Leadership

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance is led by its founder Jason Moss. The Executive Advisory Board is comprised of annual sponsors and chapter leaders. This board helps to provide overall direction for GMA. The GMA Chapter Leaders support their local community and facilitate events for the members in their area.

Jason Moss
Founder, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance

Jason Moss is often referred to as the “Master networker”. As the founder of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance he focuses his efforts to support, serve and grow the manufacturing industry in Georgia. Known for his creativity, Jason has successfully developed and implemented several unique marketing and promotional events that have brought awareness to the people, plants and products of Georgia. As an example, Jason created the 2013 and 2014 Georgia Manufacturing EXPO. These events were a huge success and attended by more than 1,000 people.

Political leaders have recognized his efforts in promoting the manufacturing industry in Georgia. Jason was joined by more than 70 Georgia manufacturing leaders at the State Capitol as part of the official photo when Governor Nathan Deal presented him with the “BUY FROM GEORGIA” Proclamation. Jason has been the driving force behind this proclamation for the past two years as a way to encourage citizens and businesses to buy locally manufactured goods year-round.

Jason was awarded the “Georgia Community Leadership Award” at the 2015 Georgia Entertainment Gala. At the 2015 IMPACT Regional Business awards ceremony GMA was a finalist in the Service Industry Category.

Since 2008, Jason has been on a mission to create profitable business connections for his members through direct referrals and events he hosts year-round. It only takes a couple of minutes around Jason to get a sense of his passion for Georgia manufacturing.

Executive Advisory Board

GMA Leadership Team

Laura Lee Bocade
Relationship & Business Development Manager, DIRTT

What a dream job: spreading DIRTT! As a passionate ambassador for DIRTT Environmental Solutions in Savannah, Georgia, I develop strong, reciprocal partnerships in government, private and public enterprise, non-profits and educational institutions to help business build better with 21st Century, modular, environmentally-focused construction methods and materials.

In Savannah, DIRTT is involved in 20+ organizations that make a difference. We are supporters of, partners with and champions for our local community - and beyond.

GMA Coastal Chapter Director


Henry Levine
MBA, LUTCF Financial Representative Princor Registered Representative Investment Advisor Representative The Principal Financial Group

Henry brings a diversified background to GMA with hands on experience in business

GMA Gwinnett Chapter Director

 

Tori Cook
Commercial Banker Associate, Bank of North Georgia

Focused on ties within the communities where Bank of North Georgia is located, I thrive on the relationships cultivated through linking business owners and commercial banking services. Servicing the markets of Tucker, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Norcross, Georgia please feel free to reach out if you or your client is looking for a more relationship focused banking model.

GMA Networking Session Leader

 

 

Mike McGraw
Owner, Ranger Manufacturing

Mike is the Owner / Strategic Partner - PrideStaff Gainesville, a staffing organization proudly serving Gainesville and the Northeast Georgia area. Mike is also the business development director for Ranger MFG which is a machining and fabrication job shop focusing on the Greater Atlanta market.

GMA Northeast Chapter Director

Gail Moore
Owner, Custom Plastics and More

Gail Moore is the co-owner and manager of Custom Plastics and More, a plastic fabricator located in Winston, GA established in 2004. Gail's background includes administrative, management, and HR for companies in manufacturing, banking, and insurance industries. Her involvement as a member and volunteer with the Douglas County Chamber, Committee Chair with the Greater Women's Business Council, and Board Member of the local Cultural Arts Council speak to her commitment to community and devotion of helping others succeed. Gail is a member of Women in Manufacturing and is associated with Women in Plastic.

GMA Northwest Chapter Director

Laura Madajewski
Staff, HLB Gross Collins, P.C.

Laura is a senior manager in the Audit and Advisory department of HLB Gross Collins P.C. with over 17 years of public accounting experience. She has extensive experience in managing audits and in the preparation of financial statements, as well as due diligence, business consulting and advisory services. Laura is a graduate of Kennesaw State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting, as well as her Masters of Business Administration in accounting.

GMA Northwest Networking Session Leader

 

Georgia Manufacturing Alliance Sponsors

Producer Level Sponsor

Debbie R. Torrance, CPA/PFS
Partner, Smith & Howard

Debbie Torrance is Smith & Howard’s Tax Services practice leader, providing tax services, merger and acquisition consulting, international taxation counsel and transactional analysis to middle-market businesses and individuals. Debbie leads the Manufacturing/Distribution team and is a member of the Technology team. She graduated from Winthrop College with a BS in Finance and from Clemson University with a Master's in Accounting Tax. She is Certified Personal Financial Specialist, a member of the AICPA, where she is a Member of the Tax Division, the GSCPA, where she is a past member of the Board of Directors, the Atlanta Tax Forum and the Atlanta Estate Planning Council.

Producer Sponsor

 

Developer Level Sponsor


David Peterson, CTP

Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, PNC Bank

David Peterson is Relationship Manager in PNC's Commercial Banking Group. David is responsible for delivering banking products and services to Commercial companies and Not For Profit organizations ranging from $10 million to $75 million in revenue in Metro Atlanta and Greater Georgia.

Developer Sponsor

 


Edward & Kareen MacFarlane

Owners, FASTSIGNS Snellville

Edward MacFarlane graduated from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media Communications. He has worked with Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, FL and with Canyon Ranch Spa and Caesar’s Palace Spa in Las Vegas, NV. Kareen MacFarlane graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphic designer since 1994 for international marketing firms, advertising agencies, and large printing companies. Edward & Kareem became FASTSIGNS franchise owners in 2013, and provide excellent customer service, creative design, and high quality print products for their customers.

