Starting the New Year with an off-site gathering is just the way Don Wright likes to do things. For several years running, he has brought his typically mundane staff meeting to the GM Heritage Center to kick off the New Year with some excitement and enthusiasm.

Wright is the validation engineering group manager for Vehicle Thermal Systems, HVAC and Powertrain Cooling. He said the GM Heritage Center is a great place for employees to see and get to know GM's history of excellence. Dale Larson, plant launch operation manager for the Flint Assembly launches, had the same thought for his staff. Throughout the year, the GM Heritage Center serves as a meeting, conferencing and touring venue for GM internal groups, in addition to a myriad of external organizations. In 2011, the center hosted nearly 17,000 visitors.