Florida Chamber Bottom Line: TÜV SÜD Is at the Forefront of Technological Advances


Autonomous Florida


“Our mission is to enable the safe adoption of technology”

In the latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line, we sat down with John Tesoro, President and CEO of TÜV SÜD America, Inc. to discuss TÜV SÜD’s laboratories, autonomous vehicles and what the adoption of future advancements mean for Florida’s businesses.

“Our mission is to enable the safe adoption of technology,” said Tesoro. “So, we have over 25,000 experts globally, 1,500 of whom are here in the United States… many of them are housed in our laboratories, in fact we have 19 labs in North and South America and one of those labs is in Tampa, Florida.”


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Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc., CEO Discusses Going Global

Entering the global marketplace as a small business is the topic of discussion on the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line.

“We live in a global world; to limit yourself to one marketplace is not a good business decision in today’s world.” – DR. NANCY CREWS, CEO of Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc.

Dr. Nancy Crews, owner and CEO of Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc. (CME), a Pinellas County electronic and electrical company that manufactures power management equipment, sensors, and test and calibration equipment, talked about her experience as a small business owner entering the international marketplace.

As one of several speakers at the Florida Chamber’s 2017 International Days event, held February 14-15 in Tallahassee, Dr. Crews said CME benefitted greatly from Enterprise Florida, Inc.’s assistance in getting a foot in the door when she decided to take her company global.

“We live in a global world. To limit yourself to one marketplace is not a good business decision in today’s world. When we decided to go global we utilized two different aspects of the economic development help that is available to small businesses,” DR. CREWS said. “One is we went to the small business development centers, and we were able to get a marketing plan. The other thing that we did…was [utilize] the trade mission Enterprise Florida allows you to have, and we went on a trade mission with them.”

The Florida Chamber’s International Days is key in bringing business, industries and legislative leaders from around the world together to discuss the future of FLorida’s trade. The relationships that comes from the event are crucial to small businesses looking to expand globally, shared Dr. Crews.

“We were able to create new networks,” said DR. CREWS. “I found the [General] Counsels talking about what each country was trying to do in the United States for their companies and also with our companies…was also very helpful and very informative to us.

Meeting some of the other small business people and saying ‘we should get together and talk’ and all those things came about just from one day with International Days.”


Learn More About How to Get Involved in the Florida Chamber’s International Program

Click here or contact Dan Tapia at dtapia@flchamber.com.



Chamber Shout Out Section: Why Tourism Matters to Florida

By: José A. Fajardo, Orlando Inc.

Did you know that more people visited Florida in 2013 than live in 33 states combined? In fact, our state welcomed more than 94 million people from all 50 states and more than 180 different countries in 2013- a record number for Florida.

Florida has a lot to offer visitors. From endless miles of beaches to the diverse attractions found around the state, it’s no wonder our state is set to surpass New York as the third largest state in the nation.

And in Orlando, we are no strangers to welcoming visitors. In 2013, Orlando alone welcomed 59 million visitors, beating out New York as the most visited city. According to International Business Times:

“In the battle for U.S. tourism supremacy, there are really only two competitors: New York [City] and Orlando. The rivals have vied for the title of most-visited U.S. destination for years, but the winner has never been more definitive than in 2013, when Orlando welcomed a staggering 59 million visitors and set an all-time record for a U.S. destination.”

The recent economic recession hit Florida hard, and every single part of Central Florida felt it. But a funny thing happened on the way to downtown Orlando during that time. Our city and the private sector invested in projects that would not only draw visitors, but would create jobs. Projects like SeaWorld’s biggest and (literally) coolest expansion, Antarctica, Disney’s work on Fantasyland and Universal’s expansion of the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

It’s no surprise Florida’s recovery has been heralded as the model for economic success.

To Florida, and especially Orlando, more visitors means more than having greater options for entertainment. In our state, every 85 visitors equals to one new Florida job created. Florida’s tourism industry employs more than 1 million people, 30 percent of which is contained in two counties- Miami-Dade and, you guessed it, Orange.

Tourism is one of the three main sectors of Florida’s economy and it’s a fact that we are proud of. So far, the first half of 2014 has welcomed more than 50 million visitors – shattering all previous six-month figures. And in Orlando, we begin another fall with Harry, Mickey and Shamu and we continue to welcome visitors with a smile.