Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT
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34 Goldenrod Cir
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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University of West Florida 

2018 NWFMC Annual Manufacturers Meeting

Please join us for our annual meeting on Thursday, October 25! Meet others who are supporting manufacturing talent here in Northwest Florida and learn what the NWFMC is doing to support the current, future, and ideal states of manufacturing opportunities in Northwest Florida.

Business Meeting
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Reception on the Green
4:30 - 6 p.m.


Speaker Information

 Preston Mathis, General Manager, GKN Aerospace Florida LLC

  • 33+ years of manufacturing experience. 25+ years in Aerospace. 5 years in Commercial electronics manufacturing. 3 years in automotive / heavy industrial. Multi-site responsibilities as GM, Plant Manager, Site leaders for plantsranging in size from 75K square feet, 100 employees to 1.2M square feet, 1800 employees. Production ratessupporting high mix, low rate/volume to low mix and high rate / volume (5M units annual). Four (4) green sitestart-ups. Extensive business experiences in Commercial, Defense, and Space aeronautical industries.
  • Corporate experience with Fairchild Republic Aerospace; Fairchild Communications & Space; Racal Communications, Inc. (now Thales Corp); DirecTV; General Motors; Eaton Aerospace; Honeywell Aerospace; GKN Aerospace
  • Educational background: MBA Frostburg State, University of Maryland; BS Technical Management, University of Maryland; USN Veteran

Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation 

Dr. Jerry D. Parrish is the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation.  In that role, he is responsible for conducting in-depth analyses on the Florida economy and on solutions to help secure Florida’s future. 

Dr. Parrish previously was the Chief Economist and Director of the Center for Competitive Florida at Florida TaxWatch. Prior to that position, he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University, and has many years of experience in the private sector in management roles at international manufacturing companies. 

 Dr. Parrish is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University.  He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes research reports and articles on the Florida economy and Florida’s competitiveness.

Mel Ponder, Florida House of Representatives, District 4


Accomodation Information
Call 866-426-2656 for room reservations and reference Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council for discount rate of $295