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

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