As President of the SFMA, Matthew’s experience spans more than 10 years in the corporate arena, higher education, and in the non-profit sector. Matthew served as SFMA President from 2017 to 2021 and has now resumed this role in 2023. He has served in various leadership positions, managed complex projects and programs, worked with employers to create customized workforce programs for their companies, and created partnership opportunities in the business community. He brings an excellent mix of expertise and a passion for helping manufacturers to his new role.
Prior to becoming SFMA President, Matthew was a Board of Director for the SFMA while he worked at Broward College. Matthew is excited to be back in South Florida working hard on behalf of all manufacturers in South Florida. Matthew is a native of South Florida and in his spare time, he enjoys mentoring young individuals to help them succeed in every aspect of their lives, attending symphonies, loves cooking and exploring new cuisines to try, and enjoys giving back to the community. Matthew is also an avid University of Miami Hurricanes Football Fan.
phone: (954) 941-3558
Office Manager and Event Coordinator
Lisbeth Peña has 10 years of administrative experience in both private and non-profit sectors. She recently relocated from Boston, MA, where she supported the C-Suite at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. She has worked in many different industries and is excited to join the manufacturing industry.
She earned her Associates of Arts in Accounting at Broward College and shortly after completed her Bachelors is Business Supervision and Management at Broward College as well. Lisbeth is looking forward to working with all current and new members of SFMA and contributing to their success.
phone: (954) 941-3558
FloridaMakes / SFMA Business Advisor
Micah “Doc” Daugherty is a FloridaMakes Business Advisor working with the South Florida Manufacturers Association. He started his career at Weirton Steel Corporation in Weirton, West Virginia, where he spent 15 years and served as a Regional Sales Manager for Tin Mill Products, Operations Planning Supervisor, and Metallurgical Technician. He moved to Florida in 2003 and started his own steel trading and consulting business. Through the ownership and operation of this business, Micah gained extensive knowledge on international business, sales and marketing, supply chain management, and the import and export process.
Fernando is a FloridaMakes Business Advisor working with the South Florida Manufacturers Association. He started his career with PepsiCo and ITW in the Venezuelan manufacturing industry, moving to New York in 2009 to earn a master’s degree in Management of Technology at NYU. In New York City, Fernando served as Director of Process Improvement for one of the largest digital & printed media companies in the US, as well as co-founded two energy efficiency companies focused on resilience and meeting state and local mandates. With over 13 years of experience, he specializes in developing effective solutions for small and medium sized businesses to gain efficiencies and integrate technology with operations, promoting local growth, safety culture and quality above all.
Sandra Blake’s entire career has been focused in manufacturing. She was Vice President of Human Resources with FHP Manufacturing (Bosch) for more than 2 decades. During her time at FHP, Sandra served the SFMA for more than 20 years in the capacities of Chair of the Human Resources Committee, Board of Director, and Chair of the Board. Since retiring from FHP, Sandra opened her own business – Blakes Design Biz – designing websites for a myriad of organizations and businesses, including some SFMA members. Since 2012, Sandra has worked with the SFMA as webmaster and communications and database manager.