The 2014 RSM Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor survey was conducted using an online questionnaire, promoted by RSM and various organizations to manufacturing and distribution companies. There were 1,147 total valid respondents to the 2014 Monitor survey, with completed questionnaires received in February and March 2014. Responses were received by The MPI Group, an independent research firm, and then entered into a database, edited and cleansed where necessary to ensure answers were plausible. All respondent answers to the 2014 RSM Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor survey are confidential. As an incentive to complete the study, participants are being provided a customized benchmark report.


Focus groups

Many thanks to the following focus group participants for their time and insights:

  • Angela Bauer, Owner, Tropical Nut & Fruit
  • Mary Lou Carlson, President, Middle Atlantic Wholesale Lumber
  • Chris Davis, Partner, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Larsen MacColl Partners
  • Michael Dean, Chief Financial Officer, TIC Gums
  • Frederick Ericson, Chief Financial Officer, Pharr Yarns
  • Andy Faville, President and Chief Executive Officer, Falex Corporation
  • Adam Gable, Chief Financial Officer, Spartan Surfaces
  • Glen E. Hartenbaum, Chief Financial Officer, Saxco International LLC
  • Jeff Hohman, President, Northwest Door, Inc.
  • Michael Hokwinski, President, ACE Industries
  • Mark Holzman, Chief Financial Officer, Saval Foodservice
  • Tom McLaughlin, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound
  • Kevin Monaco, President, Turf Equipment and Supply Company
  • Chad Moutray, Ph.D., Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers
  • Cindy Ng, Executive Vice President of Finance, Gemini Bakery Equipment Company
  • Patrick J. Ormsby, President, Bimba Manufacturing Company
  • Steve Paige, Chief Financial Officer, AeroGo Inc.
  • Henry Peck, President, Geiger Pump and Equipment Company
  • Don Powers, Corporate Controller, Lutron Electronics
  • Sean Tilley, Manager, Tilley Chemical Co. Inc.
  • Charlene Wright, Vice President Finance, Zentech Manufacturing Inc.
Supporting organizations

Many thanks to the following associations, chambers and organizations for their participation and support in this year’s Monitor.

  • Association for High Technology Distribution
  • Association for Retail Environments
  • CFE Media
  • California Manufacturers & Technology Association
  • Council of Manufacturing Associations
  • Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
  • Industrial Association of Contra Costa County in Northern California
  • Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut
  • Metals Service Center Institute
  • Montevideo Industrial Development Corporation
  • National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
  • New Haven Manufacturers Association
  • Non-Ferrous Founders' Society
  • Point of Purchase Advertising International
  • RBS Citizens Bank
  • Resilient Floor Covering Institute
  • Rockford Chamber of Commerce
  • SA Partners
  • Ohio Manufacturers' Association
  • WIRE-Net
Additional resources

More than 2,000 manufacturing and distribution professionals participated in the RSM Manufacturing & Distribution Executive Summits held throughout the country in the fall of 2013. Contact your local RSM office or go to for details on the 2014 Summits and to learn about our other industry events, resources and services.

Industry and subject matter specialists

Robert Bell, Director, Technology Consulting

Dale Billet, Director, Performance Improvement Consulting

John Brackett, Partner, Risk Advisory Services

Ramon Camacho, Principal and International Tax Technical Lead, Washington National Tax

Corbin Del Carlo, Director and Regional Leader, Security and Privacy Services

Gary Horsfall, Consulting Supervisor, Technology Strategy and Advisory

Bob Jensen, Partner and Great Lakes Region Practice Leader, Private Equity Services

Bob Jirsa, Partner, Assurance Services

Karen L. Kurek, Partner, National Manufacturing Practice Leader

Steven A. Menaker, Partner, Assurance Services

Wendy Sancewich, Director, Manufacturing

William D. Spizman, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services

Murat Tasel, Principal, Tax Services

Patti Walker, Principal, Technology Consulting Services

RSM contributors

RSM affiliates

Many thanks to RSM affiliates RSM ACAL Consultoria e Auditoria S/S, RSM Bogarín and the RSM Alliance for their collaboration in the survey and reports.

Monitor marketing and research team
  • Terri Andrews
  • Paul Burnett
  • Leigh Celones
  • Sandra Clark
  • Stacey Doherty
  • Ken Foster
  • Cliff Hart
  • Jenna Huntley
  • Cheryl Kiesel
  • Matt Krumrie
  • Andre Lerman
  • Tracie Lopes
  • Frank McGee
  • Shannon Pedersen
  • Melissa Toledo