Developer Sponsor

 

Innovator Level Sponsor

Mel Haas
Attorney, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Innovator Sponsor

 

 

Laura Lee Bocade
Relationship & Business Development Manager, DIRTT

What a dream job: spreading DIRTT! As a passionate ambassador for DIRTT Environmental Solutions in Savannah, Georgia, I develop strong, reciprocal partnerships in government, private and public enterprise, non-profits and educational institutions to help business build better with 21st Century, modular, environmentally-focused construction methods and materials.

In Savannah, DIRTT is involved in 20+ organizations that make a difference. We are supporters of, partners with and champions for our local community - and beyond.

Innovator Sponsor


Randy Woody
VP and GM, Manufactured Assemblies Corporation

Innovator Sponsor

 

 

Ryan Hawk
SVP of Business Development, Peach State Federal Credit Union

Innovator Sponsor

 

 

Scott W. Luton
Partner, Talent Stream Staffing

Scott Luton serves as Managing Partner for TalentStream and is a member of the ownership group. He brings more than 15 years of general management and business development experience to TalentStream. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2000, he began his career as a database analyst in the United States Air Force. Luton later joined EmployBridge – a national specialty staffing provider based in Atlanta – where he was named to the President’s Club in 2007 and 2008. He has held leadership roles including Vice President of Business Development for Definity Partners and Director of Sales for Clairon Metals Corporation. More recently, Luton founded Riverwood Associates in 2013, a leading process improvement consulting and training firm in the Southeast. He formerly served as President of APICS Atlanta and currently is a member of APICS Southeast District Staff. A certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional, Luton also maintains active membership in the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, the Transportation Club of Atlanta and SHRM Greenville.

Innovator Sponsor

 

Michael Iverson
Partner, Snellings Walters Insurance

After building, managing and owning several companies, entrepreneur Scott Rasplicka has become the latest owner and CEO of Delta Metals and is leading the transition from a pure construction company to a manufacturing company that also provides installation services. While he is a LEED® accredited professional with two decades of commercial construction experience; Scott also relies on his substantial military background in aviation and test and evaluation, and his post-military engineering and consulting work in commercial shipping technology and terminal access and security systems coupled with his manufacturing background in space systems and satellites. Scott’s varied background and interests also includes commercial real estate; but, his passion is manufacturing.

Innovator Sponsor

 

Laurie Sossa
CEO, Southern Barter Club

Laurie Sossa is the founder of Southern Barter Club (SBC), a leader in the barter and trade industry in the southeast. She incorporates the innovative tool of cashless commerce capitalizing on available professional services and resources, excess and aging inventory as well as idle assets for strategic funding for business owners. SBC has 1000 members and global reciprocation of 50,000 businesses worldwide. Laurie received a Resolution at the State Capitol in her name and a proclamation for Southern Barter Club’s economic impact in Georgia. Laurie is also Partner in a Global Trading and Distribution company that works with Manufacturing Companies and brokers distribution of consumer packaged goods, health / beauty products, food, and beverages as well as wholesale closeouts, discontinued items, and over runs. Laurie is a 20 year veteran of the market research industry and has managed research projects for a wide variety of clients including many Fortune 500 corporations. Laurie serves on the Board of Africa’s Children’s Fund and No Teen Riders.

Innovator Sponsor

Jason Pollard
Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Southwire

Jason Pollard is Southwire’s Senior Director of Corporate Communication. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Carrollton, Georgia, Southwire is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, utility products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In his role, Pollard leads and oversees the development of internal and external company messaging, as well as visual production, corporate donations and community relations. Jason serves as the President of Southwire CARES, the company’s non-profit, philanthropic 501(c)3 organization which includes Project GIFT®, the company's focus on volunteerism, and the POWER Fund, an internal employee support function.

Innovator Sponsor

Community Level Sponsor

Scott Rasplicka
COB and CEO, Delta Metals

After building, managing and owning several companies, entrepreneur Scott Rasplicka has become the latest owner and CEO of Delta Metals and is leading the transition from a pure construction company to a manufacturing company that also provides installation services. While he is a LEED® accredited professional with two decades of commercial construction experience; Scott also relies on his substantial military background in aviation and test and evaluation, and his post-military engineering and consulting work in commercial shipping technology and terminal access and security systems coupled with his manufacturing background in space systems and satellites. Scott’s varied background and interests also includes commercial real estate; but, his passion is manufacturing.

Community Sponsor

 

Charles Post
President, TSI Solutions

Charlie Post is the president of TSI Solutions, a value-added distributor of industrial automation components in Stone Mountain.  Charlie is a member of the Executive Board of NetworkingMFG, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Manufacturing & Supply Chain Council, and the Georgia Tech Lean Consortium.  He is a big supporter of the “Buy from Georgia” campaign as a way of strengthening manufacturing across the State of Georgia. 

Charlie has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Mass Communication from the University of Maryland.  He is married to Ann Oliphant Post and has two sons, Nathan and Daniel.  Daniel is employed at TSI Solutions as an outside salesman.

Community Sponsor

 

 

If you are interested in helping support and promote Georgia Manufacturing Alliance or would like to be considered for a leadership role, send your request to jason@georgiamanufacturing.com