FloridaMakes Appoints Dr. Jerry Parrish, Florida Chamber Foundation, to Board of Directors

(ORLANDO, FL) May 22, 2017 – FloridaMakes, an industry-led nonprofit aimed at improving the productivity and technological performance of the state’s manufacturing companies and strengthening the state’s manufacturing sector, has appointed Dr. Jerry Parrish to its board of directors.  Parrish is the chief economist and the director of research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. In that role, he is the lead on TheFloridaScorecard.org, an online metric database that provides Florida leaders and local stakeholders with the data points needed to measure progress within their own communities and statewide. He is also responsible for conducting in-depth analyses on economic trends, Florida’s industry clusters and on solutions to help secure Florida’s future.  He has also many years of experience in management roles at international manufacturing companies.

“Nearly 360,000 people are currently employed in Florida’s manufacturing sector, with an average wage of more than $57,000, making it an important contributor to the state’s economy as a source of high wage employment and value-added products and processes,” said Kevin Carr, FloridaMakes CEO.  “Jerry’s expertise as both an economist and as a researcher are valuable perspectives to help inform FloridaMakes’ strategic direction. In addition, Jerry will serve as an additional liaison regarding policies and strategies that can further opportunities for manufacturing in Florida.”

Parrish joins other FloridaMakes board members, including: 

Ray Aguerrevere, vice president, Custom Metal Designs, Inc., Oakland, FL;

Abe Alangadan, business unit manager, Vistakon, Jacksonville, FL;

Bayne Beecher, glass operations production control leader, PGT Custom Windows + Doors, North Venice, FL;

Greg Britton, owner/CEO, Integritrust Solutions, LLC; Navarre, FL;

Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes, Orlando, FL;

John F. Krug, economic development specialist, Niagara Bottling, Inc., Orlando, FL;

Ryan Loftus, senior engineering manager, Exactech, Gainesville, FL;

Mark Madore, director of operations, Sparton Electronics, DeLeon Springs, FL;

Betsy McGee, president, ADI Metal, Fort Lauderdale, FL;

Bob Provitola, division vice president, Manufacturing & Repair Global Collaborations, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc., Orlando, FL. 

Ex-Officio members are:

Andra Cornelius, senior vice president, Business & Workforce Development, CareerSource Florida, Tallahassee, FL;

Nicole Gislason, director, Office of Career and Professional Education, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL;

Representative, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Tallahassee, FL.

FloridaMakes’ services are customized to meet the needs of individual companies, with a focus on talent development, technology assistance and business growth, and are available to manufacturers interested in investing in themselves.  Services are provided through an existing network of Regional Manufacturers Associations and other organizations.  FloridaMakes partners with public and private service providers — including research and education institutions, consultants, and training providers — to improve the overall performance of individual firms, create and retain an advanced manufacturing workforce and deliver measurable economic impact.

Because FloridaMakes is based on providing measurable client-impact, manufacturers receiving services through FloridaMakes are surveyed by an outside third party to report on the impact of the services provided, in terms of increased or retained sales, jobs created or retained, total cost savings and new capital investments.

FloridaMakes is part of the nationwide National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) system that was created to address the needs of local manufacturers, with the mission of supporting the growth and competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.  MEP centers deliver a high return on investment. At the national level, for every one dollar of federal investment, MEP clients generate nearly $19 in new sales, which translates to $2.5 billion annually. And for every $2,001 of federal investment, MEP helps companies create or retain one U.S. manufacturing job.

For more information on FloridaMakes, visit www.floridamakes.com or contact (407) 450-7206 and info@floridamakes.com.

About FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is an industry-led nonprofit public-private partnership established in 2015 to improve the productivity and technological performance of Florida manufacturers and strengthen the state’s high-wage manufacturing sector.  FloridaMakes is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and provides services through a network of Regional Manufacturers Associations and other partners to support Florida’s more than 20,000 manufacturers. Services are customized to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies. FloridaMakes operates with support from the State of Florida, NIST and Florida’s manufacturers.  For more information visit http://www.floridamakes.com/ and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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