Manufacturing

Kevin Carr

CEO, FloridaMakes, Orlando

FloridaMakes, founded in 2015, is an industry-led, public-private partnership operated by Florida’s regional manufacturers associations. The network, including all partner organizations, employs about 50. It is focused on strengthening and advancing Florida’s manufacturing economy by accelerating technology adoption, talent development and business growth. Carr has led the organization since its inception. “Our work, since 2015,” says Carr, “has led to the creation or retention of over 13,000 high wage, high skilled jobs.”

EDUCATION Widener University (BS)
SOMETHING SURPRISING If I had to do it all over again, I would move to Nashville and try to make it as a songwriter.
ADMIRES Frank DiBello, CEO of Space Florida. I admire that he leads with the mission of the organization before everything else: Ego, politics, turf, etc. As well, he has assembled a strong organization and management team that share that same mission and market discipline.
SABBATICAL TOPIC I’d love to work as an apprentice under a master luthier and learn how to make acoustic guitars and maybe other stringed instruments.
READING Reaganland: America’s Right Turn 1976-1980, by Rick Perlstein

Michael Benstock

Superior Group of Companies

William Brown

L3Harris Technologies

Paul Browning

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas

Kevin Carr

FLORIDAMAKES

Carol Craig

Craig Technologies

Brian R. D’Isernia

EASTERN SHIPBUILDING

STEPHEN HEESE

CHRIS-CRAFT

Jeff Jackson

PGT Innovations

William Lowe Jr.

Kemet Electronics

Betsy McGee

ADI Metal

Kelly Ortberg

United Technologies

Robert Sires

American Elite Molding

Gary Spulak

Embraer Aircraft Holding

ROY SWEATMAN

SOUTHERN MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES

Scott Verner

Trividia Health

Bill Yeargin

Correct Craft

Cindy Zimmerman

SS Designs