Speakers 2017

Dana McBrien
Associate Chief Advisor
Honda North America

Dana has been with Honda since 1984 and has held a variety of roles in supply chain management over the past 24 years. His current duties include management of Honda’s North American transport initiatives for supply chain operation optimization.

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.

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.

Nathan Lawson
Senior Director – North America Purchasing
Cooper Standard

Based in Novi, MI, Nathan is member of the North American senior leadership team responsible for direct material purchasing within the region. Prior to his current role at Cooper Standard, Nathan held progressively responsible positions at General Motors in Germany, Russia and the US over 14 years. During that time, he was responsible for finished vehicle logistics purchasing, global international logistics purchasing and numerous other roles within purchasing, supply chain and manufacturing. Nathan holds a master’s degree in manufacturing operations from Kettering University and a bachelor’s degree in purchasing and supply chain management from Central Michigan University.

Faith Wandrie
Executive Director – Driveline Global Supply Chain Management
American Axle

With over 30 years of broad experience in the tier one automotive environment, Faith has a proven track record as a versatile professional and has mainly concentrated on supply chain transformation over the last 10 years. She has a solid history of leveraging organisational improvement through design and implementation of global supply chain strategies to reduce costs and improve cash flow. She is an empowered, dynamic leader who is skilled in identifying and implementing effective solutions. Faith is known for overcoming challenges, building an agile framework and delivering sustainable results.

Eduardo Huante
General Manager
Toyota Motor Sales USA

Eduardo Huante, whose logistics experience began in the US Army and includes work for Nissan Motor Corp, is responsible for Toyota’s North American service parts and accessories distribution centers in Ontario, California and Kentucky, as well as for Import and North American service parts and accessory supply. Prior to this, he was national operations manager at North American part center California and North American part center Kentucky. Eduardo was responsible for launching a new operations development department for NAPO and for its major industrial engineering warehouse projects, capital budget and project management, overseeing various projects in Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Jersey

Amanda Lovin
Manager, In-house Logistics
Volkswagen Group of America

Based in in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Amanda is responsible for truck control, material receipt, warehousing, part line delivery, container management and supplier park operations for Volkswagen Group of America. She has a background in service parts purchasing and information technology in logistics and engineering. Amanda graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2005. She is an Atlantik-Bruecke Young Leader and a Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Leadership Chattanooga Graduate.

Jeffery A. Estes
Group Manager – Logistics Operations and Export
Toyota Motor North America

Jeffery has a long background with Toyota, including 24 years at its Georgetown vehicle plant working in production control, among other areas, and 2 years at Toyota NA Logistics’ Texas headquarters in logistics operations and export management. His current responsibilities include managing the OEM’s integrated network of NA-supplied parts from supplier pick-up to vehicle and unit plants; global supply chain management of NA tier one and direct sourced material for Toyota global plants; supplier supply chain and on-time delivery development and enhancement; and risk management, crisis management and process kaizen and optimization for network, supplier supply chain, and global delivery.

Matthias Schulz
Director North America Material Planning & Logistics
Ford

Matthias joined Ford in 1987. He has worked in material planning and logistics since 1996, and has held various functions within IT. He became Director of Material Planning and Logistics in 2009 and his responsibilities include product definition, supply chain management, plant logistics, inbound logistics and material flow. He holds a Master of Science in Mathematics.

Robert DeCrick
Vehicle Logistics
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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.

Patrick Bauer
Vice President Logistics and Supply Chain
Faurecia

Patrick began his career as a supply chain analyst at Unisys Corporation in West Chicago, IL, before moving to Ford Motor Company/Visteon Corporation, where he spent 21 years in various positions including Inventory Management Specialist, Material Planning and Logistics Manager, Plant Manager, Director of North America Material Planning and Logistics, and Senior Director in charge of Global Supply Chain. He went on to spend two years at TE Connectivity as Director of North America Automotive Supply Chain. In his current role, based in Michigan, Patrick is leading the alignment of three divisions within Faurecia North America – Seating, Interiors and Clean Mobility – into a cohesive, synchronized, best-in-class supply chain. His responsibilities cover 39 plants across the US, Canada and Mexico.

