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Scott Mabry

Manager Cross Border Logistics

Volkswagen Group of America


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Luis Zurita

Director of Commercial

Horizon Auto Logistics


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Luis Eduardo is a graduate from the University Panamericana in Mexico City and holds a master’s degree in Business Intelligence and Project Management. Passionate about the automotive sector since early age, he has 9 years of experience within the Finished Vehicle Logistics industry. During this period, he has worked closely on various developments, amongst others, take overs of plant, yard and port operations, inland transportation and establishment of new business ventures. In his current role as Director of Commercial at Horizon Auto Logistics, Luis is responsible for providing optimal and seamless supply chain solutions to the industry.


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Alfredo Riquelme

Finished Vehicle Logistics Manager

Renault Mexico


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Alfredo Riquelme is a graduate from UNAM university in Mexico city with a degree in Electromechanical engineering. With over 30 years of experience working in the Automotive and Equipment sectors, he has held a number of senior purchasing and logistics roles. He joined Renault in 2000, leading projects within the purchasing function. For the last 15 years he's responsible for the Finished Vehicles Logistics and Distribution in Mexico, ensuring a fluid and efficient supply chain from production to dealer networks.


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Ryan Purman

Senior Manager, Finished Vehicle Logistics -NNA Operations and Exports

Nissan North America


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Ryan has 25 years of experience in various segments of the Automotive Industry, spanning all areas of supply chain from tier 1 supply to dealer delivery. He is currently responsible for the North American finished vehicle logistics for Nissan North America, which encompasses all aspects of vehicle processing, shipping, vehicle logistics business transformation projects, forecasting, export ordering and shipping to over 70 countries worldwide. His experience includes: material handling, production supervision, stamping supervision, future material launch teams, supplier capacity constraints teams, production control, vehicle scheduling, design change engineering, international parts ordering, integrated supply chain management, packaging, last mile logistics, inbound logistics, service parts logistics, finished vehicle strategy, export vehicle ordering, and finished vehicle logistics operations.


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Travis Hacker

National Manager Used Car Trading

Glovis America Inc


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Steve Jernigan

Steve Jernigan

Director, Finished Vehicle Logistics

Nissan North America


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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.


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Daniel Gosson

Manager, Finished Vehicle Logistics North America

INFORM


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Daniel Gosson focuses on finished vehicle logistics and optimisation at INFORM, a specialist software and systems providers in the supply chain and logistics sector. With a passion for lean strategy and digitalization, Daniel specialises in compound management, network planning, and transport management, working with OEMs and 3PLs alike to leverage INFORM’s hybrid-AI and mathematical optimisation solutions. Previous experience working in automotive production and demand capacity planning has afforded Daniel the unique experience of understanding the entire supply chain from raw material supplier to dealer. As a graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, he holds a degree in marketing and business administration.


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Paul Nurse

CEO

ProAct International


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Paul Nurse’s responsibilities at ProAct International, which is a software solutions company working predominantly in the finished vehicle logistics market, include product strategy and product evolution at both plant-to-dealer and yard management level, with a particular focus on product innovation and differentiation.


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Charles Franklin

Senior National Manager, Business Development

Glovis America Inc


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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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Jorge Dominguez

Head of Quality & Compliance

Horizon Auto Logistics


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Jorge has a degree in Industrial Engineering at Tecnologico Nacional de México. He has 24 years of experience in the logistics sector, holding a variety of positions and since 2005 in the quality and compliance field. For the last 10 years he has been involved in automotive logistics as responsible for quality and damage prevention, he currently holds the role as Head of Quality and Compliance at Horizon Auto Logistics, Mexico.


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Jason Kuehn

Vice President

Oliver Wyman


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Based in Princeton, New Jersey, Jason has more than 20 years of experience working with the transport sector. His particular areas of expertise are transportation network scheduling and performance improvement, and business strategy. Among other things, Jason has worked on such areas as the impact on the rail sector of autonomous trucks, fuel efficiency, and alternative fuels, and led numerous projects in North America, Europe, and South Africa to review the operations of major freight railroads using simulation software. At one time or another, he has worked for all the major railroads in North America. Jason holds a BS in Economics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College.


