FloridaMakes Appoints Joe Mayer, Lockheed Martin Space to Statewide Board of Directors

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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 Joe Mayer, Director of Government Relations - FL, Lockheed Martin Space 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.

Mayer is the Board Chair of the Space Coast Economic Development Commission which houses the Regional Manufacturers Association of Florida’s Space Coast (MASC). Mayer has 41 years of experience in government and community relations, national security affairs and U.S. space exploration policy in Washington, D.C., Texas and Florida. He worked previously for The Boeing Company, Rockwell International, the Senate Intelligence Committee and U.S. Senator Jake Garn (R-UT). Joe is Chairman of Citizens for Space Exploration, a national grassroots organization advocating US leadership in space exploration. He is also a Board member of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, Visit Florida, and the Florida Defense Contractors Association.

“We are excited to welcome Joe to our board,” said Kevin Carr, FloridaMakes CEO. “His background and experience in Florida’s aviation and space industry are a valuable addition to our organization as we continue to support the manufacturing sector’s growth in Florida.”

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;
Betsy McGee, President, ADI Metal, Fort Lauderdale, FL;
Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation, Tallahassee, FL;
Bob Provitola, Division Vice President, Manufacturing & Repair Global Collaborations, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc., Orlando, FL;
Roy Sweatman, President, Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., Tampa FL.

To date, Florida manufacturers who received services through the FloridaMakes network have reported a combined total of over $1.6 billion dollars in measurable economic impacts and created or retained 10,207 manufacturing jobs since the program started delivering services in 2016.

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