Experts Shaping the Future of Automotive
We have brought together experts from accross innovation in connected car, mobility and autonomous car. We will be adding to the speaker line-up in the coming months, but take a look at who's already confirmed here:
Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by company.
Raj Rao CEOView Bio
Ford Smart Mobility LLC
Bio coming soon..
Thilo Koslowski Managing Director/CEOView Bio
Koslowski joined Porsche from the leading international technology advisory company Gartner Inc. and is known for his extensive knowledge of the automotive as well as Internet and technology industries. He reports directly to the Chairman of the Executive Board Oliver Blume.
Thilo Koslowski was with Gartner in Silicon Valley since 1997, most recently as Vice President and Practice Leader Automotive, Vehicle Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Smart Mobility. In this capacity, he advised global automakers and technology companies on transforming new market trends and technologies into innovative products, customer experiences, business models and partnerships.
In cooperation with all departments involved, Koslowski will assume a leading role at Porsche in implementing innovative technologies, especially in the areas of connectivity, digital customer experiences, smart mobility and autonomous vehicles. His responsibilities also include corporate venturing, seeking suitable partners in the process of digital transformation of Porsche as well as the implementation of innovative customer offerings.
Jeffrey Massimilla Chief Product Cybersecurity Officer, Product CybersecurityView Bio
Jeffrey Massimilla was named chief product cybersecurity officer, Product Cybersecurity for General Motors Company in 2014. This role was expanded from Massimilla’s most recent position as director, vehicle cybersecurity.
Massimilla is responsible for leading the team that is developing and implementing protocols and strategies to reduce the risks associated with cybersecurity threats related to the vehicle and vehicle connected services.
Prior to this role, he served as the engineering manager, Next-Generation Infotainment Systems and Integrations. During his time in this role, Massimilla led the development and launch of an entirely new vehicle infotainment system.
Massimilla joined GM in 2001 as a design release engineer, and has held held multiple roles both in electrical and vehicle product program engineering.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and Master’s degrees in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Jeff was recently named Vice Chair of the Auto Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), which is focused on further advancing cybersecurity protections within the auto industry.
Jeff lives in Milford, Michigan with his wife and their two daughters. He enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Governor Rick Snyder MichiganView Bio
As Michigan’s 48th Governor, Rick Snyder has implemented a commonsense approach to governing focusing on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems.
A self-proclaimed “one tough nerd,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective. Since he took office, the state has passed six balanced budgets early eliminating a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation.
Governor Snyder was raised in Battle Creek where his parents demonstrated the value of hard work, which was instrumental in leading the state’s successful comeback.
After graduating the University of Michigan, he joined accounting firm PwC (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). There, he met his wife Sue. They are the proud parents of Jeff, Melissa and Kelsey.
Following a successful career as partner at Coopers & Lybrand, Snyder joined Gateway as President and COO. He later returned to Michigan, cofounding Ann Arbor Spark.
Since Snyder took office, Michigan has created more than 500,000 private sector jobs.
He successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan providing affordable, quality healthcare for more than 500,000 hard-working Michiganders.
With his unwavering commitment, Detroit has emerged bankruptcy as one of the great comeback stories in American history.
The Governor’s “Relentless Positive Action” has brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan’s future.
Burkhard Huhnke Senior Vice President, E-MobilityView Bio
In his role as vice-president at Volkswagen’s North American Engineering and Planning Center (EPC), Burkhard Huhnke encourages innovation in the market, builds relationships with national R&D organisations and liaises with universities.
Huhnke previously served as head of Product Engineering at VW’s Chattanooga plant, leading the product engineering teams for the Passat and mid-sized SUV projects. From 2006 to 2011 he was executive director of VW’s Electronics Research Laboratory in Palo Alto, California. His other achievements include helping to initiate the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Center (VAIL) at Stanford University and leading the Autonomous Car Project: Volkswagen Passat Junior.
Huhnke continues to represent VW at the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. He has also been named research fellow at the Global Center for Disruptive Innovation at Hult International Business School in San Francisco Bay, California
Peter Kosak Executive Director, Urban Mobility ProgramsView Bio
Peter Kosak is GM executive director of global Urban Mobility Programs, and responsible for implementing the company’s urban mobility initiatives around the world. His team is charged with developing new services, products and partnerships to address new opportunities and challenges associated with the world’s growing urbanization.
Kosak began his GM career in 1986 as an aerodynamics engineer. He has since held various positions in purchasing, engineering, design, product planning and marketing. Recent assignments include global vehicle line executive, large RWD cars and executive director of global advance purchasing, new technology and advanced propulsion within the company’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization.
Kosak holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Columbia University.
Mircea Gradu Executive Director, Engineering and QualityView Bio
Hyundai Motor America
Mircea Gradu, Ph.D., joined Hyundai Motor America in May 2014 as director of engineering and quality. Gradu leads the development and implementation of product strategy to improve both the initial quality of Hyundai models and vehicle durability.
Gradu has more than 22 years of experience, most recently serving as vice president and head of transmission powertrain and driveline engineering for Chrysler Group LLC.
He started his automotive career at Daimler-Benz AG in Stuttgart, Germany and transitioned into other key executive roles within the automotive space including Schaeffler Group and The Timken Company.
Gradu’s distinguished career includes being the recipient of the 2008 Edward Cole Award for Automotive Innovation, the 2005 Forest McFarland Award and the SAE-Timken Howard Simpson Innovation Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Gradu was appointed SAE Fellow in 2011. He served as Vice President of SAE International - Automotive Sector from 2010 to 2012.
Gradu was listed among the 50 most influential automotive executives in 2012 by Motor Trend, and credited with the revival of the rear-wheel-drive automotive platforms through the introduction of the novel and fuel efficient transmission solutions.
He was awarded 56 patents on mechatronic automotive systems, published over 40 papers and held seminars or offered presentations at IEEE, SAE, TOPTEC, VDI and IFToMM events.
Gradu holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.
He enjoys classic car driving and restoration, travel and outdoor recreation, including mountain biking, skiing and kiteboarding.
Faye Francy Executive DirectorView Bio
Prior to joining Auto-ISAC, Ms. Francy was responsible for establishing, implementing, and overseeing the mission, goals, and policies of the Aviation-ISAC. As lead of the BCA Cyber ONE team at Boeing, she led an enterprise-wide group focused on leveraging the best of Boeing in the cyber domain. Before joining Boeing in 2001, Ms. Francy was the Director of FAA Programs at ARINC Incorporated and also owned and operated two private companies – Intersec and AvSec.
Ms. Francy has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Towson State University and a Master's Degree in Forensic Chemistry from University of Pittsburgh. She is also an AIAA Associate Fellow.
Martin Rosell Managing DirectorView Bio
Martin has served in the IT industry since 1982 with involvement in a broad range of applications spanning from transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications, product development & life cycle mgmt to driverless navigation and management solutions. Since 2008 Martin has been the Managing Director at WirelessCar. WirelessCar is now one of the world's leading telematics service providers serving the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors with services operational in 50 countries on four continents.
Larry Hilkene Product Cybersecurity LeaderView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Roger Lanctot Associate Director - Global Automotive PracticeView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Holger Weiss CEOView Bio
German Auto Labs
Holger G. Weiss is founder and CEO of German Autolabs. He has a 15+ year track record in managing and building technology driven companies with innovative business models in the future mobility sector.
