Orlando, FLA. –– FloridaMakes, the official representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in the state of Florida, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has appointed Greg Britton, CEO of The Florida Small Business Development Center Network to its board of directors.
FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida's regional manufacturers associations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized firms. Through Florida’s regional manufacturers associations and participating partners, the network provides technology adoption, business growth and talent development services that are customized to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies.
Britton is a senior manufacturing executive with more than 25 years of experience in aviation, medical, oil and gas, and high-tech commercial production manufacturing. Most recently, he served as chief operations officer of DEFENSEWERX, a 501(c)(3) organization that connects a national network of individuals, businesses, academia and government with the Department of Defense to enable creative and integrated solutions. Prior to his role with DEFENSEWERX, Britton’s experience includes serving as director of the Division of Strategic Business Development at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and CEO for Fort Walton Machining, a manufacturer and assembler of custom designed, precision machined parts for the defense industry.
In his current role, Greg is responsible for overseeing the network’s more than 40 offices and 280 employees, executing the Florida SBDC Network’s strategy, and ensuring the network continues to exceed stakeholder expectations and contribute value to Florida’s bottom line.
“I am excited for the extensive manufacturing, small business, and government experience that Greg brings to our board,” said Kevin Carr, FloridaMakes CEO. “(Did I mention the ‘manufacturing’ part?) The Florida SBDC Network is a key competitive asset for Florida’s 21,000 manufacturing establishments, of which 80 percent have twenty or less employees.”
The FloridaMakes board is comprised of representatives from across the state, they are:
- Ray Aguerrevere, Vice President, Custom Metal Designs, Inc., Oakland, FL;
- Abe Alangadan, Senior Manager, PPM, Deliver, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc., Jacksonville, FL;
- Bayne Beecher, Sr. manager supply chain, New South Window Solutions, North Venice, FL;
- Larry Bull, President and CEO, Createch Machine & Design, Lakeland, FL;
- Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes, Orlando, FL;
- Andra Cornelius, Senior Vice President, Business & Workforce Development, CareerSource Florida, Tallahassee, FL;
- James Hodge, Plant Manager, CEREX Advanced Fabrics, Cantonment, FL;
- Chip Howison, Vice President of Operations, Barrett Ourdoor Living, Brooksville, FL;
- John F. Krug, Economic Development Manager, Niagara Bottling, Inc., Groveland, FL;
- Luis Gonzalez-Mendez, Executive Director at Trividia Health, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL;
- Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation, Tallahassee, FL; and
- Roy Sweatman, President, Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., Tampa FL.
As of April 2021, Florida manufacturers who received services through the FloridaMakes network have reported a combined total of over $2.58 billion dollars in measurable economic impacts and created or retained 15,974 manufacturing jobs since the program started delivering services in 2016.
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FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida's regional manufacturers associations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principle value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth. FloridaMakes is the representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in the state of Florida, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information about FloridaMakes, please visit FloridaMakes.com and follow @FloridaMakes.