Mike Aller serves as Director of Supplier Development at FloridaMakes. His areas of technical emphasis and strategic engagement include helping Florida’s aviation & aerospace, defense, medical devices, personal protective equipment and power generation manufacturing industries strengthen their domestic manufacturing supply chains, as well as improve their resilience to adverse events and identify and capture new opportunities in commercial space, critical infrastructure, national security and other fast-growing markets. Together with colleagues and partners across the state and the nation, Mike has worked to develop and roll out a series of value-added tools and resources to support the interconnectedness, growth, productivity and resilience of Florida’s and our nation’s manufacturing ecosystem. These value-added resources include the Connex Florida supplier connection platform, the Florida Defense Cybersecurity Training Program, supplier opportunity forums in high-growth and nationally critical sectors of manufacturing, and a series of assessments for supply chain risk management and disaster recovery and resilience for manufacturers of all sizes.
Prior to his role with FloridaMakes, Mike helped to establish and lead Energy Florida, an industry-led non-profit association that has developed a robust ecosystem of support services for the Southeastern U.S. energy technology industry. Mike also served as Director of Technical Affairs for the Gas Turbine Association (GTA) and Consortium for Advanced Production and Engineering of Gas Turbines and Rotating Machinery (CAPE). The GTA and CAPE consortium work with a broad coalition of industry partners from across the country to outline the necessary steps to develop new materials and industrial processes, testing standards and certification parameters which will enable the next generation of gas turbine design, engineering and manufacturing in the United States.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Aller served in a variety of public policy roles in Washington, DC, including serving on the staff of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Brookings Institution, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He has also taught international economics, emerging economies (China and India), and global energy and resource issues at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He holds degrees in economics and technology policy from Georgetown University and the University of California, San Diego. Mike is a former member of the United States Rowing National Team and lives with his wife and 2 children in Winter Park, Florida.