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Southern Automotive Quality Summit
April 24 - 25, 2023

Event Overview

Now in its sixth 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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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 Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and Tier Supplier Mobis will headline this year’s high-impact agenda, which will also feature presentations on the 8th Annual State of Smart Manufacturing Report, Core Tools Self-Assessment, supplier audit processes and workforce skills and solutions in a quality-driven, EV-ready industry.

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Agenda subject to change
12:00 p.m. - Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Outing
3:30 p.m. - Exhibitor Check-in & Setup
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Networking Reception
Exhibit Hall
7:00 a.m. - Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - Welcome
Opening Remarks: Governor Kay Ivey
Ron Davis - President, Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association

Chris Lewis - VP of Commercial Development & Engagement, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
8:30 a.m. - Hyundai Perspective on Quality
Mike Knopf - Quality Assurance Head of Department, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama
9:00 a.m. - Mobis Quality Systems Best Practice
Robert Hanson - Module Quality Control Head of Deparment, Mobis Alabama
9:45 a.m. - Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - The 8th Annual State of Smart Manufacturing Report
Brian Martensen -  Product Manager, Plex
Gerry Abbey - Market Research & Competitive Intelligence Manager, Plex
11:15 a.m. - Supplier Audit Process Driving Improvement
James Bruin - Executive Director, International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB)
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
Invocation: Brandy Mitchell - Central Alabama Community College
1:00 p.m. - Workforce Development Impact on Quality & Pipeline Initiatives
Ed Castile - Director, AIDT
1:45 p.m. - Core Tools Self-Assessment Case Study
Dave Mimms - Quality Support Executive, AIAG
Steve Povenz - Director of Quality, Shape Corporation
2:30 p.m. - Networking Break
3:00 p.m. - Workforce Skills & Challenges for Shift to EVs
Moderator: Steve Sewell - Executive VP, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Panelists: Mary Ila Ward - Founder, Horizon Point Consulting / Michael Staley - President, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition / Mike Oatridge - Executive Director, UA Alabama Mobility & Power Center / Hans Crouse - Senior Manager for Quality, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International / Rick Smearman - Assistant Plant Director, General Motors
4:00 p.m. - Closing Comments
Chris Lewis - VP of Commercial Development & Engagement, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
Matt Pohlman - CEO, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
Ron Davis - President, Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association


Spotlight on Southern Quality


Network & Get Connected!

Attendee Registration:

  • AAMA/AIAG Members - $200 (*Requires promo code.)
  • Non-members: $250


Join our Exhibit Hall!

Exhibit Registration:

  • AAMA / AIAG Members: $750 (*Requires promo code.)
  • Non-members: $950

Exhibit includes:
*Two complimentary exhibitor attendees (additional attendees may be added for $100 each).
*5’ table with tablecloth, two chairs and electric.


Make an Impact as a Sponsor!

Sponsorships At-a-Glance:

Gold Sponsor:
$3,500 AAMA/AIAG Members / $4,000 Non-members

Silver Sponsor:
$2,000 AAMA/AIAG Members / $2,500 Non-members

Supporting Sponsor:
$1,000 AAMA/AIAG Members / $1,500 Non-members

Networking Reception Sponsor:
$2,000 AAMA/AIAG Members / $2,500 Non-members

Lanyard Sponsor:
$2,500 AAMA/ AIAG Members / $3,000 Non-members

For full details, download our Sponsorship Prospectus below!
*To secure your sponsorship, please complete and submit the commitment form on the final page of the prospectus.

Venue & Accommodations
Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill

2500 Legends Circle
Prattville, Alabama 36066

*See link provided above for venue and hotel information. A courtesy room block for registered attendees is available for the evening of Monday, April 24 ONLY. A reservation link will be provided upon registration confirmation.

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Golf Outing

Ready to Hit the Green?

Calling all golfers! Join fellow Quality Summit attendees on the renowned Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Course for a fun afternoon of networking and golf! Golf outing begins at noon on Monday, April 24.

Golf Outing Registration: $130 (*Must be a registered summit attendee. Registration may be added to both attendee and exhibitor registrations.)

RTJ Golf Outing includes:
*Green fee, boxed lunch and two drink tickets.

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For more information, please contact:

Madison Bosc - General Event Inquiries

Chris Lewis - Golf Outing Inquiries

Interested in learning more about AAMA or AIAG?



Thank You To Our Sponsors!


Come and join us April 24 - 25 at the Southern Automotive Quality Summit!
We look forward to seeing you in Montgomery, Alabama!

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