We entered a hotel to attend a GMA event a few months ago and some nice folks in the lobby saw our name badges and said, Are you with Good Morning America?, undoubtedly hoping a TV camera from this popular USA morning show was just behind us. No, in this case,GMA stands for Grocery Manufacturers Association. Siemens is pleased to be an associate member of this 100+ year old trade association. GMA is an advocacy, value chain and scientific powerhouse for food, beverage and consumer products industry. As a member, a sponsor and participant of some of the events and committees, we have the chance to hear our customers talk about the issues facing the industry. Listening to the voice of our customers and interacting with the membership, helps Siemens answer some of the industry's toughest questions with our portfolio of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software.
This coming weekend Siemens is pleased to be a sponsor of the GMA Executive Conference. We have the pleasure of introducing the keynote speaker Charlie Gibson and we will be moderating one of the "coffee with" sessions on Tuesday morning, entitled "Igniting Innovation".