Georgia Industry Association Taps Manufacturing Alliance Executive to Lead in 2009

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The Atlanta-based Manufacturing Alliance announced today that its Executive Director, Mark Munson, has been elected president of the Georgia Industry Association (GIA), the manufacturing community's statewide representative in matters of public policy, industry promotion and advocacy.

The Atlanta-based Manufacturing Alliance announced today that its Executive Director, Mark Munson, has been elected president of the Georgia Industry Association (GIA), the manufacturing community's statewide representative in matters of public policy, industry promotion and advocacy. Mr. Munson served as the GIA's President-elect in 2008, and brings almost 20 years of industry experience and six years of active involvement in the association to his new position.

Mr. Munson says he expects 2009 to be a challenging year. Manufacturers across Georgia face stiff competition from across the United States as well as from overseas. Increased automation and the use of advanced and innovative technologies throughout the sector worldwide add new requirements for capital investment and training here in Georgia - both a source of additional pressure for industry executives and the GIA.

Said Lee Lemke, Executive Director of the GIA, "Mark Munson has been a GIA Board Member for many years and has held numerous positions within the association. Together with our past president, Tom Deems of New Riverside Ochre, he has campaigned hard to bring new members into the organization, recognizing that GIA members play an important role in the state's economy. As president, I am confident that Mark Munson will provide the leadership needed to build the GIA and earn recognition from legislators and the general public for the tremendous contribution that manufacturing makes to Georgia's economy."

Remarked Mr. Munson, "It is a great honor to be able to lead the GIA in its ongoing quest to ensure the success and longevity of Georgia manufacturers. I am committed to working with the GIA's many outstanding members to achieve this important goal."

A respected veteran of the technology industry, Mr. Munson launched the Manufacturing Alliance earlier this year as a consortium of leading Microsoft Certified Gold Partners with manufacturing sector expertise. The Alliance's mission is to enhance the productivity, competitive stature and longevity of small and mid-sized manufacturers in the southeastern United States through recommending innovative software automation solutions. The Alliance serves as the marketing and sales representative for its members, and as a project manager for clients with complex technology implementations that involve more than one Alliance member.

About the Georgia Industry Association
Established in 1993, the Georgia Industry Association (GIA) is the member-driven and consensus-based Voice of Industry - created specifically to address the needs of Georgia manufacturers which, as a whole, could not be met by other organizations. It represents the manufacturing community in public policy matters, promotes issues that enhance industry's bottom line, and advocates government action. GIA leverages the strengths of Georgia manufacturers to perpetuate positive business conditions, foster job creation and promote economic growth throughout the state. As the exclusive state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, some of GIA's notable activities have included member support for energy and taxation issues, support of tort reform measures, defending Georgia's "right to work" laws, QuickStart funding to provide training for existing industries, and corporate income tax reductions. For more information on the GIA, please visit http://www.georgiaindustry.org.

About the Manufacturing Alliance
The Manufacturing Alliance works with small and mid-market manufacturers in the Southeast on an individual basis to identify software solutions that address their need for infrastructure enhancement, custom applications development, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and business intelligence. The Alliance does this by facilitating collaboration between its member firms so that they can create effective and innovative solutions for manufacturing clients. For more information about the Manufacturing Alliance, please visit http://www.mfgalliance.com.

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