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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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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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Flavio Batista

Senior Vice President, Sales Americas

Wallenhius Wilhelmsen


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Flavio Batista is the Senior Vice President, Sales Americas for Wallenius Wilhelmsen, a global enterprise focused on developing sustainable shipping and logistics solutions for manufacturers of cars, trucks, heavy equipment and specialized cargo. He is currently responsible for the Sales Organization in Americas including all products within the WW portfolio. Mr. Batista was most recently Executive Vice President – Head of Commercial for Europe, Africa and Middle East at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics based in Antwerp, Belgium. Prior to his time in WWL Europe, he was Vice President for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics in Sao Paulo, Brazil responsible for WWL activities in Latin America. Mr. Batista is a graduate of Bandeirantes University in Sao Paulo, Brazil and holds a degree in International Business. Mr. Batista has completed an executive education program at International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. He resides in New Jersey with his wife and son.


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Sergio Gutierrez

President & Chief Executive Officer

RPM


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Sergio is a hands-on transformative leader and strategic thinker with 25+ years of experience in the automotive & logistics space. He has led several large organizations and teams with a highly proficient operational-centric trained acumen. Sergio's primary focus is to execute RPM's vision, mission, and core values while guiding RPM's continued organizational development, talent development, and service and product offerings. Sergio's global strategy to expand RPM and its services is based on offering best-in-class services, developing new and existing relationships with the largest OEMs in the world. Gutierrez initially joined RPM as the President of European Operations, leading its foundation in Europe, and then moved back to North America to lead RPM & Carvaygo on its evolution as a full-service provider, anywhere our customers need us.


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Barry Williams

Vice President of Operations

Hansen & Adkins


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Barry Williams is an automotive logistics veteran with over 38 years’ experience., having begun working in the auto haulaway sector in 1984, gaining experience with Ryder ACD, Hadley Auto Transport and Performance Transportation Services before joining Hansen & Adkins in 2004. Prior to his current position of Vice President of Operations, he held numerous roles with Hansen & Adkins, playing an instrumental role in growing the company’s fleet from 33 trucks to over 1340 today. Barry co-founded AHAA (Auto Haulers Association of America) in 2011 and is the current chairman, particularly passionate about addressing the driver workforce shortage within the sector. He is a proud graduate of Utah State University.


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Brandon Mason

Senior Manager Lead Analyst, Global Market Intelligence

Eaton


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Brandon Mason is the lead analyst for the Global Market Intelligence group at power management provider Eaton, overseeing a team of industry experts that closely monitor automotive developments and technology-driven trends. Prior to Eaton, he spent nearly 15 years at PwC in a variety of roles, including leading its US mobility division and as chief of staff for its global automotive practice. He is the author of several thought leadership pieces on smart cities and the automotive value chain, and a frequent speaker and contributor high profile event and media outlets.


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Hamed Bazaz

Director Business Development

Seoul Robotics


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Hamed Bazaz is Seoul Robotics’s Director of Business Development. Bazaz oversees business development for the company’s Autonomy Through Infrastructure (ATI) technology. He has over 15 years of experience across a breadth of technology, product management and commercial roles at startups and mature, multinational organizations. Bazaz is a seasoned practitioner combining engineering with hands-on functional experience. He earned his Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.


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Anthony Monteiro

Chief Operating Officer

DRAIVER


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Having 38 plus years in the automotive industry, Anthony Monteiro is currently the President of Automotive for DRAIVER the nation’s top On-Demand Driver network all powered by an AI logistics platform. Over his career, he has been leading the charge on several large innovation projects and currently works with 100's of large organizations to provide the most robust and cutting-edge products and services in the industry.  With a long track record of success at the Nation’s Top-Rated and Leading companies like: DRAIVER, DealerX, ELEAD CRM, Sonic Automotive, Prime Motor Group, CDK Dealer Services and Dealer Consulting Services, Monteiro offers a wide variety of Consulting services in this space from BDC process improvement, Digital Retailing and Website expertise to Product Development business plans and full SDLC specifications.


