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#204 Project, Contract, and Supplier Management with Angela Thurman

Today we gain insight into the topic of project, contract, and supplier management, and how they relate to small and medium-sized manufacturers. Joining us for this discussion is an expert in this field: Angela Thurman is the Principal Managing Director of Thurman Co, an organization that helps small to medium-sized companies with strategic technical project management to help them stay aligned with their goals. Angela is no stranger to contract management, having spent 10 years as a principal subcontracts program manager at Collins Aerospace and with experience negotiating $1 billion contracts. Tuning in you’ll hear about Angela’s impressive career in the aerospace industry and how she came to found her own consulting business. She touches on many different aspects of the manufacturing industry and covers helpful topics including how to overcome resistance to change through project management, how to negotiate a contract from the position of strength as a small- to medium-sized manufacturer, and how you can reap the benefits of a contract when it comes to your suppliers. For some fascinating insight from someone who is usually on the other side of the negotiating table, tune in today!


Frances Brunelle

Frances Brunelle is the founder of Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc., which specializes in the sale of lower middle-market manufacturing companies nationally. Fran and her team help to ensure the continuity of U.S. Manufacturing by transitioning ownership to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Fran writes on topics that help manufacturing business owners prepare their companies for sale and navigate the sale process to ensure a positive financial result in support of their retirement. Her articles can be found here. Recently Fran was named to 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers & Acquisitions.

To learn more about Fran and her company, click here: About Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc.


Angela Thurman

Angela Thurman and Thurman Co. help small to medium sized organizations with strategic, technical Project Management to ensure that they are doing the right things to keep their projects aligned with their business goals. While balancing the Project Management Triple Constraint Triangle of Scope-Cost-Schedule, they also bring in Quality, Risk and Communication management to outside projects.


Angela is a passionate Project Manager with over 30 years’ experience working within NASA, Aerospace, Defense and Telecommunications industries. She spearheaded the recovery for a flagship program to bring it in almost 4 months ahead of schedule saving millions in costs, time and reputational damage while meeting a hard regulatory deadline. Fully qualified in Project Management with a Masters Degree and a Project Management Professional™ (PMP™) certification. Rich experience in Project Management, Risk Management and Continuous Improvement .


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