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Joe Kichler

Vice President

Manheim Logistics


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As vice president of Manheim Logistics, Joe Kichler is transforming the business to create the most technologically advanced logistics management solution in the industry. He oversees the strategy and operations for Ready Logistics, a full-service transportation service, and Central Dispatch, a self-managed transportation solution. Kichler joined Manheim in 2012 and held a variety of leadership roles focused on improving operational efficiency. Before that, Kichler was a principal at Boston Consulting Group where he developed business strategies to strengthen the marketplace position of Fortune 100 companies. Kichler holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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Adrian Jennings

Chief Product Officer

Cognosos


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Adrian joined Cognosos as Chief Product Officer in March this year, a newly created position in which he has responsibility for leading on the company’s product vision, roadmap, new feature development and commercialization. He has more than 20 years’ experience in real-time asset location technology, including most recently as Chief Product Advocate for Ubisense, where he led on the company’s digitalisation and digital factory initatives for customers. Prior to that as Chief Technical Officer of Time Domain Corporation, where his role involved aligning a roadmap focused on the company’s core markets and navigating the required research funding – mostly from military research contractors – to advance that roadmap.


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Karen Burmann

Project Development Manager & Product Owner

ICL Systems


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Karen Burmann is an expert in the field of finished vehicle logistics information technology, with 15 years of experience helping OEMs and logistics providers digitalize their transport data. Karen has been with ICL Systems since 2007. She applies her analytical skills to provide operational support to ICL’s customers, design and lead software implementation projects, and support projects related to track and trace and invoice auditing. Karen is currently a Project Development Manager, Product Owner and ICL’s lead for Green House Gas related projects. Karen holds a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from Oakland University, Michigan.


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Rocky Loessin

Vice President of Sales

TrinityRail


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Rocky Loessin is based in Trinity’s Corporate Office in Dallas, TX and is the Vice President of Sales and Automotive Logistics. Rocky joined TrinityRail in 2018 and for the last 3 years has had commercial responsibilities delivering TrinityRail's Integrated Platform of valued railcar products and service solutions to industrial shipper customers and Class 1 railroads. Prior to TrinityRail, Rocky spent 3 years with the Kansas City Southern Railway Company, holding a number of positions including International Business Development Manager and Business Implementation Manager. This experience has given Rocky unique insight into both fleet management and rail based business development.


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Michael D’Angelo

Manager Port Operations and Domestic Transportation

Volkswagen Group of America


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Michael began his automotive career as a Procurement Intern at Toyota’s Technical Center in Ann Arbor, MI. He joined Volkswagen Group of America’s Vehicle Logistics Department in 2008 as an Operations Analyst in Herndon, VA. He has held roles of increasing responsibility including oversight of VW’s North American rail distribution. In his current capacity, Michael is responsible for the daily operation of Volkswagen’s Northeastern port in Davisville, RI. Since 2014, he has served on the board of directors for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).


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Travis Black

Team Lead, Port Development & Intermodal Planning

US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration


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Joe McCabe

President & CEO

Autoforecast Solutions


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Joe McCabe leads data specialist AutoForecast Solutions (AFS), including its global light vehicle production and sales, powertrain, drivetrain, and alternative propulsion forecasts. He leads a team of analysts dedicated to the automotive sector covering data, planning software solutions and in identifying new business opportunities whilst mitigating risk. McCabe has more than 25 years’ experience in automotive forecasting including at leading firms including AutoFacts, PwC and AutomotiveCompass before AFS. He has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.


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Frank Agrusa

Director, Product Development and Innovation

ICL Systems


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Frank Agrusa has over 25 years’ experience in the automotive industry, with the last 15 years with ICL Systems, helping OEMs and LSPs make sense of their data. Prior to joining ICL, Frank worked in engineering at Chrysler for 10 years. Currently the Director of Product Development and Innovation, Frank is leading ICL’s data science team, assisting OEMs solving data problems with new technologies for a lower cost and a faster turnaround time, ranging from business analytics to data integration. Frank was previously the Director of Operations at ICL, supporting OEMs and LSPs onboarding to ICL’s tracking and invoice audit software, VLMS. Frank holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Lawrence Tech in Michigan and a Master’s in Engineering Management from University of Michigan.