Mr. Weiss has a deep expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a pivotal role within the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin from its founding until the exit to Nokia in 2006. gate5 was the germ cell of HERE - a map and content provider that has recently been acquired by three German car makers for nearly 3 billion Euro.
Before founding German Autolabs Mr. Weiss was managing director and CEO of Aupeo. Under his leadership the music streaming startup developed into one of the leading provider of internet-based audio content for the automotive industry. In 2013 Aupeo got acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America.
Mr. Weiss is member of the board in various technology companies and also Venture Partner at Target Partners - one of the leading VC companies in Europe. Besides his business activities he is also an enthusiastic mentor and business angel for young founders. He consults medium-sized companies as well as tech and industry related associations. He is an author, moderator and speaker.
Oliver Rumpf-SteppatHead of Product Requirements, Development and Connected DriveView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Paul DeLong CEOView Bio
Paul DeLong is President and CEO of car2go N.A., LLC, where he is responsible for day-to-day management of car2go North America, including the local and regional operations across the U.S. and Canada.
DeLong was named President and CEO in March of 2015. Since that time, he’s continued to drive the positive momentum of car2go North America while maintaining a laser focus on car2go members. An enthusiastic leader, DeLong believes that a casual, fun atmosphere and a shared sense of purpose are key to ongoing success of the car2go North America team. Looking ahead, DeLong isn’t finished disrupting transportation – as changing technology brings new possibilities to the table, he’s working to grow car2go’s position at the forefront of the evolving mobility landscape.
Prior to becoming President and CEO, DeLong held the position as CMO of car2go NA, where he helped grow the brand from a pilot program in Austin to the leading one-way car sharing company in North America. DeLong’s unique approach to business helped car2go North America build a cult-like following across 14 cities and garner numerous accolades including being named a Cult Brand by The Gathering, Best Carshare by the Vancouver Courier, Best Carsharing Service by Best of D.C., and earning the prestigious EPA Clean Air Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Before car2go, DeLong spent more than a decade at Daimler Trucks North America in various management roles spanning regional sales, product marketing, product strategy, vocational marketing, and engineering. Prior to joining Daimler in 1998, DeLong acquired retail and fleet management experience working for Enterprise Rent A Car.
An Ohio native, DeLong earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Michael Mikos CFOView Bio
Michael Mikos is chief financial officer and director of business development of car2go N.A., LLC, a role he assumed in July, 2015. In this role, Mikos is responsible for the financial management and expansion of car2go’s business in North America. He reports directly to car2go N.A. president and chief executive officer Paul DeLong.
Prior to his appointment as CFO, Mikos served as director of strategic development, assuming that role in March, 2013. He was responsible for the development car2go’s city launches across North America and managed the development and integration of new Daimler mobility products. Mikos also built strategic partnerships and investments throughout the North American mobility market.
Prior to joining car2go, Mikos was project manager of revenue enhancement for Daimler Trucks of North America, where he wore multiple hats from marketing and sales to financial analysis since assuming that role in 2009. From 2008 to 2009, Mikos served as district sales manager, where he was responsible for sales of Sterling Trucks through direct dealer and customer contacts in the Southern Region. Prior to that, he served as national sales support manager, leading sales operations projects, and was also a financial product analyst for Daimler Trucks of North America.
Before joining Daimler Trucks of North America, Mikos worked at Navistar International – formerly International Harvester – as an operations finance and activity-based management analyst, developing and implementing financial models at manufacturing sites and conducting analyses that helped identify operational efficiencies.
Mr. Mikos has an M.B.A. in Finance from DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, as well as a B.S. in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kurt HoppeGlobal Head of Innovation - Connected CarView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Sean Simpson Investment ManagerView Bio
Prior to joining GM Ventures in April 2016, Sean was Founder/CEO of AutoBike, a startup that designed and built electronic automatic shifting systems for bicycles. Before that, he worked in both the automotive and military defense industries as a lead engineer with a focus on powertrain activities.
Sean received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan.
Ken Stewart Chief Business & Technology OfficerView Bio
Ken is Karma’s “Renaissance man”.
He trained as an engineer, but his first paycheck came from a Dixieland jazz band. He has designed engines; worked with NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and marketed cars. His intellectual appetite is broad, and he is a leading candidate for the executive you would most like to have dinner with if you couldn’t talk about work.
His job at Karma is to figure out what consumers want; what is possible; and what Karma should do. It combines business and technology strategy. Most of us are focused on launching a car. Ken is focused on what Karma does after they launch the car.
He grew up in Detroit, with a father who spent a life working in the car business. He is Midwest-nice, has travelled the world and works successfully with everyone.
Henry Bzeih Managing Director, Kia Connected & MobilityView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Rasheq Zarif Head of Business InnovationView Bio
Rasheq Zarif is the Head of the Business Innovation division of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America located in Silicon Valley. His team focuses on the emergence and development of new business opportunities in the U.S. Market. The areas include but are not limited to: smart cities, mobility solutions, logistics, and digital services.
Mr. Zarif has been in various strategic roles within the Mercedes-Benz organization for almost 15 years. Prior to that, he had held multiple research roles with UC Berkeley and the NYC Department of Transportation. Mr. Zarif graduated with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Management of Technology from UC Berkeley and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Columbia University.
Darren Gosbee Vice President - EngineeringView Bio
Darren Gosbee is Vice President Powertrain and Advanced Technology for commercial vehicles manufactured by Navistar Corporation. At Navistar’s World Headquarters in Lisle, Chicago, he is responsible for Advanced Vehicle Technology development as well as overseeing the design, development and installation of all Navistar and vendor engines used in International Trucks and IC Buses. In this role Darren is also responsible for the development of Navistar’s DoE SuperTruck2 program. The engine and vehicle Certification and Compliance activities for Navistar products complete Darren’s portfolio of responsibilities.
Darren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from City University, London and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology, a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council and is a member of SAE.
Gaurav Bansal Senior Researcher - Cooperative Automated DrivingView Bio
Gaurav is a Senior Researcher at the Toyota InfoTechnology Center in Mountain View, CA, where he leads several research initiatives on the design of communication systems for Automated Driving. Gaurav is an expert in Vehicular Communications, pioneering contributions in Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) congestion control and in innovative use-cases to leverage connectivity in cars. His current research interests also include millimeter wave & full-duplex wireless communications. Gaurav represents Toyota in the Automakers’ Vehicle Safety Communication Consortium and in the SAE, ETSI standardization bodies. Gaurav's paper on DSRC Congestion Control received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE WiVEC Symposium. He also holds several patents in the field. Gaurav serves in the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials Journal and IEEE Connected Vehicles Initiative. Gaurav holds Electrical Engineering degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and The University of British Columbia.
Greg BrannonDirector, Automotive EngineeringView Bio
In his role as the Director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations for AAA, Greg Brannon oversees all automotive research and testing for the association. Past research projects, designed to inform and educate consumers, include advance driver assistance systems, autonomous vehicles, advanced headlight technology, electric vehicles and evaluations of fuel quality and octane ratings. Greg’s key focus is building AAA’s technical expertise on emerging automotive issues to serve the association’s 56 million members.
Greg regularly serves as a AAA expert on automotive technology and is frequently featured in the national media, including the Associated Press, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Car and Driver, Automotive News and NPR. Leading AAA’s automotive industry relations, Greg has also been a featured speaker at National Transportation Safety Board and National Safety Council events, and fosters AAA’s relationships with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Center for Automotive Research, automakers, tier-one suppliers and other industry stakeholder groups. He also regularly provides guidance to the automotive and safety industries, assisting in the development of test plans and industry standards.
