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Joshua Schank
Chief Innovation Officer
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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.

Sarah Amico
Jack Cooper Holdings

Sarah is the executive chairman of the board at Jack Cooper and serves as the company’s head of strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions. Sarah previously worked as the head of strategic planning at APA Talent and Literary Agency in Beverly Hills, where she also launched and led the company's entertainment marketing and brand integration department. Prior to joining APA, Sarah worked at the William Morris Agency in both Beverly Hills and New York. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Anu Goel
Executive Vice-President, Group After Sales & Services
Volkswagen Group of America

Anu and the parts logistics team are responsible for the total supply chain management of service parts for Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), including product definition, cataloging, procurement, materials management, quality, dealer support, warehousing and transportation. Along with the vehicle logistics team, he is also responsible for activities (including port operations) supporting the distribution of finished vehicles in the US. Prior to working with Volkswagen, Anu spent over three years with Case New Holland (Fiat Group), most recently as as Vice-President, North and South American Parts Operations; and 23 years with Ford, where he served most recently as Director, Global Parts Supply and Logistics.

Gerald Lee
VP Vehicle Planning & Logistics

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.

Mark Boucher
Director – Vehicle Logistics
Volkswagen Group of America

Mark has been in his current role since 2015 and with Volkswagen Group of America since 2008. He has full responsibility for the processing and distribution of all Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley and Bugatti cars in the US. Prior to this role, Mark spent several years as the Senior Manager of Port Operations & Metrics with daily operational responsibility for all four port locations and the domestic assembly plant in Tennessee. He played a key role in the planning and development of outbound operations for the Chattanooga assembly facility that opened in 2011. Mark previously spent many years with the Norfolk Southern Corporation and has worked in the finished vehicle logistics arena for more than 17 years.

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.

Kristin Decas
Chief Executive
Port of Hueneme

Kristin became CEO and Port Director for the Port of Hueneme, California in 2012 and has been responsible for giving the port its most active trade year since 1937. In 2014 she was also responsible for overseeing the most successful financial performance in the entire history of the port, with $14.3m in gross operating revenue. Kristin also sits on the board of directors for the American Association of Port Authorities and was elected chair for the period 2014-2015.

Andrea Amico
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.

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

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.

Scott Goodwin
Vice President, OEM Services 
KhS Know How Systems Global 

Scott’s finished vehicle logistics career spans more than two decades. It began in earnest in 1993 at new vehicle hauler Hadley Auto Transport, where he spent 10 years taking on roles with progressive responsibility. He subsequently spent 13 years with Glovis America and more recently Volkswagen Group of America, where he held senior management positions. As Vice-President, OEM services at KhS Global, Scott has responsibility for all US, Canadian and Mexican operations. These directly support OEMs in the finished vehicle supply chain by providing unique customer-specific solutions for in-transit repairs, vehicle storage and maintenance, factory-quality re-works and paint repairs.

Robert Farrell
Executive Director
American Trucking Associations

Robert is the Executive Director of the Automobile Carriers Conference of American Trucking Associations. He has served in this capacity since the creation of the ACC in June, 2005. Prior to joining the ACC Robert was the President of the National Automobile Transporters Association. During his tenure, Robert has spearheaded numerous successful efforts to create new federal and state level regulations that benefit the industry through increased productivity and streamlining business practices in interactions with the auto manufacturing community. Robert attended Providence College, and completed his post-grad studies at the State University of New York.

Wade White
Senior Vice President

Steve Tripp
Vice President, Global Strategy and Execution
ICL Systems

Steve started his career in logistics at Ford and later moved to Chrysler, now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). At FCA, he held numerous senior-level positions, heading departments such as Assembly Production Control and Material Handling Engineering and leading FCA’s inbound (parts) network and international logistics network. He was also Head of Worldwide Vehicle Transportation. He has significant experience of all modes of transportation including rail, truck, ocean, LTL and parcel. He has also been Chair of the Reload Committee in the Automotive Industry Logistics Steering Committee (AILSC) and Chair of the AILSC Executive Committee.

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.

Jason Kuehn
Vice President
Oliver Wyman

Jason has 11 years experience working in the automotive logistics industry leveraged by 18 years of global consulting to network transportation companies. His expertise is in transportation network scheduling, performance improvement and business strategy. Jason holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College.

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.

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.

Senthil Virthachalam
Strategy and Transformation - Sr. Managing Consultant

Senthil has more than 15 years of global experience in the automotive industry at OEMs and suppliers, focusing on business strategy and transformations across the supply chain. He has led initiatives including Industry 4.0, leveraging IoT and cognitive technologies, S &OP and procurement. Prior to joining IBM Senthil worked at Daimler Chrysler, Tenneco and Ashok Leyland. He has an MBA from Michigan State University and a Masters in Engineering specializing in manufacturing technology.

Brian Mason
Vice President, Business Development & Administration
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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