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  • February 16, 2024 12:12 PM | Anonymous

    How long have you been a BAMA member?  2 Years

    What do you like most about being a BAMA member?  The chance to network with other local manufacturers which have the potential to become vendors or clients.

    Tell us about your company? We are a manufacturer and distributor of filtration and screening products used by many industries.  We started out focusing on food processing and woodworking but have branched out to many other areas including building materials manufactures, tissue banks (used for transplants), pharmaceuticals and much more.  Something in our product line is used in a majority of manufacturing processes and we keep coming across more industries that we can help.

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date?  Thriving through the pandemic due to our ability to use all the resources at our disposal to keep our people working.  We pivoted our product line to help plug the gaps where we had lost business.  There was so much uncertainty yet we found a way to not only make it through but to grow the business as well.

    What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?  Good times will come and when they do put something away for the bad times.  This has helped us thrive through a major recession and the Covid crisis.

    What is the most important skill you have developed in your career? The most important skill I have developed in the last 20 years of working here is to not be afraid to take calculated risks.  Starting out we were extremely conservative with deploying capital so much so that it hampered some of our early growth.  I now have the confidence that we can bring on new product lines and that we will be successful.  As cliché as it sounds it is grit.  You have to power through to see your goals realized  so you should not hesitate to take the first steps once you have done your research 

    What are your hobbies or interests? I have young children so most of my hobbies revolve around them and the sports and school work.  I love golfing, fishing and working out and as I get older fitness has really become a huge part of my life. 

  • January 09, 2024 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How long have you been a BAMA member? 5 months as of December 31st, 2023

    What do you like most about being a BAMA member? BAMA has so many great things to offer, but I love that they invest in our youth through scholarship programs to help the future of manufacturing and fabricating needs in the Tampa Bay Area.

    Tell us about your company? Smith Metal Source was started in 2001 by Bill Smith, Sr., and Bob Smith. We are a metals distribution center carrying stainless, carbon, and aluminum flat rolled and long products. The company has grown over the last 23 years, but the focus will always remain the same. Provide first-in-class customer service to manufacturers and fabricators in the Tampa Bay Area and throughout Central Florida.

    What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date?  My greatest accomplishment has been taking what I have learned in my sales and customer service career and teaching it to new employees. Knowing that our customers are in good hands and well taken care of by our employees gives me great confidence in the future of SMS.

    What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? When I started at SMS, Donna told me, "Never give up! Outwork your competition, knock on doors, and show people you care. One of my favorite quotes is, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill

    What is the most important skill you have developed in your career? To listen. Listening is crucial to all effective communication. Without the ability to listen effectively, things are easily misunderstood, and communication breaks down.

    What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy traveling and visiting new cities and baseball stadiums across the country with my wife.

  • October 16, 2023 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    1. How long have you been a BAMA member? Since March of 2023.

    2. What do you like most about being a BAMA member? It’s great to be a part of a community, to meet people with similar passions, and to help one another grow by exchanging ideas and sharing knowledge.

    3. Tell us about your company? Our founding was a collaborative effort between my parents and grandparents. When my mom opened up her store, Villa Rosa Distinctive Linens, in 1984, there was no detergent on the market that could both clean and ensure a long lifespan for the fine linens she was selling. My grandfather was a chemist and, at her request, formulated a remedy. The following year, Linen Wash was launched in her store, and Le Blanc was born.

    Now, 38 years later, we manufacture and sell 10 laundry care product lines nationwide, still adhering to our value proposition of long-term care for your linens, towels, and clothes. And despite a year-to-year growth of 10% and $2 million in revenue, we’re still making our products in small batches in my grandfather’s mixing tanks from the ‘60s.

    4. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date? I’m really proud that I’ve gotten to where I am. In full transparency, I was a poor student for most of my life – I wasn’t one to get into trouble, but I didn’t understand or care very much, was an awful test-taker, and had no focus. After high school I was in and out of four colleges through my early-mid 20s while working as a cook, completely lacking any purpose or direction. In late 2016, my family offered me a position here, asking that I try school one more time. Something clicked. I finally got my AA and a business degree from SPC, went on (of my own volition) to get an MBA from UF, and am now the Director of Operations here – and I’m loving it.  

    5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? There is no such thing as multi-tasking. Now, that may be slightly hyperbolic, but I think the notion is very true – and often much more so than we want to acknowledge. Being aware of this has helped my focus to a tremendous extent, thus improving timeliness and quality.

