Welcome to GAMA   




Economic Forecast Meeting
 Our Huge Annual Favorite


Meeting Date:  Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm - includes lunch  

Registration and Networking begin at 11:15am


Location:  Douglasville Conference Center

6700 Church Street

Douglasville, GA  30134


Keynote Speaker:  William A. Strauss

Senior Economist and Economic Advisor (Automotive Specialist)

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


   "The Outlook for the Automotive Industry"

Develop and Fine Tune Your Strategies for Profitability and Success in 2015

Be Prepared for Your Company's Strategic Planning Meetings


 New This Year:  Extended Q&A Period - Added Time To Ask Your Questions

Bring Your Senior Executives with You 


Followed by a Special Presentation:


Featured Speaker:  Jannine Miller, MBA, MPA

Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics


  "What You Need to Know About Logistics Now 

- Before You and Your Profits Get Left Behind"

Information You Need to Know to Stay Competitive!








GAMA = Business Opportunities - find new business


+ Great Connections - business and personal networking


+ Unique Experiences - be the first to:

  • learn about new industry initiatives,
  • meet thought leaders in automotive and related industries
  • have one-of-a-kind encounters not available elsewhere


---> that Drive your Profits and Business Success!



...or... Renew Your Membership!



What is GAMA?


The Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association, Inc. (GAMA) is a non-profit trade association which passionately promotes the interests of Georgia’s automotive and ground transportation 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



  • November 10, 2015 - Economic Update Meeting - Douglasville, Georgia - Our most popular meeting - Don't miss it!
  • December 2, 2015 - Special "Issues Update" Meeting at New Porsche Headquarters Office (AM) - Driving Experience Available (PM) - Details coming later.  Presenters panel will be led and moderated by Moore Colson accounting firm.  We are grateful to Joe Tanner & Associates for sponsoring this meeting.
  • January 11-13, 2016 - Automotive Supplier Leadership Academy (TM) [ASLA (TM)] - Details coming later
  • February 9, 2016 - Quality Update Meeting including recent ISO changes - Douglasville, Georgia
  • March, 2016 - Field Trip - Tour of Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah, Georgia - Details coming later
  • April, 2016 - Special Meeting - Environmental Issues - Lanett, Alabama (West Point, Georgia)
  • May 3, 2016 - Golf Tournament - Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, Georgia, including the Second Annual Southern Automotive Cup Golf Challenge
  • Also planned are "Industry Insight" meetings on special topics including Cyber Security, Logistics, In-Plant Communications Systems, Commercial Vehicle Issues, and more.
  • Also being planned -- First Annual GAMA Car Show, featuring "CARapalooza"(TM).


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 over 450 members in about four 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.  Bill will be speaking at the GAMA Meeting on November 10, 2015, his fifth address to a GAMA audience. 



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

Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC

Georgia Tech/Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce 

Hodges Warehouse + Logistics

Jones Lang LaSalle

Management Methods, Inc.


O'Neal Inc.

Omni-ID, Inc.

P&R Castings/Fasteners 

Page & Jones, Inc.

PLEX Systems

Stratosphere Quality


Recent GAMA News : 

September 22, 2015 - Tour of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Plant in Montgomery, Alabama

August 19, 2015 Town Hall Meeting - Update on the Southeastern Automotive Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Center (SA-MTAC)

August 5, 2015 - Quarterly Meeting and Kia Plant Tour, LaGrange, Georgia

May 5, 2015 - Annual Golf Tournament, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

March 11, 2015 - OSHA Update (sold out both times) - How Are You Dealing with the Regional Emphasis Program? - Lanett, AL/West Point, GA

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, Callaway Gardens in 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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