2024 Conference Programme

Disrupting the status quo | Raising performance through innovation, flexibility and partnerships





Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Golf Day

The 14th Finished Vehicle Logistics North America conference swings into action at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, CA. Whether you’re there to compete for prizes, spend time with colleagues, make new business connections or simply experience one of Southern California’s most scenic courses, the FVLNA golf day promises a perfect blend of friendly competition, networking and fun.

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17:30 - 21:00 PDT

Welcome Drinks Reception

Feel the buzz as the sector’s leaders and experts come together once again on the eve of the conference. The welcome cocktail provides a great opportunity to make new connections, catch up with old friends and start discussing the key trends, issues and opportunities shaping vehicle logistics. Dress code – business casual

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08:00 PDT - 60 mins

Conference open for registration, networking and refreshments

09:00 PDT - 60 mins

Main Stage: Disrupting the status quo

Hear how vehicle logistics needs to be re-imagined and why manufacturers and logistics providers must disrupt the status quo to raise the network’s performance


Paul Rosen
Paul Roosen, Vehicle Logistics Planning Manager, North American Vehicle Logistics, Ford Motor Company

Lisa Kline Subaru circle
Lisa Kline, Vice-President of Vehicle Planning and Logistics, Subaru of America

Sean Baltazar round
Sean Baltazar, Senior Vice President of Sales, RPM

Christoph Seitz (1)
Christoph Seitz, Global Vice President, Finished Vehicles, DP World Logistics


Christopher Ludwig, Chief Content Officer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

The vehicle supply chain in North America has been whipped into a perfect storm in recent years. Long-standing issues such as driver and labour shortages, underinvestment and a lack of visibility combined with logistics capacity shortages, reduced services levels and increased fragmentation, all of which further contributed to volatile, variable production. These operational challenges are more pronounced as the industry moves towards a greener, digital and electric future.

However, the pace of change in the industry is fast, but by no means certain and monolithic. The pace of electrification has varied and volume in the short term, at least, remains uncertain. Logistics capacity shortages have been pronounced, especially for certain rail and port services, but continues to evolve across the network.

From business models to equipment, processes to technology, footprint to network design, the vehicle supply chain needs to be redesigned and updated to avoid becoming outdated, with carmakers and logistics providers falling behind customer expectations – and new competition.

In the opening session of FVLNA 2024, hear from leading carmakers how vehicle logistics needs to be re-imagined and why manufacturers and logistics providers must disrupt the status quo, and be innovative with strategies and solutions, create dynamic operations, ensure quality is maintained and drive untapped value from long-term partnerships to raise the network’s performance.

10.00 PDT - 30 mins

Main Stage: A new approach for Volkswagen Group’s vehicle logistics

Discover the strategic transformation of Volkswagen Group’s vehicle supply chain that secures capacity, boosts regional planning, and prioritizes market needs for unprecedented efficiency and flexibility


Anu  Goel
Anu Goel, Executive Vice-President, Group After Sales & Service, Volkswagen Group of America


Christopher Ludwig, Chief Content Officer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

In 2023, the Volkswagen Group’s vehicle logistics team in North America recognised a need for change. The models and methods that had served the industry for decades were no longer fit for purpose and were under-delivering on network availability, fulfilment rates, service levels and lengthening lead-times.

In this unique session, hear how Volkswagen Group of America is re-imagining its North American vehicle supply chain and how the outbound logistics team have implemented new strategies and tactics to secure capacity, improve regional network planning, increase flexibility and enable market and customer prioritisation to better serve the business. Learn about new approaches to securing and managing rail capacity, being flexible with car haul volumes, managing volumes across the US and Mexico, as well as further enhancing port and terminal networks.

10:30 PDT - 45 mins

Networking, meetings and exhibition

Grab a bite to eat and take a walk around the exhibition hall to make new connections or future business partners and to catch up with colleagues and friends.

11:15 PDT - 45 mins

Main Stage: North American vehicle sales and production outlook

Hear expert analysis and insight on the market drivers, disruptors, economic and geo-political factors shaping the forecasts for North American vehicle production and sales


Patrick Manzi, Chief Economist, National Automobile Dealers Association


Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

Carmakers across the region are uniting in their call for partners and providers to invest in new equipment, more capacity and high-performance services, making the need to understand and plan for the current and future market trends, disruptions and opportunities all the more important. In this session, leading market analysts will detail North America’s short, medium and long term production and sales volumes, and offer insight on new and used vehicle sales prices, inventory levels, ICE and EV volumes, online sales and economic trends that will shape the automotive sector in the years to come.