Alberto Brea
Executive Director, Engagement Planning
Ogilvy & Mather

Alberto, who provides strategic advice for consumer experience planning, brings a diverse background to his team with 15 years of experience in leading strategic engagements in branding, customer research and digital experience in global markets spanning the US and Latin America. Before joining Ogilvy, he ran engagement planning for clients such as HP, Amex, Aetna, TWC and the US Army.

Adam Pieniazek
Sr. Manager Logistics North America
Magna Powertrain

Adam is responsible for the development and implementation of state-of-the-art logistics processes and activities across Magna Powertrain in North America, including optimizing material and information flows for products and components across the logistics network. He first joined Magna 12 years ago and has held a number of positions including Production Planner, Supervisor, Cycle Count Coordinator, SAP Warehouse/Shipping Lead, and Production Control Supervisor – Raw & Purchase Parts. Adam joined the MPT Corporate Purchasing Team in 2012 as Supply Chain Manager for US and Mexico plants. Most recently, he was Logistics Manager – US & Mexico. He holds a master’s in business administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in business administration from the State University of New York – Oswego.

Albert Zapanta
President & CEO
United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce

The Mexico Chamber of Commerce, headed by Albert, has operations in 17 regional offices throughout the United States and Mexico.

He has held a variety of senior public and private sector roles including ARCO where he served for 18 years. He was a member of the Department of State′s Advisory Committee on International Trade, delegate to the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity, and Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. His exemplary military service resulted in a Silver Star award, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart and thirty other awards for service during the Vietnam War. He rose to the rank of Major General.

Albert is a graduate of Harvard School of Business, and the University of Southern California with a BA, MA and PhD. He currently serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations.

Lars Otte
Vice-President Business Development
Schnellecke Logistics

Lars has 25 years’ experience in automotive logistics with particular expertise in implementing supply logistics, packaging logistics, module assembly and sequencing. He has held his current position at Schnellecke Logistics, which operates across five continents with over 18,000 employees, for six years and has been involved in the implementation of several large digitalization/innovation projects in Europe, Mexico and the US.

John Begg
Director- Global Logistics & Trade Compliance
Magna Powertrain

In his current role, John has introduced programs for Magna Powertrain that set the standard for excellence within the entire Magna North American supply chain operation. He has over 20 years experience in automotive and 3PLs, working with Ryder, Lear Corporation and CRH. John holds an MBA from Spring Arbor College and a BBA from the University of Toledo.

Michael Silvio
VP Logistics Innovation
Surgere

Mike has 25 years’ experience in global supply chain management, the last 14 of which have been at global tier one automotive supplier, Cooper Standard. Mike has been a faculty member at Wayne State University for the past 14 years and sits on the board of directors of EWI Worldwide.

Andrea Amico
President
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.

Amy Broglin-Peterson
Manager- Transport Management Center NA
Robert Bosch

Amy, who joined Bosch earlier this year, is a global supply chain, purchasing and logistics leader with extensive experience of designing and implementing international optimization projects. With a background in OEM production and service purchasing, tier business development, MP&L supplier performance audit and warehouse operations, she has a deep understanding of end-to-end supply chain business modelling and a total landed cost approach. Amy holds a degree in supply chain management from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Omer Rashid
Sr. Director, Solutions Design
DHL

Omer has over 18 years of experience in supply chain and operations design, the last 6 of them with DHL Supply Chain. In his current role, he has responsibility for the facility design discipline within the North American Solutions Design team. This includes managing a diverse team of associates delivering pursuit, re-engineering, consulting and renewal projects for the region. Prior to joining DHL, Omer spent over 10 years in supply chain consulting, optimizing logistics networks and distribution centers, conducting site assessments, and implementing large projects for customers across all sectors.

William Wappler
President & CEO
Surgere

An accomplished business strategist in packaging supply chain optimization, William guides clients through intentional and strategic steps towards data science, analytics and predictive analysis of their packaging supply chains. Surgere has nearly 1,000 NAFTA automotive manufacturing shipping doors currently equipped for packaging supply chain data capture and advanced analytics. Surgere’s proprietary RFID technology and COS 2.0 container management software lead the industry in providing packaging supply chain intelligence.

