GA Association of Manufacturers Elects Officers & Board Members

Atlanta, GA, May 18, 2020-The members of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM) and The Manufacturers Education Foundation (MEF) each elected new officers and board members at the 120th Annual Meeting of GAM and the 77th Annual Meeting of MEF, held via virtual videoconference for the first time in the Association’s 120-year history on May 1.  

Rick Hooper, chief counsel of Shaw Industries Group was elected chairman of GAM and MEF.  Mike Ecker, executive vice president of Tara Materials was elected vice chairman of GAM and MEF. Pate Huguley, president and CEO of West Point Industries, was elected treasurer of GAM and MEF.

Six industry executives were elected by the association’s membership to serve three-year terms (expiring in 2023) on GAM’s board of directors, and further elected to serve identical terms on the MEF board of directors: Dee Barnes, president and CEO, Evans Tool & Die and Evans Metal Stamping, Conyers, Georgia; Kathleen Edge, executive vice president, operations, Southwire Company, Carrollton, Georgia; Josh Hall, vice president of manufacturing, Engineered Floors, Dalton, Georgia; Jay Neely, vice president, law and public affairs, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Savannah, Georgia; Brian Sage, executive vice president manufacturing, Great Dane, Savannah, Georgia; Brian Solheim, plant manager, Irving Tissue, Macon, Georgia.

One industry executive was elected by the association’s membership to serve a two-year term (expiring in 2022) on GAM’s board of directors, and further elected to serve an identical term on the MEF board of directors: Bruce Hagenau, president, Metcam, Alpharetta, Georgia. 

GAM and MEF each elected long-time association president Roy Bowen as chief executive officer effective July 1, and further elected former state representative and current administrator of Georgia’s Subsequent Injury Trust Fund Mike Coan as GAM and MEF president effective July 1. GAM and MEF also each re-elected Cindy Thomas as corporate secretary for GAM and MEF, and GAM re-elected Clay Jones as vice president and general counsel.