Gerry is responsible for the Subaru vehicle supply chain from factory purchase order to delivery at dealerships. Gerry’s previous positions at Subaru include business planning, investments and finance. He has worked at Subaru since 1981 and his previous employers include Arthur Young & Co (Ernst and Young) and Girard Bank (Citizens Bank). Gerry has a BSc in Economics from Villanova and an MBA from Drexel.
Chuck Kendig Assistant Vice President - Logistics, Sales & Production Planning American Honda Motor
Chuck has spent 25 years with American Honda and held positions in parts, service, sales, market representation, e-business, marketing communications and field operations. Most recently Chuck led the fixed operations for Acura in North America. Prior to joining Honda Chuck served as Navigator and Operations Officer in the US Coast Guard. Educated at the University of California and Portland State University, Chuck holds a degree in marketing from PSU’s School of Business Administration.
Dana McBrien Associate Chief Advisor Honda North America
Dana has been with Honda since 1984 and has held a variety of roles in supply chain management over the past 24 years. His current duties include management of Honda’s North American transport initiatives for supply chain operation optimization.
Guillaume Quentin Senior Manager, FVL - SCM Strategy/Engineering & Quality Assurance Nissan North America
Guillaume is responsible for design, optimization, innovations and quality for vehicle transportation within the US and Canada. He joined the Nissan US team in 2014 on various projects before taking responsibility for transportation operations and design of inbound parts for North America’s three Nissan plants. Previously based in France, he was Chief of Staff for the Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Office which followed increasing responsibility throughout Renault’s service parts logistics.
Guillaume holds an Ingénieur Civil des Mines master’s degree in science and engineering.
Nathan Lawson Senior Director - North America Purchasing Cooper Standard
Based in Novi, MI, Nathan is member of the North American senior leadership team responsible for direct material purchasing within the region. Prior to his current role at Cooper Standard, Nathan held progressively responsible positions at General Motors in Germany, Russia and the US over 14 years. During that time, he was responsible for finished vehicle logistics purchasing, global international logistics purchasing and numerous other roles within purchasing, supply chain and manufacturing. Nathan holds a master’s degree in manufacturing operations from Kettering University and a bachelor’s degree in purchasing and supply chain management from Central Michigan University.
Faith Wandrie Executive Director - Driveline Global Supply Chain Management American Axle
With over 30 years of broad experience in the tier one automotive environment, Faith has a proven track record as a versatile professional and has mainly concentrated on supply chain transformation over the last 10 years. She has a solid history of leveraging organisational improvement through design and implementation of global supply chain strategies to reduce costs and improve cash flow. She is an empowered, dynamic leader who is skilled in identifying and implementing effective solutions. Faith is known for overcoming challenges, building an agile framework and delivering sustainable results.
Eduardo Huante General Manager Toyota Motor Sales USA
Eduardo Huante, whose logistics experience began in the US Army and includes work for Nissan Motor Corp, is responsible for Toyota’s North American service parts and accessories distribution centers in Ontario, California and Kentucky, as well as for Import and North American service parts and accessory supply. Prior to this, he was national operations manager at North American part center California and North American part center Kentucky. Eduardo was responsible for launching a new operations development department for NAPO and for its major industrial engineering warehouse projects, capital budget and project management, overseeing various projects in Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Jersey
Amanda Lovin Manager, In-house Logistics Volkswagen Group of America
Based in in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Amanda is responsible for truck control, material receipt, warehousing, part line delivery, container management and supplier park operations for Volkswagen Group of America. She has a background in service parts purchasing and information technology in logistics and engineering. Amanda graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2005. She is an Atlantik-Bruecke Young Leader and a Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Leadership Chattanooga Graduate.
Jeffery A. Estes Group Manager – Logistics Operations and Export Toyota Motor North America
Jeffery has a long background with Toyota, including 24 years at its Georgetown vehicle plant working in production control, among other areas, and 2 years at Toyota NA Logistics’ Texas headquarters in logistics operations and export management. His current responsibilities include managing the OEM’s integrated network of NA-supplied parts from supplier pick-up to vehicle and unit plants; global supply chain management of NA tier one and direct sourced material for Toyota global plants; supplier supply chain and on-time delivery development and enhancement; and risk management, crisis management and process kaizen and optimization for network, supplier supply chain, and global delivery.