12:00 PDT - 45 mins

Main Stage: Border breakthroughs: Redesigning Mexico’s vehicle logistics to improve the North American network

Mexico’s strategic importance is growing, with OEMs increasing production and export volume, along with fast-rising vehicle imports from new and established players. A shortage of ro-ro shipping, port capacity, vehicle storage and shipping bottlenecks through the Panama Canal and the West Coast, challenges in rail and inland services, along with disruption along the US-Mexico border, are contributing to a perfect storm that is impacting the entire North American vehicle logistics network.


Raúl Gamboa, Head of Logistics, Production Control and Production Systems, BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosí

Steven Jernigan
Steve Jernigan, Senior Director, Supply Chain Management, Nissan North America


Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

In this session hear how manufacturers, such as Nissan, are taking extraordinary measures to keep finished vehicles flowing in and out of Mexico, including through major network redesigns, chartering ocean carriers and seeking alternative routes by truck and containers. Understand how OEMs are working with carriers, ports and railroads to secure capacity, reduce dwell times and increase throughput velocity in the immediacy and plan for growth and stability in the long run. 

12:45 PDT - 75 mins

Lunch & networking

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14:00 PDT - 45-60 mins

Finished Vehicle Logistics Ideas Labs

The Finished Vehicle Logistics Ideas Labs are solutions-orientated working groups that provide an invaluable opportunity to interact and work directly with key industry peers on the real-life issues that matter most to you. Facilitated by subject-matter experts, each Ideas Lab is an open discussion that addresses challenges head on.

Ideas Lab: Getting FVL visibility on track – increasing telematic data sharing

Join this Ideas Lab workshop with Ford to understand the opportunities in telematics data sharing, and discuss how OEMs, carriers and brokers can work together to overcome barriers to exchanging real-time information.

Alex McMall, Ford Motor

Alex McMall, Team Lead, Vehicle Logistics Business Solutions, Ford Motor Company

Nathan Lawson (1)

Nathan Lawson, Vice President, Delivery & Customer Success, FreightVerify

Vehicle logistics visibility has progressed over the past decade, from spreadsheet tracking to ePOD to using more real-time location data, including carrier telematics. However, the sharing and use of granular tracking still lags inbound and material logistics, even as inventory and logistics capacity volatility underscore the benefits of real-time updates across transit and accurate ETAs. Platforms to share this data are now more common, but why do compliance and uptake vary so widely across carriers?

In this workshop, join Ford to discuss current requirements for sharing telematics data, learn more about the advantages and opportunities in shared data platforms on in-transit updates, and come ready to share what your company needs to help improve end-to-end vehicle logistics visibility.

During this interactive workshop expect to discuss and learn:

  • What OEMs like Ford expect from carriers in terms of sharing telematics and milestone data in vehicle logistics
  • How telematics compliance feeds into logistics planning, from carrier sourcing to network design
  • Opportunities in geofencing, granular tracking through to dynamic ETA updates
  • Using technology and visibility to benefit drivers
  • What helps and hinder carriers and brokers to share visibility

Ideas Lab: Charging forward or falling flat? Assessing the networks EV infrastructure capabilities and requirements

In this interactive workshop assess the network’s EV charging capabilities, identify the key supply chain links which need strengthening with equipment and infrastructure, and discuss solutions and future requirements to keep the EV network flowing.

Amy Pulsen
Amy Paulsen, Principal,AMP Supply Chain Consulting

More than a decade into North America’s electric vehicle revolution, uncertainty still shrouds the vehicle logistics network, with a lack of industrywide standards and best practises, including for minimum state of charge (SOC) for vehicle shipping. As established and new OEMs forge their EV futures, disparities in technical guidelines and logistics methodologies being implemented are growing, even between carmaker brands, adding complexity for logistics carriers, ports and terminals, railroad operators and others, and causing uncertainty and delay when it comes to investment in charging infrastructure and solutions throughout the network.

