Rob Harris, Executive Director of SAMA (Sarasota/Manatee Area Manufacturers Association)

Raised in the Fort Lauderdale area, and a graduate of the University of Florida, Rob initially moved to St. Petersburg where he spent 7 years professionally growing in a heat transfer manufacturing company (t-shirt graphics). He then moved to Sun Graphic Technologies in Sarasota, where he was General Manager and then Sales and Marketing Manager for a combined 20 years. In 2019, he then moved to Teakdecking Systems where he was Director of Supply Chain and I.T. Beginning in 2019 during his tenure at both SunGT and Teakdecking, he served as Executive Director of SAMA on a part-time basis, moving to full-time as of February 1, 2021. SAMA is our region’s manufacturing association. Celebrating its’ 50-year anniversary in November 2021, SAMA helps manufacturers through advocacy, workforce development, networking, business advising, and supply chain optimization. Providing a pipeline of skilled, educated workers is a major concern of local manufacturers. Rob enjoys being a part of their mission in raising the standard of living and quality of life through the advancement of manufacturing. It is great to work with Suncoast Technical College, as they continue to educate and meet the demands of the employment market.