Russ Safko

Russ Safko

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Russ Safko

Business Advisor

Russ is a FloridaMakes Business Advisor working with the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida. Early in his career he worked as an engineer for Kinetico Water Systems in the R&D department and later with Rexroth/Bosch Pneumatics and Dana Corporation. After being an engineer, he continued his career in various leadership roles with Sensus Metering Systems, ITT, Siemens, Pentair and Gooch & Housego.

Throughout his career, Russ developed & managed products, implemented quality systems, created production systems, and created value for external customers. As his career increased in scope with greater leadership positions, he has implemented and developed strategic business plans, including operations and supply chain planning, sales and marketing planning, and operational excellence. His experience also includes championing several multi-million-dollar product launches in the automotive sector and involvement with acquisitions and joint ventures.   

Russ graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron and holds an Executive MBA from the University of Central Florida. He is a certified Lean Practitioner and has both a Green and Black Belt in Six Sigma.


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