    6. What is the most important skill you have developed in your career? Being happy, but never content. This is the basis for efficiency, for maximizing productivity. These principles started to blossom during my time working in the high-octane environment of restaurants, which I would later learn were really mild Lean strategies, and I’m always working at them. It’s important to know that it’s a constant work in progress. There is no finish line, each type of task requires a nuanced approach. And when you make an improvement, improve it again next time, and again and again; don’t become complacent or apathetic. That said, it’s important to celebrate victories and be happy with progress. Without some positivity there, you’ll burn out.  

    7. What are your hobbies or interests? I love learning about and discovering music. Different genres and the histories of how various styles traveled, creating the branches of one giant tree. On that note, history in general, and reading – all different things, though I can be kind of particular about my specific interest at any given time. I really enjoy cooking. And my wife is my best friend, doing anything with her is awesome.

  • September 22, 2023 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    1. How long have you been a BAMA member? A year and six months.

    2. What do you like most about being a BAMA member? I enjoy interacting and helping the hard- working employees and owners in the manufacturing industry and meeting new people. Manufacturing and small business is so important for our local economy.

    3. Tell us about your company? PuzzleHR is national provider of managed services for Human Resources, Payroll administration and Benefits administration.  We attach to clients existing HR technology and provide HR administrative lift or fill gaps for existing HR departments. PuzzleHR can also become the HR, payroll, benefits, and talent department for new or small businesses.

    4. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date? Raising three children and 25 years of marriage to my wife Elizabeth.

    5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Seek God first.

    6. What is the most important skill you have developed in your career? As simple as it sounds, slowing down, listening, and asking questions consistently. As an HR consultant, it is critical to listen and learn about how a company is managing their employees, payroll, and benefits to determine their needs to present a solution specific to the challenges they are facing. Our solution is not a one size fits all, it is customized and specific to each client’s needs.

    7. What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy riding my Trek Road Bike for exercise on the Suncoast trail, going to EOS fitness gym, coaching my son’s baseball team, reading, and building relationships.

  • August 17, 2023 6:56 PM | Anonymous

     1. How long have you been a BAMA member? Anclote Manufacturing has been a member since October 2022. 

    2. What do you like most about being a BAMA member? Networking with other manufacturers within the BAMA network. 

    3. Tell us about your company? Anclote Manufacturing Co. specializes in the precision production of CNC machined metal components and plastic injection molded parts with many secondary operation capabilities available to offer a component or a complete packaged product. We are a product development and project management company that enjoys bringing production products to market.

    4. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date?  Being recognized with an “Operational Performance Award” for manufacturing products by one of the largest healthcare clinical providers in the United States. 

    5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? FOCUS. FINISH. 

    6. What is the most important skill you have developed in your career? Working with customers to bring products to market. 

    7. What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy golfing, fishing, and spending time with my family. 
  • June 28, 2023 3:03 PM | Anonymous
    1. How long have you been a BAMA member? 2 months
    2. What do you like most about being a BAMA member? The opportunity to work and help Manufacturer’s in the Tampa Bay Area with improving their profitability.
    3. Tell us about your company? Stellar Industrial Supply is a Distributor of MRO and Safety Supplies to the manufacturing industry, we have branches throughout the US that support our customer with Supply Chain Management , Process improvements and Safety Initiatives to name a few of our Value Added Services. All of this is to improve Customer Profitability with a highly accountable Documented Cost Saving Program initiated on behalf of our customers.
    4. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date? I have worked in this Industry for over 40 years, my wife and I had the opportunity to start our business in 1991. So with 4 month old twins we took the opportunity to start Impact Industrial Supplies. We grew our business for 25 years and realized that the time was right to sell in 2015. Stellar’s CEO and I were friends in this industry and it made sense for us to sell to Stellar, what I am proud of is that all of my Impact employees have benefitted from this merger in their careers with Stellar and that we now have all the resources to be a Valued Preferred Supplier to our customers.
    5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? When things get tough, remember that it will be temporary and that what you learn from overcoming will help you later in life. So don’t let failure or tough times beat you, learn and grow from it. I love the following quote: “Everything you want is on the other side of Fear”
    6. What is the most important skill you have developed in your career? Working with others, understanding and listening to others with a mindset to help.
    7. What are your hobbies or interests? Besides my Family, I am Passionate about Baseball and the Tampa Bay Rays, and love to fish. But the last 5 years I have committed myself to Training and competing in Boxing.


  • May 25, 2023 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    1. How long have you been a BAMA member? Since 2017

    2. What do you like most about being a BAMA member? I like the collaboration BAMA offers bringing manufacturing companies together to help each other with corresponding problems that arise across all manufacturers.