In this interactive workshop, led by EV logistics expert Amy Paulsen, hear from experts, share your ideas and learn from peers as the group discusses:

  • Minimum SOC charge requirements for over-the-air software updates, differing transport modes, plant to port vs port to dealer
  • Battery degradation, tracking and maintaining charge levels, vehicle storage and flat battery solutions
  • EV charging infrastructure and equipment capabilities throughout the network
  • Overcoming legacy infrastructure barriers to EV specific upgrades

Ideas Lab: Carrier quality: back to basics

In this Ideas lab, work with Nissan’s vehicle logistics leadership on ways that vehicle manufacturers and carriers can collaborate to comply with safety and quality OE requirements, ensuring the industry has the fundamentals in place to deliver vehicles safely and with top quality.

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Todd Myers, Director, Finished Vehicle Logistics, North America,Nissan North America

Top quality vehicle logistics begins with a strong foundation of key standards and compliance. This includes proper driver clothing and PPE, proper hauling equipment, proper vehicle loading, securement, transportation, and unloading. Regardless of whether working at ports, OE yards, railheads, or dealers, it is critical that the standards are followed every day, every vehicle. However, there are instances where carriers are not meeting the basic requirements, increasing the risk of safety and vehicle damage. The recent transport logistics capacity crunch in North America has only accentuated these issues, as many companies have relied on more subcontractors, used more non-standard equipment, and arguably placed quantity over quality.

This interactive Ideas lab workshop will explore how OEMs, logistics enterprises, and technology providers can work together to ensure that standards and protocols are met, and how the industry can maintain and improve overall quality and safety levels at all sites.

In this workshop, led by Nissan’s director of vehicle logistics, Todd Myers, come ready to share challenges, solutions, innovations, and best practices to ensure compliance as well as to improve quality and safety across North America.

Key topics to explore include:
  • Identifying areas where quality and safety standards are not always met
  • Collaborative solutions for improving standards across logistics operations
  • Innovations and technology that can reduce risk and improve quality
  • Best practice sharing

Ideas Lab: Accelerated Services Jeopardy, FVL edition

Test your nerve and your knowledge in this interactive and informative session hosted by the Accelerated Services team! Garner insights into the critical developments, processes, policies and regulations shaping the auto hauler sector, recognise and resolve the day-to-day challenges faced by drivers and operators, and understand how aligning OEM and logistics provider perspectives can make everyone a winner. This is Jeopardy, FVL edition!

Nick Ederer (1)

Nick Ederer, VP Strategy & Operations, Accelerated Services

15:00 PDT - 45 mins

Networking & refreshments

Grab a bite to eat and take a walk around the exhibition hall to make new connections or future business partners and to catch up with colleagues and friends.

15:45 PDT - 45 mins

Main Stage: Resilient Network Planning

Discover how vehicle manufacturers including Navistar are bringing dynamic supply chain engineering to vehicle logistics, including business analytics, close connectivity with logistics providers and strong focus on resilience to create more dynamic and flexible outbound distribution in North America.


Shane Stierley

Shane Stierley, Senior Supply Chain Manager, Finished Vehicle Group, Navistar International
Salim Shaikh

Salim Shaikh, Corporate Vice President, Industry Strategy Automotive, Blue Yonder


Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

The North American vehicle logistics sector is under continued pressure to perform in the face of supply disruptions, network imbalances and new customer and regulatory requirements, including for sustainability and electrification. OEMs and logistics providers cannot afford to wait and react, but must be ready to adapt their transport capacity planning, routing and distribution cycles much faster, and much more frequently than ever before to prevent disruption, manage driver shortages, reduce costs and emissions, and to meet customer expectations.

In this session, hear how logistics experts have made key steps to ensure distribution networks are more resilient, responsive and dynamic, including making better use of milestone and location data, leveraging analytics tools, and working closely with logistics and technology partners to ensure that challenges are detected sooner, changes can be made faster, and forward planning is improved.

You will hear from leaders including commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar International, which has brought supply chain engineering focus to vehicle logistics, along with key systems, advanced business intelligence and telematics to reduce dwell times and improve overall network performance, whilst aligning further with other commercial vehicle players within the Traton Group. You will also hear how solutions providers and technology specialists are equipping manufacturers with the tools and digital competencies to improve planning, model transport and network flows and shift from reactive to predictive approaches.

