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Now in its seventh year, the Southern Automotive Quality Summit is a unique collaboration between the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association and the Automotive Industry Action Group. The ultimate success of the automotive industry hinges not only on maintaining, but continuing to improve, the quality of the vehicles and parts provided to the consumer. High expectations and new challenges continue to drive automakers and automotive suppliers to formulate and implement updated quality standards to prepare the automotive industry for the demands and technologies of the future.

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Join Us April 18!


Commitment to Quality

Showcasing the southern automotive industry's commitment to world-class quality the Southern Automotive Quality Summit attracts technical professionals and leaders seeking to improve their organization’s quality processes, systems and performance. Sessions led by Honda's Alabama Auto Plant will headline this year’s high-impact agenda, which will also feature presentations on supplier best practices, quality challenges, partnerships for future workforce, AIAG quality solutions and a highlight of Shelton State University's Quality Engineer program.

Professional Engineer Works on a Computer with a 3D CAD Software and Tests the Electric Car Chassis Prototype with Wheels, Batteries and Engine Standing in a High Tech Development Laboratory.
Development Laboratory Room with Professional Automotive Design Engineer Working on a Electric Car Gear Transmission. Chassis with Wheels, Batteries, Engine and Suspension.
Automobile Designer Sitting Beside Hybrid Electric Car Chassis Platform, Writes Estimations and Sketches in the Notepad. Facility with Vehicle Frame with Suspension, Wheels, Engine and Battery


**Agenda subject to change**
7:00 a.m. - Exhibitor Check-in & Setup
7:30 a.m. - Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Welcome & Introductions
Ron Davis - President, Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association

Chris Lewis - Vice President of Commercial Development & Engagement, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
Lamar Whitaker - Plant Lead, Honda Alabama Auto Plant
8:45 a.m. - Honda Perspective on Quality / Best Practices
Adam Hussemann - Assistant Chief Inspection Engineer, Honda Alabama Auto Plant
Steven Jones - Assistant Chief Inspection Engineer, Honda Alabama Auto Plant
9:15 a.m. - Supplier Best Practices
Darby Abbott
- Director of Quality, Denso Manufacturing Tennessee
Shawn Lumley - Director of Quality, Brose Manufacturing
Jamie Payne - Senior Manager, Denso Manufacturing Tennessee
10:00 a.m. - Networking & Exhibit Break
10:45 a.m. - OEM Panel: Quality Challenges & Best Practices
Moderated by: Greg Canfield - Managing Director of Economic Development, Burr & Forman
Hans Crouse
- Senior Manager Production Chief Engineer, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International
Tim Miles
- General Manager of Quality, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing
Albert Mwangi - Senior Manager of Quality, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabam
11:30 a.m. - Racing for Children's Presentation
Brynley King - Co-Founder, Racing for Children's
11:45 a.m. - Lunch & Networking
12:45 p.m. - Partnerships for Future Workforce
Opening Remarks: Ellen McNair - Secretary of Commerce, Alabama Department of Commerce
Ed Castile
- Executive Director, AIDT
Michael Gaines - Manufacturing, Planning & Control Lead, Honda Alabama Auto Plant
Lisa Morales - Executive Director, East AlabamaWorks
Audrey Webb - Project Director ALAMAP, Alabama Community College System
1:30 p.m. - Networking & Exhibit Break
2:15 p.m. - AIAG Quality Solutions
James Bruin- Executive Director, International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB)
Harald Wilhelm
- Vice President of Quality, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
3:00 p.m. - Quality Engineer Program at Shelton State
Robert Everett - Instructor, Quality Engineering, Shelton State University
3:45 p.m. - Closing Comments
Chris Lewis - Vice President of Commercial Development & Engagement, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
Ron Davis - President, Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association
4:00 p.m. - Networking Reception
4:45 p.m. - Hot Laps


Spotlight on Southern Quality


Network & Connect!

Attendee Registration

AAMA/AIAG Members - $200

Non-Members - $250


Join Our Exhibit Hall!

Exhibit Registration

Tabletop exhibit includes:
*Two complimentary exhibitor attendees
*6' table with tablecloth & two chairs


Make An Impact!

Sponsorships At-a-Glance

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Networking Reception Sponsor

For more sponsorship details, download our packages at the link below!



Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway
Leeds, Alabama 35094


Nearby Accommodations

We do not have courtesy room rates at any of the below hotels.

Hampton Inn Birmingham/Leeds

Hampton Inn Birmingham/Trussville

Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham/Trussville

Hot Laps at Barber

Feel the Need for Speed?

Then you are in luck! 60 very lucky attendees will have the chance to experience the world-famous Barber Motorsports Track in the seat of the new and all-electric Porsche Taycan! In the good hands of a professional driver, and reaching speeds of up to 120 mph, 3 passengers per car will take several laps around the 2.38 mile track, featuring 16 turns, 2 blind turns and 80 feet of elevation difference.

*No helmets or special attire required.* 

Participants will be randomly selected for Hot Laps on-site.
Stay tuned for more details!

car on the road with motion blur background.

For more information, please contact:

Donna Thompson
General Event Inquiries

Lynsey Delane
Sponsor/Exhibitor/Registration Questions


Thank You To Our Sponsors!


Join us April 18 at the Southern Automotive Quality Summit!
We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham, Alabama!

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