Dear Members

              As we go into the season of Fall, I hope you were able to enjoy your summer. Upon reviewing the past few months, it’s amazing to think about the items we have done as an Association. ATMA held great events like the Associate’s Casino night, Fall golf outing, and a critical and informative dinner regarding Cyber Security.

              Currently, the Association is going through an exciting and important transformation period. This is the time for electing new board members as they will select the officers of our association for the next two years. The leadership of the ATMA will take us to new levels of value for all our members.

              We will need your participation and input on the direction for 2018. On November 8th @ 5:30pm we will have our annual Strategic Planning session. The location is at RevAZ @ 118 N. 7th Ave suite 400, Phoenix 85007. This is critical for all of our members to give direction in creating our vision, mission and values for this Association. We know that each member has needs that this Association can help with, such as marketing and sales issues or engineering concepts in programming, tooling, and processing. In manufacturing technology there are constant new innovations like additive manufacturing, Lean, FMS systems and lights out manufacturing that we must always be informed of and seek how it can connect to our businesses. Our Association and Associates bring many of these ideas to our dinner meeting as well as other value-added items in finance, I.T. systems, and supply chain management.

              The workforce development efforts we are working on is starting to take off with amazing candidates waiting to be hired. These new hires will be the future leaders at your shops. Please, for more information contact Rick Hansen at rhansen@azpmap.org. AzPMAP, Arizona Precision Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program.

              To help keep all members better connected and informed, we have a new website being developed with the launch date being mid November. Please visit www.arizonatooling.org soon. Also, the NTMA is launching a national health care insurance program that will help the needs of our members. More information on this program will be coming out at the fall conference and throughout the end of year.

              I ask all of our members, associates, and sponsors to be accountable to our mission in Precision Manufacturing by taking action in making this association one of the best. How can you take action? Come to the monthly dinner meetings, be involved with workforce development, participate and host shop tours, engage with local high schools for career day, join together and go to the annual legislation day in Washington D.C, and attend to the national conferences to support and learn with other members of the NTMA.

Sincerely yours,

President of the ATMA

Mark Lashinske