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GTMA39 S 103rd Annual Meeting

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GTMA officers (left to right): Thomas B. Gardner, chairman; G.L. Roy Bowen III, president; and William A. Barron Jr., chairman-electUsing the theme GTMA Leading ... Serving, Chairman Thomas B. Gardner addressed the 103rd annual meeting of GTMA - The Association of Georgias Textile, Carpet and Consumer Products Manufacturers, held recently at The Cloister on Sea Island, Ga.Praising GTMAs leadership and service accomplishments, Gardner stated that, in a difficult year for textiles, GTMA membership increased 10 percent accomplished by the strong efforts of the membership committee and staff, and illustrating GTMAs value to its members is greater than the cost of membership. He said good information, active committee meetings, as well as a host of events in 2003 backed by supportive members and a highly regarded permanent staff, are the vital forces behind GTMA. The meeting featured a broad range of other speakers as well. First session keynote speaker Crandall C. Bowles, chairman and CEO, Springs Industries Inc., Fort Mill, S.C., expressed her appreciation for GTMAs actions through the years and gave an overview of Springs history, strategy and challenges that lie ahead.Rep. Charles W. Norwood from Georgias 9th Congressional District strongly denounced the actions of US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, stating, We buy the goods from the rest of the world. We need to set the policy on imports. As more industries are [negatively] affected by imports, you have to hope that the list [of these industries] weighs heavily against retailers and others interested in imports.Featured speaker S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman, Chick-Fil-A, Atlanta, minced no words in declaring that business, business ethics and stewardship are one and the same. He stressed the importance of remaining open every day to opportunity and the ability to have a positive impact on children, family, business and the community.Additional addresses by Roger Tutterow, Ph.D., chair, department of economics and finance, Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Ga.; and William Fischer, Ph.D., professor, International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, provided, respectively, an economic analysis of the United States and an overview of Chinas economy.The concurrent 60th annual meeting of the Textile Education Foundation (TEF) featured reports by President Richard P. Strawhorn; Kenneth Breeden, Ph.D., commissioner, Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, Atlanta; and John Boland, GTMA executive-in-residence at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
June 2003



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