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(PLEASE NOTE:  This is for Session #2.  Session #1 is full.)


MARCH 11, 2015 - Session #2


Topic:  OSHA's "Regional Emphasis Program" Targeting Automotive Suppliers in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi
Reasons to Attend:
- How Are You Dealing with This? (Don't Ignore It.)
- What You Need to Know - Now!
- You Will Learn Practical, Immediately Applicable Ideas
- Warning Posters in both English and Korean will be discussed
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - Session #2    NOTE:  Eastern Daylight Savings Time (not Central)
Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm - includes hot breakfast  
Breakfast, Registration, and Networking begin at 10:00am. 
Presentation begins promptly at 10:30am.
Location:  Hampton Inn & Suites - Lanett / West Point; 4210 Phillips Road, Lanett, AL  36863


Featured Speakers:
1) From Constangy Brooks & Smith, LLP 
(The Employers' Law Firm Since 1946)
Mel Haas, Esq. - leading trial counsel to automotive companies 
Patrick Tyson, Esq. - formerly with OSHA, OSHA specialist
2) From J. Smith Lanier & Co.  
(Insuring People and Businesses since 1868)
Bill Parr - Executive VP and advisor to automotive companies
Michael Govar - Senior Risk Control Specialist



 Space is limited.  First come, first served. No walk-ins.  
It is recommended that you register early.



Registration Fee - includes hot breakfast at the Hampton Inn

GAMA Members - $55.00 on or before 3/3/15 - $65.00 after 3/3/15

Non-Members of GAMA - $110.00 on or before 3/3/15 - $130.00 after 3/3/15




GAMA = Business Opportunities (find new business)


+ Great Connections (business and personal networking)


+ Unique Experiences (first to learn about new industry Quality initiatives)


---> that Drive your Business Success!


...or... Renew Your Membership!



What is GAMA?


The Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association, Inc. (GAMA) is a private, non-profit trade association which passionately promotes the interests of Georgia’s automotive and vehicle manufacturing industry.  GAMA is a community of businesses with common interests and goals which provides a highly interactive forum to help members achieve the following:

  • continual improvement in their businesses
  • higher levels of innovation, quality, and profitability
  • professional success through unique educational opportunities
  • successful networking among customers and peers



  • March 11, 2015 - OSHA Update - How Are You Dealing with the Regional Emphasis Program?
  • May 5, 2015 - Annual Golf Tournament, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
  • August 5, 2015 - Kia Plant Tour - special early registration for GAMA members begins in June.  If not already a GAMA member, join now!
  • November 10, 2015 - Economic Update Meeting - Douglasville, Georgia
  • Also planned are "Industry Insight" meetings on special topics including OSHA, Healthcare, Cyber Security, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) technology, OEM Terms & Conditions, and more.
  • Coming this Spring-Summer -- First Annual "CARapalooza"(TM) car show.


Membership Benefits Include:

  • Networking; Opportunity to Meet and be Introduced to Potential Customers; Sharing Best Practices; Info on Key Industry Issues; Critical and Timely Info on Improving Innovation, Quality, and Profitability
  • Periodic Meetings; Plant Tours; Access to Membership Directory; Access to PowerPoints from Meetings; Social Events
  • Supplier of the Year Award (coming - Committee work has begun)
  • Corporate Membership with Brooks Brothers (15% Discount).  Please go to the Members Only portion of the GAMA website and login for info and immediate access to these benefits.  Access to Automotive News Breaking News RSS Feed.

Membership has grown from zero to about 400 members in about three and a half years.  Come join the excitement!


...or... Renew Your Membership!


Our Mission & Objectives:

»   Mission

GAMA’s mission is to passionately promote the growth, profitability, and continual improvement of automotive manufacturing in Georgia.

GAMA will be successful when...

