“GEA’s offerings are multi-industry,” comments Rick Walker, President and CEO of the Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association (GAMA). “The topics and issues that GEA addresses are relevant to all businesses, especially GAMA members. We’re excited to see the benefits accrue to members of both organizations.”
In a short interview last week, Walker provided some background about his association and the value GAMA offers to manufacturers in Georgia. GAMA provides important networking opportunities for manufacturers in the automotive industry, but many members may also operate in other areas. Creating contacts is valuable, and we also provide education and focus on topics that are important to manufacturers in general.
“Quality standards, as an example, may be similar in the automotive and aerospace industries,” states Walker. “OSHA issues are another key area for us now, and we’re pleased to have the assistance of the Constangy law firm. OSHA has publicly stated that automotive manufacturing in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi is a target industry.”
In October of 2018, GAMA will be the host for the Southern Automotive Conference. The event includes activities, exhibitors and speakers from in and out of the automotive industry. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is slated to speak at next year’s event. GEA members will be able to attend the conference at GAMA member costs.
“With our focus on networking, education, and forging valuable contacts within the industry, we provide a lot of value for the automotive sector and for Georgia manufacturers. Being able to expand that value with access to GEA events is a real benefit to our members.”