Rick Walker, President & CEO (Founder) of GAMA

Rick has over 25 years experience in automotive manufacturing including senior operational and administrative roles in both supplier and professional services organizations. He is a graduate engineer and registered patent attorney, and has a strong background in mergers and acquisitions. He is the author of numerous published articles on innovation, quality, and profitability. Rick is an Attorney and Partner at Clements Bernard Walker PLLC (patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law; and trade association law).

Rick was named one of the "Latest Generation of Atlanta CEOs and Power Brokers”, by Atlanta Journal Constitution.  He has also just recently been awarded the SIBF International Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2015.  

Rick’s automotive experience includes the following:

  • Engineer with Ford Motor Company
  • Top-ranking Executive of a major NYSE-listed Tier 1 automotive supplier - product offering included various metal products, blow-molded and metal fuel tanks and fuel systems, plastic trim, turbochargers, fans and fan drives, and battery components
  • Partner-level responsibility and experience in such diverse product areas as automotive electrical, electronic and computer systems; sealers and adhesives; vehicle seating; wheel trim; shock absorbers; emissions control technology; engine components; and vehicle electric storage battery systems

Rick currently serves on the Boards of Directors of two privately held companies, as well as the North Fulton Bar Association where he is a former President, and other Advisory Boards of primarily emerging growth for-profit companies.

Davis Woodruff, Vice President of Professional Development of GAMA

 

»   President, Management Methods, Inc.

 

Davis M. Woodruff grew up on a family farm in rural southern Alabama. His family also owned and operated a “country store.” From this background he earned an engineering degree from Auburn University, became a Professional Engineer and Certified Management Consultant. He was a manufacturing executive with 3M for ten years and became the youngest manufacturing superintendent in the company, led the team that produced the first home video films in the U.S., and assisted with a plant start-up in Europe.

As a certified management consultant, professional engineer, published author, and professional speaker, Davis Woodruff brings immediate benefits to businesses. These benefits include developing leaders; optimizing resource utilization; improving processes, quality and customer satisfaction; and saving time and $$$.

Davis formed a management consulting company, Management Methods, in 1984 and has served over 140 clients in 35 states and on 3 continents. Davis is an internationally recognized expert in showing companies how to be the low cost, high quality, environmentally responsible leader in their industry. From Vermont to Malaysia Davis’ clients include BP, GM, TS Tech, MCM, 3M, Tyco and scores of other large and small organizations. He has served numerous automotive industry clients throughout the U.S. where he has guided the development and deployment of ISO/TS Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, statistical methods, lean principles, problem solving, RCA, and other similar processes.

Having authored over six dozen articles, a full-length book, Taking Care of the Basics: 101 Success Factors for Managers, a 58-minute DVD, two CD programs, two e-books, and seven onlineprofessional development courses, Davis is always on the cutting edge of today’s business world. His video, “Focus on Fundamentals—a Manager’s Guide to the Ten Essentials”, aired on Business Vision Network, along with programs by Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Tom Peters, and Ken Blanchard. Over fifty of Davis’ articles may be found at http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Davis_Woodruff.

Davis has been married to Lynn since 1970 and they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, two grandchildren and one dog. He is actively involved with his family, in his community and in his church, where he teaches a Bible Study class of adults each week.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Julio Gonzalez, Vice President of Strategic Development of GAMA

  • President, Miramar Securities, Inc.

Julio C. Gonzalez, is a strategic executive with broad experience in financial management, business consultancy, sales management, innovative client acquisition, and relationship strategies. His focus is in the turn-around of ineffective financial advisory and business strategies. With vast leadership experience, he is responsible for motivating and enhancing productivity of sales teams as well as maximizing relationships, while leveraging broad industry experience and employing cost containment measures. In the capacity of financial advisory, Julio, during his career, has been both instrumental and a catalyst in the acquisition and management of $500 million in assets. As business consultant, he has been active in the strategic development of market share expansion for a diverse group for-profit businesses under $100 million. He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and is a 12-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. As a guest on CNNfn’s morning market financial news show, which is viewed around the world, Julio has provided potential socioeconomic impact commentary on domestic, international and financial affairs.

 

 
 

Sponsors :

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

 

  

 

 

 

 

 Strategic Partners :

 

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

   

 

Supporting Members :

 

 

Autoform Engineering USA, Inc.

CAB Incorporated

Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC

Development Authority of Polk County

Georgia Tech/Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce 

Hodges Warehouse + Logistics

Jones Lang LaSalle

K.S. West Virginia

Management Methods, Inc.

Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority

O'Neal Inc.

Omni-ID, Inc.

P&R Castings/Fasteners 

Page & Jones, Inc.

PLEX Systems

Shiloh Industries, Inc.

Stratosphere Quality 

Surgere, Inc.

UFP Technologies

VCA North America

   

Recent GAMA News : 

 

May 2, 2017 - GAMA's Fourth Annual Golf Tournament - Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia

February 1, 2017 - Quality Update Meeting - OSHA, LaGrange, Georgia

November 2, 2016 - Tour of the Blue Bird Plant, Fort Valley, Georgia

August 11, 2016 - Annual Economic Meeting, Douglasville, Georgia

May 3, 2016 - Annual Golf Tournament, The Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, Georgia

February 9, 2016 - Quality Update Meeting, Douglasville, Georgia

December 2, 2015 - Special "Issues Update" Meeting, Porsche Headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia

November 10, 2015 - Annual Economic Meeting, Douglasville, Georgia

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

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

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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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