  • the levels of innovation, quality, and profitability of our members are regarded as among the best in the industry
  • our members are universally recognized for their leadership in automotive vehicle and component manufacturing
  • Georgia is regarded as a premier location for automotive manufacturing and related support businesses

»   Objectives

  • To provide information and share knowledge on issues impacting the automotive industry
  • To encourage positive relationships and foster common interests among the automotive manufacturing community
  • To conduct educational programs which enhance the professions of all those involved in automotive manufacturing
  • To provide strategic direction for workforce development in Georgia




Rick Walker, President and CEO of GAMA, speaking at the NABE Automotive Outlook Symposium held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch, on May 29, 2014.














Randy Jackson, Senior VP Human Resources & Administration of Kia Motors Manufacturing, was the Keynote Speaker at GAMA's February 18, 2014 meeting in LaGrange, GA



GAMA Meeting, June 21, 2013 - "Celebrating Women Who Power the Automotive Industry".  Left to right:  Barbara McDaniel, Toyota (Mississippi); Suzanne Dickerson, CU-ICAR (South Carolina); Susan Peterson, The Communication Center (Washington, DC); Jean Marie Thrower, Supplier Development Systems (Alabama); Susan Brennan, Nissan (Tennessee); and Corinne Hodges, Kia (Georgia)


Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, was the Keynote Speaker at GAMA's November 6, 2012 Meeting in Pine Mountain, GA.



Inaugural Meeting - June 2, 2011 (left to right):

  • Rick Walker, Falcon IP Capital, President and CEO of GAMA
  • Heather Lathbury Seckman, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce
  • Charles Stallworth, Georgia Power





(PowerPoints from previous meetings are available in the "Members Only" section.)





Sponsors :

GAMA is grateful for the following sponsors: (Become a Sponsor


 Strategic Partners :






Supporting Members :


Alston & Bird LLP

AutoForm Engineering USA

Georgia Tech/Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce 

Jones Lang LaSalle


O'Neal Inc.

Old Fashion Foods Inc.

P&R Castings/Fasteners 

Page & Jones, Inc.

PLEX Systems

Polytron, Inc. 

Stratosphere Quality


Recent GAMA News : 


February 17, 2015 - Membership Meeting - The Future of Quality - AIAG (first public presentation of AIAG "Current State of Quality" survey results) - LaGrange, GA

November 18, 2014 - Quarterly Meeting & OSHA Workshop - Douglasville, GA

October 21, 2014 - Town Hall Meeting - Lanett, AL/West Point, GA

September 9, 2014 - Encore Presentation of GAMA Meeting - OHSAS 18001 in Rome, GA

August 20, 2014 - Novelis Plant Tour - Kennesaw, GA

July 15, 2014 - Special GAMA Meeting - OHSAS 18001 in Lanett, AL/West Point, GA

May 6, 2014 - First Annual Golf Tournament at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

February 18, 2014 - Membership Meeting (Joint Meeting with AAMA) in LaGrange, GA

November 11-12, 2013 - Supplier Expo and Quarterly Meeting - Douglasville, GA

August 14, 2013 - Membership Meeting - Chattanooga, TN (VW Plant Tour)

June 21, 2013 - Membership Meeting - Celebrating Women Leaders in Automotive - Atlanta, Georgia 

 Wide Angle of 6-21-13 MeetingMay 14, 2013 - Special Meeting - Bill Strauss (U.S. Fed. Reserve) - Atlanta, Georgia

February 12, 2013 - Membership Meeting - Rome, GA - 1st Annual Quality Update

November 6, 2012 - Membership Meeting - Pine Mountain, Georgia - 2nd Annual Economic Update - Bill Strauss (U.S. Fed. Reserve)

August 2, 2012 - Membership Meeting - West Point, Georgia (Kia Plant Tour) 

May 15, 2012 - Membership Meeting - LaGrange, Georgia

February 24, 2012 - Membership Meeting - Duluth, Georgia 

November 14, 2011 - Membership Meeting - Rome, Georgia - 1st Annual Economic Update - Bill Strauss (U.S. Fed. Reserve)

August 23, 2011 - Membership Meeting - LaGrange, Georgia. 

June 2, 2011 - First Membership Meeting ever was held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The GAMA Board of Advisors toured the Suzuki Manufacturing of America plant in Rome, Georgia.

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