ORLANDO, FL – The FloridaMakes Network announced the creation of the Bob Provitola Manufacturing Leadership Award, today during the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit’s Talent Development Segment. This memorial recognition is being established to honor the spirit of volunteer leadership and dedication that characterized Bob Provitola’s service to the manufacturing community throughout his career. Bob was among the strongest advocates for the advancement of Florida’s manufacturing sector.
As the Division Vice President for Mitsubishi Power Americas, Bob was key in locating their facilities in the Orlando and Lake Mary areas. In this position, Bob contributed to many state and local educational and economic development initiatives directed at improving our manufacturing economy and creating high-wage, high-skills jobs. In addition to serving on the FloridaMakes Board, Bob volunteered his time on the boards of the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF), and the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) among others.
Bob was instrumental in leading the successful bid to establish FloridaMakes in 2015 by winning an award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), bringing an annual investment of $4.2 million into strengthening the productivity and technology performance of Florida’s manufacturing economy. As of April 2021, FloridaMakes, and the regional manufacturers associations that operate it, have realized a combined economic impact of $2.58B to the companies they have served and have created or retained a total of 15,974 jobs. These are the sorts of contributions that will benefit generations to come.
“As the CEO of FloridaMakes, I can assure you that without Bob’s leadership, fortitude, and commitment to excellence FloridaMakes would likely not have realized the success it does today and, perhaps, not even exist at all,” said Kevin Carr. “He is forever our founder, forever our chair. We are but a small part of Bob’s legacy.”
Nominations will open on August 1. More details about the award will be released on that date. The inaugural Bob Provitola Manufacturing Leadership Award will be presented on October 26, as part of the 2021 MakeMore Manufacturing Summit's final segment – Outlook 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando. You can register for that event at www.floridamakemore.com.
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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.