Matthew Kirchner Columnist

Matt Kirchner [pronounced “Kirkner”], an international speaker on topics of interest to business people, is President of Profit360, LLC, a Midwest provider of management advisory services to manufacturing, retail and service companies. Most recently, Kirchner served as the Chief Executive of American Finishing Resources, LLC (AFR). With facilities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana; and a transportation footprint encompassing twelve states, AFR is the largest provider of Industrial Coatings Removal and Paint Fixture and Hanger Design and Fabrication in the North America. In 2014 Kirchner and his private equity investment partner completed the sale of AFR to DuBois Chemicals. Thereafter he served as the President of AFR, an operating unit of DuBois Chemicals. Contact him at mkirchner@profit-360.com

On Race and Manufacturing

By: Matthew Kirchner

Racial inequality is everyone’s problem and we don’t have to agree on all of the answers in order to get started on some of them.
#opinion

TikTok, Manufacturing and Data Analytics

By: Matthew Kirchner

Small to midsize manufacturers have scores of data available to them and can leverage it in much the same way that billion-dollar conglomerates do
#opinion

It’s Meant to Make People Quit

By: Matthew Kirchner

Lessons on Surviving the COVID-19 Crisis from a Navy SEAL
#opinion

Technical Education Teachers Deserve Recognition

By: Matthew Kirchner

Here’s a tribute to technical education instructors who have dedicated their lives to do the quiet work of preparing students for careers.
#opinion

Wake-Up Calls Become Catalyst for Improvement

By: Matthew Kirchner

We were a much stronger and sustainable company after this wake-up call.
#opinion

Emerging Leaders

The Value of a Good Internship

By: Matthew Kirchner

The greatest lessons shared by the interns related much more to interpersonal skills, communication, teamwork and etiquette than they did to technology. 
#workforcedevelopment #opinion

25 Lessons in 25 Years

By: Matthew Kirchner

“We’re going to need someone to run the company. Do you think you can do it?”
#opinion

Introducing Industry Infinity.0, Where the Future has No Limit

By: Matthew Kirchner

Perhaps we are at a center point of the convergence between the exponential economy and Industry 4.0, where the speed at which data is processed and the rate at which industry is innovating collide.
#opinion

Don’t Make a Habit of Disliking Customers

By: Matthew Kirchner

I have long contended that as business people, we can dislike up to three customers at time. Any more than that, and the problem is probably us.
#opinion

We Need to Trust Our People

By: Matthew Kirchner

In the same way that team members will fill in the void left by a departing co-worker, many of them will respond in impressive fashion when we unleash their innate desire to lead.
#opinion

Industry 4.0 Careers of the Future

By: Matthew Kirchner

Know a young person considering a career pathway? Encourage him or her to consider these careers.

The Faster You Go, the More Balance You Get

By: Matthew Kirchner

My lifelong passion for cycling all started with a lesson 45 years ago—one as applicable to success in business as it was to learning to ride a bike.