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The PR Maven Podcast

The PR Maven® Podcast is the combination of traditional networking techniques combined with the power of social media to build your personal and professional brand. The podcast features interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities and online influencers about public relations and their personal brand. Each week, Nancy connects with a special guest to talk about their career, and business or organization, as well as the latest news and events that will give listeners a unique perspective on the world of public relations, marketing and personal branding, including actionable takeaways.

Nov 8, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Puritan Medical Products ramped up production of their testing swabs under the Defense Production Act as one of only two producers of these swabs in the world. Bob Shultz, Puritan’s new president, sits down with Nancy to talk about Puritan’s growth since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and plans for the future. Nancy and Bob also discuss the role sales and marketing has played in Puritan’s success.  

3:27 – Bob talks about his career path, from his time as a student at Bowdoin all the way to becoming president and chief financial officer at Puritan Medical Products.   

7:33 – Bob explains Puritan’s role as one of two companies in the world producing swabs for COVID-19.  

15:05 – Bob describes Puritan’s goals for the future, focusing on life sciences and becoming more well known for more than COVID swabs.  

19:05 – Bob shares how he was surprised at how well-known and respected Puritan was when he decided to join the company, whether it was telling his former colleagues at 3M or speaking with people throughout Maine.  

26:31 – Bob talks about the job opportunities available at Puritan.  

30:22 – Bob describes how sales and marketing have helped Puritan grow.  

34:16 – Bob shares some resources that have been helpful to him.  



“It's an American success story ultimately is what this is. It's one that's centered here in Maine. Yes, we have this great new facility down in Tennessee. It's just tremendous, but we're never going to forget Maine is who we are. Maine is where we're from, and it's the work ethic and the people and everything else that is centered in Maine.”– Bob Shultz, president and chief financial officer at Puritan Medical Products  



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About the guest:     

A 1990 graduate from Bowdoin with a major in economics and a minor in government, Bob Shultz started his career with Deloitte where he earned his CPA. After public accounting, Bob worked in a variety of leadership positions in both financial and operational capacities. These roles allowed him to excel as a business leader given the diversity of experiences. Bob has worked in organizations ranging from start-ups to global Fortune 100 companies and across diverse industries. Prior to joining Puritan, he was the division CFO of one of the largest global operating units of 3M Company.   

At Puritan, Bob is currently the president and chief financial officer of this great Maine company. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the future strategic direction. This role allows Bob to utilize the totality of his strengths and experiences to partner with the fantastic leadership team and drive profitable growth across all of Puritan’s markets.  

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