    3. Tell us about your company? Kemco Systems designs and manufactures energy and water conservation systems and equipment for applications regarding Water Reuse/Recycle, Wastewater Treatment, Wastewater Filtration, Efficient Hot Water Heating, High Pressure Pumping, Wastewater Heat Recovery, Stack Heat Recovery, Chiller, Vapor/Steam Curing and Conditioning, and Total System Monitoring with turnkey solutions.

    4. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date? My greatest accomplishment has been and will hopefully continue to be throughout my career the impact I have on others, my team, peers and organization. I believe if you are leading people and not seeing your impact on them as your potential greatest accomplishment one needs to evaluate why you are in a leadership position. 

    5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Independence and education = power. Never relinquish your independence allowing someone else to sit in the drivers’ seat of your life.

    6. What is the most important skill you have developed in your career? The ability to make a decision and stand behind it – keep things moving forward not become stagnant by the inability to make a decision or paralyzed by the fear of making the wrong decision. Soft skills, emotional intelligence, knowing how to read a room, when to speak but to mostly listen, and the ability to bring people together cross departmentally to work toward a common goal.

    7. What are your hobbies or interests? As a lifelong equestrian I enjoy satiating my competitive spirit competing my show Hunter, as well as living an active lifestyle by working out and running. I am a big college football fan always rooting on my West Virginia Mountaineers to a victory. I also love entertaining an eclectic group of friends with creative cocktails, fabulous dinners, and great conversation.


  • April 20, 2023 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    1. How long have you been a BAMA member? 7 years, 3 years on the Board

    2. What do you like most about being a BAMA member? Teaming up with such a great bunch of people all working together for a great cause … advancing the manufacturing community in our region. Building meaningful relationships and sharing our passion for manufacturing. And yes, we have fun along the way!

    3. Tell us about Accelerate Results Group? We offer “common sense, low-cost approaches … covering assessment through transformation … building high performance cultures” . Leadership, lean and kaizen. Our Why: We believe inside everyone is an innovator. Unleashing this is powerful. What we do works … because it is human nature. I have been very fortunate to learn best practices from the leading practitioners in the world. Sharing this in BAMA RoundTables and with clients is very rewarding.

    4. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date? Working with over thirty companies (twelve who are BAMA members) on leadership development, lean and quality and receiving an average score of 9.6 out of 10.0. Even more proud of the positive experiences and testimonials and watching these companies grow and succeed.

    5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Be yourself but be your best self.

    6. What is the most important skill you have developed in your career?  Engaging everyone in continuous improvement. This will allow you to dramatically increase the rate at which you innovate and improve.

    7. What are your hobbies or interests? Most sports, pheasant hunting in Iowa, travel with family.

  • December 22, 2022 12:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. How long have you been a BAMA member? We are excited to say that we actually just joined BAMA and are extremely excited to be part of this amazing organization. We are eager to meet the members and businesses that are involved. 

    2. What do you like most about being a BAMA member? The sense of community and connections it provides.  As Florida has been changing tremendously over the last year with people and businesses moving here.

    3. Tell us about your company: Ultimate 3D Printing Store is a Florida-based, family owned and operated small business, providing jobs to Florida residents. Our goal is to help Americans create more. U3DPS provides all the tools, supplies, and resources for Americans who want to join the revolution of additive manufacturing. 3D printing is the most economical approach to manufacturing since there is virtually no waste and the cost is significantly lower than traditional forms of manufacturing. American businesses – from the largest Fortune 500 to small, independent home-based creators – all benefit from this technology. With the unknowns of 2022 and changes in inflation, logistical and supply chain issues, and global tensions, companies can implement 3D printing to bring manufacturing back stateside, save time and money, and create more jobs for Americans. This technology gives users the control over the end product and the creative freedom to meet every need and specification they have. U3DPS provides the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with our team of experts who help with the most complex to the most fundamental questions.

    As America increasingly dominates the world by using state-of-the-art technology, 3D printing will continue to become more prevalent across all industries enhancing the United States’ leadership in the world. American business leaders who identify the opportunity and implement it across their companies will quickly realize the benefits. The U3DPS core values align with supporting American business and helping all customers before, during, and after the sale. Ultimate 3D Printing Store started in 2015 and has grown exponentially since then. We currently sell to and support tinker hobbyists, regular consumers, small, medium, and large businesses, Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 businesses, schools, colleges, libraries, educational facilities, the jewelry industry, and the dental industry. Our mission is to help anyone, and everyone embrace the technology of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. We invite you to explore the possibilities offered by 3D printing to make life better for all Americans.