Greg begin his 25-year tenure at AAA as an emergency roadside service counselor and, throughout his career, has held positions within Market Research, Strategy and Plans, Member Relations and Business Markets, where he worked with OEMs including Lexus, Volkswagen/Audi, Porsche and BMW.
Outside of work, Greg is an active drag racer and, as a previously nationally- ranked sports car racer, serves as a National Hot Rod Association Sportsman Race Advisory Councilmember. Greg is a seasoned automotive enthusiast, having held multiple ASE certifications, and is an avid Volkswagen fan, frequently seen under the hood of his 1958 Volkswagen Beetle or on the trails with his hand-fabricated sand rail.
Greg holds a B.S. in Business Management and a MBA from the University of Central Florida.
Chris GardnerVice PresidentView Bio
Chris manages all technology areas for AASA members, including the AASA Technology Council and the AASA Technology Conference. The AASA Technology Conference is the leading technology event in the North American Automotive Aftermarket industry. He represents members on the Aftermarket Telematics Task Force, AASA Telematics Working Group, ETI’s Equipment & Tool Committee and the SAE Automotive Aftermarket Electronics Committee.
He has 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, has received two automotive component patents, and has written dozens of articles and white papers.
He has been with the MEMA organization and has managed the AASA Technology Council for almost 19 years. Other areas of responsibility include AASA operations, AAPEX and managing the AASA Intellectual Property Council.
Gardner has a B.S. degree from North Carolina State University.
Dom Bonte Managing Director and Vice President, B2BView Bio
Dominique Bonte, Managing Director and Vice President, B2B, is responsible for ABI Research's global automotive coverage including telematics, connected car, infotainment, navigation, location technologies and services, ADAS, V2X and cooperative systems, cyber security, autonomous vehicles and driverless cars, Usage Based Insurance, smart mobility, Intelligent Transportation Systems, smart cities, fleet management, asset tracking and IoE/IoT.
Dominique’s background comprises a wealth of telecommunication and mobile device applications experience. He previously worked for Orange and BT in Belgium and held a variety of positions at consumer/industrial technology companies, assuming roles in product management and market research and intelligence. He later started his own company in software consulting for mobile devices, where he acquired extensive experience in mobile satellite navigation software.
Dominique holds an MS in Electronics Engineering at the University of Leuven and has earned several marketing and business degrees.
Scott Frank VP Marketing,View Bio
Before joining Airbiquity in 2013, Scott worked at leading communications, publishing, and technology companies for more than 25 years including J. Walter Thompson, IDC, IBM and Microsoft. Scott has developed, deployed, and optimized integrated marketing programs on a global, national and regional scale throughout his career. He earned B.S. in advertising from Syracuse University.
Gail Gottehrer PartnerView Bio
Gail Gottehrer is a partner at Akerman LLP in New York where she is a member of the Labor and Employment Group and the Data Law Group. Gail's practice focuses on management-side labor and employment litigation, class action defense and other complex commercial matters, including privacy and technology related litigation. She is one of the few defense lawyers to have been involved in the trial of a class action to verdict before a jury.
Gail is a frequent speaker on topics relating to the implications of technology on the law, on business operations and on the digital workplace, including data ownership and data privacy, telematics, autonomous vehicles, drones, robots, electronic evidence, usage based insurance, smart buildings, biometrics, wearable technology and the Internet of Things. Gail teaches a course in Law for Knowledge Innovation and Practices at Columbia University and is a Fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School. Gail is the Director of the Connecticut Chapter of Women in eDiscovery. She is the co-chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s eDiscovery and ESI Committee and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Executive Women's Forum.
Gail was recently selected as one of the New York Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence, as one the Connecticut Technology Council’s 2016 Women of Innovation, and as one of the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2016 Women Worth Watching. She is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of The Connecticut Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and a Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a former Law Clerk to the Honorable Murray C. Goldman, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Fred DimesaVP Product StrategyView Bio
Fred has more than 20 years of experience developing strategies and launching new businesses in the technology space. In 2016, he joined InsureTech leader Answer Financial, to identify and define emerging opportunities in the changing insurance landscape, including his current focus on telematics. Prior to joining Answer Financial, Fred led efforts to relaunch Liberty Media’s Gift.com business and held senior roles at IAC’s CityGrid business unit. Fred began his career as a strategy consultant with Monitor Group where he was responsible for providing strategic advice to Fortune 100 companies. Fred holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Southern California.
Brendan O’Brien Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder,View Bio
Brendan O'Brien is Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder at Aria Systems. In 2002 he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications before the concept of “cloud” was on the horizon. O’Brien is the industry’s foremost thinker on recurring revenue: enabling new business models, improving business processes, providing multi-dimensional customer choice, and ultimately increasing revenue. The product architecture he designed for Aria was the culmination of that experience; it’s an infinitely flexible and scalable cloud-based billing and monetization solution that can be adapted to any industry or vertical. Aria’s recognized leadership confirms Brendan’s original vision.
Trained as a professional stage actor and classical tenor, in the mid ‘90s Brendan realized coding paid better; his love of music’s reflected in the company’s name, and his continuing contributions to Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the Walnut Street Theater, and the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Chad AmmonsVice President, Global Strategy & DevelopmentView Bio
Bio coming soon.
Donny SeyferChairmanView Bio
Automotive Services Association
Bio coming soon.
Liz Kerton Executive DirectorView Bio
Liz Kerton is a technology and telecom marketing expert with a 20-year entrepreneurial history - from retail and wholesale to online and manufacturing. Building on 15 years' experience working with telecom companies, successfully marketing and launching many new services, new product lines, and even new companies, she started Telecom Council of Silicon Valley in 2001 - a community of telecom industry insiders who are focused on telecom innovation. Through 30+ meetings each year, the Telecom Council now connects 1000s of executives from 100s of companies, including 20+ global fixed and wireless telcos. 10 years later, in 2011, she spun off the Autotech Council which connects auto makers and their Tier 1 vendors with innovation and entrepreneurs. Ms. Kerton speaks English, French, Spanish and Japanese, has a MA in Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and was voted one of the Silicon Valley's most influential women in 2012 by the San Jose Business Journal.
Quin Garcia Managing DirectorView Bio
Mr. Quin Garcia serves as a Managing Director at AutoTech Ventures. He serves as an Advisor to Peloton Technology and a Board Observer at IQ Taxi. He serves as a Director of Conencted Signals since 2013. He also serves as an Observer at IQ Taxi since 2014 and as an Advisor at Peloton Technologies since 2014. Mr. Garcia was a part of the Founding Team of Auto Alliances; Better Place between 2007 and 2012. He also served as a Business Analyst of Management Consulting at Strategic Management Solutions between 2005 and 2007 and a Vehicle Dynamics Research Assistant at Stanford Dynamic Design Lab from 2006 to 2007. He was a Powertrain Team Leader at Cornell HEV Team from 2003 to 2004. He is fluent in the English, Mandarin, and Spanish languages. Mr. Garcia received an MS in Management Science and Auto Eng from Stanford University in 2007 and BS Applied Econ and Management from Cornell University in 2004.
Jonathan AllenPrincipalView Bio
Booz Allen Hamilton
Jon is a Booz Allen Hamilton Principal/Director and the firm’s executive over the high-tech manufacturing practice focusing on cyber security, enabling connected vehicles, introducing automotive data analytics, incident response, and cyber threat intelligence related to vehicle safety.
