ABC7 News Roundtable features SAMA

On Friday May 3rd, SAMA was invited to Suncoast ABC7 for a round table discussion regarding the economy and manufacturing.  Representing SAMA were three board members, Bayne Beecher – SAMA President and Production Control Manager of PGT, Kevin Connelly – President of Apollo Sunguard, and Larry Bowman – Executive Vice President of Purmort & Martin Insurance Company.

While the unemployment rate is low, most Sarasota and Manatee families can’t afford to feed their kids, as the amount of children receiving free lunch in school exceeds 50%.  Higher paying jobs are needed, and manufacturing pays higher wages than tourism and retail industries, which is what Florida has focused on for many years.

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Dinner Meeting Recap – 4/17/19

Abby Martinez, International Services department of Synovus Bank, gave a great presentation regarding the export of manufactured goods, where to receive various types of assistance, and how to ensure you get paid!  Most exporters cannot get cash upfront, so how much risk do you want to bear? Do you know about Letters of Credit and how they work?  You can learn more by contacting Abby at

Bayne Beechler, Abby Martinez, Rob Harris


Dinner Meeting Recap – 3/20/19

Manufacturers in attendance were encouraged to complete two Disaster surveys:  Disaster Impact and Disaster Readiness.  These are short, confidential surveys which help your business determine how ready you truly are for the next hurricane, flooding, etc.  The survey is sponsored by FloridaMakes, and SAMA members can receive a FREE onsite evaluation.

Our guest speaker was Dr. Alina Zare from the University of Florida, discussing Artificial Intelligence and the pain-staking process of collecting data to make computers smarter over time.  An interesting and important topic for the future of manufacturing!

  Dr. Alina Zare, University of Florida

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Dinner Meeting Recap

A great time was had by all who attended our February 20, 2019 dinner meeting.  Our guest speakers were Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes and Dave Ferguson, our local FloridaMakes Business Advisor.  Kevin emphasized the importance of educating our legislators regarding the major impact manufacturing has on the state of Florida.  Even though the unemployment rate is low, Florida is lagging behind the country in productivity per employee.  Since FloridaMakes’ inception, Florida has been making up ground quickly, while the rest of the country remains flat.  Learn More.

Productivity per Employee from FloridaMakes