2022 Southern Automotive Conference
AIM Computer Solutions is exhibiting at the 2022 Southern Automotive Conference (SAC), October 5-7th at the Gas South District Convention Center outside of Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s event marks the 15th year for the conference that serves the automotive industry associations and companies based in the southern region. AIM is happy to be returning for the first time since 2019.
The southern region includes Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, as well as the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF). The conference rotates between four states each year, from Alabama to Georgia to Mississippi and Tennessee, and then repeats the rotation. The hosts of SAC represent a governing group called the Southern Automotive Manufacturing Alliance (SAMA) which exists to promote the automotive manufacturing industry across the South and to foster growth. Attendees include OEMs; Tier 1, 2, and 3 suppliers; government agencies; educational institutions; and professional service organizations that have specialized expertise in automotive, and related industrial and aerospace industries.
The Southern Automotive Conference continues to grow year over year due in large part to the rise in OEM companies locating their facilities in the region including Mazda, Toyota, Rivian, Ford (Blue Oval), and Tesla.
2022 SAC Agenda
On Wednesday, October 5, 2022 a pre-event Matchmaking Event will be hosted in the afternoon (for an additional fee). This event will provide Sponsors, Exhibitors and attendees to ability to schedule B2B meetings with OEMs and Large Tier 1 purchasing representatives.
Later that evening, all attendees are invited to attend the opening night Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall, allowing focused networking opportunities with Joint Board members, OESA, SAWF, WIM, and OEM Purchasing representatives. Be sure to stop by the AIM Computer Solution exhibit booth and speak with Teresa D’Angelo for early business prospecting.
Thursday, October 6, 2022 if a full day of sessions, presentations and panels, with open times for visiting Exhibit Hall Booths, Legacy Sponsor Rooms, and Electric Vehicle display area. The morning begins with breakfast and morning Networking Opportunities, followed by Keynote Speakers including: Gary Silberg of KMPG, and an all-star panel who will discuss Supply Chain Solutions. The morning wraps up with breakout sessions including: A) “Circular Economy” Panel, and B) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel who will share Success Stories and How To Ideas. Next up is the Stars of Southern Manufacturing Awards Luncheon including Workforce Development Keynote, and access to the Innovation Test Track. The afternoon kicks off with a Keynote from Stuart Countess, President & CEO of Kia Georgia who will discuss Workforce Issues, followed by four more breakout sessions. Breakout topics include: C) “What OEMs Want” Panel (featuring Volvo and Toyota), and D) Workforce Development and Retention Solutions, as well as E) Electric Vehicle Battery Environmental and Recycling Issues, and F) Rick Oppedisano of Delta Bravo – “What Are You Afraid Of? – Making Artificial Intelligence (AI) Your Friend”.
Thursday night concludes with a Gala Reception for all registered attendees. There will be amazing food choices including ethnic favorites, beverages, and live music featuring the Diane McIntosh Band.
The event concludes with a half-day on Friday, October 7, 2022. Exhibit Hall Booths, Legacy Sponsor Rooms, and Electric Vehicle display area will be open with time for breakfast and networking before the morning Keynote Speakers, and Industry Keynote on Electric Vehicles featuring an OEM and a leading supplier. Afterwards, Joseph McCabe of AutoForecast Solutions will give an Economic Keynote on “The Global Automotive Outlook – Forecast, Disruption, & Industry Transition.”
2022 SAC Next Steps
Be sure to register to attend the 2022 Southern Automotive Conference, and plan to stop by the AIM booth. Registration information can be found here: https://southernautoconference.com/attendee-registration/