Mark Sellers is CEO of MGS Mfg. Group, a $150 million company headquartered in Germantown, with facilities in the United States, Mexico and Ireland. MGS provides engineered solutions to the plastics industry. Sellers began the company in 1982 as a small tool and die shop. Today, MGS employs more than 500 people in Wisconsin, with an additional 500 employees worldwide. Sellers says employees can become valuable assets if they are allowed room to grow.
"Due to their entrepreneurial spirit, one of the most difficult things for a business owner to do is to simply let others do what they are there to do. Employees are the greatest asset a company has. Providing your employees with the opportunity to participate and maintaining trust is critical in forming a solid team and building long-term success.
"Desire and passion are the keys to running a growing business. As your business flourishes, don't lose sight of what it was that you did on day one that made you enthusiastic and successful, and continue with that mindset. Seek those traits in others and empower them.
"The drive to succeed must be tempered with the acceptance of the potential for failure – but it's not failure if you are open to the risk. It's a lesson on how to do it better next time.
"Our customer portfolio includes the medical, packaging, consumer, electronics and automotive markets. Each requires a deep understanding of the industry's quality standards and performance expectations. In order for our company to grow, we need to consistently interact with our customers. Establishing solid channels of communication between our technical teams and our customers' development teams facilitates our ability to deploy appropriate MGS engineering resources to fuel innovation and product differentiation. Our goal is to pair and dedicate the most suitable MGS resources to the customer."