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Eszter Tóth-Weedon

Senior Partnership Manager

Smart Freight Centre


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Eszter is Senior Partnership Manager at Smart Freight Centre (SFC). She is managing the GLEC, the Global Logistics Emissions Council, led by SFC. GLEC is a voluntary partnership of more than 150 companies, industry associations, programs, experts and other organizations. Eszter is engaging companies in the different projects of Smart Freight Centre, and develops collaborations. Previously she worked in the logistics industry, coordinating the quality and sustainability projects of an international chemical distribution company.


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Christopher Connor

President & CEO

American Association of Port Authorities


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Chris Connor is president and chief executive of AAPA, which represents around 130 public port authorities across the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and the full range of cargo types. He took on the role in October 2019 and has 40 years of maritime and logistics experience, including most recently as president and CEO of ocean carrier and vehicle logistics provider Wallenius Wilhelmsen, where he previously held a range of global positions. Chris Connor is currently a board member of ocean and vehicle logistics provider Pasha Group. He previously served on the executive committee and board of the American Maritime Partnership, which represents the US domestic maritime industry.


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Finn Roden

CCO

AutoMOBILE International Terminal


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Finn Roden has spent his career in operations and sales management within the maritime shipping and terminal industry. His primary focus being on finished vehicle, ro/ro, and project cargo logistics. Prior to coming ashore, he sailed in several capacities aboard various vessel types, including Car Carriers, OSV, and Navy research vessels. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the California Maritime Academy – California State University, and his M.B.A. from the University of Wolverhampton U.K. AutoMOBILE International Terminal LLC is the new U.S. Gateway for the import and export of finished vehicles through the Port of Mobile Alabama. Offering unsurpassed maritime and railroad connectivity along with customizable value-added vehicle processing services and distribution.


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Patrick Manzi

Chief Economist

National Automobile Dealers Association


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Patrick Manzi is NADA’s Chief Economist. In this role, Patrick works with both NADA as well the American Truck Dealers (ATD), a division of NADA. Patrick regularly speaks to various audiences about the auto industry and is responsible for many of the association’s monthly and annual economic reports including NADA Data and ATD Data. Prior to joining NADA Patrick was a graduate research assistant at the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research where he co-authored several economic impact reports for public and private clients in West Virginia and the surrounding regions. A native West Virginian, Patrick received both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Economics from West Virginia University. Patrick currently resides in Falls Church, VA.


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Bill Kascel

Senior Vice President - Sustainability Solutions North America

Kuehne+Nagel


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Bill has worked in operations, sales, branch and area management as well as Trade Lane Development during his 40 years' at Kuehne + Nagel. He assumed the role of SVP of Sustainability for NA in May of 2020. Sustainability and environmental protection are a personal passion of Bill, and is focusing on how Kuehne + Nagel can become more sustainable in their operations; and also help customers reach their goals for sustainability in their international logistics. Working for the largest NVOCC and Airfreight forwarder helps Bill offer multi-modal services for cost and CO2 reduction in transport as well as Sustainable Contract Logistic and Road transport services.


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Jon Samson

VP of Conferences

American Trucking Associations


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Samson joined AFTC/ATA in October of 2011 to oversee the AFTC board as their Executive Director. In 2020, Samson was selected to oversee all 5 of ATA’s Conferences, tasked with growing the department within ATA. Prior to joining ATA, Samson served as Director, Public Policy for the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA). Samson was responsible for lobbying on policy issues impacting agricultural retailers and distributors. His main focus was on transportation, Farm bill and finance related issues. Previously, Samson served as a legislative aide for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), focusing on agriculture, transportation and finance. He also served as assistant to the staff director on Senator Baucus’s Finance Committee staff. Before moving to D.C., Samson grew up on a family hog farm in southwest Montana. The family farm kept him busy on his off days during high school and through college at Montana State University.