Kevin Hogan
Executive Director
Ernst & Young

Kevin Hogan works in the Automotive Advisory practice at Ernst & Young and has 20 years of experience working with automotive clients, from OE suppliers and manufacturers to distributors, dealers and aftermarket retailers. Kevin has advised clients on many aspects of their supply chain, encompassing such areas as supply chain strategy, operating model and network design, operational effectiveness and systems enablement.

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.

Paul Gurizzian
Chief Executive Officer
Carlisle & Company

Paul joined Carlisle & Company in 2001 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm, with a focus on business development and project execution for service parts operations at the ‘Detroit Three’ OEMs and commercial vehicle OEMs. His involvement with clients spans consulting, benchmarking and market research. Paul was previously an Assistant Controller at DTE Energy, and spent periods as Director of Finance at Honeywell’s European Aftersales Bendix brake business and Director of Business Management for the firm’s aerospace turbine engine and replacement parts business. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Chrysler, including the Mopar Parts Division, after launching his career at General Motors in purchasing and logistics.

Srini Muthusrinivasan
Senior Global Industry Strategies Director
JDA Software

Srini has over 17 years of experience in sales, supply chain strategy and executive leadership. In his current role, he is responsible for seeding transformative thought-leadership and driving strategic innovation within large manufacturing companies. He is also a key contributor to enhancing and accelerating the availability of supply chain IP, working closely with academia, industry analysts, customers and technology teams to keep the supply chain IP ahead of the industry’s needs. Srini is a recognized C-level advisor around the topic of the digital supply chain transformation and co-authored the book Optimization of Supply Chain Management in Contemporary Organizations.

Gary Allen
VP of Supply Chain Excellence
Ryder

Gary is responsible for overseeing the Supply Chain Engineering team at Ryder, which includes solution design, quality management, program management, continuous improvement and product development. He has more than 24 years of experience in supply chain services. Prior to taking on this role, he led Ernst & Young’s logistics consulting practice. He also spent seven years with Exel and ten years with FedEx, where he had various leadership roles in product development, solution design, operational excellence, sustainability, business development, operations and partner innovation.
Gary also helped launch and co-author the Annual Third Party Logistics Study with Dr. John Langley from Pennsylvania State University.

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.

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Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel
Head of Supply Chain Management
FCA US LLC.

Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel was appointed Head of Supply Chain Management, FCA – North America, effective June 30, 2017. In this role, she has responsibility for the critical volume planning and logistics functions in close coordination with the Brand CEOs. She is also responsible for driving improvements in service levels, working capital efficiency and complexity reduction and optimizing demand and supply to benefit balancing the needs and requirements of the individual brands.

Steve Brown
Vice-President of Logistics Control
Toyota Motor North America

Steve leads the team at Toyota that oversees central planning and coordination of its inbound and production logistics, including route engineering, forward planning, crossdock and warehousing and returnable container management across its US and North American network. Steve has worked with Toyota for more than 30 years across assembly, production control and logistics. He is based at Toyota’s North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Matthias Schulz
Director North America Material Planning & Logistics
Ford

Matthias joined Ford in 1987. He has worked in material planning and logistics since 1996, and has held various functions within IT. He became Director of Material Planning and Logistics in 2009 and his responsibilities include product definition, supply chain management, plant logistics, inbound logistics and material flow. He holds a Master of Science in Mathematics.

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.

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Leland Chang
Material planning and logistics North American vehicle logistics, telematics/connected vehicle
Ford Motor Company

Leland, who joined Ford in 2000 and has held numerous key positions in Material Planning & Logistics (MP&L). He spent four years in the company’s Asia Pacific group, and in North America has worked in inbound logistics, vehicle damage and quality and later vehicle import operations. He now represents Ford in connectivity topics for outbound logistics. Prior to joining Ford, Leland spent 10 years with General Motors in a variety of managerial assignments. He has a BA and MBA degrees in supply chain management from Michigan State University.