Before joining Booz Allen’s commercial practice, Jon helped reestablish the firm’s commercial business in the Middle East and previously supported the US Government clients within the defense and intelligence agencies developing resiliency and risk practice protecting US critical infrastructure.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jon served as a US Army Infantry Officer with assignments in Georgia, Korea, Washington DC, and Texas – to include serving as the Senior Army Social Aide to President Clinton and commanding an infantry company with the 1st Calvary Division. Jon received his BA from Norwich University and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. He also serves as the Vice Chairman for Norwich University’s Board of Fellows.
Richard WallaceDirector, Transportation Systems AnalysisView Bio
Center for Automotive Research
Richard Wallace, M.S., serves as director, Transportation Systems Analysis group within the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). He has 20 years of experience designing, conducting, and managing transportation projects and research. Mr. Wallace serves as principal investigator for CAR’s connected vehicle efforts for the Michigan Department of Transportation, CAR’s work on a U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology (RITA) project to apply remote sensing to bridge-health monitoring, and CAR’s components of a mobile computing project for the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. Previously for RITA, he led CAR’s portion of a multi-organizational team to apply GPS, GIS, and geo-fencing to analyze truck activity at international border crossings. In addition, he led CAR’s connected vehicle-related projects for DENSO, the Michigan International Speedway, and the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Wallace spent several years working as a researcher at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and several more at the UM Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory. At the University of Michigan, his worked focused on the evaluation of several intelligent transportation systems (ITS) field tests in the State of Michigan.
Mr. Wallace holds an M.S. in technology and science policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan.
Michael Blanck Senior Director, Connected CarView Bio
Michael Blanck has extensive experience building connected car solutions for OEMs and carriers worldwide. With more than 15 years of experience in the automotive and telematics industries, Blanck currently serves as Senior Director, Connected Car for Jasper.
Previously Blanck spent more than a decade with GM, where he held multiple roles. Among them, global engineering manager for telematics, network operations manager for OnStar, as well as lead engineer for OnStar. Blanck is a well-known industry speaker for Connected Car events, most recently presenting at TU-Automotive Europe in Germany in November.
Blanck earned both a Master’s of Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Macario Namie Macario NamieView Bio
Macario leads IoT strategy, including ecosystem development, for Cisco. He joined Cisco via the acquisition of Jasper Technologies, where he spent 9 years in leading strategy and marketing. The Jasper Control Center platform is widely regarded as the global IoT Platform leader, serving thousands of enterprises and over 20 connected car OEMs.
Grayson Brulte Co-Chair, Mayor's Autonomous Vehicle Task ForceView Bio
City of Beverly Hills
Bio coming soon.
Mark de la VergneChief of Mobility InnovationView Bio
City of Detroit
Mark de la Vergne is the Chief of Mobility Innovation at the City of Detroit. The Office of Mobility Innovation is focused on making it easier for people to get around Detroit and supporting the growth of the mobility industry in the City. This work includes accelerating mobility as a service for all residents, integrating connected and autonomous vehicles as part of the transportation network, and developing sustainable funding and business models for new mobility services. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus in transportation.
Chris Massot PartnerView Bio
Chris Massot is a business leader and strategist, with a long history of guiding companies through the reinvention and evolution of their business. With more than 20 years in technology, product development, design, and manufacturing, Chris has helped create disruptive products and experiences such as the Microsoft Xbox, the Nike FuelBand, the Disney MagicBand, and the NFL's connected stadium. He has also worked with Apple, Google, Starbucks, Intel, Samsung, and a host of start-ups on innovative products that have enhanced consumer experiences worldwide.
Scott McCormick PresidentView Bio
Connected Vehicle Trade Association
Scott has degrees in Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and Doctoral Research in Artificial Intelligence.
In 2004 Scott founded and was named President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association by the Board of Directors. Previously Scott was the Executive Director of the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, a nonprofit research organization of the world’s largest automakers. Prior to this Scott was General Electric’s Factory with a Future Program Manager, implementing over $1 billion in advanced systems.
Scott is a former Advisor to the United States National Science Foundation and the Industrial Sector Representative to the US Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer Consortium. He is a Member of the US ISO Technical Advisory Group and a Member of the Steering Committee to the Joint Commercial-Military Technology Transfer Committee.
In March 2012, and again in 2014, Scott was appointed by the United States Congress to advise the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the study, development, and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Johann HieblExecutive Vice President, Infotainment & Connectivity Business UnitView Bio
Johann Hiebl was born in 1961 in Runding, a small Bavarian village in Germany.After finishing his university studies in electronic engineering in 1985, he directly joined Siemens Automobiltechnik, the former automotive branch of Siemens AG, as a project leader within Body Electronics.
Mr. Hiebl took on the role as a key project leader for Daimler and Nissan and later on acted as sales segment lead for the US customers Ford, Chrysler, GM as well as Nissan in Troy, USA. In 1998, he went back to Regensburg in Germany and took on the challenging position as Head of Sales & Portfolio within Body Electronics. After 8 years, Mr. Hiebl moved with his family to Yokohama, Japan, to work in a new function directing the sales segment for Asian vehicle manufacturers with Siemens VDO.
Back in Germany in 2010, he brought in all his expertise to take over the responsibility for Continental`s “Asia up!” initiative, before transferring to the Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit as a segment head, successfully introducing new sales initiatives.
In December 2012, Mr. Hiebl was promoted to head the global Business Unit Infotainment & Connectivity within the Interior Division as Executive Vice President. Mr. Hiebl is married with three children. He spends most of his spare time with his family, likes travelling around the world and is interested in gardening. He has a passion for everything that has wheels, especially classic cars from the 1950’s on as well as off- road rides with ATV´s.
Ed Cohen Vice President-Ratings and ResearchView Bio
Ed Cohen is Vice President-Ratings and Research for Cumulus Media, owners of over 450 radio stations in 90 markets and the U.S and the Westwood One radio network with over 8,000 affiliated radio stations. Ed’s role at Cumulus is to be the “research voice” for the company working with stations and research suppliers to maximize audiences and revenue for Cumulus stations. Other aspects of Ed’s role at Cumulus include evaluating new audience measurement methods, training Cumulus managers and programmers to use ratings data to greatest advantage, and research design. Ed represents Cumulus Media on the Media Rating Council and the National Association of Broadcasters’ COLRAM committee.
Prior to joining Cumulus in 2016, Ed spent 16 years as a Vice President at Nielsen Audio and its predecessor, Arbitron. During his time there, he worked with the core audience measurement product, digital audio measurement, and connected cars. Previously, he was Vice President-Research for Clear Channel Communications and has also worked for WPXI-TV, Birch/Scarborough Research, the National Association of Broadcasters, and WSPA-FM. Ed has taught at both Michigan State University and Duquesne University and has guest lectured at numerous universities and presented at many industry conferences.
Ed holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media and a B.A. in Telecommunication from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. He is former president of the Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State. Ed holds membership in a number of professional organizations and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media.
David Sturtz Chief Marketing OfficerView Bio
David is responsible for marketing, strategy and thought leadership at Dealer-FX. He has more than 10 years of executive experience in automotive technology, beginning as the founder and CEO of RepairPal, the industry standard price and quality discovery application for automotive repair consumers. He subsequently ran marketing and business development at Xtime, and briefly lead the effort to build a vehicle trade-in product at TrueCar. Prior to founding RepairPal, David ran a global-macro hedge fund and worked as a research analyst for Prudential Securities and Credit Suisse First Boston, covering software and technology service companies. He has also provided strategic consulting services to companies in a number of non-automotive industries. He holds a B.A in Economic Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University where he was also a doctoral candidate in Political Economics.
