Marc Brazeau Director of Outbound and Mexico Logistics FCA US
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.
Gerald Lee VP Vehicle Planning & Logistics Subaru
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 President Jack Cooper Transport
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.
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.
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.
James Kniestedt CEO Gravick Group
James is the founder of Gravick Group which works with global companies in a variety of vertical industries operating in highly conflictive areas around the world. He has 27 years of experience improving asset efficiencies for customers through risk mitigation initiatives as well as product integrity and custodial control activities. SecNet, one of GRAVICK’s security focused internal control platforms, has operated with successful results in Mexico and Latin America for many years.
James served with the US Special Forces and held private security assignments with organisations such as the Special Warfare Center in the Anti-Terrorist Division. He consults with Dept. of Homeland Security monthly on key trade security initiatives that impact supply chain metrics across various borders.
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.
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.
Paul Nurse CEO 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.
John Felitto President of WWL 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.
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.
Daniel Gosson Consultant Inform
Daniel specializes in inbound and finished vehicle logistics with responsibilities including business process consulting and project implementation support. Growing up around his family’s car dealership, Daniel was well versed in automotive well before the start of his professional career focusing on supply chain and production planning. Now in the finished vehicle world, Daniel calls upon his experience in technology and automotive to not only find solutions for today’s logistical problems but also to investigate how future technologies will shape our industry.
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.
Chris Wilson Director CW Consulting
Chris has been developing telematics systems for 25 years and spearheaded the use of large-scale vehicle data collection to improve transportation safety and efficiency. While a VP of ITS Strategy and Programs at Mercedes-Benz, he was the instigator of short range vehicle communications technologies. As the Director of ADAS products for TomTom, he used data from millions of devices to build navigation maps, prior to building automated vehicle maps as the CEO of Vehicle Data Science.
He consults with companies and public agencies interested in cutting-edge vehicle technology. He is still trying to get your data, anonymously of course.
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.
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.