8-10 March 2017
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
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Bryan Burkhardt
Director, Global Logistics Operations
General Motors

Bryan has over 30 years’ experience in automotive supply chain and logistics management. He joined General Motors in 1985 as a member of the supply chain team in its customer care and aftersales organisation. Bryan joined GM’s global logistics team in 2012 and in addition to his current role is also chairman of the Automotive Logistics Executive Committee (ALEC). Prior to joining the global logistics team, Bryan held a variety of GM leadership positions within supply chain, operations and order fulfilment.

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Marc Brazeau
Director of Outbound and Mexico Logistics

Marc Brazeau is responsible for FCA US vehicle transportation activities and other North American and worldwide logistics management, including developing logistics strategy; designing and optimising networks; purchasing transportation services; controlling logistics operations; and ensuring supply chain quality standards. He has held roles on both sides of the supply chain – having previously worked in the supplier community with Canadian Pacific Railway – as well as in global management consulting. A former chairman of the AIAG’s Finished Vehicle Supply Chain Visibility committee, Brazeau has published several industry benchmarking studies and is a regular speaker at global automotive supply chain conferences.

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Glenn Clift
Chief Executive
GLOVIS America

Glenn is responsible for operations, marketing, finance, IT and sales for North America. Glenn began his finished vehicle logistics career in 1995 as Logistics Manager at American Suzuki Motor Corporation. In 2001, Glenn joined Kia Motors America and later helped form GLOVIS America in 2003. Prior to finished vehicle logistics, Glenn managed LTL, truckload and flatbed freight at Yokohama Tire Company. Glenn’s first position upon graduation from college was Staff Accountant for a manufacturing firm. Glenn has a bachelor’s degree in management/finance from Purdue University.

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Alfonso Rodriguez
Manager Operations, NA & Intercontinental Vehicle Logistics
General Motors

Alfonso began his career at General Motors de Mexico as an intern in 2006. In 2010, he accepted an international assignment with GM in the US, where he was a global purchasing lead and later worked in component logistics. In 2014, he moved back to Mexico to manage finished vehicle operations for Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Alfonso returned to the US to lead the finished vehicle logistics procurement team and since the beginning of 2016, has been responsible for finished vehicle logistics operations in the US, Canada and Ocean in GM. Alfonso has a BSc in mechanical engineering with minor in automotive engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey.


Rory Hepner
General Manager, Vehicle Distribution & Logistics
Mercedes-Benz USA

Rory has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata College and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University. She began her career with MBUSA in 1991 and has held many positions there, including in its corporate counsel, field operations, national network development, sales, and vehicle distribution and logistics operations. In her current role, she is responsible for the logistics and distribution of all vehicles supplied by MBUSA, including passenger cars, vans and trucks.

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Peter Bresnee
Director of Operations
Hyundai Glovis

Peter began his logistics career working for Mobil Oil on board the SS Seminole which transported refined oil products from Texas to Florida. He transitioned to shoreside employment in the operations department of the former German containership company, DSR Senator Lines in New Jersey. Peter has held a variety of finished vehicle positions with increasing responsibility, first with Kia Motors America, then Mercedes-Benz USA working across vehicle preparation, logistics and retail field operations. In October 2015 Peter joined Hyundai Glovis where he oversees the domestic Vehicle Logistics Department and Port Operations group. He holds an MBA in finance from Pepperdine University. He retired from the US Navy Reserve but maintains an active US Coast Guard License to sail as a 3rd Mate Unlimited Tons Upon Oceans. Peter graduated in business administration & transportation management from the State University of New York Maritime College.

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Scott Mabry
Senior Manager, Planning and Optimization
Volkswagen Group of America

Scott has worked in the automotive supply chain for both OEMs and tier one parts suppliers in both Europe and the USA. He recently returned from Germany after running Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ finished vehicle operations at plants across Europe. He is currently working with both the finished vehicles and spare parts groups at Volkswagen Group of America to plan and optimise the networks and processes involved. He also oversees the logistics procurement team sourcing vendors over various modes of transportation across North America.

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Charles J. Franklin II
Manager Export Logistics - Export Sales Division
American Honda

Charles is responsible for logistics planning and operations for Honda and Acura vehicles built in North America for global export. In September of 2014, he managed the integration of Honda De Mexico with American Honda, establishing a North American regional export logistics program. During his tenure at American Honda he has reduced cost by over $200 million earning a number of awards along the way. Charles is committed to numerous professional and community based organizations. He has been instrumental in raising nearly $1million dollars for scholarships and programs benefiting inner-city youth in the greater Los Angeles area. Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. And he is an adjunct instructor for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Dennis Manns
Chief Commercial Officer
Road & Rail

Dennis Manns has an extensive background in the automotive industry, including working as Assistant Vice-President of Sales and Logistic Planning at American Honda. There, he was responsible for the automotive sales planning for both the Honda and Acura divisions and the automotive logistics planning and operations for all of American Honda’s plant and port facilities. During this time, he oversaw the design and development of the Honda de Mexico (HDM) distribution center in Celaya, Mexico and was the lead executive in the creation of the industry’s only multimodal network of Mexico-produced Honda products. Dennis was also instrumental in the development of a partnership with CSX to create the new Talladega automotive facility.

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Stuart Kessler
Manager, Port Operations – Houston, TX
Volkswagen Group of America

Stuart has been managing port and rail facilities for the VW Group for 37 years. In terms of ports, he has worked primarily on the West Coast and more latterly the Gulf Coast. His rail expertise, meanwhile, stems from particular experience in the central and western US. In both areas, Stuart has focused continuously on capacity optimisation via a combination of technology and out-of-the-box thinking. Stuart holds a BA in economics from California State University, Fullerton.