Tony Cannestra Investment ManagerView Bio
Tony Cannestra is the Director of Corporate Ventures for DENSO International America (DIAM). DIAM is the U.S. subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, once of the world’s largest auto parts and systems suppliers. Mr. Cannestra’s primary responsibility is to identify, and invest in, startup companies working on new technologies that are of strategic interest to DENSO’s future product roadmap. Prior to joining DENSO, Mr. Cannestra worked as an Independent Consultant helping clients with startup technology discovery in Silicon Valley. Prior to his work as an Independent Consultant, Mr. Cannestra was Executive Vice President of Ignite Group, a venture capital company based in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Cannestra received a BA in International Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also earned an MBA, with a Certificate in Management of Technology, from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chris Thomas PartnerView Bio
Chris is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis, where he is responsible for a wide range of critical processes ranging from deal sourcing and execution to corporate operations and business strategy. Chris also acts as a business development executive on behalf of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies.
Prior to Fontinalis, Chris worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury, where he conducted financial and strategic analysis. Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq where he was responsible for data communication systems and organizational change management. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS in San Francisco and New York within its Technology and Energy groups. He was responsible for due diligence, financial analysis and execution on a broad range of transactions.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of one of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies, LocoMobi, and is the Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit that inspires adults to read aloud to children regularly, increasing their chances to lead healthy, productive lives. Additionally, he serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, ParkMe, and SQLstream. He is also a member of the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems.
Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in strategy. While at Yale, he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s seminar on Faith and Globalization. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a staunch advocate of urban redevelopment and the revitalization of the City of Detroit.
Kate Migon Head of New Mobility Solutions, AmericasView Bio
Leading Gemalto’s New Mobility and Automotive verticals, Kate drives the identification of new opportunities and trends around security, personalization, and user experience. With over 10 years of industry experience, she has focused on creating a market driven by innovative technological advancements and improved customer experience. Kate loves riding her motorcycle, experimenting with new hobbies and finding the best restaurant in town.
Michael Tworek Head of Strategy, Automotive and MobilityView Bio
As the Head of Strategy for its Automotive & Mobility Business Domain, Michael Tworek is responsible for driving Gemalto’s activities in the New Mobility space.
Michael studied Mechanical Engineering (Diplom-Ing.) at the University of Bochum, Germany and has 25 years of global business experience in several business domains such as mobile services, payment and smart manufacturing.
Joe FabbreDirector, Platform SolutionsView Bio
Green Hills Software
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Kristen Kolodge Executive Director, Driver Interaction and HMIView Bio
Kristin Kolodge is Executive Director of Driver Interaction and Human Machine Interface (HMI) at J.D. Power. She is responsible for developing a new HMI Practice at the company and monitoring customer insights, perceptions and behaviors of the consumers interacting with the technology in their vehicles and around them.
Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Ms. Kolodge was senior manager of HMI and ergonomics at Fiat Chrysler. She spent the majority of her 18 years at the company developing automotive features that enhance the customer interface by optimizing ergonomics, intuitiveness and usability. She led the development of the vehicle HMI process that integrated human factors, ergonomics and cognitive analysis into actionable design direction. She also served as senior manager of product investigations and campaigns responsible for conducting technical investigations on products related to vehicle safety and compliance and making recommendations regarding potential field campaign actions.
Ms. Kolodge received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan.
Guido Dornbusch Vice President, Product ManagementView Bio
Guido Dornbusch is the Vice President of Product Management for Laird’s Connected Vehicle Solutions business unit. He leads the implementation of product strategy as well as the marketing team. Prior to joining Laird, Mr. Dornbusch led the advanced engineering department for vehicle connectivity and smart device integration products with Novero.
Mr. Dornbusch has a strong background in product development with a focus on System Design and Architecture. He has held various roles with automotive tier 1 suppliers and telecommunication providers such as Philips Imaging Systems, Nokia Automotive, Nokia Mobile Phones and Teleca.
Mr. Dornbusch holds an Engineering Degree from the Osnabruck University of Applied Sciences.
James FishVP Business DevelopmentView Bio
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Kyle LandryResearch AssociateView Bio
Kyle Landry is a Research Associate at Lux Research and is based in Boston. As a member of the Autonomous Systems 2.0 service he conducts research and market analysis for clients interested in Autonomous Systems, with representative topics including autonomous vehicles, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Kyle received a dual B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Mechanics from Northeastern University.
Robert GrantDirector of Government RelationsView Bio
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Ian SimmonsVice President - Business Development, R&DView Bio
Ian Simmons has served as Vice President Business Development, Corporate Engineering and R&D since 2012. In this role Simmons is responsible for validating innovation opportunities for Magna along with developing cooperative relationships with customers as well as coporate venture groups, government agencies, educational communities and other research institutions. He also manages outside investment in partner technology companies to commercialize inventions for the Magna product groups.
Simmons joined Magna in 2003 as Executive Director Sales and Program Management for Magna Steyr North America. In 2008 he was promoted to General Manager, Magna Steyr North America and in 2010 this role was expanded to President of Magna Steyr North America.
Simmons, who has worked in the automotove industry for more than 35 years, began his career in 1976 with student training at the Ford Motor Company in the U.K. Upon leaving Ford in 1982 he undertook engineering assignments in Europe with Volkswagen and DAF Trucks.
In 1990 Simmons held the position of Manager of Business Development for Hawtal Whiting Plc. in the U.K., where he was responsible for sales activities throughout Europe. In 1993 he accepted a transfer to the company’s U.S. operation to become Vice President of Sales. In 1995 Simmons became Vice President of Operations for the Hawtal Whiting technical center in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Simmons returned to the U.K. in 1997 as Director of Business Development for TWR Ltd. supporting TWR Group sales and operational tasks for the technical services division. He subsequently returned to the U.S. in 1999 and joined Porsche Engineering Services as Head of Sales in 2000. Simmons holds dual U.S. / U.K. citizenship.
Simmons has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers for over 20 years.
Kirk Steudle DirectorView Bio
Kirk T. Steudle began his career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 1987. A registered professional engineer, he rose through the ranks of the department to his current position. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Steudle state transportation director on Jan. 1, 2011. He also served as state transportation director from 2006 to 2010.
Steudle oversees MDOT’s more than $4 billion budget and is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges. He also oversees administration of a wide range of multi-modal transportation programs statewide. MDOT currently has 2,500 employees.
Steudle was the 2014 chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee and has served on the TRB Executive Committee since 2004. He also chaired the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Oversight Committee for TRB. He was president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) from 2011 to 2012 and he has been a member of the AASHTO Board of Directors since 2006.
Steudle is a national leader in the development of connected vehicle technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with the road and other vehicles to improve safety and mobility. He continues to work with a partnership of governments and auto manufacturers to further high-tech highway operations and, at the same time, improve Michigan’s economy. Steudle was the 2014-2015 chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, he serves on the board of the Engineering Society of Detroit, the largest engineering society in the country. He also chairs the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center’s (MTC) External Advisory Board (EAB). Steudle serves on the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) College of Engineering Advisory Board, and is a trustee for the Traffic Improvement Association (TIA) of Michigan.
