Confirmed Speakers


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Anu Goel

Executive Vice-President, Group After Sales & Services

Volkswagen Group of America


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Anu and the parts logistics team are responsible for the total supply chain management of service parts for Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), including product definition, cataloging, procurement, materials management, quality, dealer support, warehousing and transportation. Along with the vehicle logistics team, he is also responsible for activities (including port operations) supporting the distribution of finished vehicles in the US. Prior to working with Volkswagen, Anu spent over three years with Case New Holland (Fiat Group), most recently as as Vice-President, North and South American Parts Operations; and 23 years with Ford, where he served most recently as Director, Global Parts Supply and Logistics.

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Benjamin Pohl

Team Lead – Vehicle Shipping Quality, Claims and Load Testing Analyst

Ford


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Benjamin Pohl has been with Ford Motor Company for over 12 years, recently accepting the position of Team Lead within the North American vehicle logistics division. He is responsible for overseeing all the operations related to damage claims, shipment quality, transportation damage, and testing of all future model products, focused on improving quality, modernizing the business, leveraging emerging technologies, and improving the end customers’ experience. Over the last 4 years he has become Ford’s subject-matter-expert on car hauling and rail conveyance along with other modes of vehicle shipping. Previously, Benjamin focused on inbound logistics and manufacturing, leading a small team that delivered defect-free bills of material for various vehicles from prototype builds to final production. When he isn’t working, he enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

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Anthony Clevio

Director of Global Outbound Logistics

General Motors


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Anthony Clevio took over responsibility for GM’s vehicle logistics operations in May 2022, where he leads logistics and distribution across all transport modes from factory to dealer, including vehicle exports and imports. He has more than 20 years’ experience in supply chain management, logistics and purchasing at consulting and logistics firm, with GM since 2006. At GM he has held roles in vehicle logistics, vehicle order management, inbound and material logistics before moving into direct material and commodity purchasing in 2018, gaining more experience across the value chain and total enterprise cost decisions. Clevio has a BA in supply chain management from Michigan State University and an MBA from Wayne State University.

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Mike Matousek

Director of the Automobile Carriers Conference

American Trucking Associations


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Mike Matousek is the Director of the Automobile Carriers Conference of the American Trucking Associations, a leading advocacy organization for motor carriers engaged in the transportation of motor vehicles. In this role, Mike is responsible for providing a strong, unifying, and effective voice for motor carriers and allied partners before Congress and federal agencies.

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Rory Hepner

Director Global Vehicle Logistics and Customs

Mercedes-Benz USA


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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 both import and export customs operations on behalf of MBUSA.

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Chris Styles

Vice President, Supply Chain Management, North America

Nissan


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Chris Styles is vice president, supply chain management, North America. He was appointed to this position in March 2021. In this role, Styles is responsible for overseeing supply chain activities for all production parts and finished vehicle distribution in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Previously, Styles was senior director of supply chain logistics, Nissan U.S., where he was responsible for finished vehicle and inbound production parts logistics, supplier packaging engineering and logistics strategy for the U.S, Canada, and Mexico. Styles has worked as director of logistics for the U.S. and Canada in Nissan's supply chain management organization, director of purchasing for Nissan's Mexico operations, as well as director of purchasing for logistics and aftermarket and accessory parts for the Americas region. Styles joined Nissan in 2002. Prior to joining Nissan, Styles held logistics management positions in auto parts retail and third party automotive logistics companies in the U.S. and Mexico. Styles holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Steve Jernigan

Steve Jernigan

Finished Vehicle Logistics

Nissan North America


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Steven Jernigan is Senior Director Supply Chain, a position to which he was appointed in April 2021.

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. Most recently, we was previously Director for Finished Vehicle Logistics responsible for Finished Vehicles, Exports and SCM Strategy. 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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Kevin Austin

Group Vice President Demand and Supply Management, and Supply Chain Transformation

Toyota Motor North America

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Kevin Austin is responsible for North American regional demand and supply planning, working in coordination with Toyota and Lexus brands and the North American manufacturing companies that are directly or indirectly owned by Toyota. In June 2022 he expanded his role to include supply chain transformation with specific focus on supporting Toyota's planned increased in electric vehicle production in North America. Toyota is planning to ramp up production, including of lithium-ion batteries at a new plant in North Carolina. Austin began his career at Toyota in 1999 starting out as an analyst within the Production Control division at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America. Since then, he has held roles in Human Resources, Sales and Headquarters in various locations across North America, and completed a 2-year international assignment in Japan between 2012-2014. Prior to his current role, Austin was general manager within the Toyota Sales Operations team Plano HQ.

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Manny Bansi

Vice President of Toyota Logistics Services

Toyota Motor North America


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Manny Bansi is vice-president of Toyota Logistics Services and has responsibility across Toyota’s outbound vehicle logistics network and operations in North America. This includes the carmaker’s transport network across road, rail and ocean; vehicle processing centres at ports and plants; accessory operations and digital systems. He will be speaking about how Toyota is improving visibility, asset tracking and ETAs for dealers and customers. More bio details coming soon.

