FloridaMakes CEO Named Among State’s Most Influential Leaders


FloridaMakes is pleased to announce that Kevin Carr, Chief Executive Officer, has been named among the state’s most influential business leaders by Florida Trend.

Last week, the magazine published the “Florida 500” list, which highlights the 500 most influential people in Florida. According to Florida Trend, “this immense, research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend has resulted in a personal, engaging look at the state’s most influential business leaders.”

The nominees were selected based on hundreds of interviews, months of research, and input from economic development organizations, professional associations, among others.

“It is an honor to be selected as a part of such a distinguished group,” noted Carr. “I am proud of the work the FloridaMakes network is doing for our state. The manufacturing industry plays an important role in all aspects of our lives and therefore, we must continue to increase the awareness of the importance of manufacturing and making things.”
Kevin has dedicated most of his career to enhancing the nation’s manufacturing sector, with a focus on improving the competitiveness and profitability of small and medium-size manufacturers. He led the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP). Joining NIST in the first year of this experimental program, Kevin became the first NIST MEP Director, building the program from just seven pilot states to a nationally integrated system serving manufacturers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Under his leadership with state and federal policymakers, Kevin has worked to increase manufacturers’ access to appropriate advanced manufacturing technology and resources through the federal labs and centers of excellence and has challenged the MEP system to cultivate best practices, best-in-class services, and promote increased use of existing public and private resources to improve the foundation and future of American manufacturing.

As at home on the shop floor, as he is in the C-suite, Kevin has provided management and strategic planning consulting to individual manufacturing companies, boards of directors, economic development organizations, trade associations and more. FloridaMakes is honored to have him as our Chief Executive Officer.

FloridaMakes Board members Greg Britton, State Director of Florida SBDC Network, and Roy Sweatman, President of Southern Manufacturing Technologies, were also included in the Florida 500 list.

Congratulations to all the business leaders who were named to the list.

To learn more about this year’s Florida 500 recipients, click here.