In 2015, Steudle was named one of America's Top 25 Government Innovators by Government Technology. He received the Felix A. Anderson Image Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan in 2013, and he was one of nine alumni inducted into the inaugural LTU Department of Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. Steudle is the recipient of the 2011 P.D. McLean Award from the Road Gang for excellence in highway transportation. In 2010, he received the prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald award from AASHTO, recognizing him nationally for his continuous outstanding service and exceptional contribution to highway engineering.
In the past, Steudle has served as MDOT’s chief deputy director, Bay Region engineer, and Metro Region deputy region engineer. He was also president of the 2009 Mississippi Valley Conference.
Steudle is a graduate of Adrian High School and LTU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering. He also served on the Essexville City Council from 1995 to 1999.
Steudle and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and live in South Lyon, Michigan.
Tina Srivastava Strategic Engineering Research GroupView Bio
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Gareth WilliamsDirector of Advanced DevelopmentView Bio
Gareth Williams is Director of Advanced Development at Mitsubishi Electric. He leads a team that is responsible for identifying, researching and bringing leading development, ideas, and technology to the company.
Gareth has worked for 15 years in the automotive field. Gareth joined Mitsubishi Electric in 2013 coming from an engineering services background. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Patrick O'Connor Member of BoardView Bio
National Association of Fleet Admistrators (NAFA)
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Alex Epstein Senior Director, Digital Strategy & ContentView Bio
National Safety Council
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Sam Abuelsamid Senior AnalystView Bio
Sam Abuelsamid is a senior research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Transportation Efficiencies program, with a focus on alternative fuels, vehicle telematics, and connected vehicles. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Abuelsamid worked in the automobile industry for 22 years, helping to develop advanced braking and control systems and embedded software. Prior to joining Navigant Research, Abuelsamid was the editorial lead for Ford Cars and Technology Communications, developing communications materials around several new launches including the 2013 Fusion and the 2015 Mustang. As an automotive journalist, he reported extensively on a range of important stories, including the development cycle of the Chevrolet Volt, the launch of Tesla Motors, and the 2010 Toyota recall crisis. From 2007 to 2010 he was the technical editor/technical director for GreenFuelsForecast and the technical editor for Autoblog and AutoblogGreen. He was for many years the principal engineer for TRW Automotive. Abuelsamid holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.
April Sanborn DMV Services Manager III - Driver ProgramsView Bio
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Steven Fernandes Director of InnovationView Bio
Octo Telematics North America
As Director of Innovation at Octo Telematics North America, Steven Fernandes is responsible for identifying, testing, and implementing new products and services for the U.S. and Canadian markets. Steven’s career in the insurance industry spans more than two decades in the areas of information technology, product strategy and innovation, for commercial and personal lines. An early interest in telematics lead to an opportunity to work with a top-10 insurance carrier to bring one of first UBI programs to market in the United States. This success prompted him to focus on creating bespoke telematics solutions for the insurance industry, and Steven joined forces with Octo Telematics.
Director - Innovation
Octo Telematics North America LLC
134 Rumford Avenue, Suite 302
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Cletus Nunes Director of SalesView Bio
Octo Telematics North America
Cletus Nunes is a Director of Sales at Octo Telematics North America. He oversees insurance, automotive and emerging product sales in the US and Canada. Cletus has worked in the connected vehicle industry for more than 15 years in product development, delivery and sales for OEM, fleet, automotive, and insurance connected car solutions. Cletus is a strategic leader and key innovator with a history of success in anticipating consumer need and capitalizing on emerging technology to deliver innovative products and solutions. His passion is finding new opportunities to use vehicle connectivity to improve ROI.
Jonathan HewettGlobal Chief Marketing OfficerView Bio
Jonathan started his career in a front line sales role and then progressed to Barclays Bank where he learnt his marketing trade rising to Head of Network Marketing for the UK branches. He then spearheaded the growth of Sainsburys Bank developing both the in store merchandising program and on line servicing. He was recruited by Royal Mail and headed Post Office Direct delivering the first digital customer channel. In 2006, Jonathan joined Dixons Stores Group to run the consumer financing and warranty organisation together with responsibility for The Tech Guys. Following 3 years as VP Consumer marketing at AIG, Jonathan now serves as the Global CMO for Octo the World’s leading telematics service provider
Clyde Harris VP Business Development & SalesView Bio
Clyde Harris, Oberthur Technologies’ VP of Business Development and Sales- Connected Car, M2M and IoT- Connected Device Makers Business Unit- Americas, has been immersed in the world of mobile technology for over 25 years; starting with Motorola Inc. in 1990 as a navigation / telematics software engineer and then moving into sales and product marketing where he sold one of the first GPS receiver modules into GM’s Initial OnStar Telematics System.
He managed major NorAm accounts for Skyworks Solutions and Zi Corporation before becoming the VP of Sales and Business Development for ACCESS Systems America, Inc where he worked closely with mobile and connected device software for mobile apps and the connected home and car.
In 2014 he joined OT as the Senior Director of Sales and Business Development for its Telcom group and quickly moved into his current position, leading the business development and expansion of secure technology solutions / software in North America for the Connected Car, M2M (i.e. Machine-to-Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace.
Clyde holds a Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from The University of Calgary and has published a thesis and many papers related to vehicle navigation, automatic vehicle location and telematics. Clyde holds two position and navigation related patents. In his spare time, Clyde enjoys art and travel.
Carla Bailo Associate Vice President - Mobility Research & Business DevelopmentView Bio
Ohio State University
Carla Bailo is Assistant Vice President – Mobility Research and Business Development at The Ohio State University. Also, she is President and CEO of ECOS Consulting, LLC which specializes in Engineering Efficiency and Optimization as well as Electrification and Computer Operated (Autonomous) Vehicles.
Until Feb 1, 2014, she was senior vice president, Research & Development-Nissan Americas. In this role, she was responsible for all of Nissan’s vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico and Brazil. She was also a member of Nissan’s MC-A, the company’s highest-ranking decision-making body in the Americas region.
Bailo was previously based in Japan where she served as OEM business unit divisional general manager for Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. In this multi-dimensional role she was responsible for overall operations, revenue and profitability of Nissan’s OEM relationships for vehicle, powertrain, technology and intellectual property business worldwide.
Bailo joined Nissan in 1989 as a vehicle testing engineer at the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) in Farmington Hills, Mich. In 2003 she was promoted to director of Vehicle Program Management where she oversaw all of NTCNA’s engineering development projects, as well as cost, quality and delivery metrics. Also in 2003, she served as the assistant chief vehicle engineer for the Nissan Sentra and Nissan Quest.
Later, Bailo was transferred to Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan as vehicle program director with responsibility for the profitability and product presence of Nissan’s SUV’s worldwide. She was also recovery program director through the financial crisis, reporting directly to the chief recovery officer, and supported measures to offset economic business plan financial risks during fiscal year 2009.
Bailo began her automotive career with General Motors’ Truck & Bus division, where she was in charge of truck durability testing and test development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Paul Perrone CEOView Bio
Paul Perrone is founder and CEO of Perrone Robotics, Inc. (PRI). He is the inventor of the MAX general-purpose robotics software platform, patented in 2006. Paul leads PRI's efforts in evolving MAX, fielding it in commercial deployments, and is leading PRI's effort to commercialize MAX for widespread adoption. Paul led a 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge team and 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge team, automated rocker Neil Young’s extended-range electric vehicle LincVolt, led PRI's commercial efforts in autonomous ground vehicles and advanced sensor perception applications, and led the company’s development of robotic platforms for testing advanced driver assistance systems and automated vehicles. Paul served as chairman of the SAE On Road Autonomous Vehicle Standards Committee from 2011 to 2015. B.S.E.E. Rutgers University 1992, M.S.E.E. University of Virginia 1995.