Miguel Tavera
Director Global Logistics Engineering & Containers
General Motors

Miguel has 25 years of experience in logistics, supply chain and manufacturing, working for 3PL companies as well as shippers. Started his career with 11 years at Proctor & Gamble, he spent the next seven years with 3PLs in regional roles including business development and operations. He also worked for Kraft (now Mondelez), where he led a regional logistics and customer service function. Before joining GM, Miguel was a vice president at CEVA Logistics. Miguel is from Mexico and has worked in the US, Canada and Chile. He holds a BSc in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, an MBA and several executive certificates.

Adam Pieniazek
Senior Logistics Manager North America
Magna Powertrain

Adam is responsible for the development and implementation of state-of-the-art logistics processes and activities across Magna Powertrain in North America, including optimizing material and information flows for products and components across the logistics network. He first joined Magna 12 years ago and has held a number of positions including Production Planner, Supervisor, Cycle Count Coordinator, SAP Warehouse/Shipping Lead, and Production Control Supervisor – Raw & Purchase Parts. Adam joined the MPT Corporate Purchasing Team in 2012 as Supply Chain Manager for US and Mexico plants. Most recently, he was Logistics Manager – US & Mexico. He holds a master’s in business administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in business administration from the State University of New York – Oswego.

Bridget Grewal
Director, Packaging Continuous Improvement
Magna International

Bridget joined Magna International in September 2013 and is currently assisting its 136 plants in North America achieve cross-group synergies. She has built a Packaging and Transportation Steering Committee to optimise this non-core business area by identify cost-saving opportunities across all the plants in North America, Europe and Asia. She holds the position of Great Lakes Regional Vice-President for the Institute of Packaging Professionals and has also served as President of the MSU School of Packaging Alumni Association. Bridget has considerable experience in the automotive industry, including roles at Ford and The Budd Company, and in 2008 started the Packaging Consultant Group, helping firms like Mobis, Polaris and Caterpillar with packaging optimisation.

Ben Nguku
Director of Customer Marketing, North America
Sealed Air

Ben Nguku joined Sealed Air in 2009 and has held roles in supply chain, research and development, portfolio management, and marketing. In his current role, Ben works with the company’s customers in North America across a variety of market challenges.

Raman Mehta

Raman Mehta
Vice-President and Chief Information Officer
Visteon

Raman Mehta leads all facets of Visteon's global IT, including designing, developing and implementing global platforms and processes to increase performance. He joined Visteon in April 2017 after CIO roles at manufacturing service provider Fabrinet and automotive supplier EWIE Company. Before that, he spent more than 13 years at Oracle as a director. Mehta has an MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical and electronics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.

Gerald Schoenle
Director, Global Trade Services
Ford Motor Company

Gerald (Jerry), who is also a director of Ford Trading Company, leads teams responsible for all trade aspects of the cross-business-unit export/import of about 700,000 vehicles. These teams also support documentation, tracking and deep-sea logistics activities. Prior to joining Ford, Gerald studied for an aerospace engineering degree (Michigan) and an MBA (Darden – Virginia). He later served as a US Navy nuclear engineering officer. Since 1991, he has held a variety of leadership positions at Ford, including international assignments in product marketing (UK) and as managing director (Hungary).

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.

Nathan Lawson
Senior Director - North America Purchasing
Cooper Standard

Based in Novi, MI, Nathan is member of the North American senior leadership team responsible for direct material purchasing within the region. Prior to his current role at Cooper Standard, Nathan held progressively responsible positions at General Motors in Germany, Russia and the US over 14 years. During that time, he was responsible for finished vehicle logistics purchasing, global international logistics purchasing and numerous other roles within purchasing, supply chain and manufacturing. Nathan holds a master’s degree in manufacturing operations from Kettering University and a bachelor’s degree in purchasing and supply chain management from Central Michigan University.

