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Guest Spotlight
Art Barter, Datron World Communications and
Servant Leadership Institute


Art Barter is not only owner and CEO of Datron World Communications, he founded the Servant Leadership Institute from his experiences rebuilding his company’s culture. Datron World Communications is a 30-year-Art Barter, Datron World Communications and Servant Leadership Instituteold, privately owned company located in Vista, California, that manufactures tactical military and public safety radio equipment to a diverse worldwide customer base in over 80 countries. The company produces HF and VHF military and commercial voice and data radio products, a complete line of radios for the public safety market, and a network of solutions support staff. 

After purchasing Datron World Communications in 2004, Art upended the company's traditional power-led management culture and replaced it with a servant leadership model that he developed. After years of hard work, not only were the employees of Datron happier, they were more efficient. As a result, Datron grew from $10 million to $200 million in revenues in only six years.

In order to spread his passion for servant leadership, Art founded the Servant Leadership Institute in 2010. Since its inception, the Institute has developed curriculum geared toward empowering others to become effective servant leaders. 

Keywords: culture transformation, servant leadership, manufacturing workforce preparedness

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

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