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.
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.
Kurt Cornell General Manager, Pre-Owned and Fleet Operations Mercedes-Benz USA
Kurt began his automotive career as a Field Manager with Ford Motor Company, working with dealers in New England. He moved to Los Angeles to work with Nissan Motors USA, working in a number of positions, most of which were focused on assisting dealerships in improving new and used vehicle sales and profitability
In 2001, Kurt joined Mercedes-Benz and has served in a number of management positions, including his current role. He manages three teams for MBUSA and has overall responsibility for improving MBUSA’s ability to profitably lease vehicles by effectively managing the company’s remarketing of off-lease vehicles, improvement in sales of pre-owned Mercedes-Benz products, and by ensuring the company’s new vehicle fleet sales support efforts to improve overall residual values.
Lee Hansen Senior Buyer, Logistics Purchasing Nissan
Lee Hansen is responsible for outbound vehicle logistics purchasing at Nissan Americas, which involves overseeing all haulaway, rail and short-sea purchasing for the US & Canada. He is also responsible for 3PL activities for various client groups, including supply chain management, accessory services, export services and manufacturing services. Lee, who joined Nissan in 2002, has been a logistics professional for 25 years and has high-level experience in transportation, logistics, warehousing and inventory management. He has also been involved in managing supplier partnerships to develop and implement cost reductions.
Peter Bresnee Director of Operations Hyundai Glovis
Peter began his logistics career working for Mobil Oil on board the SS Seminole which transported refined oil products from Texas to Florida. He transitioned to shoreside employment in the operations department of the former German containership company, DSR Senator Lines in New Jersey.
Peter has held a variety of finished vehicle positions with increasing responsibility, first with Kia Motors America, then Mercedes-Benz USA working across vehicle preparation, logistics and retail field operations.
In October 2015 Peter joined Hyundai Glovis where he oversees the domestic Vehicle Logistics Department and Port Operations group. He holds an MBA in finance from Pepperdine University. He retired from the US Navy Reserve but maintains an active US Coast Guard License to sail as a 3rd Mate Unlimited Tons Upon Oceans. Peter graduated in business administration & transportation management from the State University of New York Maritime College.
Aaron Cervantes began his remarketing career with Bank of America, where he served as the Vice-President of Lease Remarketing, managing the internal operations of its lease end processes. He then went to work for CarMax for a short duration as a buyer. In 2004, Aaron joined Hyundai Motor Finance as the Asset Remarketing Manager, leading the remarketing efforts of its repossessions and off-lease vehicles. In 2006, he joined Hyundai Motor America, where he is currently responsible for remarketing operations at Hyundai Motor America’s headquarters and for the western US. Aaron also serves as second Vice-President on the board of directors of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA).
Luca Kolcaj International Vehicle Transportation Operations Manager FCA
Luca Kolcaj has been the manager of FCA’s North American finished vehicle logistics network since 2012 and recently took on responsibility for the international vehicle network. He is responsible for FCA US’s vehicle transportation activities, which includes the timely delivery of vehicles to support the company’s dealer network. Kolcaj is also responsible for overseeing international market distribution plans, as well as managing operating costs and optimizing network efficiencies. Kolcaj has held various positions in manufacturing, quality and supply chain management within FCA US. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Guillaume Quentin Senior Manager, FVL - SCM Strategy/Engineering & Quality Assurance Nissan North America
Guillaume is responsible for design, optimization, innovations and quality for vehicle transportation within the US and Canada. He joined the Nissan US team in 2014 on various projects before taking responsibility for transportation operations and design of inbound parts for North America’s three Nissan plants. Previously based in France, he was Chief of Staff for the Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Office which followed increasing responsibility throughout Renault’s service parts logistics.
Guillaume holds an Ingénieur Civil des Mines master’s degree in science and engineering.
Patrick Foran Operations Support 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.
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.
Kelley Anderson Vice President Automotive Kansas City Railroad
Anderson joined KCSR parent Kansas City Southern (KCS) in 2011. He is responsible for the automotive business unit in the US and coordinates closely with the sales and marketing team at KCS’s Mexican subsidiary. His team develops business from a large existing base of automotive customers and an increasing number of automotive manufacturers in Mexico. He has over 30 years of transportation experience, previously holding operations and marketing and sales positions with Burlington Northern Railroad, Southern Pacific and BNSF Railway. Prior to his current role, he worked for United Parcel Service managing its rail procurement and operations.
