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October 14, 2021 – MACC/DC Success and Succession Planning for Manufacturers – 4 p.m.

October 14, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


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Join us in-person at CCEDC in Exton, or virtually beginning at 4 p.m. on October 14.


Michael Araten, President and CEO – Sterling Drive Ventures, LP and The Rodon Group will present: Futureproofing Your Business.

Michael Araten is the President and CEO of Sterling Drive Ventures, LP, a family office that owns, among other things, The Rodon Group founded in 1956.  Rodon is a highly automated plastics injection molder, with a focus on small parts, used in over 100 industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical diagnostic packaging,  windows, consumer packaged goods, construction and toys www.rodongroup.com.   Sterling Drive Ventures’ latest venture is SillDry – www.silldry.com, a company that sets the standard for window and door flashing in residential and commercial environments.

As President and CEO, Mr. Araten is responsible for all strategic and day to day operations of the company, and is a member of The Rodon Group Board of Directors.  He speaks regularly on topics including advanced manufacturing, the toy industry, re-shoring, global competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation. Mr. Araten has appeared on CNBC, CNN, ABC World News, Bloomberg News, Fox Business, and numerous local and regional television and radio shows.

Mr. Araten serves on several corporate and non-profit Boards, including the DVIRC Advisory Council, KaBOOM!, American Made Matters, ALMO Corporation, 911Safety, LLC, and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.  Mr. Araten is the Chairman of the Central Bucks County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce where he also serves as the Chair of the Middle Market Action Team.

Brian Hess, Commercial Sales & Marketing Manager – Astro Machine Works will present: Continuous Evolution for The Future.

Brian Hess has been the Commercial Sales & Marketing Manager for Astro Machine Works since 1999. He is responsible for new customer development and maintaining their existing customer base. Since 1999 Astro has tripled its workforce and sales have grown over sixfold!!

Brian has seen Astro evolve from a four-owner company to an ESOP with over 120 dedicated employee owners!

Additionally, Brian serves on advisory committees supporting the machining trades. The committees are established to promote the machining trade to students. Brian has over 40 years in the machining related trades.



October 14, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm