Joshua Schank Chief Innovation Officer Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Joshua is the first Chief Innovation Officer at LA Metro in the Office of Extraordinary Innovation, which is tasked with championing new ideas to improve mobility and is also responsible for LA Metro’s Public Private Partnership and strategic planning. He was previously President/CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. Joshua holds a PhD in urban planning from Columbia University and has authored various publications on this subject, including ‘All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding’.
Bryan Burkhardt Executive Director Automotive Logistics Executive Committee (ALEC)
Bryan has over 35 years’ experience in automotive supply chain and logistics management. He was recently selected to lead the Automotive Logistics Executive Committee (ALEC) as their executive director. Previously, Bryan worked at General Motors for 35 years and held a variety of leadership positions in supply chain, logistics and order fulfillment. He joined the GM Global Logistics team in 2012 and he concluded his career with General Motors as the director, global logistics operations. During his time at General Motors, he also served as the chairman for ALEC from 2014 through 2018.
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.
Gerald Lee Vice President Vehicle Planning and Logistics Subaru of America
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.
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.
Sarah Amico Chairman 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.
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.
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.
Jim Kasamis Manager National Imports & Logistics Mercedes-Benz USA
Jim is Manager National Imports & Logistics at Mercedes-Benz USA.
Tim Pickering Office of Marine Highways and Passenger Services Maritime Administration U.S. DoT
Tim started with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in December 2015 as the Operations Development Manager in the Office of Ports & Waterways. His office is responsible for increasing utilization of the Marine Transportation System, a component of the U.S. surface transportation system. MARAD also recommends, to the Secretary, the designation of Marine Highway Routes, Marine Highway Projects, as well as managing the America’s Marine Highway Grant Program.
Tim began his federal civilian employment with Military Sealift Command in 1995. For 20 years, he served as the Cargo Officer where he became the Department of Defense’s subject matter expert on Strategic Sealift.
Tim is a graduate of West Virginia University and the United States Naval War College. He served 23 years as a Navy Supply Corps Officer, retiring from the Naval Reserve in 2008. While on active duty, he served a series of afloat and shore assignments, including two Command tours.
Kathleen McCann President & CEO United Road
Kathleen joined United Road as President in 2011, assuming the additional CEO role in 2012. She and her team have grown the company into the second largest finished vehicle logistics provider in North America, handling the movement of over 3 million new, remarketed and specialty cars and light trucks annually. Previously she held a variety of senior executive positions with Detroit-based Soave Enterprises, leading its beverage distribution, industrial services, automotive retailing and transportation businesses. A Michigan native, Kathleen began her career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand.
Wade White Senior Vice President VPS
Since joining VPS in 2003, Wade has played an integral role in introducing asset protection systems to the North American market. As Managing Director of VPS, Wade is responsible for all international, national, and multi-point accounts. His business acumen and industrious nature have enabled him to build strong relationships with vehicle manufacturers, auto dealer groups, insurance carriers, financial institutions, and multinational banks. The sheer number of covered parking and hail protection installations currently covering vehicle inventories is a testament to his success.
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.
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.
Jason Kuehn Vice President Oliver Wyman
Based in Princeton, New Jersey, Jason has more than 20 years of experience working with the transport sector. His particular areas of expertise are transportation network scheduling and performance improvement, and business strategy. Among other things, Jason has worked on such areas as the impact on the rail sector of autonomous trucks, fuel efficiency, and alternative fuels, and led numerous projects in North America, Europe, and South Africa to review the operations of major freight railroads using simulation software. At one time or another, he has worked for all the major railroads in North America. Jason holds a BS in Economics from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and an MBA 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.
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 Co-Owner/CEO CFR Rinkens
Brian Mason VP 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.
Andrea Amico President Jack Cooper
Andrea presides over Jack Cooper Logistics’ portfolio, including vehicle inspections, transportation, title and key management, and software licensing. He also runs Jack Cooper’s R&D department. Andrea is the inventor or co-inventor in four patent filings in the areas of deep-learning artificial intelligence, image processing, computer vision and privacy, and chairs the Cybersecurity and Privacy initiative at the International Automotive Remarketing Alliance (IARA), as well as contributing to the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Information Sharing and Collaboration Program (CISCP). Prior to Jack Cooper, he worked as a strategist at GE/NBC-Universal and at McKinsey & Co.
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.
Senthil Virthachalam Strategy and Transformation - Sr. Managing Consultant IBM
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.