By Gary Weldon (Staub Manufacturing Solutions)
Around 130 manufacturers and related business people gathered at Sinclair's Ponitz Center last night for the first 2013 member meeting of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA). While surely all of the attendees have a strong interest in manufacturing (that is their business, mind you), few communicate it with the passion and flair of Greg Knox.
Greg, the owner of Knox Machinery in Franklin, OH , is the new 2013 chairman of the board, the highest volunteer position in the member-based trade organization. Originally from New York, Greg's love for manufacturing is rivaled only by his love for the Yankees.
Following a catered meal, Greg's remarks to the members were heartfelt, humorous and well received. Having been a part of other trade organizations in the past, he stated emphatically that there is none like the DRMA. He said it's the difference between a small group of shops who form an "old boys club" (what he experienced before) and hundreds of companies who are motivated to better their businesses and come together to advance the industry and the region.
As an entrepreneur who started his business with great sacrifice (like most do), Greg is very concerned (and vocal) about government policy that is harmful to manufacturers and small business owners. He shared that he is excited about the future and looks forward to working with the over 100 volunteers who serve the organization on various committees.
As part of an ongoing effort to expand both the size and the impact of the organization, Greg introduced a new referral campaign, asking members to share the "good news" of the DRMA with other manufacturers they know in the 14 county Dayton region and invite them to check out the association by coming as guests to one of the many member events throughout the year.
Members viewed a new professionally produced video for this campaign (you can view it here) that starts out asking, "Why are you a member of the DRMA?" and then features members sharing what they personally value about the organization. Greg reminded the audience that a larger DRMA will be able to offer even better programs, a larger business network and will wield greater influence.
You can find more information on chairman Greg Knox (and his business) here and the DRMA here. The next DRMA member meeting will be Thursday, February 7th at the Mandalay Banquet Center (meeting details).