16:30 PDT - 45 mins

Main Stage: Long-haul partnerships

Hear how manufacturers, such as General Motors, and providers are redefining partnerships to create a thriving finished vehicle supply chain that drives collective competitiveness, maximises flexibility and fosters long-term investments and success.


Prashant Swadia
Prashant Swadia, Director of Global Logistics Purchasing, General Motors

Charles J. Franklin II
Charles J. Franklin II, Sr. National Manager, Business Development, Glovis America Inc

Stephen Hubbert (1)
Stephen Hubert, Key Account Manager, Höegh Autoliners


Christopher Ludwig, Chief Content Officer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

Uncertainty and volatility across vehicle distribution have only reinforced the need for a vehicle logistics network built on strong partnerships that includes open communication and flexibility. Meanwhile, a strong network requires a mix of modes, locations and carriers to meet changing requirements, including new technology and sustainability. In this session, logistics leaders will discuss how they are working with logistics providers to build ‘win-win’ partnerships, foster investment in capacity and efficient fleets, as well as to diversify logistics, processing, and distribution options across North America. Understand more about how OEMs and their partners can build upon mutual strengths and increase flexibility across vehicle logistics, whilst investing in a long-term future.

17:15 - 21:00 PDT

Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Gala Reception

An opportunity to exchange business cards and views on the day’s highlights and key discussion points whilst enjoying fantastic food and refreshing beverages in a spectacular setting. Continue your conversations with a refreshing drink and delicious food as the Californian sun sets on the opening day of the conference.

Dress code - Business Casual


08:30 PDT - 30 mins

Conference open for registration, networking and refreshments

Re-group and re-fuel for day two with some early morning refreshments, and kick start the conversation with new-found colleagues and connections.

09:00 PDT - 45 mins

Main Stage: Building a Golden State for freight: investing in California’s green, competitive logistics

Christine Casey, who leads Freight Policy at the California State Transportation Agency, discusses the state’s freight and infrastructure plans to meet emission targets, reduce congestion and keep automotive trade flowing.


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Christine Casey, Deputy Secretary for Freight Policy, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)


Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

California is not only the largest vehicle market in the US, but also among North America’s most important trade and logistics hubs, with major ports, highway and rail links, and cross-border trade with Mexico. The state is also a leader in sustainable transport and freight, including EVs, hydrogen trucks and ambitious emission targets in ports. But there are also challenges in congestion and costs, with wider questions over infrastructure investment. How can California maintain its advantage, and keep freight and vehicle logistics competitive and sustainable?

Learn more about freight policy and infrastructure investment at the state and federal level in this keynote with Christine Casey, Deputy Secretary for Freight Policy at CalSTA. She will share insight into policies relevant to automotive freight and vehicle logistics, including investment that will drive emission reduction, ease logistics and increase efficiency across road, port, rail and trade flows.

The Deputy Secretary will also delve into the state’s freight plans, especially with a view to maintain supply chain resilience, and further develop charging and fuelling infrastructure for increased electric vehicles and trucks, hydrogen equipment and other alternative fuels across logistics hubs.

Deputy Secretary Casey will take audience questions and explore how ways that key industry such vehicle logistics can engage further with CalSTA and key stakeholders across the logistics chain in California and beyond.

09:45 PDT - 15 mins

Main Stage: Essential Intelligence: Autohauler regulatory and legislative update

Hear the latest regulatory and legislative issues and developments, including the CARS Act, Federal excise tax policies, safety requirements and more, impacting the motor vehicle and heavy-duty truck transporter sector.


Mike Matousek
Mike Matousek, Director of the Automobile Carriers Conference, American Trucking Associations


Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

Equip yourself with the latest intelligence and knowledge surrounding the government policies and industry advocacy activities shaping the present day and future motor vehicle and heavy-duty truck transporter sector. In this session, Mike Matousek, Director of the Automobile Carriers Conference of the American Trucking Associations will explain how associations, like the ATA, are bridging the gap between industry and government and will provide key updates and insight on important matters relating to vehicle weight limits, load capacity, warning flag waivers, and federal excise tax on new equipment.

