A Letter from Executive Director Ashley Frye

Dear TAMA members,

Welcome to 2018. We can all agree that 2017 was a successful year with output close to the high times of 2016 and new automotive growth occurring across the state. Our industry enjoyed the eighth consecutive year of automotive expansion in the state of Tennessee, and economic factors point toward 2018 being another year of growth, not only here at home, but globally. 

The Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association has gained traction this year by representing our industry on a state and national level. We worked closely with Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) and Department of Transportation to help grow the automotive industry in Tennessee and expanded our presence within Tennessee’s university system. As we enter 2018, we will continue to build relationships to further support our members’ and industry’s needs.

In 2017, TAMA, the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS), and TNECD hosted the inaugural Meet Your Match Tennessee. The parts and materials matchmaker event put 44 Tier 2 and 3 suppliers face to face with procurement officers from Nissan, Volkswagen, and several Tier 1 manufacturers from across the region, generating a total of 175 meetings. TAMA paired the event with its 26th annual golf tournament—one of our most successful outings to date. The 2018 Golf Tournament will be held on May 9, with Meet Your Match Tennessee following on May 10. More information and registration for both events will be available soon.

More excitement for TAMA in 2018 includes a new and improved Web page that features a more user-friendly transaction capability. Also, as requested by our membership, we will offer several lunch and learn workshops and plant tours in various areas across Tennessee this year, and will continue to reach out to our members to seek input on how to best meet your needs as we finalize our 2018 schedule.

We could not have accomplished all that we did in 2017 were it not for our generous sponsors and our dynamic and active members. Thank you for being a part of our association!

As TAMA elevates its presence in the automotive manufacturing world this year, we are seeking sponsors to help us accomplish this vital work. A prospectus that includes all 2018 TAMA sponsorship opportunities is included in this membership packet and is available on our Web page. Please consider supporting the most important industry in Tennessee by becoming a 2018 TAMA sponsor.

I look forward to meeting you and seeking your ideas during this coming year.  Should I be of assistance, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

Wishing you the best success in 2018,