeff has worked hard to make moves within Haire Group and obtain the current Chief Executive Officer title that he has now. Jeff has an extensive knowledge of not only the machines Haire Group sells but also the industry itself, and together with Keith Umlauf, has been a driver of Haire’s remarkable growth. Jeff has an unwavering dedication in directing the company towards its primary goals and objectives for expansion, whether that be in team members or product lines. Jeff is a current member and past chair of the TAPPI CPC Council.
About Keith Umlauf | COO & Owner
What began as an inventory management role in 1989 turned into an incredible career path in the corrugated industry with Haire Group. Keith worked his way up through all levels of the organization, and has an in-depth understanding of the organization and industry as a whole. Keith provides Haire Group with leadership, management, and vision to help grow the company. Over the years, he has served on the AICC Associate Board as a member and Chairman.
About Mike Mulroe | President
As President at Haire Group, Mike and his management team run the day-to-day operations of the business with overall responsibility for the company’s operating performance. Though a relative newcomer to the industry, he joined Haire in early 2021 with a vast amount of operations, quality improvement and leadership experience, most recently as Vice President of Operations for one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. In addition to leading day-to-day operations, Mike oversees the company’s ongoing strategic growth and is the leader in communicating and implementing the mission, vision and overall direction for the company.
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