Matthias Schulz Director North America Material Planning & Logistics Ford
Matthias joined Ford in 1987. He has worked in material planning and logistics since 1996, and has held various functions within IT. He became Director of Material Planning and Logistics in 2009 and his responsibilities include product definition, supply chain management, plant logistics, inbound logistics and material flow. He holds a Master of Science in Mathematics.
Robert DeCrick Vehicle Logistics Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Patrick Bauer Vice President Logistics and Supply Chain Faurecia
Patrick began his career as a supply chain analyst at Unisys Corporation in West Chicago, IL, before moving to Ford Motor Company/Visteon Corporation, where he spent 21 years in various positions including Inventory Management Specialist, Material Planning and Logistics Manager, Plant Manager, Director of North America Material Planning and Logistics, and Senior Director in charge of Global Supply Chain. He went on to spend two years at TE Connectivity as Director of North America Automotive Supply Chain. In his current role, based in Michigan, Patrick is leading the alignment of three divisions within Faurecia North America – Seating, Interiors and Clean Mobility – into a cohesive, synchronized, best-in-class supply chain. His responsibilities cover 39 plants across the US, Canada and Mexico.
Alberto Brea Executive Director, Engagement Planning Ogilvy & Mather
Alberto, who provides strategic advice for consumer experience planning, brings a diverse background to his team with 15 years of experience in leading strategic engagements in branding, customer research and digital experience in global markets spanning the US and Latin America. Before joining Ogilvy, he ran engagement planning for clients such as HP, Amex, Aetna, TWC and the US Army.
Adam Pieniazek Sr. Manager Logistics North America Magna Powertrain
Adam is responsible for the development and implementation of state-of-the-art logistics processes and activities across Magna Powertrain in North America, including optimizing material and information flows for products and components across the logistics network. He first joined Magna 10 years ago and has held a number of positions including Production Planner, Supervisor, Cycle Count Coordinator, SAP Warehouse/Shipping Lead, and Production Control Supervisor – Raw & Purchase Parts. Adam joined the MPT Corporate Purchasing Team in 2012 as Supply Chain Manager for US and Mexico plants. Most recently, he was Logistics Manager – US & Mexico. He holds a master’s in business administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in business administration from the State University of New York – Oswego.
Albert Zapanta President & CEO United States - Mexico Chamber of Commerce
The Mexico Chamber of Commerce, headed by Albert, has operations in 17 regional offices throughout the United States and Mexico.
He has held a variety of senior public and private sector roles including ARCO where he served for 18 years. He was a member of the Department of State′s Advisory Committee on International Trade, delegate to the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity, and Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. His exemplary military service resulted in a Silver Star award, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart and thirty other awards for service during the Vietnam War. He rose to the rank of Major General.
Albert is a graduate of Harvard School of Business, and the University of Southern California with a BA, MA and PhD. He currently serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations.
Lars Otte Vice-President Business Development Schnellecke Logistics
Lars has 25 years’ experience in automotive logistics with particular expertise in implementing supply logistics, packaging logistics, module assembly and sequencing. He has held his current position at Schnellecke Logistics, which operates across five continents with over 18,000 employees, for six years and has been involved in the implementation of several large digitalization/innovation projects in Europe, Mexico and the US.
John Begg Director- Global Logistics & Trade Compliance Magna Powertrain
In his current role, John has introduced programs for Magna Powertrain that set the standard for excellence within the entire Magna North American supply chain operation. He has over 20 years experience in automotive and 3PLs, working with Ryder, Lear Corporation and CRH. John holds an MBA from Spring Arbor College and a BBA from the University of Toledo.
Michael Silvio VP Logistics Innovation Surgere
Mike has 25 years’ experience in global supply chain management, the last 14 of which have been at global tier one automotive supplier, Cooper Standard. Mike has been a faculty member at Wayne State University for the past 14 years and sits on the board of directors of EWI Worldwide.
Andrea Amico President Jack Cooper
Jack Cooper Logistics operates in almost 100 locations across the US, Canada and Mexico. In addition to his P&L responsibilities there, Andrea runs its R&D department and is the inventor or co-inventor in three patent filings in the areas of image processing, computer vision and artificial intelligence. Andrea chairs IARA’s Cybersecurity and Privacy sub-committee and sits on the industry advisors board for Kennesaw State University’s Mechanical Engineering program. Prior to joining Jack Cooper in 2011, Andrea was at General Electric - NBC Universal as the Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives & Analyses; he previously worked for many years at management consultancy McKinsey and Company.