    4. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date? I opened this company in 2015 when no one really knew what additive manufacturing even was and grew the business to what it is today.  The first couple of years in any business takes an incredible amount of time, money, and resources.  Not all businesses make it.  Being a CEO of a company that is brand new, where there are zero policies, procedures, manuals, and not even an educational or training facility available in the United States for additive manufacturing makes me feel like a true entrepreneur.  The last two years we have been recognized by The Tampa Bay Business Journal and GrowFL as Grow FL Honoree For Top 50 Companies to Watch in 2022! 

    https://growfl.com/congratulations-honorees/

    2022 Fast 50 - Tampa Bay's Fastest-Growing Companies Ultimate 3D Printing Store Ranked #22

    https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2022/06/09/tampa-bay-2022-fast-50-honorees.html

    2021 Fast 50 - Tampa Bay's Fastest-Growing Companies Ultimate 3D Printing Store Ranked #6

    https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2021/07/09/meet-ultimate-3d-printing-store.html

    And I feel like our greatest accomplishments are still to come

    5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? To be humbled and always be a life student. 

    6. What is the most important skill you have developed in your career? Hindsight is 2020. You can always look at the mistakes you made in the past, learn from them, and know that they made you into the person you are today.  But of course, don't make the same mistakes again. 

    7. What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy being so close to the water.  I became a member of a group called Florida Ski Riders, who do events now and then where over 400- 500 jet skis get together and ride from place to place for a day. Season Ticket holder since 2014 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  I mentor a young gentleman that is getting ready to graduate high school.  He had a huge accomplishment this year as his team got picked to go to Las Vegas on his 18th birthday to be part of Battle Bots.  Being an entrepreneur and business owner with tremendous growth over the last couple of years, the rest of my time is spent with the person that makes this all possible, my wife. 

    8. What do you want BAMA members to know most about 3D Printing /Additive Manufacturing? That the technology is growing and changing tremendously within even 6 months, let alone a year.  If you got a 3D printer 2-4 years ago, please understand that the technology has tremendously evolved and changed since then.  Its capability has grown and you need to take another look at 3D printing as to how it can fix supply chain issues, reduce costs, and help if there is a 2023 recession.  Best media outlet for Additive Manufacturing = https://all3dp.com/

    Social Media

    https://www.facebook.com/ultimate3dprintingstore

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/ultimate-3d-printing-store

    https://twitter.com/U3DPS

    https://www.instagram.com/ultimate3dprintingstore/

    https://www.pinterest.com/u3dps/_shop/

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0vOtlDft31hBkWpfqkA-Fw

    https://www.tiktok.com/@ultimate3dprintingstore

    Website

    https://ultimate3dprintingstore.com/


  • November 30, 2022 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. How long have you been a BAMA member? I formally joined BAMA in 2015 but I recall working with BAMA for at least 10 years helping coordinate manufacturing tours in Pinellas County.

    2. What do you like most about being a BAMA member? I like the way BAMA’s mission is accomplished, specifically by working with a passionate group of professionals who are eager to share ideas, and best practices working together for the advancement of manufacturing education and the STEM pipelines that feed into them.

    3. Tell us about FLATE: FLATE is part of the FloridaMakes Network and is partially funded by the Florida Department of Education. FLATE’s mission is to improve and advance technician education through curriculum reform, and professional development as well as developing the STEM pipelines that feed into them. FLATE provides exemplary industry partnerships, workforce opportunities, and educational synergy throughout the state of Florida by connecting industry and workforce needs to target educational endeavors at many community and state colleges across Florida.

    4. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date? Finishing my master’s degree while recovering from malaria in two countries with different languages and cultures. I consider it my greatest accomplishment not only for the positive impact my research had on the community but also because I was able to overcome some of the toughest challenges, I have ever faced in life, language barriers, cultural differences, and life-threatening illness. With very modest English and motivated by the aspiration of becoming a better engineer and learning about other cultures, I earned my master’s degree in Delft, the Netherlands collecting my research data in Kampala, Uganda. Almost 24 months of the hardest time I ever experienced became my best memories and greatest accomplishment.

    5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Does not matter how long it will take, if you believe in yourself, you will reach your dreams.

    6. What is the most important skill you have developed in your career? I will say “perspective”. Luckily throughout my career, I had the opportunity to work in different roles wearing different “hats” and interacting with a variety of professionals and people. Perspective helps us to understand situations from other positions, consider other experiences and viewpoints, and discover a solution that takes the needs of everyone involved.

    7. What are your hobbies or interests? I enjoy traveling exploring places and learning about other cultures. I like taking pictures. I love to swim, bike, and walk exploring nature.

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