Heather Gilhuly
Senior Manager of Port Operations and Metrics
Volkswagen Group of America

Heather has been an automotive professional for 25 years. Her current responsibilities include the new vehicle transportation network as well as oversight of five ports and one factory yard operation in the US. Prior to her current role, she held various business development, sales operations and distribution management roles within the VW and Audi networks.

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.

Patrick Foran
Director of operations
GLOVIS America

Pat has over 25 years’ experience in finished vehicle logistics. Prior to his current position with Glovis America, in which he handles a variety of projects, Pat was vice-president of operations at Global Auto Processing Services, which was a wholly-owned Glovis America subsidiary. Before that, he held various positions in Glovis America including that of port manager in Newark, New Jersey; Vehicle Processing Center manager at the Hyundai factory in Montgomery, Alabama; and national manager, port operations at Glovis’s headquarters in Irvine, California. Pat has also worked for Mitsubishi and Mazda.

Dennis Manns
Senior Automotive Advisor
Nationwide Auto Services

As a consultant, Dennis is the senior automotive advisor to InStarAGF, based in Toronto, Canada – a private equity group highly active in the acquisition of segment-leading corporations. He is also a board director for AMPORTS, in Jacksonville, Florida – an automotive port services provider that was recently acquired by InStarAGF. Dennis has an extensive background in the automotive and logistics industries that includes a period as Chief Commercial Officer for Road & Rail Services and a 31-year career at American Honda in sales and operations roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

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.

Lang Ware
Director Commercial Services
AIAG

AIAG supply chain management initiatives provide guidelines, training and educational opportunities to understand and manage the complexity and scope of supply chain issues, and Lang is Director of this function. He has worked in the automotive industry for 39 years, with over 31 of them at Ford which included direct involvement in the import/export of finished vehicles and parts for some 25 years. Aside from extensive experience in marketing & sales, Lang also has a comprehensive background in shipping finished vehicles via rail, truck and ocean modes, and with port processing as part of the international supply chain. In 2007, he created an independent firm consulting on the import and export of finished vehicles to and from the US. He also provided advisory services to financial institutions considering investment in the automotive supply chain industry.

Guy Young
General Manager
Auto Haulers Association of America

Laura Cyrus
Director of Corporate Engagement
Truckers Against Trafficking

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.

Joe Haney
Vice President of Business Development
Accelerated Logistics

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.

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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.

Jordan Kajfasz

Jordan Kajfasz
AVP, Sales and Marketing, International Intermodal and Automotive
Canadian Pacific Railway

In his current role, Kajfasz is responsible for leveraging CP's best-in-class service and network to grow its business and develop lasting relationships with customers. Kajfasz, who joined CP in 2017 and is based in Vancouver, Canada, has extensive supply chain experience, previously spending time working for the Vancouver Port Authority and Maersk Line, with postings across Canada, the US, and West Africa. His experience at Maersk line included roles in the firm's liner shipping, trucking, terminals and logistics divisions. Kajfasz holds a master's degree from the University of Denver's Transportation Institute and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Randall Iwasaki

Randall Iwasaki
Executive Director
Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Randall is an experienced executive with a long record in the transportation industry. He is particularly knowledgeable in the fields of environmental awareness, highway design, contract management, traffic simulation, innovation and transportation planning.

Gary Salvador
Senior Vice-President Sales and Marketing
AMPORTS

Gary, who has 32 years’ experience in the transport and logistics industry, graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in international business studies from the University of South Carolina. Before joining AMPORTS in 2010, he held various domestic and international roles with US Lines, Crowley Maritime Corporation and Trailer Bridge, including operating, general management and sales positions.

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