Coan to succeed Bowen as GAM, MEF president
Posted July 16, 2020
ATLANTA – The Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM) and The Manufacturers Education Foundation (MEF) Boards of Directors elected Mike Coan as president, effective July 1.
Coan is a 14-year veteran of the Georgia General Assembly, having been first elected in 1996, and most recently served for 10 plus years spanning the Perdue, Deal and Kemp Administrations as Administrator of the Georgia Subsequent Injury Trust Fund. He is a former small business owner.
Coan will succeed Roy Bowen as president of the association and foundation. Bowen will continue to provide leadership to both organizations as chief executive officer through at least the next year with the primary objective of ensuring a seamless transition in staff leadership.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen to join such well respected organizations, the membership of which represents virtually every sector of Georgia’s manufacturing base, which is so vital to Georgia’s economic prosperity,” Coan said.
Bowen, who has led the association and foundation for 36 years, endorsed the selection of Coan, stating he was confident that Coan was prepared and had demonstrated his ability to serve the organizations with integrity and credibility.
A 1992 graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in management, Coan and his family reside in Lawrenceville, Ga. He has been and remains active in civic, charitable and professional organizations, currently serving as president of Kid’s Chance, a not-for-profit organization that provides scholarships to children of parents who were catastrophically injured or suffered a work-related death, and as a member of the Advisory Council to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
Since its founding in 1900, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers has served as the advocate for the interests of Georgia’s manufacturing businesses, which today employ 415,000 across the state. The association engages with elected and appointed officials across Georgia to ensure that the views of manufacturers are well represented in the public forum.
The Manufacturers Education Foundation works with local school districts, select technical colleges and four-year colleges and universities to ensure the development of talent to meet the workforce needs GAM members and other of Georgia’s manufacturers. Both GAM and MEF also support Georgia’s manufacturers as information resources for a wide range of matters including energy costs, taxation, environmental quality and sustainability, workplace safety and training, education and workforce development.