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Jay Hess

Jay Hess

Business Advisor: South Florida Manufacturers Association


Jay is a FloridaMakes Business Advisor based at the South Florida Manufacturers Association. He has more than 29 years of manufacturing experience, most recently as Executive Vice President of Operations with UNIPOWER LLC, an OEM designer, producer, and integrator of power conversion and distribution products for the datacom, telecom, industrial controls, industrial power, medical and military markets. Jay joined UNIPOWER as Vice President of Operations, responsible for domestic and foreign based manufacturing and supply chain operations in Florida, Connecticut, the UK, and Mexico, as well as several contract manufacturers in Asia. Prior to UNIPOWER, Jay’s experience includes diverse leadership roles ending as Vice President of Operations for Racal Datacom / Racal Electronics PLC, a high-volume, multinational manufacturer of data communications products, wireless communications, radar and defense systems, and radio systems. In addition to directing operations, Jay lead Racal’s operational acquisition teams, including post-acquisition integration of target businesses in Italy, France, England, Canada and the U.S.

Jay has served on the board of directors for the South Florida Manufacturers Association and currently serves as a board member for PointOne Investment Holdings. He is certified by APICS in inventory and production control and is registered and recognized as an expert witness for litigation relating to manufacturing material practices, UCC, and product liability. Jay has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and completed master’s studies in electrical and mechanical engineering.

“A statement about Jay Hess with request to clone him as technology permits.  Jay is a treasure and has helped our company and team enormously in his role as a business advisor.  No doubt that Jay similarly impacts any manufacturing firm who receives his passionate, expert assistance.  Jay dismisses accolades that pile up around him, but I believe he must sense the love and appreciation he develops in his clients as he pushes, pulls and helps us climb mountains, then say heartfelt good things about him!”

Donna Hoover, LEED AP BD+C
Executive Vice President, Hover Plumbing Systems

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