Dear BAMA Colleagues,
I would like to express to you my sincere appreciation for your continued support of BAMA and our shared goals. It has been an honor to serve as President for the past two years. Together, with the entire Board of Directors, we will continue to grow the organization to offer many benefits to support and promote manufacturing in Tampa Bay. Next year, marks our 60th anniversary of serving manufacturers in our region and we have many exciting things planned. I am extremely excited about the upcoming year and I look forward to working with all of you and our local civic and elected leaders to develop a more prosperous and vibrant community.
Since 1961, BAMA members have given over $200,000 to further STEM education, volunteered their time mentoring students, shared best practices, and advocated for legislation that supporting manufacturing. Representing 130 member companies from small businesses to global leaders, we are the top resource and most influential advocate for manufacturers in our area.
I hope that you will become an active member in BAMA by attending events, joining committees, and considering a position on the Board of Directors. Our organization is only as strong as our membership and I believe our membership is a mighty force.
To that end, we remain committed to introducing new programs, expanding, or improving on initiatives already in existence, and engaging in new partnerships to enhance the education and services we provide.
As part of the FloridaMakes Network, our mission is to improve the productivity and technological performance of Florida’s manufacturing sector. The FloridaMakes network is an industry-led initiative operated by Florida’s regional manufacturers associations in partnership with industry, research, educational and economic development organizations, both public and private, at the state and national levels. The network provides services focused on three principle value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth.
I encourage each of our members to follow BAMA on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter, explore our website, visit our manufacturing hub and sign up to receive our email newsletter so you can stay informed throughout the year.
My team and I look forward to working with you and seeing our organization and it's membership grow!
Wishing each of you every success in 2021.
Pinellas Manufacturers Association
Allen F. Gates
Ole Q. Hansen
2016 - 2018
The Bay Area Manufacturers Association is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization.