Today we’d like to introduce you to Flora Marques.
Flora, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My name is Flora Manuela (Ella) Marques, I was born in Portugal. I am an international businesswoman and a writer living here in South Florida.
After working many years for a Swiss company specialized in Insulation materials for the electrical industry, I started FFM Industrial Solutions LLC in 2013. This company specializes in helping the US electrical apparatus industry to find equipment and optimizing manufacturing processes for cost reduction, productivity, and quality increase. My customers are mostly large international corporations that search excellence. I have had many successes and developed a very nice specialized niche business.
In my approach, I propose top quality equipment from Italy, Germany, and Taiwan to make all types of electrical transformers from small electronic parts to very large power transformers, as well as electrical motors and generators. For further information please look at www.ffm-industrialsolutions.com.
In 2017 I published a book under the Coral Orchid Press, called “I was born a boy, from Venus, it’s time to be yourself”. It is the autobiography of a transgender woman who has had quite an interesting and international life.
I transitioned from male to female (MTF) at the age of sixty. In my book I share my extraordinary life, not only because I am transgender, but because I am an international person who has lived in many countries, went to top international schools, worked at management levels within international companies, and had many different, wild, and wonderful experiences.
This change was not a choice but the conscious drive of unite myself, to accept and embrace the way I was always supposed to be and that I knew since the age of 5.
I would like for you to understand what it means to be transgender, the courage it takes to become who we really are, and that we can be very positive people for society at large. Yes, transgender people must go through many different challenges and dangers. I tried to escape my feelings all my life, and still, they found me.
There are people like me, with the same feelings and similar experiences. Though I have had a very blessed life, many other transgender people have very difficult ones, and for all of us, awareness is lifesaving. All I ask is that you open your eyes.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
What a journey it has been, two major changes, one becoming an entrepreneur, and defending myself in business, the other to transition and become my real self.
There were and still are many challenges to overcome. The biggest challenge right now is to overcome a market that today is extremely low due to: low oil prices, no infrastructure investments and a large trend for big corporations to consolidate. Since I left my old Swiss company, personnel was reduced by 45%, many of my customers reduced their personnel and many factories were closed. Still, the fight goes on and there are new opportunities emerging.
As far as my transition is concerned, the acceptance has been mostly overwhelming, and I really enjoy this new journey. In my transition Self-acceptance was not easy, but it is always the first step to freedom and happiness. How do you expect others to accept you if you cannot accept yourself?
And when you accept yourself, you still need an immense amount of courage to present yourself to your customers and business partners that have been known you for many years in a different gender.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about FFM Industrial Solutions LLC / Coral Orchid Press – what should we know?
FFM Industrial Solutions LLC is a company, committed to understand specific needs and propose solutions to its customers in the electrical Industry in North America with the goals of helping them to be part of the new manufacturing revolution. Automation and robotic, additive manufacturing, integration, internet support quality, and speed, in other words, become more productive, achieve better quality and increase reliability as well as reputability.
For this, we have partnered with the best, most reliable and known equipment and testing apparatus manufacturers for Electric Motors, Generators and Transformers.
Integrity – Be real and honest
Diversion and inclusion – Respect people, no matter what their personal characteristics are and bring them together to progress.
Environment, Health, and Safety – Promote and encourage a better quality of life
Passion and commitment – In all we do
Leadership and courage – To improve and create a better future.
Yes, be prepared for the next industrial revolution, Automation, robotics, Manufacture what you need not in large quantities in Low-cost countries.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
All my partners and clients deserve credit for my success. I work with some of the most interesting and intelligent people in my field on the planet. Clients that want to make the difference in their own business, manufacture better, cheaper and faster and on the other hand technical people that are very creative still being very sure about the solutions they propose. The most expensive in manufacturing is when you have bad quality or you lose too much time.
Recently we came out with a transformer core cutting machine that assembles the cores at the same time, using a very fast and reliable robot. The core laminations are cut, all with high precision, very fast and reliable, then taken by a robot that positions them in the right position for assembly.
Another example is new fully automated impregnation technology equipment made to manufacture electrical car motors. It has to be fast, highly reliable and repetitive to be successful. The top German car manufacturers are the largest purchasers of this technology where they use in many countries in their manufacturing facilities.
- Website: www.ffm-industrialsolutions.com
- Phone: 5612217503
- Email: email@example.com
- Other: www.ellamarques.com