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Stephan Grant

Manager, Logistics

Lucid Motors


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Stephan has enjoyed working in the automotive industry for over 25 years and has been fortunate to spend time on projects all over the world including Europe, USA, China and Brazil. He has a background in launching new vehicles and new manufacturing facilities. Recently he has expanded that scope to coordinate all the logistics projects for the group at Lucid Motors including finished vehicle logistics to launch the new car, new factory, and new company to the world. This is an exciting and humbling time for Stephan where he can bring all the very best processes and experience to the team from his time at established OEMs. However, there are still so many challenges to getting everything right for a successful launch so he's still learning and still enjoying the journey.


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Trent Broberg

CEO

ACERTUS


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As the CEO of ACERTUS, Trent Broberg is hyper focused on expanding the company’s possibilities and creating a new era of growth. He is dedicated to creating technology enabled solutions for ACERTUS and the transportation industry at large. Prior to joining ACERTUS in March 2021, Trent served as the Chief Operating Officer at Truckstop.com. Before serving in that role, he held senior executive positions at Swift Transportation, DB Schenker and Real Time Freight. Drawing from more than 15 years of experience in the transportation realm, he uses his industry knowledge and leadership skills to carve out high levels of growth and develop profitability.Trent holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University.


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Sam Veitz

Director of Automotive

ABI Tape


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Sam Veitz is the Director of Automotive for ABI Tape responsible for brand strategy, OEM commercial account development, technical support and next generation product development for their global Automotive segment. Sam has worked for ABI Tape for the past 28 years in a variety of positions in technical business development working closely with design engineers, OEM plant personnel, and port operations as a damage prevention specialist. He has expertise in materials and product application to ensure AutoWrap® brand products offer the best customer value in component and transportation paint protection. Sam has recently been focused on the development and launch of ABI Tape’s first-to-market environmentally responsible AutoWrap GreenLeaf®. This new product offers the many benefits of manufacturing and transit protection with an environmentally friendly product.


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Brion Stapp

Dealer Principle Stapp Interstate

Toyota


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Brion Stapp is a third-generation Dealer at Stapp Interstate Toyota located in Frederick, Colorado where he is in charge of the Dealership’s daily operation and long term strategic planning. Since joining his family’s Dealership in 2000, Brion has transformed it from a small town store into a regional metro location. This transformation included him being responsible for designing and overseeing the construction of Colorado’s first Image II Toyota facility when the Dealership was relocated to Interstate 25 in 2007. Brion has been elected by his fellow Dealers to serve on a number of different Toyota Motor North America councils including, the Toyota National Dealer Advisory Council, TMNA Dealer Advisory Panel, Toyota/Lexus Dealer Advocacy Network Advisory Council, Scion National Dealer Advisory Council and the Toyota National Digital Dealer Advisory Committee.


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Christopher Ludwig

Editor-in-Chief

Automotive Logistics, Ultima Media


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Christopher Ludwig is responsible for editorial production and strategy across Ultima Media’s global automotive media platforms, including Automotive Logistics, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Car Design News and its business intelligence unit, Automotive from Ultima Media. He’s covered the automotive industry and supply chain for 15 years and has nearly 20 years’ experience in the media and publishing business. He has an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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Richard Logan

Senior Content Producer

Automotive Logistics, Ultima Media


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Rich Logan is responsible for content and production of physical and digital activities across Ultima Media’s platforms including Automotive Logistics, Finished Vehicle Logistics and Automotive Manufacturing Solutions. Prior to joining Ultima Media in 2018, Rich spent 4 years with SMMT, the UK’s leading automotive trade association as Supply Chain Engagement Manager where he was responsible for the development and strengthening of UK supply chains and supplier base. Rich managed the UK Logistics Forum and was the SMMT board representative for European associations ODETTE and ENX. He holds a BA in Business and Management Studies from the University of Liverpool.


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Neemish Ladwa

Head of Product & Marketing

Automotive Logistics, Ultima Media


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