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Michael Broaders
Vice-President Transportation, Supply Planning & Warehouse (Logistics)
Coca-Cola Refreshments

Michael Broaders joined Coca-Cola in 1999 and since then has served in numerous roles within its North America Supply Chain organization including VP Field Operations (Logistics), leading the Midwest region. Prior to Coca-Cola Refreshments, he worked for PepsiCo, spending eight years in various operational roles. His experience also includes time as a Co-op at General Motors in 1990 while working towards his bachelor’s degree. Michael holds a master’s degree in general management from Antioch University and a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University’s School of Technology. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife April and daughter Kristina.

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Jan Bures
Executive Vice President – Group After Sales & Services
Volkswagen Group of America

Jan has been with the VW group for over 20 years and has held senior positions in a variety of regions including China, Russia and Germany. He holds a Master’s degree in automotive engineering.


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.

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Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel
Head of Inbound Logistics & Auto Transport
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Wendi Gentry-Stuenkel has spent over 25 years in the automotive industry, focusing on supply chain management. She has a BS from Kettering University and an MBA from Michigan State University. She has been with FCA since 1998 in a number of key roles, including Senior Manager Materials Handling Engineering, Global Head of Electrical Purchasing, and Director – Supply Chain Commercial Operations. In 2015, she was included in the Automotive News 100 Leading Women listing.

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Helmut Nittmann
Global Director Parts Supply & Logistics

Helmut Nittmann is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickenson University in Rutherford, NJ. He has held a variety of positions, primarily in Ford Motor Company’s Service Parts Supply & Logistics organization, which is responsible for the cataloguing, purchasing, supply chain management and logistics of supplying service parts to Ford’s dealerships and retail channels. He is married, with two college-aged children, and enjoys skiing, fishing and golfing.


Ben Shain
Director- Logistics
Nissan North America

Ben is director of logistics at Nissan North America.

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Paulo Monteiro
Inbound Logistics Manager
Volkswagen Group of America

Paulo Monteiro has been with the Volkswagen group for 22 years and is currently responsible for the complete supply chain at the VW Chattanooga Plant including material planning, transportation management (national and international) and service parts.

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Vijay Bharadwaj
Manager Global Logistics, Material & Planning
General Motors

Vijay started at GM in 2008 as an Intercontinental Logistics Engineer and is now responsible for all material inbound planning. He manages future program planning for all new vehicle models and develops strategic & tactical network design models. Vijay started his career with Hewlett-Packard and holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University.

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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


Kevin Wade
Senior Staff Administrator – Transportation Department
Honda of America

Within his 26 years of experience at Honda, Kevin has performed various material planning and procurement functions and participated as a key team member in several plant start-up projects including as Development and Implementation Project Manager for plant production control/ERP systems. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from Ohio State University. His current role is unit manager for the inbound logistics function for Ohio, Indiana and Georgia and the shared logistics network that supports Honda’s North American auto production and procurement facilities.


John Godfrey
Director, Logistics and Purchasing
Pirelli Tires North America

John is Director of logistics and purchasing at Pirelli Tyres North America.

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Bridget Grewal
Packaging Continuous Improvement
Magna International

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Addam Prewitt
Production & Logistics Manager, Chattanooga Seating Systems
Magna Seating

Addam Prewitt is the Production and Logistics Manager at Chattanooga Seating Systems. He has worked with the company for three years, the first two as its Logistics Manager. In the longer term, Addam has held roles as Materials Superintendent, Material Project Engineer, Materials Supervisor and Material Planner with Whirlpool Corporation and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama.

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Melissa Smith
Material/Logistics Manager
Grupo Antolin

Melissa Smith has over 16 years of experience in automotive logistics across operations, procurement and material/production planning. She has worked at Grupo Antolin Illinois, a tier one automotive supplier for interiors, for over five years and is responsible for the full scope of supply chain management, including inventory movement and analysis, warehouse management, and both inbound and outbound logistics.


Darcee Scavone
Vice-President & General Manager, Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial Operations

As Vice-President and General Manager of Ryder’s Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial Supply Chain Operations, Darcee Scavone leads teams providing supply chain management for GM, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Mazda, Daimler Truck, Oshkosh and John Deere, among others. Darcee joined Ryder in 2005 and prior to her current role served as VP and Chief Financial Officer for the Supply Chain Solutions segment. She has over 25 years of corporate and divisional finance experience with emphasis on operations analysis, business development and commercial strategy. She was named in Diversity Journal’s 2013 edition of ‘Women to Watch’ and in the 2016 Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s ‘Pro to Know’ listing.


William Wappler
President & CEO

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.

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Chris Buchanan
Sales Director

Chris Buchanan is Director of Sales, Americas at CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions and is based in Detroit, Michigan. With 20 years’ experience in sales, program management and cost reduction, he has held various roles at tier one product suppliers such as TDK, Lear, IAC and Huf.

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Harry Chase
Director of Business Development and Launch
Schnellecke Logistics

Harry Chase is a senior leader in the logistics, packaging and materials field. Prior to joining Schnellecke, he was the Vice-President of Logistics for a Japanese company where he successfully launched a 3PL and took revenue to $20 million in three years. He provided strategic materials leadership at Whirlpool with responsibility for implementing mixed model production, enhanced manufacturing execution systems and a new returnable container process. He has also supported the launch of major automotive plants in Brazil for Ford and in the US for Hyundai, in addition to designing the material flow process for the GM Delta Township Plant.

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Brandon Mason
Global Automotive Practice Director

Brandon serves as both chief of staff and chief strategist within PwC’s automotive sector operation, overseeing its key initiatives and the creation of thought leadership, and leading the development of the firm’s point of view on a variety of industry topics. He has over 15 years of industry experience in the data analytics, research and consulting fields.

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Juan Calvillo
Supply Chain Excellence Director
Ryder Mexico

Juan Calvillo has over 14 years of logistics experience, the last 10 of which have been in the 3PL sector. During his time at Ryder Mexico he has been responsible for the development and implementation of logistics solutions for customers in various industries including automotive, high-tech, retail and consumer packaged goods, both for the domestic market and for more complex networks in the NAFTA region. Juan, who holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from University La Salle and a degree in electronic engineering from the National University of Mexico, as well as a master’s in business administration from the National University of Mexico, is Vice-President of the Association of Logistics Operators of Mexico.

Benoit Montreuil
Leader of Supply Chain and Logistics Institute
Georgia Tech

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Tom Croteau
Deputy Commissioner, Global Commerce
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)


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