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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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Christine Krathwohl

VP Global Business Development

FreightVerify


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Christine has over 25 years of experience in logistics, supply chain and purchasing and prior to joining FreightVerify held progressively responsible roles at Cooper Standard, Jack Cooper Holdings, General Motors and Ford. Christine, who has an executive master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in materials and logistics management from Michigan State University, was named in the Automotive News 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry list in 2015. She is actively involved in a number of charitable causes, including being a co-founder of shoe distribution organisation, Lace Up Detroit.


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Darren Acker

Director Logistics operations

Glovis


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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 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 Jernigan

Senior Director Supply Chain

Nissan North America


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Steven Jernigan is Senior Director Supply Chain Director for Finished Vehicle Logistics. 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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Tom Swennes

Vice President, Customer Experience and Administration

ICL


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Tom is a logistics and supply chain executive with over 33 years of experience in finished automotive logistics. Tom has a background in systems development, sales and extensive operational experience at the OEM level, which shaped his unique perspective of the challenges of this dynamic industry. As the VP of Customer Experience and Administration, Tom oversees customer support and operational activities for ICL and Rubicon VLS, as well as finance and human resources. Tom is also an active contributor to the Automotive Industry Action Group’s (AIAG) FVL Advisory Group and past co-chair of the Standardized Electronic Messaging and Visibility workgroup.


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Kurt Watson

Senior Manager, Logistics Purchasing

Nissan


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Sr. 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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Mark Anderson

President & CEO

United Road


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Mark joined United Road in January 2014 as its Chief Operating Officer and was named CEO in 2018. Mark has over 25 years of professional experience spending his career leading several multi-dimensional businesses with significant logistics components, including solid waste collection, fuel distribution and OEM plant services, among others. After starting his career as a CPA, Mark transitioned to operations becoming COO and CEO for different transportation related entities. Mark’s undergraduate degree is from The University of Notre Dame and he also has an MBA from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business.


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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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Royce Neubauer

Founder & CEO

SFL companies


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Royce has 20+ years’ experience in supply chain management and logistics. In 2011, Royce, founded SFL Companies with the mission to redefine logistics management by providing innovative supply chain cost savings through new thought metrics, introducing cutting-edge technologies, and continuing to provide best in class logistics solutions for carriers and shippers. Royce’s leadership has helped build innovative technology driven solutions for some of the largest retailers, shippers, and carriers in the US and Canada. Royce’s approach is to analyze the supply chain in totality to help drive industry-wide solutions which benefit carriers as much as shippers. His end goal is to maximize capacity, strengthen our carrier network, and provide forward-thinking solutions for our shipper and carrier partners. Royce’s approach has always been that the carrier is the most important piece of the supply chain puzzle. Through collaboration, innovation, and transformation he and SFL are helping redefine the vehicle logistics space together.


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Zach Jennings

CEO

Chargie


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As the Chief Executive Officer of Chargie, Zach is responsible for leading the company’s strategic vision, guiding its growth and driving innovation within the EV charging ecosystem. With leadership experience in both the renewable energy and real estate industries, he has brought next-generation solutions to properties around the country for more than a decade. Prior to Chargie, Zach served as the Senior Vice President of Operations at PCS Energy, where he led the team to become the largest installer of commercial solar systems in Los Angeles. He also led acquisition efforts for the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Group and Cincinnati Neighborhood Housing Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Real Estate from the University of San Diego.


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Vivek Sinha

Managing Partner

Sphere


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Vivek Sinha is the Managing Partner and Solution Architect at SPHERE. He is responsible for conceptualizing and executing Digital Transformation solutions. Several customers have leveraged SPHERE solutions to drive operational efficiency and reduce waste. Vivek enjoys photography and working on a go-kart he built for his son.


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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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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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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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Kevin Nower

Director-Sales and Marketing Automotive

Kansas City Southern


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Kevin Nower is the Director, Sales and Marketing –Automotive for Kansas City Southern. He has been in this role since March2020. Kevin started at KCS in 2007 as a revenue analyst and moved to Sales and Marketing in 2012 where he has served in several sales account executive positions in both intermodal and automotive prior tohis current role. He currently managesateam of international automotive sales managers all of whom are located in Mexico. Kevin hasinternational supply chainexperience for finished vehicles,automotive partsand intermodal solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Missouri –Columbia.


