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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Steve Tripp
Vice President, Global Strategy and Execution
ICL Systems

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.

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