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Sew Much More

Welcome to the Sew Much More Podcast!  The interviews here are with creative business owners, mostly in the Custom Window Treatment, Soft Home Furnishings, and Upholstery industry, but also with others that are sewing related or business related.

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Sep 23, 2018

This series is sponsored by

The Curtains and Soft Furnishings Resource Library

What does it mean to enter the family business and keep it going for 70 years???  We find out today with Sue and Steve Landis of Merril Y Landis, LTD.  

Sue Landis has over thirty-five years of leadership experience serving as Christian Education Director, Sunday School teacher, Inductive Bible Study and Women’s Ministry leader. Her professional career has been diverse.  Sue was happy to be a stay-at-home mom filling her years with various volunteer roles at school and church.  Several years after returning to the workforce, she met the new challenge to join her husband full time in the family business.  She has continued her education in Lean Mfg., Human Performance Improvement, and earning her PHR in Human Resource Management.   After years of Life Coaching courses, she received her Personal & Executive Coach Certification (CPEC) in February 2015.  Presently, she serves the company as Human Resources Director, Sales, and Marketing Director and Products Division General Manager.  In 2004, she became the founder and President of Victory Consulting & Assoc., LLC.  Her passion is to encourage and inspire people to navigate life’s transitions with intention and grace to fulfill their life purpose. 

Steve Landis is President/CEO and co-owner of Merrill Y. Landis, Ltd (MYL), located in Telford, Pennsylvania, with over fifty-three years’ experience in all aspects of the Custom Window Covering Industry.  MYL is a family owned and operated business which started in 1948 as a local Retail Custom Window Treatment Outlet and Manufacturing business. Today the company has grown into a regional Custom Window Treatment Workroom/Products Distributor to the Trade Only. The company operates out of an 18,000  sq. ft. facility and employs approximately 70 people. They service the Wholesale Market in the Mid-Atlantic States with free delivery service in most areas and ship their products throughout the United States. Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing/Management from Temple University, has been trained in Lean Manufacturing Techniques, is involved with his local church and is currently the serving on the board of the local Bucks-Mont Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National WCAA.  


Steve and Sue were high school sweethearts and together they have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

You can find MYL on Facebook and Instagram

We talked about this quote from Teddy Roosevelt that Brene Brown mentions in her book, Daring Greatly;

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly..."

Books we talked about;

Lean Thinking James T. Womack and Daniel T. Jones

The Goal by Eli Goldratt Jeff Cox and David Whitford

Daring Greatly Brene Brown

The E Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Successful Women Think Differently by Valerie Burton

Believe Bigger by Marshawn Evans Daniels

Changes That Heal by Henry Cloud

Switch On Your Brain by Carolyn Leaf