Chairman’s Report by Jim Caldwell – Manufacturing Professional, Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center

Focus on Creating Additional Value for SAMA Members

Every good company or organization like the San Antonio Manufacturer’s Association (SAMA) must constantly look for continuous improvement opportunities. While SAMA will continue to promote advocacy, educational opportunities, and networking events, the theme for 2018 is to “Improve SAMA’s Focus on Value Proposition” for its’ members and potential new members.

The key is to promote additional value-added activities that will drive member participation, incentivize new members to join, and to provide tangible value that one can only get from membership.  This year, SAMA is initially focusing on three tactical initiatives; Development of  SAMA Peer Groups, expanding SAMA’s regional presence, and the implementation of a SAMA Group Healthcare Program.

The purpose of Peer Groups is to facilitate a group of trusted peers, to share “best practices” in a confidential forum.  The result is to have SAMA members supporting each other in their business challenges. It is a fact, that the best ideas and outcomes come from working together. The initial beta group was successfully launched and limited to CEO’s, Presidents and Owners of manufacturing companies.  The long-term goal is to launch additional groups and broaden the scope to include other executives and managers.

As San Antonio grows, so does the manufacturing community around it. In 2011, the Manufacturing industry contributed $31.6 B to the local economy. In 2016, it increased to $40.5 B.  To help manufacturers connect with each other, SAMA will expand its’ regional presence to Schertz, New Braunfels and Seguin.  In March 2018, SAMA held its Manufacturing Supervisor Certification Program in Seguin to a sold-out class.

Finally, SAMA is investigating how to create a SAMA Group Healthcare Program for its’ manufacturing members. This is a huge effort underway and more details will be coming in the near future.

Remember, with any organization, you only get what you put in.

Jim Caldwell, Manfacturing Professional, Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center