Frederic Bruneteau Managing DirectorView Bio
Frederic Bruneteau is the founder and Managing Director of PTOLEMUS Consulting Group, the first international strategic advisory firm entirely focused on geo-connected mobility.
He has become one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of connected vehicle services, having performed over 60 strategy consulting assignments in that domain for global leaders such as Allianz, Aioi Nissay Dowa, ESRI, Generali, Liberty Mutual, Michelin, Qualcomm and Toyota.
Frederic uses his 20 years of experience in mobility services to help leading players design strategies and value propositions around geo-connected mobility. His specific fields of expertise include: Usage-based Insurance (UBI), road charging, fleet telematics, fleet management services, CAAS (Car-As-A-Service), ADAS, Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), smartphone location-based apps and services, connected navigation, traffic information and m-health.
A frequent speaker at telematics, location-based services and Internet of Things (IoT) conferences globally, he is also often quoted by both mainstream and trade publications such as The Economist, Reuters, TU-Automotive and GPS Business News.
Paul Drysch Vice President of Business Development and GM of APAC RegionView Bio
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Mark Thomas VP of MarketingView Bio
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Marc Weiser Managing DirectorView Bio
Marc Weiser is a founder and managing director of RPM Ventures, an Ann Arbor and Silicon Valley-based seed and early stage venture firm focused on internet and mobile startups. Over the last 15 years Marc has served on over 20 boards of directors. For RPM, he is currently involved with the boards of Automatic, BountyJobs, and Glyde. He is also responsible for the firm’s investments in Giftly, SoFi, and ShareThis. Previous investments include: Applimation (acquired by Informatica – NASDAQ:INFA), OpenLane (acquired by KAR Auction Services – NYSE: KAR), R4 Global Services (acquired by Verisign – NASDAQ:VRSN), RiverGlass (acquired by Allen Systems), TetraVitae (acquired by Eastman Chemical – NYSE:EMN), and Xtime (acquired by Cox Automotive Group).
Early Stage DNA. Prior to forming RPM, Marc was an internet and software entrepreneur. He co-founded QuantumShift, a provider of web-based business-to-business technology and services focused on corporate telecommunications needs. He was also an early employee at MessageMedia (acquired by DoubleClick) where he pioneered some of the original methods for e-commerce and helped lead the company’s IPO.
Community. In addition to his board roles for RPM, Marc is Vice-Chair of McKinley, Inc., and is on the board of the Wolverine Venture Fund at the University of Michigan. Previously he was a founding member of the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) and Adjunct Professor at the University, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in founding the CFE, the TechArb (student accelerator), and the Masters in Entrepreneurship (a joint program between the College of Engineering and Ross School of Business). Additionally, he and his wife are leading the creation of the Food Allergy Center at the University of Michigan. This Center will provide national leadership and a path to a cure for those that suffer from food allergies. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BSE in aerospace engineering and an MBA with highest honors.
Drue Freeman InvestorView Bio
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Jeffrey Hannah DirectorView Bio
SBD North America
Jeff Hannah is the Director, North America for SBD. SBD works with 90% of global vehicle manufacturers and most of their partners helping them choose the right technologies, select the optimal partners, and develop winning market strategies. Jeff has more than twelve years’ experience in the connected vehicle industry, as well as working with leading technology companies from across the globe. Prior to his role with SBD, Jeff was a leading member of General Motor’s Global Connected Consumer organization which included the industry’s leading Telematics service OnStar. He is the co-founder of the Michigan Telematics Group to promote networking and business development and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Michael Schagrin ConsultantView Bio
Mike is a former Program Manager with the US Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. Having worked in the ITS industry for over 25 years, Mike has been deeply engaged in connected & automated vehicle safety research, technology, and policy initiatives that underpin this environment.
While at US DOT, Mike led the Connected Vehicle Safety Research Program, which included V2V and V2I communications and the Safety Pilot Model Deployment, the world’s largest real world connected vehicle safety deployment. He also led the development of US DOT’s 1 st multi-modal research plan for vehicle automation.
In late 2013, Mike made the transition out of government and established Schagrin Consulting International, where he continues to promote connected and automated vehicle research and market opportunities.
Mike received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.
Amitai Bin-NunDirector, Autonomous Vehicle InitiativeView Bio
Securing America's Future Energy
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Heather Martin VP, DesignView Bio
A recognized authority on interaction design, Heather leads large-scale, global UX projects across industries. She has been a driving force in shaping Smart’s service design approach. Her sweet spot lies in creating disruptive, multichannel experiences in highly commoditized industries. For her, the more personalized the service, the more satisfying the user experience. Heather cut her teeth as a product designer at Tangerine, where she became increasingly interested in the convergence of hardware and software.
She co-founded the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, which Business Insider listed as one of the best design schools in the world. Wallpaper also named her one of the world’s most influential designers under 40. A regular speaker across Europe, Heather’s portfolio has received international recognition, including Gold and Bronze Business Week Awards for her work with Prada and IDEO. Her clients include Ford, Lufthansa Technik, HSBC Private Bank, HP, Viaplay, Singtel, Telefonica and UCB.
Jim Beregi CEOView Bio
Solar Transportation Technologies
Jim Beregi is CEO and founder, in 2008, of Solar Transportation Technologies, Inc. He developed the Freedom Mass Transit concept over many years and has a patent on the critical vehicle control system. Patent No: 8,483,895 Issued: 7/9/2013 Transportation System, System Components and Process.
He is a retired IBM advisory systems engineer with extensive programming and computer performance tuning and analysis experience. He used computer simulation of hardware and software in his work at IBM.
He is a member and former member of several organizations: ITS - Intelligent transportation systems, Innovative Transportation Technologies at WSU, ITE - Institute of Transportation Engineers, and ATRA - The Advanced Transit Association.
Ken Horn SenatorView Bio
State of Michigan
Ken Horn has lived in Saginaw County for over 30 years. He currently lives in Frankenmuth with his wife Veronica. They have two children, Kevin and Andrea. Kevin and his wife Ruth have two children, Liam and Zellie. Ken graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.
Ken was a small business owner for nearly 15 years, owning and operating Horn’s Restaurant in Frankenmuth. In addition, he has served as a substitute teacher in Bridgeport and Frankenmuth schools. In 2004, Ken accepted the position of Vice President of Donor Services at the Saginaw Community Foundation where he managed over 300 funds and oversaw nearly $1.2 million in grant programs that helped to improve Saginaw County.
Ken was a Saginaw County Commissioner for 14 years, representing Birch Run, Bridgeport and Frankenmuth Townships and the city of Frankenmuth. He served as chairman of the Legislative Sub-Committee and also served on Courts & Public Safety, Community Corrections Advisory Board, County Services, Budget/Audit Appropriations, Saginaw County Airport Commission and the Saginaw County Event Center Board.
In 2006, Ken was elected to serve the 94th District in the Michigan House of Representatives. From 2007 to 2012 he represented the cities of Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth and St. Charles in addition to 12 townships in Saginaw County. Ken served as chairman of the House Energy & Technology Committee.
The 32nd District elected Ken to the Michigan Senate in 2014. He represents all of Saginaw County and the western portion of Genesee County. Ken chairs the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee and serves as vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. He has also been appointed to the Senate Energy & Technology and Insurance Committees.
