MakeMore on the Road hosted by SFMA


Sep 07 2023


10:30 am - 1:00 pm

September 7, 2023 – Agenda

Blue Economy and Climate Tech Presentation – Click here!

Panel 1: Workforce of Today: Retain and Retrain


Matthew Rocco, President of the South Florida Manufacturers Association


Jennifer Chevalier, Director- Human Resources /
International Medical Industries, Pompano Beach, Florida

For over 50 years, International Medical Industries (IMI) has been the industry leader in Tamper Evident Cap Technology. Their products offer an active deterrent to potential drug diversion and misuse and are an important component of a health system’s total drug security program. IMI’s products are manufactured in the USA, they are an ISO 8 Cleanroom Controlled Environment, and are FDA registered and compliant to quality system regulations.

Jim Birch, HR Director /
JL Audio, Miramar, Florida

JL Audio is a manufacturer of consumer audio products and regarded as one of the pioneers in the audio car industry. They produce marine, home, and mobile audio products, and are well-known for their subwoofers. JL is headquartered in Miramar and has over 500 employees.

Andy Schnuerer, Vice President of Operations /
Slate Solutions, Davie, Florida

Slate Solutions is committed to providing customers with high quality, high performing armor solutions. Their core competency is the design and manufacture of high performing, lightweight armor solutions. Slate Solutions armor designs not only meet the required performance standards but go beyond to protect against special and emerging threats.

Jennifer Browne, Human Resources Manager/
Terumo Aortic, Sunrise, Florida

Terumo Aortic is a global medical device company dedicated to developing solutions for aortic and peripheral vascular disease. Their complete portfolio includes the treatment for thoracic, abdominal, and peripheral aneurysms, acute and chronic dissections, and peripheral occlusions. We provide treatment solutions for the entire aorta.

Panel 2: Workforce of the Future-New Tech, New Skills + the Talent Pipeline


Irene Revelas, J.D., Co-Chair SFMA Workforce Readiness Committee,
Founder, Make2Manufacture & Maker City Tech / 561.702.1656

Session A: Blue Economy/Climate Tech Group of Panelists

Blue Economy and Climate Tech Presentation – Click here!

Katie O’Fallon, Executive Director / / 786.778.4453
Marine Research Hub, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Marine Research Hub (MRH), 501(c)3, building Florida’s Blue Economy by engaging
collaboration from all sectors to support commercialization of nature & research-based
solution companies to create jobs, build business, harden our infrastructure, and create
positive impact for the health of our marine environments and community.

Tim Sperry, CEO/Inventor/Founder / / 305.804.8414
Altamonte Springs, FL base / SF Marine Hub featured company

Carbon Limit has created a CO2 Capturing Concrete called CaptureCrete, that can be
added to any concrete and give it the ability to capture CO2 pollution from the air or
from water.

Ian Dormal, Co-founder & Gerry Angeli, Key Advisor and Investor / 407-595-5785 Mobile / 407.392.3400 Office /
ecoSPEARS, Orlando, FL / SF Marine Hub featured company

ecoSPEARS designs and manufactures environmental remediation systems that extract
and eliminate forever chemicals from sediment, soil, and water.

Fredrik Wannius, Co-Founder / / 561.212.4999
1Print, Pompano Beach, FL / SF Marine Hub featured company

1Print is a climate tech 3D printing company based in South Florida and our primary
objective is to develop efficient and sustainable, multi-functional green-gray coastal
protection solutions through additive manufacturing that will mitigate damage in
coastal communities and military installations due to extreme weather events.


Session B: Levan Center Group of Panelists

John Wensveen, Executive Director, / 954.262.4560
Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

“We make entrepreneurs”


Wanjun Gao, Founder & CEO /
BiFarm, Ft. Lauderdale, FL / Levan Center featured company

Bifarm Tech develops advanced control platforms for indoor and greenhouse farming.
These platforms, equipped with Computer Vision, AI, IoT, and control hardware, are
designed to optimize and simplify the indoor growing environment and irrigation


Alexandra Baker, Founder & CEO / / 954.401.6777
In the Kitchen, Ft. Lauderdale, FL / Levan Center featured company

Founded in 2017, In the Kitchen makes small batch craft condiments. Their Pikliz line has
premium products inspired by gourmet Haitian cuisine, featuring Pikliz Infused Hot
Honey and Pikliz Spicy Pepper Relish.

The event is finished.


Sep 07 2023


10:30 am - 1:00 pm


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