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9-11 November 2021 #FVLNA

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach California




The most important finished vehicle logistics conference in North America is returning this November in California for the first in-person meeting since 2019. The agenda and event will explore closer partnerships to mitigate supply chain disruption and ensure future success by strengthening networks and accelerating change in outbound logistics.

Carmakers and logistics providers face ongoing challenges in securing transport capacity or managing worsening truck driver shortages. However, the pandemic and its aftermath have accelerated change, prompting automotive manufacturers to implement advanced logistics technology, explore data analytics, stimulate innovations and forge new partnerships. The result is a reimagining of operations, and strengthening of networks to handle growing electric vehicle volumes, meet stricter emission and sustainability targets, the urgency to change and partner for a better future has never been greater.

Returning to its home at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in California, Finished Vehicle Logistics North America will bring together vehicle logistics stakeholders from across OEMs, carriers, logistics service providers, technology and equipment specialists, for a programme full of expert panels, industry-leading data, OEM interviews, workshops and of course networking.

Don’t miss the chance to reenergise partnerships and accelerate change in vehicle logistics. #FVLNA

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*The entire California state is requiring to wear a mask in public spaces regardless of vaccination status. At registration you will be required to show either a vaccination card or a negative covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

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Steve Jernigan

Steve Jernigan

Director, Finished Vehicle Logistics

Nissan North America


Steven Jernigan is Director for Finished Vehicle Logistics. A position to which he was appointed in April 2020. He is responsible for Finished Vehicles, Exports and SCM Strategy. Steven joined Nissan in 2010 in the Purchasing Service and Support area as Regional Supplier Performance Manager of Supply Chain Services. In 2014 Steven took over as Director of Purchasing with various responsibilities over the last six years in Service and Support as well as Bought out Parts. Prior to joining Nissan Steven worked for Dell Inc and Fedex Ground with various increasing levels of responsibilities within Manufacturing, Materials, Six Sigma, Project management, Inventory Control, Supply Chain Management and Procurement. Steven holds degrees in Business Administration from University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and a Masters of Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Tom Cook

Business Transformation Manager – Finished Vehicle Logistics

Nissan North America



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Rory Hepner

Director Global Vehicle Logistics and Customs

Mercedes Benz USA


Rory has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata College and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University. She began her career with MBUSA in 1991 and has held many positions there, including corporate counsel, field operations, national network development, and sales operations. In her current role, she is responsible for the finished vehicle logistics for all MB vehicles distributed in the USA and all export vehicles produced by MBUSI in Vance, Alabama. In addition, she is responsible for both import and export customs operations on behalf of MBUSA.


Charles Franklin II

Sr. National Manager, Business Development

Glovis America Inc


Charles Franklin is responsible for the strategic growth and synergies in Glovis America’s vehicle logistics network and inland vehicle distribution services. Focusing on EV and Legacy automobile manufacturers distributing finished vehicles to and from North America. Charles has worked in automotive purchasing and logistics for 20 years, including over 19 years with American Honda, where he was most recently the Manger of Export Logistics responsible for Global distribution of Honda, and Acura vehicles built in US, Canada and Mexico to over 100 destinations. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is also very committed to the community, having served and serving on a number of nonprofit boards.

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Michael D’Angelo

Manager Port Operations and Domestic Transportation

Volkswagen Group of America


Michael joined Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) in 2008 as a vehicle shipping analyst. Since 2008, he has held several operational positions of increasing responsibility including rail operations, port operations, and has led the logistics diesel remediation team. In his current position, Michael has responsibility for VWGoA’s 8 port locations, domestic truck transportation, and U.S. rail operations. Michael has served on the board of directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) from 2014-2017. He holds a MBA from the University of Maryland, a B.S.B.A. in Logistics Management from Central Michigan University, and a lean six sigma yellow belt.


Curtis Rhodes

EVP Network Planning

Jack Cooper Transport


Curtis is Executive Vice President of Jack Cooper’s Network Planning Department. In this role, his responsibilities include driver routing and capacity planning, filling empty miles with non-contractual moves, and implementing technology to improve operational performance. Before joining Jack Cooper in 2011, he previously oversaw Freightliner’s outbound logistics at Auto Truck Transport. He has been in logistics on both the OEM side (Daimler trucks), and the carrier side as well as Industrial Engineering and Technology roles. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

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Capacity & Network Optimisation

Enhancing transport capacity by truck, rail and ocean; redesigning routes and consolidation; optimising driver hours and availability; reducing dwell time; optimisation software; data-driven networks; physical internet in distribution .

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Delivery Quality

Improving on-time delivery; eliminating vehicle damage; speeding up insurance and claims; damage prevention and protection.

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Electrifying Outbound

Scaling up electric vehicle logistics; higher weights and new dimensions; charging infrastructure; PDI and repair requirements; new distribution patterns.

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Net Carbon Zero Logistics

Measuring outbound emissions; multimodal optimisation; alternative fuels; electric and hydrogen trucks; low-emission rail; LNG shipping; renewable energy compounds and yards.

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End-to-End Visibility

Order-to-deliver planning and transparency; vehicle tracking and connected car technology; ETA forecasting and updates.

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Next-level Partnerships

Strategic carrier management; in-house versus external competence; freight booking and payment; online sales and delivery; long-term investments.

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> President & Chief Executive Officer

> Chief Strategy Officer

> Chief Operations Officer

> Chief Technology Officer

> Vice President, Aftersales & Vehicle Logistics

> Senior Vice President, Logistics

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> Vice President, Finished Vehicle Logistics

> Director, Production North America

> Director, Purchasing

> Director, Global Customs & Trade Compliance

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> Port Director

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