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Phyllis Saathoff

Executive Director/CEO

Port Freeport


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Phyllis Saathoff is an accomplished executive with 30 years of service in the port industry. Phyllis began her maritime career at Port Freeport in 1992 serving as Managing Director and Interim Executive Port Director/CEO before joining the Port of Houston Authority 2012 where she held roles including Chief People Officer and Deputy Executive Director of Corporate Affairs. Phyllis returned to Port Freeport in 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer. Phyllis currently serves as Chairwoman on the Port Authority Advisory Committee to the Texas DoT, President of Texas Ports Association, and serves on the executive committee for the National Waterways Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, is a certified public accountant and a certified Professional Port Manager®.


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Chief Operating Officer

INFORM Software Corporation


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As Chief Operating Officer of INFORM Software Corporation, with extensive leadership and industry experience across multiple disciplines including automotive vehicle and parts logistics, procurement, dealer field operations, international IT project management, logistics/supply chain, distribution center operations, and software solutions. Justin started his career with Genuine Parts Company and ran multiple NAPA distribution centers, he spent 15 years with Porsche Cars North America in various positions (Aftersales, Project Management, Procurement, Dealer Field Management, and Manager - Vehicle Logistics and Port Operations). Justin was also the General Manager of Reliable Carriers, the largest specialized vehicle transportation company. Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Concordia College and is also involved with charitable and community organizations, such as Samaritan’s Feet.


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Sharmin Dobbs

Director of Business Development

Accelerated Services


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Sharmin Dobbs has been an automotive professional for 26 years. After 20 years’ experience on the retail dealer side of the business, most of it in management, she transitioned into automotive logistics. She is responsible for growing the company’s business and developing lasting relationships with her highly esteemed clientele. Sharmin’s responsibilities include working closely with OEM’s on managing their accounts, coming up with unique solutions to the their ever-changing issues, and working closely with operations teams and dispatchers to move freight in a damage free and timely manner.


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Dennis Manns

Executive Leader

North Motors Group


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Dennis is a senior automotive consultant with wealth of experience in leadership, logistics and supply chains. He is currently the Executive Leader of North Motors Group, a diverse automotive advisory group, Senior Automotive Advisor to InStarAGF, a Canadian based private equity group highly active in the acquisition of segment-leading corporations, and is a board director for AMPORTS, Florida. Dennis has an extensive background in the automotive and logistics industries that includes a period as Chief Commercial Officer for Road & Rail Services and a 31-year career at American Honda in sales and operations roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton in Ohio.


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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.


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Adrian Jennings

Chief Product Officer

Cognosos


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Adrian Jennings 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. Jennings has also worked at the UK Ministry of Defence and has an MA in physics from Oxford University. He describes himself as a ‘recovering rocket scientist’.


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Ed Jones

COO

DeGould


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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 for both import and export customs operations on behalf of MBUSA.


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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.


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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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Travis Black

US DOT

Maritime Adminstration


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Travis Black is the team lead for Port Development & Intermodal Planning Program of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). He has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation planning field. He joined MARAD in 2015. He is working with ports, State DOTs and MPOs to offer technical assistance and share best practices for applying for federal grants and financing and incorporating ports into local, regional and State transportation programs. His office is also developing tools in waterfront asset management and intelligent transportation system (ITS) integration for ports. Prior to his service at the Maritime Administration Travis worked for the Federal Highway Administration where he provided developed projects and programs on international transportation issues of the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders and land ports-of-entry (LPOEs). He previously worked for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and county government serving the regions of Beaumont, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Seattle, Washington. He has a BA in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University.


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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. 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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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. Brion holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and is a graduate of the NADA Dealer Academy.


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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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Sara Nader

Chevrolet Field Marketing Manager

General Motors


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Sara 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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Jon Samson

VP of Conferences and Executive Director

Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC)


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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. He also holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and resides in Huntsville, AL with his wife, Patience, their daughter, Alena and son, August.