Bob Provitola Manufacturing Leadership Award


Bob Provitola Manufacturing
Leadership Award

Celebrating Leadership, Advocacy, Mentorship, and Volunteerism in manufacturing. 


Bob_Provitola.pngAs 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. Through FloridaMakes, and the regional manufacturers associations that operate it, thousands of new jobs have been created in the manufacturing industry along with a large economic impact.

In the spirit of Bob's legacy, the award is given to someone who exemplifies the same traits that Bob had.

Those traits are:

  • advocacy,  
  • leadership,  
  • mentorship and  
  • volunteerism in manufacturing.  

Award Process

Each year the FloridaMakes Network asks manufacturers and others within the manufacturing industry to nominate people based on the above traits.

A selection committee, made up of Florida leaders within the manufacturing community, then narrows the nominations down to finalists based on an aggregate score of award criteria. From the finalists a winner of the award is chosen and announced at the MakeMore Manufacturing Summit.


  • Any person who works for a Florida manufacturing establishment.
  • Nominees are limited to volunteers and are ineligible if they receive compensation for their service.
  • Volunteer service is not based upon serving as a “loaned executive.”
  • Self nominations are discouraged.

Questions? Please contact June Wolfe at

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