Jay Hess

Jay Hess

Jay Hess

Jay Hess

Business Advisor

Jay is a FloridaMakes Business Advisor based at the South Florida Manufacturers Association. He has more than 29 years of manufacturing experience, most recently as Executive Vice President of Operations with UNIPOWER LLC, an OEM designer, producer, and integrator of power conversion and distribution products for the datacom, telecom, industrial controls, industrial power, medical and military markets. Jay joined UNIPOWER as Vice President of Operations, responsible for domestic and foreign based manufacturing and supply chain operations in Florida, Connecticut, the UK, and Mexico, as well as several contract manufacturers in Asia. Prior to UNIPOWER, Jay’s experience includes diverse leadership roles ending as Vice President of Operations for Racal Datacom / Racal Electronics PLC , a high-volume, multinational manufacturer of data communications products, wireless communications, radar and defense systems, and radio systems. In addition to directing operations, Jay lead Racal’s operational acquisition teams, including post-acquisition integration of target businesses in Italy, France, England, Canada and the U.S.

Jay has served on the board of directors for the South Florida Manufacturers Association and currently serves as a board member for PointOne Investment Holdings. He is certified by APICS in inventory and production control and is registered and recognized as an expert witness for litigation relating to manufacturing material practices, UCC, and product liability. Jay has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and completed master’s studies in electrical and mechanical engineering.

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