By Greg Schulte, AGMA Chair and President, Bonfiglioli USA
From 2020 to 2022 I had the honor of serving as the AGMA Chair. As I close the two-year service commitment, I have been asked by several people: What has AGMA accomplished recently, and where is the 107-year-old trade association heading?
This question is easy and difficult to answer all at the same time. There are so many avenues the conversation can take. Across media, education, emerging technology, standards, market intelligence, meetings and networking, there is so much to talk about. We literally have more than 600 AGMA members actively engaged in these broad efforts, delivering value to our industry in a collaborative manner.
However, as Chair, and looking at the bigger picture, I can identify six areas that I think are of critical importance to note:
We are seeing a new generation of industry leaders emerge along with the traditional business changes because of automation and robotics in our manufacturing process, but also technology with electrification. Yet, in all of this, we can’t forget our technical history, and how AGMA standards continue to stay relevant and focused.
There is a lot going on at AGMA, and if you are a business leader in our space, and NOT an AGMA member—you are missing out, both proverbially and in reality. Leaders lead, and that takes active involvement.
Being an active and engaged leader at AGMA has made me a better leader while developing a stronger business, and the privilege to create new ways of thinking and ways of executing more effectively.
I will continue to be engaged in AGMA because it’s now a primary business partner for me and my team. I hope to see you all at a future meeting or online at an AGMA event.