FloridaMakes Appoints South Florida Manufacturing Leader Luis Gonzalez Mendez to Statewide Board of Directors

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Zoraida Velasco, FloridaMakes
 

alt textORLANDO, 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 Luis Gonzalez-Mendez to its board of directors.

Gonzalez-Mendez is the Executive Director at Trividia Health, Inc. where he leads the development and manufacturing of medical devices for diabetes care. He began his career as a process engineer for The Procter and Gamble Company specializing in sophisticated manufacturing lines in the baby care brands. He is recognized as a strategic thinker and respected manager. Luis is the Board Chair of the South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA) and an avid supporter and designer of programs aimed to encourage youth to pursue STEM careers.

“Luis’ leadership and impact in the South Florida manufacturing community has been tremendous,” said Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes. “He is a champion within Trividia Health at transforming their production processes using leading edge digital technologies.”

The FloridaMakes board is comprised of representatives from around the state. They are:

Ray Aguerrevere, Vice President, Custom Metal Designs, Inc. Oakland, FL;
Abe Alandgadan, Senior Manager, PPM, Deliver, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc. Jacksonville, FL;
Bayne Beecher, Sr. Manager, Supply Chain, PGT, 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 Outdoor Living, Brooksville, FL;
John F. Krug, Economic Development Manager, Niagara Bottling, Inc., Groveland, FL;
Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation, Tallahassee, FL.

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About FloridaMakes 

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 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. For more information about FloridaMakes, please visit FloridaMakes.com and follow @FloridaMakes.

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