10:00 PDT - 45 mins

Main Stage: Vehicle quality under inspection – investing in damage prevention

Explore how carmakers and logistics providers are improving vehicle processing and inspection processes to increase speed, set new quality standards and investing in technology and infrastructure to minimise damage and prepare for electrification


Anthony Buttler
Anthony Butler, Director of Product - Logistics, Cognosos

Yanni Arvis (1)
Yanni Arvis, CEO North America, DRS Group


Richard Logan, Senior Content Producer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

Fierce competition for logistics capacity along with increased transit times for shipping and rail services have at times forced many carmakers across North America to take measures to increase throughput, including using temporary storage capacity, adopting new solutions including cars in containers, and different modes of transport and equipment. Meanwhile, OEMs and logistics providers are increasingly considering the technology, capacity and infrastructure required to handle electric vehicles. These changes are putting even more emphasis on quality standards, including optimal systems to process and inspect vehicles, minimise damage and quickly address any damage issues.

Join this session to understand how carmakers, logistics providers and damage and repair specialists are putting more focus on quality standards, innovating by using technology to mitigate damage issues, and adapting facilities and networks for new vehicles and requirements. Learn more about the steps they are taking to prioritise the level of quality standards as the network begins to flow more freely.

10:45 PDT - 30 mins

Networking & refreshments

11:15 PDT – 45 mins

Main Stage: Data-led logistics

Dive into the forefront of innovation as industry experts explore the transformative power of digitalizing vehicle logistics processes and the latest technology applications optimising vehicle logistics


Daniel Gosson (1)
Daniel Gosson, Director, Manufacturing Logistics, INFORM North America

Jeremy Johnson
Jeremy Johnson, Senior Manager Purchasing Logistics, Nissan North America


Christopher Ludwig, Chief Content Officer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

At a time when near-instant solutions are required, the growing importance of and opportunities to digitalise vehicle logistics processes and operations has never been higher. From streamlining inventory to vehicle tracking to improving production pipeline and sales visibility, data and digital platforms are helping logistics leaders and providers ease congestion and maximise the network’s capacity and ability to deliver. Join this session to hear industry experts and technology specialists are delving into the groundbreaking capabilities and innovative tools providing end-to-end transparency of the supply chain and data in real-time, and understand the real-world applications enabling North America’s carmakers to speed up decision making and operate increasingly dynamic networks.

12:00 PDT - 10 mins

Main Stage: Vehicle logistics innovation showcase

Hear from the newest and most exciting start-ups and established players revolutionizing the automotive logistics and supply chain sector with a series of lighting pitches


Bart Schuster

Bart Schuster, Senior Vice President of OEM and Government Relations, Autosled


Christopher Ludwig, Chief Content Officer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

Crises breeds innovation, and just as well in today’s highly complex, disrupted and volatile landscape. The Vehicle Logistics Innovation Showcase will highlight a selection of the newest and most exciting game-changing technologies and innovative services and solutions supporting the industry navigate today’s headwinds and tomorrow’s complexities.

12:10 PDT - 45 mins

Main Stage: Raising performance excellence amidst transformation

Be part of the discussion to learn and share how logistics and supply chain leaders are balancing intensifying immediate demands, including costs, capacity and market volatility whilst architecting a sustainable, technologically advanced and efficient future

Sarah Amico
Sarah Amico, Executive Chairperson, Jack Cooper

Marisol Vasquez, Glovis
Marisol Vasquez, National Manager, Vehicle Logistics Planning, Glovis America

Shane Stierley
Shane Stierley, Senior Supply Chain Manager, Finished Vehicle Group, Navistar International

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Jeremy White, VP of Operations, Autos in Motion


Christopher Ludwig, Chief Content Officer, Automotive Logistics & Ultima Media

The industry is at a critical juncture, undergoing profound change and disruption in equal measure, and today’s logistics leaders face the ultimate challenge of raising performance levels and controlling rising costs and demands, whilst forging new strategies and technology-powered organisations to align with the industry’s transformation and far-horizon targets.

The stakes have never been higher with the need for investment in equipment, talent and future proof technology immediate, alongside the real risk of falling behind if the foundations for electrification and decarbonised supply chains are not yet in place.

The final session of FVLNA will be a dynamic exchange in a creative format, encouraging debate and discussion between our guest speakers and audience members, exploring how logistics leaders are turning planning and collaboration into action and success, maximising innovation, flexibility and partnerships to raise performance levels across their teams and network, whilst also defining the strategies that will serve the future needs of the market.

13:00 PDT - 60 mins

Lunch & networking

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14.00 PDT

End of day two and conference close