Georgia's Manufacturing Event of the Year!
Industry professionals will gather to discuss the issues most important to Georgia manufacturers.
Business leaders will have the unique opportunity to network with their peers and share their insights, leads, and recommendations. The Summit is designed to support Georgia's entire manufacturing community.
Over 1,000 manufacturing professionals from across the Southeast are expected to attend GMA's capstone event of the year. Learn best business practices and make face-to-face connections with manufacturers, customers and suppliers.
Who should attend?
• Executive Leaders
• Logistics Employees
• Plant Managers
• Economic Development Leaders
What to expect:
• Networking with peers
• Learning from industry experts
• Discovery of innovative products and services
There may be many networking opportunities at the Georgia Manufacturing Summit. Find out more in the event details below.
7:00 am Registration Opens
8:00 – 8:30 | Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 | Keynote Presentation
9:00 – 10:00 | "People of Manufacturing" Awards Program
10:00 – 10:30 | Break - Visit Exhibitor Area
10:30 – 12:00 | Educational Sessions - Breakout Training
12:00 – 12:30 | Break - Visit Exhibitor Area
12:30 – 1:00 | Lunch - Chapter Highlights
1:00 – 1:30 | Keynote Presentation
1:30 – 2:00 | Partner Recognition
2:00 – 2:30 | Break - Visit Exhibitor Area
2:30 – 4:00 | Educational Sessions - Breakout Training
4:00 – 4:30 | Closing Remarks / Door prizes
Gulfstream Aerospace President, Mark Burns, will be the lunch keynote at the Georgia Manufacturing Summit, held October 10, 2018, at the Cobb Galleria. Mr. Burns has spent more than 34 years with Gulfstream, joining the organization in 1983 as a computer-aided design (CAD) operator. He was named President of Gulfstream in July 2015 after spending more than seven years as the leader of the company’s Product Support organization. He also serves as a Vice President of Gulfstream’s parent company General Dynamics, a role he’s held since February 2014.
“Gulfstream has a reputation for excellence with a focus on innovation,” said Jason Moss, CEO for the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, the producer of the Summit. “They have a history of producing record-setting aircraft, cutting edge technologies, and global support initiatives that service customers worldwide.”
Gulfstream has led the evolution of business and personal aviation since the 1958 debut of the Gulfstream I, the world’s first purpose-built business aircraft. Today, Gulfstream produces the world’s most advanced business aircraft, with innovations from nose to tail and wingtip to wingtip, all while offering unmatched worldwide customer support and service. A relentless pursuit of performance, efficiency, and innovation is what makes Gulfstream jets the world’s most advanced business aircraft.
Headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, Gulfstream manufactures large and ultra-large aircraft and is one of the largest employers in this region. The five-building campus maintains engineers and support staff integral to the engineering, manufacturing, testing and development of past, current, and future Gulfstream aircraft. Gulfstream Laboratories features the only hemi-anechoic chamber used in the development of business aircraft.
Gulfstream just announced that the U.S. Air Force has awarded the company a contract to provide contractor logistics support services (CLS) for the Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Coast Guard C-20 and C-37 fleets. Gulfstream’s highly skilled support team and network of facilities will provide critical support around the world for a variety of missions. Gulfstream currently operates facilities on four continents and employs more than 15,000 people worldwide.
Mr. Burns will share Gulfstream’s success story as the Lunch Keynote at the Summit which is expected to attract over 800 attendees from across the Southeast. This year will focuse on the Aerospace Industry, the number one export for the state of Georgia. Eric Rojek, V.P. of Sales & Marketing for Thrush Aircraft will be also be the Breakfast Keynote Speaker. Thrush Aircraft is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural aircraft manufacturing 50 planes a year with 70% of these being exported outside of the U.S.
VP Sales & Marketing
Understanding the impact that the aerospace industry has on manufacturing will be a key topic at the 2018 Georgia Manufacturing Summit. Held October 10th at the Cobb Galleria, this year’s breakfast Keynote Speaker will be Eric Rojek, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Thrush Aircraft, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural aircraft. Mr. Rojek leads Thrush’s global marketing strategy, communications, and brand positioning efforts.
“The aerospace industry benefits greatly from the depth of manufacturing capabilities in Georgia,” said Eric Rojek. “Capabilities that are not only vital to the success of our nation, but that allow us to continue building upon Georgia’s rich legacy of success in aviation.”
Headquartered in Albany, Georgia, Thrush Aircraft manufactures a full range of aerial application aircraft used in agriculture, forestry, and firefighting roles worldwide. Founded in 2003, Thrush is well-known for building the most durable aircraft in the aerial application industry, as well as the best flying – from both pilot and operator perspectives. Today there are more than 2,200 Thrush aircraft operating in some 80 countries.
This versatility is part of what has made Thrush a favorite of operators, both large and small. Major operators who rely on Thrush include such familiar names as Dole Fresh Fruit, Del Monte Fresh Fruit, Aerovic, FumiPalma, as well as many governments around the world.
“Thrush boasts a well-rounded management team with a wealth of experience in all areas of manufacturing,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance the producer of the Summit. “Their veteran labor force has aerial agriculture experience dating back to the mid-1960s, including all aspects of design, tooling production, planning, product manufacturing, and support.”