Amy Broglin-Peterson Manager- Transport Management Center NA Robert Bosch
Amy, who joined Bosch earlier this year, is a global supply chain, purchasing and logistics leader with extensive experience of designing and implementing international optimization projects. With a background in OEM production and service purchasing, tier business development, MP&L supplier performance audit and warehouse operations, she has a deep understanding of end-to-end supply chain business modelling and a total landed cost approach. Amy holds a degree in supply chain management from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Omer Rashid Sr. Director, Solutions Design DHL
Omer has over 18 years of experience in supply chain and operations design, the last 6 of them with DHL Supply Chain. In his current role, he has responsibility for the facility design discipline within the North American Solutions Design team. This includes managing a diverse team of associates delivering pursuit, re-engineering, consulting and renewal projects for the region. Prior to joining DHL, Omer spent over 10 years in supply chain consulting, optimizing logistics networks and distribution centers, conducting site assessments, and implementing large projects for customers across all sectors.
William Wappler President & CEO Surgere
An accomplished business strategist in packaging supply chain optimization, William guides clients through intentional and strategic steps towards data science, analytics and predictive analysis of their packaging supply chains. Surgere has nearly 1,000 NAFTA automotive manufacturing shipping doors currently equipped for packaging supply chain data capture and advanced analytics. Surgere's proprietary RFID technology and COS 2.0 container management software lead the industry in providing packaging supply chain intelligence.
Kevin Hogan Executive Director Ernst & Young
Kevin Hogan works in the Automotive Advisory practice at Ernst & Young and has 20 years of experience working with automotive clients, from OE suppliers and manufacturers to distributors, dealers and aftermarket retailers. Kevin has advised clients on many aspects of their supply chain, encompassing such areas as supply chain strategy, operating model and network design, operational effectiveness and systems enablement.
Brandon Mason Automotive Director and Mobility Leader PwC
Brandon, who is based in Detroit, first joined PwC in 2004. He is an active industry participant and spokesperson, continuously monitoring and analyzing global automotive developments and technology-driven trends such as connected cars, autonomous driving, ride/car sharing, digital and data management, infrastructure, and other related areas. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist for PwC’s US and Global automotive practice, where he had oversight of the sector’s day-to-day business and strategic priorities. He also has extensive experience as an analyst, having previously led PwC’s Autofacts team.
Paul Gurizzian Chief Executive Officer Carlisle & Company
Paul joined Carlisle & Company in 2001 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm, with a focus on business development and project execution for service parts operations at the ‘Detroit Three’ OEMs and commercial vehicle OEMs. His involvement with clients spans consulting, benchmarking and market research. Paul was previously an Assistant Controller at DTE Energy, and spent periods as Director of Finance at Honeywell’s European Aftersales Bendix brake business and Director of Business Management for the firm’s aerospace turbine engine and replacement parts business. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Chrysler, including the Mopar Parts Division, after launching his career at General Motors in purchasing and logistics.
Srini Muthusrinivasan Senior Global Industry Strategies Director JDA Software
Srini has over 17 years of experience in sales, supply chain strategy and executive leadership. In his current role, he is responsible for seeding transformative thought-leadership and driving strategic innovation within large manufacturing companies. He is also a key contributor to enhancing and accelerating the availability of supply chain IP, working closely with academia, industry analysts, customers and technology teams to keep the supply chain IP ahead of the industry’s needs. Srini is a recognized C-level advisor around the topic of the digital supply chain transformation and co-authored the book Optimization of Supply Chain Management in Contemporary Organizations.
Gary Allen VP of Supply Chain Excellence Ryder
Gary is responsible for overseeing the Supply Chain Engineering team at Ryder, which includes solution design, quality management, program management, continuous improvement and product development. He has more than 24 years of experience in supply chain services. Prior to taking on this role, he led Ernst & Young’s logistics consulting practice. He also spent seven years with Exel and ten years with FedEx, where he had various leadership roles in product development, solution design, operational excellence, sustainability, business development, operations and partner innovation.
Gary also helped launch and co-author the Annual Third Party Logistics Study with Dr. John Langley from Pennsylvania State University.
Vegard Synnes Head of Key Accounts CDC International Logistics
Vegard started his career in the Norwegian FMCG industry before relocating to Shanghai, China in 2012. After a short career in executive search, he took up his current role leading CDC’s business development and managing global accounts.