CAMOY History

Management Week in America


Since its inception, in 1978, by the National Management Association, Management Week in America has grown in recognition and activities each succeeding year. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan's presidential proclamation stated, "It is important that we acknowledge the essential role of management in ensuring the strength of the American economy, both in the past and for the future. We hope the public recognition of the vital role managerial employees' play in furthering the goal of our society will encourage and inspire young Americans to consider management as a career."

The first Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year Award was presented in 1986.  Since then the program has become the largest local awards program in the nation. In conjunction with Management Week in America, it is presented annually to an executive whose management skills have profoundly influenced the outstanding performance of a key element of American business, industry, governmental, or non-profit activity.

Local partnership believe that public recognition of management as a profession will improve the quality of management; inspire young citizens and educators to become familiar with the benefits quality management provides to all society; and create a respect and understanding of the essential role of management in strengthening our economic system.

National co-sponsors have recognized the following people as American Managers of the Year: President Ronald Reagan, J.W. Marriott, Jr., of Marriott Corporation, Roger B. Smith, of General Motors, Stanley C. Gault, of Rubbermaid, Kenneth Olsen, of Digital Equipment Corporation, Donald E. Peterson, of Ford Motor Company, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, Chairman, Merck and Company, Inc., John F. Welch, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Company,  and Allen F. Jacobson, Immediate Past Chairman of the Board and CEO of 3M Company.

The education of managers becomes critical in these times of shifting roles. The ability, training, and techniques required in quality management touches every conceivable profession. The growing public awareness and need for quality managers warrants recognition of the management profession by means of the annual observance of MANAGEMENT WEEK IN AMERICA.