Noel Hacegaba CCO & MD of Operations Port of Long Beach
Prior to his current role, Noel served as the Port’s Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for managing the daily business activities of the Port, including four bureaus, 17 divisions and 500 employees. He has over 20 years of public and private sector experience spanning a variety of industries, including Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.
Noel is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds degrees in economics, business administration and urban planning. He earned a doctorate in public administration from the University of La Verne.
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.
Richard Blank VP, FVS Business Development VASCOR
Richard Blank has over 30 years of finished vehicle logistics experience with particular involvement in the automobile transport and ocean port processing sectors, as well as inland rail and auto processing centers. Prior to joining Vascor, he worked for 14 years with American Suzuki Motor Corporation, overseeing multiple port and rail operations including various logistical activities at a North American auto production facility.
Cary Tomas Bellaflor CEO Serva North America
Cary is co-founder of serva transport systems GmbH which produces pallet-less, automated guided vehicles which handle finished vehicles. For nine years he has worked to increase the efficiency of automation in parking and logistics, leveraging his considerable experience in real estate, architecture, and technology. Cary has a Bachelor of Architecture from the California State Polytechnic University Pomona and a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.
Noel Hunt General Manager Confezioni Andrea North America
Noel Hunt was appointed to his current job at Confezioni Andrea’s North American arm in 2015 and is helping the company to solidify its presence in the North American region. He was previously at General Motors for 42 years, more than 20 of which were spent in export quality assurance and logistics roles. Noel has a deep understanding of the varied and often unique issues faced by the automotive industry in many different global regions, particularly in terms of logistics issues and their impact on business.
Kraig Jondle Vice President Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Kraig is Vice President of USWC Commercial for WWL, based in Long Beach, Ca. He has served as Past President of the International Business Association of Southern California and was on the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. Kraig holds a master’s degree in Transportation & Logistics Management and teaches in the Centre for International Trade & Transportation at California State University, Long Beach.
Scott Blind President KhS Know How Systems Global
Scott is president/owner of KhS Know How Systems Global, an international company specializing in commercial hail and light body vehicle repair. KhS has headquarters in St. Louis Missouri, Calgary Canada, and Aachen Germany.
Scott has been in involved with the paintless dent removal method of hail repair for over 26 years as a technician, franchise owner, senior executive and owner principal.
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.
Bryce Bentley Co-Founder & VP of Business Development Ready Logistics
As Co-Founder of Ready Auto Transport in 2007, Bryce managed the successful integration of Ready’s services across Manheim, enabling first to last mile transportation for its clients, resulting in the acquisition of Ready Auto Transport in 2012.
In his current role he is responsible for advancing carrier operations, pricing analytics, strategic partnerships, and new opportunities.
Deborah Newton Director of Strategic Planning Montway Auto Transport
Deborah has over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing and business development bringing a fresh perspective to the world of automotive logistics. At Montway, she leads the planning process, developing corporate initiatives and overseeing the implementation of business development strategies to move targeted prospects to active opportunities in the Remarketing and Finished Vehicle space. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Journalism from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
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.
Steve Tripp Vice President, Global Strategy and Execution ICL Systems
Vegard Synnes Head of Key Accounts CDC International Logistics
Vegard started his career in the Norwegian FMCG industry before relocating to Shanghai, China in 2012. After a short career in executive search, he took up his current role leading CDC’s business development and managing global accounts.
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.
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.
Bill Pawluk Chief Executive Officer CTM
Bill is the former owner of an auto transportation company in Canada and has made it his life’s mission to solve the problem of waste – empty miles - in auto transportation around the world. He is the inventor and developer of the Convertible Trailer system. Bill also has over 20 years of experience as a professional firefighter, EMT and rescue worker. Bill's vision is to continuously improve methods of managing the world's finite resources, finding new and better ways of using them wisely and at the same time making a commercial return.
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.