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Sara Nader

Chevrolet Field Marketing Manager

GM


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Sara Nader has been with General Motors for 8 years and, throughout her tenure, she has amassed significant experience in sales and aftersales operations (both OEM and Dealership) through cross-functional assignments. Currently, she is the Field Marketing Manager for Chevrolet for the Western Region. Transparency in finished vehicle logistics significantly impacts how OEMs can go-to-market with advertisable offers and executing overall marketing strategy. Sara holds a BA in Anthropology from Illinois Wesleyan University, an Executive MBA from Northwood University.

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Scott Mabry

Manager Cross Border Logistics

Volkswagen Group of America


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Kurt Watson

Kurt Watson

Senior Manager, Logistics Purchasing

Nissan North America


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Kurt Watson is a Senior Manager, currently responsible for logistics purchasing at Nissan North America. He joined the Nissan team in 2004 holding various roles and increasing his responsibilities since, becoming a senior manager in 2018. Prior to joining Nissan in 2005, Kurt was General Manager at Fastnal, a leading distributor of industrial and construction products. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and Management from Tennessee Tech University - College of Business.

Darren Acker

Darren Acker

Director Logistics operations

Glovis


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Tom Cook

Business Transformation Manager – Finished Vehicle Logistics

Nissan North America


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Tom has 20 years of experience in various segments of the Automotive Industry, spanning from Design & Quality Engineering, and Finished Vehicle Logistics. He is currently responsible for FVL Business Transformation projects, helping drive FVL into the next era of digitalization. He is also responsible for Nissan Canton Finished Vehicle Logistics Operations, which encompasses all aspects of vehicle processing, shipping, quality, and Kaizen development. His Automotive experience includes: design – electrical testing/development, electrical architecture design, new model development/launch, supplier and completed vehicle quality engineering, Quality standards & system (QMS) development. Logistics quality, FVL operations.

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Andy Koblenz

Executive Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs

National Automobile Dealers Association


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Andrew D. Koblenz is the National Automobile Dealers Association's executive vice president of legal and regulatory affairs and General Counsel. He directs the association's Legal and Regulatory Group, which represents NADA and dealer interests before federal agencies. Koblenz supervises a staff of eight attorneys specializing in franchise and state law, corporate law and federal regulatory affairs. Prior to his current position, Koblenz was vice president of industry affairs from June 2001 to February 2006, directing the activities of NADA's Industry Relations and Industry Analysis departments, as well as the association’s American Truck Dealers Division.

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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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Ray Mikiciuk

Senior Vice President of Sales

Volkswagen Group of America


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Ray Mikiciuk is the head of Sales Operations for Volkswagen Group of America, headquartered Virginia. Ray is responsible for all sales and sales related activities for Volkswagen brand, working through VW’s sales operations team and regional offices throughout the US. Ray joined Volkswagen in October of 2020 after a lengthy career at American Honda where he was head of US sales for the Honda Division. Additional experience includes Director of Manufacturer and Industry relations for Victory Automotive Group, a privately held dealer organization based in Michigan. Ray is a graduate of Michigan State University. He’s been married to his wife Kathy for 33 years, they have three children, Laura, Michael and Elizabeth and maintain residences in both Virginia and Texas.

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Michael Arnold

Operations Supervisor, North America Vehicle Logistics

Ford Motor Company


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Michael Arnold oversees operations for Ford’s vehicle logistics operations across North America, including for domestically produced vehicles, imports and global exports. He has worked at Ford in material planning and logistics (MP&L) since 2013. Prior to that, he was a transport engineer at GE Aviation, where he managed logistics for aircraft engine material worldwide. He spent four years in the US Navy, where he also managed on-load of stores and re-ordering of parts. Michael Arnold has a degree from Ohio State University in Operations Management, Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management, and an MBA from Wayne State University.

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Steve Center

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President

Kia America


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Steve Center joined Kia America in January 2022 as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, responsible for the strategy and execution of Kia’s sales, service and marketing operations in the United States, reporting to Sean Yoon, President and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America. Having served in various roles at Honda since 1993, Center brings a wealth of experience to his new role at Kia. Most recently, he oversaw Honda’s four automobile regions in the U.S. Additional responsibilities included Honda and Acura market representation, sales and production planning, certified pre-owned sales, dealer communication, product and sales information, as well as export sales and distribution.

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Michael D'Angelo

Manager Port Operations and Domestic Transportation

Volkswagen Group of America


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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.

Marisol Vasquez

Marisol Vasquez

Senior Manager, OEM Sales

Glovis America


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Marisol Vasquez started her career in the Automotive industry with a background in Supply Chain Management. She is currently the Senior Manager of OEM Sales at Glovis America. She is responsible for growing the company’s business and strengthening relationships with EV and legacy automobile manufactures. Marisol also brings an OEM’s perspective to discussions and negotiations with experience from American Honda in both Export Sales and Logistics roles. Marisol holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Long Beach in Management and Supply Chain Management.