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Scott Davies
Director Office of Marine Highways & Passenger Services
USDOT- Maritime Administration

Scott is currently the Acting Director for the Office of Marine Highways and Passenger Services at the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Prior to joining the Marine Highway office, he served in the Office of Infrastructure Development and Congestion Mitigation. Since joining MARAD in 2003 he has supported the agency’s efforts in expanding its leadership role in marine transportation system development, modernisation and expansion efforts. Scott is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. He is also a licensed U.S. Merchant Marine officer with an unlimited tonnage Third Mate’s license and is a Commander in the U.S. Navy.


Alex Meza
Chief Commercial Officer
Jack Cooper Holdings

Alex is responsible for managing top line growth initiatives as well as M&A, and has been in the international finished vehicle logistics industry for over 19 years. Prior to joining Jack Cooper, Alex was the managing director for Wallenius Wilhlemsen Logistics Mexico, and before that was managing director of Amports Mexico. Alex has an MBA from Loyola University, MD and a bachelor’s in administration from Anahuac University in Mexico.

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Matt Cartwright
Chief Information Officer
United Road

Matt has served as Chief Information Officer since early 2003. Between 2000 and 2003 he served as Director of Corporate Development and Project Manager for the company's proprietary dispatch system. Prior to joining United Road, Matt worked with United Parcel Service in both Operations and in Industrial Engineering, where he focused on process improvement and automation.

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Brandon Mason
Global Automotive Practice Director

Brandon serves as both chief of staff and chief strategist within PwC’s automotive sector operation, overseeing its key initiatives and the creation of thought leadership, and leading the development of the firm's point of view on a variety of industry topics. He has over 15 years of industry experience in the data analytics, research and consulting fields.

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Ben Stanley
Global Automotive Leader, Institute for Business Value 
IBM Global Services

Ben is responsible for the development of thought-leadership content and strategic business insights for the IBM automotive industry practice. He has 40 years of experience and has worked with major automotive clients around the world in the areas of business strategy and business model innovation. He has previously worked as the consulting lead for the Automotive Center of Excellence in China and the global strategy lead for the IBM automotive practice.

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James Kniestedt
Gravick Group

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Tom Swennes
Vice President, Strategic Planning & Administration
ICL Systems

As VP for North America’s leading provider of finished vehicle logistics supply chain management solutions, Tom brings his twenty-one years automotive experience to bear. Tom is co-chair of the Automotive Industry Action Group’s (AIAG) Visibility of Finished Vehicles (VOFV) taskforce.

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Mark Anderson
President & COO
United Road

Mark is responsible for the daily operations of over 3 million vehicles annually. United Road is one of the most diversified vehicle transportation logistics companies in the US serving a broad range of customers, including all the major global vehicle manufacturers, remarketers, financial institutions, car auctions, car dealers, rental companies and on-line sales organisations.The Industry-leading OVISS logistics system provides paperless processes, real-time order visibility for customers, and advanced load-building and routing capabilities for operators. United Road’s integrated national network includes over 1,700 employees and nearly 1,800 company-owned and dedicated independent vehicle carriers. United Road operates out of over 75 locations throughout the US and Canada.

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Paul Nurse
ProAct International

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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John Felitto
President and CEO of Vehicle Services Americas
WWL Vehicle Services Americas

John has held his current position since 2011, in which he is responsible for all aspects of Vehicle Services Americas (VSA)’s processing and logistics operations in the US, Mexico and Canada. John also oversees WWL’s four ‘high-and-heavy’ equipment processing centres in the US and Panama. A graduate of Pace University in New York, he has over 26 years of experience in the logistics industry, including management positions with Hapag-Llyod, Crowley American Transport and Hamburg Sud. He first joined Wallenius Wilhelmsen in 2001 and for the past 15 years has held various commercial and executive management roles in sales and logistics.

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Dave Fleenor
Assistant Vice-President, Automotive Sales and Marketing
BNSF Railway

Dave started his 30 year transportation career at Roadway Express in field operations. Then, after receiving his Masters degree from Northwestern University, he joined the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1993, Dave joined the Santa Fe Railway, in Automotive Logistics where he oversees the key sector of rail-based automotive transportation. During his tenure with the BNSF Railway, Dave has held positions of increasing responsibility in Automotive Equipment, Carload Sales, Intermodal Marketing, and most recently Automotive Sales and Marketing.

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Christoph Seitz
Owner and CEO
CFR Rinkens

Christoph is co-owner of CFR Rinkens, a California-based non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) specialising in containerised vehicle transport worldwide. He also serves as CEO of CFR AutoDirect, a joint venture between CFR Rinkens and APL Logistics that moves cars in 53-foot containers on the domestic rail network. Christoph's key focus in both companies is business development.


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CW Consulting

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Bill Kerrigan
Vice President Logistics, Auto Division
SSA Marine

Bill joined SSA Marine’s Auto Division in 2015. With a wealth of experience running his own consulting company since 2000, Bill has over 36 years of experience in transportation, including executive positions with a major ocean carrier and terminal operator. He has expertise in the broad spectrum of supply chain management, including finished vehicles, intermodal container flows, and parts distribution. Based in Charleston, Bill holds a BA in political science from Georgetown University in 1979. He is a long-standing member of the United States Propeller Club and the National Defense Transportation Association.

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Brian Mason
Vice President of Planning, Analysis & Development
Pasha Automotive Services

Brian recently joined Pasha Automotive Services after retiring from Toyota Motor Sales USA, where he served for 31 years in a wide variety of executive assignments, including information systems, finance, distribution operations and finished vehicle logistics. He holds a BSc and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach, and has completed postgraduate studies at both the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, and at the Sloan School of Management, MIT.