Futura Industries

Relationships Create Better Businesses for Buyers of Extruded Aluminum

Futura Industries President and CEO Susan Johnson is shaping more than metal. She’s forming strategic business relationships with buyers of extruded aluminum. “We supply our customers with metal parts and components used to build thousands of everyday products; if what we provide helps them build a better business, we’ve done our job,” says Johnson, who has led the 67-year-old Utah-based company since 1995.

It’s always about the metal…
With a return rate of less than ¹⁄₃ of 1 percent (one of the lowest in the industry), Johnson and her staff take their metal seriously. Futura is among a small fraction of extrusion companies whose quality assurance programs incorporate a high-end visual scanning inspection system, ensuring extrusions meet exacting measurements required for commercial, electrical, OEM, marine and transportation markets in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It also took the unusual step of investing in coated die inserts. At a cost of 10 times that of typical technology, coated inserts produce consistently reliable extrusions. Dimensions never change, even down to thousandths of an inch. The surface quality is perfect every time. …Read More

Signature Southwest Properties

Signature Southwest Properties Brokers Thrive Despite Decline in Housing Market

As the U.S. housing crash deepened in 2008, few would have encouraged Realtor® Sherry Fowler to open a real estate company. Rather than panicking in the face of a dismal economic environment, the 19-year veteran of the field found innovative ways to adapt to changing market conditions. She founded Signature Southwest Properties.

In January 2009, Fowler was joined by Dianna Torres Archibeque, a contract business consultant. Archibeque’s expertise in running an efficient virtual office is a perfect complement to Fowler’s firsthand knowledge of brokers’ needs. Together they pioneered a groundbreaking concept that combines the cost efficiencies of a virtual office with the hands-on connection of a traditional brick-and-mortar company. …Read More


Real Success in a “Fantasy” Market

Spend a few minutes talking with Zee Hakimoglu, and you’ll find it hard not to be won over by her passion, determination and exceptional market savvy.

Hakimoglu, president, CEO and chairman of ClearOne, says the videoconferencing industry is on the cusp of a paradigm shift – from hardware- to software-based – and ClearOne is poised to capitalize on it in a big way. She adds that software-based videoconferencing beats hardware-based hands down, in terms of both cost and flexibility.

“This is a fantasy market,” Hakimoglu says. “It’s almost too good to be true. This evolving market offers us vast size, innovation and opportunity.” …Read More