Jackson’s longtime executive producer is leaving the company, but a familiar face will take his place

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JACKSON, MI – The president of the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association has stepped down to take on a new role, but a familiar face is stepping up to lead the organization.

Bill Rayl has resigned from his presidency at JAMA to join the Michigan Manufacturers Association as Executive Director of Workforce Solutions. During his nearly 19 years at JAMA, Rayl developed numerous programs and partnerships to help Jackson manufacturers attract, retain and develop a world-class workforce.

“It was just one of those positions that came up and after 19 years at JAMA I decided this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Rayl said.

JAMA is a not-for-profit association of manufacturers and associate members located or doing business in Jackson County. The organization is focused on helping improve the manufacturing environment in southern Michigan as a leading provider of technology information, training, workforce and services in support of economic development.

While leaving JAMA, Rayl said he will continue his work with MMA to help develop new partnerships and collaborations to strengthen manufacturers in Michigan.

However, Rayl does not leave JAMA empty-handed. Since his departure, JAMA has been reorganizing its management structure.

“JAMA people know what they’re doing and know what they’re doing,” Rayl said. “I truly believe they will take the organization well beyond where I left off.”

JAMA is now led by its Vice President, Olivia Steele, who has been part of the organization for approximately 11 years and has stated that she is ready to take on the leadership position. The organization also created and hired Adriane Earl as Marketing and Membership Coordinator to help with operations.

JAMA will have a strong focus on education as its leadership transitions, Steele said.

“I’m excited to take JAMA to the next level,” said Steele. “Training has always been my baby so I’ve been able to keep that up with this transition and I’m thrilled.”

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