Ken has been an activist and leader in Saginaw County for decades through his volunteer work with area organizations including Frankenmuth Rotary International, Saginaw Art Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Saginaw Field and Stream, Frankenmuth Conservation Club and many local chambers of commerce. In addition, Ken completed Michigan State University’s Political Leadership Program, Leadership Saginaw County, the Saginaw County Vision 2020 One Thousand Leaders Initiative, and received a fellowship from the Council of State Governments to the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development
Greg BasichSenior Analyst, AITView Bio
Greg Basich, Senior Analyst, Automotive Multimedia and Communications service (AMCS), has more than 13 years of experience in the automotive industry as a business-to- business online and print journalist and editor. He has covered a range of segments in the industry, including automotive infotainment and audio, fleet management, alternative-fuel vehicles and related technologies, and aftermarket parts and suppliers.
As an online journalist and editor, Greg stayed at the forefront of auto industry business news and technological developments and now uses that background at Strategy Analytics to provide analysis and actionable advice for the company’s clients.
Prior to his time at Strategy Analytics, Greg was the Web Editor for Automotive Fleet and Government Fleet magazines for more than two years, and prior to that was the Executive Editor for Mobile Electronics magazine for two years, which focused on the U.S. automotive infotainment segment. He also worked in senior editorial roles on a number of other publications covering various segments of the automotive aftermarket.
Greg holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Ted Serbinski Managing DirectorView Bio
Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early-stage investor. As an ex-Silicon Valley guy, he moved to Detroit to create a legacy and help lead the startup renaissance in Detroit. He is a Partner and founding team member of Detroit Venture Partners. Ted has co-led investments in 24 companies over the past 3 years, with 13 of those headquartered in Detroit.
Ted is active in the Detroit startup community sitting on many boards. Currently he is on the board of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, TechTown Detroit, and is the Midwest Regional Advisor of Venture for America. He also was the founding Chairman of the Detroit Executive Advisory Board of Techweek. The inaugural Techweek event in May 2014 attracted nearly 2000 attendees as the largest startup tech event in Detroit.
Before moving to Detroit from San Francisco, Ted was a co-founder and CTO of ParentsClick. With the 4th largest social network and the largest blog network for moms, Lifetime Television acquired ParentsClick in 2008.
Ted graduated from Cornell in 2004, with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He currently resides in Metro Detroit with his beautiful wife and son. Ted blogs on startups, technology, and Detroit at http://tedserbinski.com.
Lukas KuhnCTOView Bio
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Edwin OlsonAssociate Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science DepartmentView Bio
University of Michigan
Edwin Olson is founder and CEO of May Mobility, an Ann Arbor startup developing safe autonomous passenger vehicles. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 for his work in robust robot mapping. Prior to starting May Mobility, he was a core contributor to MIT's 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge vehicle and a Principle Investigator on Ford's Next Generation Vehicle Program before becoming Co-Director for Autonomous Driving Development at Toyota Research Institute.
Dr. Olson is also a Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department where he leads the APRIL robotics laboratory. In 2010, he led the winning team in the MAGIC 2010 competition; in 2012 he was named one of Popular Science's "Brilliant Ten", and in 2013, he was awarded the DARPA Young Faculty Award. He is one of the original creators of LCM and AprilTags, two software libraries which are in widespread use throughout academia and industry.
Jason Millar Research FellowView Bio
University of Ottawa
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Bhaskar Krishnamachari Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceView Bio
University of Southern California
Bhaskar Krishnamachari is Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is Director of the newly established USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI). He has co-authored over 200 papers on next-generation wireless networks including for connected vehicles, collectively cited more than 20000 times (per Google Scholar). His work has received several best paper awards including at IPSN and Mobicom. He has received the NSF CAREER Award and the ASEE Terman Award. In 2011, he was listed in MIT technology review magazine's TR-35 list of top 35 innovators under the age of 35, and in 2015 was named one of Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10”.
Costas MeimetisDirector Product StrategyView Bio
Costas Meimetis has joined u-blox in 2014 and he is heading company’s V2X product strategy.
In 2004, he co-founded Antcor and has served as CEO of the company where he spearheaded company's strategic direction and business development. Over his tenure at Antcor he cultivated strong relationships with partners/customers while he successfully managed fund raising from VCs and Strategic Investors. Antcor was acquired by u-blox in 2014.
Prior to founding Antcor, Mr. Meimetis held senior engineering positions in Bytemobile and ATMEL.
Costas Meimetis holds a bachelor degree in Physics and MSc in Embedded Systems.
Stefan Gudmundsson Principal Automotive Market DevelopmentView Bio
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Nikolaos PapadopoulosSenior Vice President StrategyView Bio
Nikolaos Papadopoulos is Senior Vice President Strategy of u-blox America, a wholly owned subsidiary of u-blox AG, the Swiss leader in positioning and wireless technology. Until March 2017, Mr. Papadopoulos led u-blox America as President and General Manager for 13 years. Prior to u-blox, Mr. Papadopoulos worked as Director of Sales at G&D, one of the largest GSM SIM providers. Before that, he worked in various positions at Infineon Technologies (formerly Siemens Semiconductors). Mr. Papadopoulos has an MSEE from the Technical University Munich.
Phil MagneyPrincipal Analyst, AutomotiveView Bio
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Alan Bird Global Business Development LeaderView Bio
Alan Bird is the Global Business Development Lead for W3C. In this role, Mr. Bird leads W3C staff efforts internationally to strengthen the W3C Membership program, identify business development strategies, and seek new revenue streams to support the organization. Alan joined W3C in January 2011.
Before joining W3C, Alan was a key executive in two small information security companies where he drove strategic business development. Prior to these appointments, he spent several years each with IBM, Compuware, Legent, and Cullinet in a wide variety of roles, many of which involved creating new business opportunities. Earlier in his career, he worked in the IT organization of Burlington Industries, AVX Ceramics, Family Dollar Stores, and Ingersoll-Rand. This combination of work experiences has provided Alan with a solid foundation from which to drive W3C’s business development activities.
John Stoll Global Automotive EditorView Bio
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Speaker TBA WardsAutoView Bio
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Geoff WernerUBI Global Product LeaderView Bio
Willis Towers Watson
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Dan Gittleman CEOView Bio
Dan Gittleman is the CEO of Xevo, the trusted global leader in data-driven user experiences. Xevo provides next generation automotive technology that uses artificial intelligence and big data to improve performance, safety, and driver experience. Xevo technology is currently deployed in 10 million vehicles worldwide. Previously, Dan was the founder of OpenPeak and grew the company into a large-scale provider of multimedia devices and device management platforms for customers such as Verizon, Cisco, Philips, and more. Prior to OpenPeak, Dan founded RAID Power Services, which went on to become the number two global leader in network storage virtualization software as StorageApps. Dan is proud to be leading the Xevo team as they create next generation products for autonomous and connected vehicles.
Justin Holmes Director, Corporate Communications & Public PolicyView Bio
Justin is Zipcar’s director of corporate communications and public policy where he leads efforts to promote Zipcar’s brand of “wheels when you want them” to Zipcar members, city leaders, media and other stakeholders. Leveraging his experience in technology as well as public and government relations, Justin works with cities and policy makers to help accelerate the adoption of car sharing as a vital, sustainable part of the urban transportation ecosystem. Before joining Zipcar, Justin served as chief information officer to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, where he led a number of initiatives to use technology to make the city work smarter and serve its citizens better. He is a native Bostonian and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.