Glenn Stevens
Executive Director
MICHauto

Glenn provides strategic direction at MICHauto, an association in Michigan focused on developing the automotive and mobility industry. He is also Vice-President of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber. Glenn has more than 25 years’ experience across the automotive, mobility, steel, specialty chemicals and capital equipment industries, including serving as Senior Vice-President of Membership and Sales with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, where he was responsible for strategic partnerships and automotive industry development with states across the nation. He has also held leadership positions with Blue Water Automotive Systems, Kolene Corporation, and National Steel Corporation.

Faith Wandrie
Vice President – Global Supply Chain Management
American Axle

With over 30 years of broad experience in the tier one automotive environment, Faith has a proven track record as a versatile professional and has mainly concentrated on supply chain transformation over the last 10 years. She has a solid history of leveraging organisational improvement through design and implementation of global supply chain strategies to reduce costs and improve cash flow. She is an empowered, dynamic leader who is skilled in identifying and implementing effective solutions. Faith is known for overcoming challenges, building an agile framework and delivering sustainable results.

Nitin Sethi

Nitin Sethi
Director - IT - Business Engagement & Transformation
Visteon Corporation

Nitin Sethi has successfully led digital transformations and end-to-end technology strategies across a diverse range of companies. He joined Visteon in March 2018 after holding various positions at larger consultancies and IT firms, where he helped deliver enterprise wide initiatives. He is specialized in agile and lean strategies, while specializing in IT across the value stream, including cloud computing, big data, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and internet of things.

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.

Srini Muthusrinivasan
Senior Global Industry Strategies Director
JDA Software

Srini has over 17 years of experience in sales, supply chain strategy and executive leadership. In his current role, he is responsible for seeding transformative thought-leadership and driving strategic innovation within large manufacturing companies. He is also a key contributor to enhancing and accelerating the availability of supply chain IP, working closely with academia, industry analysts, customers and technology teams to keep the supply chain IP ahead of the industry’s needs. Srini is a recognized C-level advisor around the topic of the digital supply chain transformation and co-authored the book Optimization of Supply Chain Management in Contemporary Organizations.

Mark Sargeant

Mark Sargeant
VP of Logistics and Business Development
AutoMap

After successfully building and selling three businesses since 2005, since 2011 Mark Sargeant has focused on developing an innovative location system for the auto industry. Credited with bringing AutoMap to market, Sargeant has penetrated many non-traditional areas in the industry, such as finance, auto auctions and now the logistics market. A genuine garage startup success story, AutoMap has now developed into a nationwide success, with expansion into international markets.

Matt Patton
Public Policy Manager
Lyft

Matt manages a wide range of public policy issues for ride-sharing company Lyft in various markets across the Midwest and Canada, negotiating with elected officials, forging relationships with third-party stakeholders and speaking on behalf of the company. He previously served as a Legislative Director in the Michigan State Senate where he managed several policy and budget areas. Among those were managing the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs budget and negotiating components of the current ridesharing and autonomous vehicle testing law in Michigan. Matt has been a travelling advisor to two presidential candidates and served in a United States Navy F-14 Tomcat squadron during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Gary Allen
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Product Development
Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Gary is responsible for the evaluation, development and deployment of new technologies and digital products for the supply chain and dedicated transportation solution businesses at Ryder. Prior to this, he led the supply chain excellence team for the company, overseeing solution design, continuous improvement and product innovation. He has more than 25 years of experience in supply chain services, previously leading EY’s logistics consulting practice and spending long periods with both DHL and FedEx. Gary also previously co-authored and helped launch the Annual Third Party Logistics Study with Dr. John Langley of Pennsylvania State University.

Roberto Cruz
Director of Business Development
Ryder

Roberto Joined Ryder in 2012 and is responsible for business development in the Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial (AAI) vertical, supporting Supply Chain Solutions. He holds a degree in international business from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and has over 20 years of logistics and cross-border experience in operations and business development, with an emphasis on US-MX cross-border solutions as well as NAFTA collaboration. He has lead multiple initiatives that have contributed to Ryder’s success in the automotive space within Mexico and has a wealth of knowledge on safety, security, regulation and operational requirements for international trade.

