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SELL MORE and Buy Local - Panel Discussion and Workshop

SELL MORE and Buy Local - Panel Discussion and Workshop

Thursday, February 22, 2024
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)

Event Details

Local Sourcing Challenges and SOLUTIONS - Panel Discussion and Workshop

Local Sourcing is a HOT TOPIC and there are real challenges that need to be addressed.

Covid-19 has shown us that there are significant challenges with the global supply chain. In an effort to reduce negative impacts in the future, many companies have chosen to re-shore as many of their critical components as possible, but this process has been more challenging than expected for most of them. We will address both sides of the problem during this panel discussion and workshop. 

Our panel discussion will include purchasing leaders from manufacturers, suppliers (machine shops), and shipping providers.

  • Purchasing agents will share the common challenges they face while working to find local suppliers.
  • Suppliers will share the roadblocks they face in their journey to be selected as a vendor of choice. 
  • Shipping and logistics leaders will share how focusing on the lowest cost may cost you more in the long run

The educational panel discussion will be from 9:00 – 12:00 and the pitch session will be from 12:30 – 3:00

Lunch will be provided and companies who plan to pitch to the buyer panel. Suppliers will have 7 minutes to share their products and company information. The buyers will ask questions and offer suggestions on how they can improve their pitch


Dr. Bernd Deffland (DBA/CPA/LLM)
President & CFO of Dieffenbacher USA 

Dieffenbacher USA is a global, family-owned machine manufacturing company that recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. He is a dual citizen (US/Germany) with bilingual fluency in English and German. Dr. Bernd has over 20 years of international management experience, overseeing markets in Germany, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the US.

Risa Dudley
Director Of Purchasing & Production Control of RealTruck

Justin Hughes

Justin has helped leading companies in the U.S. and around the world get their products shipped on time. DIESELGRID “The Dependable Freight Carrier” is an asset-based freight transportation company that has been serving the Atlanta, Georgia area since 2009 on a Local level and within a 150-mile radius providing connections of the supply chain from Raw materials, to Manufacturing and finished products, to Warehousing and Distributions Centers, or Retail locations. We currently offer a wide variety of solutions for your success with optional services, including Drop Trailer, FTL, LTL/VTL, Same Day Delivery, GPS Tracking, Instant POD at the time of delivery, White Glove service, EDI Software Connections, and upcoming Zero Physical Contact Shipments and API Software Connections. Our Customer Service Team understands Transparency and Communication is the key to Success. DIESELGRID takes pride in understanding the uniqueness of each Customer to meet their specific goals with competitive local market rates.

Andy Johnson
Packaging Consultant - Fastpak Systems

At Fastpak, we work with hundreds of manufacturers and distributors to help them contain their packaging and shipping costs. We achieve this by utilizing years of packaging experience, and with a full breadth of product offering. We partner with top quality, state of the art, established sources in the packaging industry to bring cost effective and reliable solutions to our customers.

Please Note: This event is on the T-Level (Lowest floor)

GMA is pleased to provide this unique educational and networking event specifically designed to help build strategic alliances between suppliers, service providers, and manufacturers in Georgia.


   Thank you to our event sponsor HLB Gross Collins!


If you have any questions, please email

For More Information:

Kandy Moss
Kandy Moss
Administrative Assistant Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (770)338-0051