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Jim Barnett
President of Americas Automotive
syncreon

Jim became President of Automotive Americas in April 2015 and is responsible for all operations, business development and account management activities for syncreon’s automotive vertical throughout the Americas. He has over 20 years’ supply chain experience including 10 years in China – as a Supply Chain Director for a major OEM and as the Chief Operating Officer of a major automotive 3PL. In addition, he has held various positions in North America, mainly in operational roles for a major OEM and a major tier supplier. Prior to joining syncreon, Jim led a sales team for a major automotive 3PL.

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Joseph Petrosky
Dean of Engineering and Advanced Technology
Macomb Community College

Joe is responsible for a range of career, technical, workforce and continuing education programmes including advanced manufacturing, apprenticeship, product development, automotive, media and communication arts, and facilities design and construction. He also acts as Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, which works with educators and industry to expand the quantity and quality of technicians for the automotive sector. Before joining Macomb in 2004, Joe worked with with Focus: HOPE, a non-profit human and civil rights organisation in Detroit whose programmes included engineering education and workforce development; and with General Motors in both the Warren Technical Center (Advanced Manufacturing Development) and the former AC Rochester Division (now Delphi Technologies).

Christoph Seitz
Owner and CEO
CFR Rinkens

Christoph is CEO and co-owner of CFR Rinkens LLC, a California-based non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) specialising in containerised transport of new and used vehicles worldwide. Christoph's key focus is business development.

Jordan Kajfasz

Jordan Kajfasz
Managing Director of Sales and Marketing
Automotive CP Railroad

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.

Dan Marx
CFO and Senior Vice President
Montway Auto Transport

Dan has more than 21 years of experience in finished vehicle logistics, in finance, operations and execution roles. He has particular experience in asset-based, asset-light and process solutions for the delivery of OEM vehicles. Dan has an undergraduate degree with dual majors in accounting and computer systems in business from Ohio University, and a graduate degree in international business from Mercer University, Stetson School of Business.

Thomas Stoeckel
Founder and CTO
nextLAP

Prior to founding nextLAP, Dr. Thomas Stöckel worked across automotive manufacturing during more than 13 years with Audi, including logistics engineering and ‘digital factory’ strategies. In his last position, he was head of production IT at the OEM’s Ingolstadt plant. Prior to Audi, Stöckel held roles in production engineering and control, automation and IT. He has a PhD in computer science from the Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Sven Dharmani
Principal Advisory Services
Ernst & Young

Sven is the Global Supply Chain Leader for the Automotive Sector and Principal, Advisory Services at Ernst & Young. He serves as the automotive advisory leader for automotive OEMs at the consultancy and has partnered in various capacities with Detroit Three, European and Japanese automotive manufacturers. He draws on over 20 years of experience across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa to drive performance improvements with global automotive OEMs, large tier one suppliers and manufacturing clients. Sven focuses on developing strategies, defining operating models, re-engineering processes and implementing sustainable solutions.

Patrick Lewis
Director Business Management
ICL Systems

Greg Slawson
Global Vertical Lead Automotive
DSV

Greg brings nearly 30 years of senior automotive experience at OEM, tier one and logistics service provider level. He has also worked as a supply chain consultant for a big four consultancy and as CEO of a clean technology company. Greg’s deep and broad experience of the sector gives him a unique perspective on the automotive industry and the challenges we face. Based in Detroit, Greg works globally and across products to support DSV’s automotive verticals solutions offering.

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.

Dennis Manns
Senior Automotive Advisor
InstarAGF/AMPORTS

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.

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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.

Bernard Swiecki
Director Automotive Communities Partnership
Center for Automotive Research

Bernard Swiecki serves as director of the Automotive Communities Partnership (ACP) at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), as well as Assistant Director of CAR’s Industry, Labor, and Economics (ILE) group. Swiecki manages research projects across many automotive topics, including analysis of vehicle market and production data, and has led numerous international trade missions. Swiecki is a member of the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) and has served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Eastern Michigan District Export Council. He received his BA from the University of Michigan in 1998 and his MS from Eastern Michigan University in 2003. He joined CAR in 1994.

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