Board of Directors
Ramzi Hermiz, Chairman
President & CEO, Shiloh Industries
Ramzi Hermiz serves as president and CEO of Shiloh Industries, Inc., a global innovative solutions provider to the automotive and commercial vehicle industries.
Since joining Shiloh in 2012, Hermiz has transformed the regional automotive supplier into a $1.1B global company with a strategic focus on designing, engineering and manufacturing lightweight technologies that improve performance, reduce noise and vibration and benefit the environment.
During his tenure, Hermiz has repositioned the company, now recognized as a global technology leader; expanded the company’s customer base; and grown its manufacturing footprint from nine North American plants to 28 operations, sales and technical centers throughout Asia, Europe and North America, more than doubling its revenue and employee base.
As a champion of sustainability, Hermiz’s commitment to sustainable work practices and to protecting and conserving the global environment is evident through Shiloh’s many landfill-free facilities, as well as his drive to positively affect the environmental impact of Shiloh’s products and processes through improved fuel economy, reduced greenhouse gases and increased recyclability.
Hermiz, an auto industry veteran, spent 22 years at Federal-Mogul Corporation prior to joining Shiloh. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University, and an MBA in international business from DePaul University.
- Current Member, Board of Directors, Automotive Hall of Fame
- Current Member, Board of Directors, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA)
- Current Member, Board of Trustees, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
- Sustainability Award, Northeast Ohio Smart 50, 2016
- Honoree, Class of 2016, Northeast Ohio Smart 50
- Champion of the New Economy, DBusiness magazine, 2015
- EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Northeast Ohio, 2015
- Finalist, EY Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014
Jonathon Husby, 1st Vice Chairman
President & CEO, SEG Automotive North America
Jon Husby is the President and CEO of SEG Automotive North America, where he has P&L responsibility for the region including facilities in the United States and Mexico. Husby joined SEG Automotive in January 2018, as SEG became a new company entering its second century of innovation in order to leverage the leading market share position globally for starters, alternators and 48V technologies to continue to expand the fastest growing region for SEG globally – North America – who is playing a key role in the transformation of the environmentally friendly and efficient powertrains with the help of SEG technologies.
Prior to SEG, Husby was Vice President/General Manager of Customer Business Units at Harman International, where he built one of the largest customer business units in the company focused on advanced connected solutions, branded audio and service solutions.
Husby also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Automotive Division at TomTom. While based in The Netherlands, he was responsible for growing the connected solutions within the automotive industry with OEMs globally, serving on the management board for the division and managing teams in Japan/Korea, China, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands and the US.
Husby also held numerous leadership roles at Tele Atlas and DENSO across sales, business development, human resources and communications.
Coming from Lansing, Michigan, Husby has a BA in Economics and Management from Albion College and an MBA from Wayne State University.
KC Crain, Jr., 2nd Vice Chairman
President & COO, Crain Communications
KC Crain is executive vice president/director of corporate operations for Crain Communications Inc and group publisher of the automotive group, which includes Automotive News, Automotive News Europe, Automobilwoche and Autoweek. Additionally he is group publisher of Crain’s Chicago Business, Plastics News, Rubber & Plastics News and Tire Business. He also oversees the European-based titles of European Plastics News, European Rubber Journal, Plastics and Rubber Weekly and Urethanes Technology International.
As Director of Corporate Operations, Mr. Crain oversees the corporate technology, knowledge management, audience development and digital teams for the entire organization, a vital leadership role as Crain continues to adopt and implement new technology and strategies.
KC Crain was named a vice president of Crain Communications in May 2008 and publisher of Autoweek in March 2007. He also has held the roles of associate publisher and advertising director at Autoweek. Prior to his appointments on Autoweek, Mr. Crain served as an automotive reporter for the highly respected automotive trade publication, Automotive News and was an early member of Crain Communications Inc’s corporate New Media department.
Active in a number of civic and business activities, Mr. Crain serves on the boards of Cornerstone Schools, Karmanos Cancer Institute, College for Creative Studies and the Detroit Historical Society steering committee, and as a member and board member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Mr. Crain is a graduate of Denison University, where he earned a B.A. in communications.
Michael K. Simonte, Treasurer
President, American Axle & Manufacturing
Michael K. Simonte joined AAM in December 1998 as Director, Corporate Finance. In that role, he coordinated all of the financial accounting, planning and reporting activities of the company until he was appointed Treasurer in September 2002. He was named Vice President and Treasurer in May 2004, and was appointed Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer on December 2011. Prior to assuming his current position, Simonte served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.
His experience while in these senior corporate positions includes external reporting, internal controls, global tax planning, financial strategy, budgeting, forecasting, capital structure oversight, cash management and investor relations. In addition to his broad financial background, he has extensive leadership experience at the operating level that includes overseeing capital allocation, managing commercial negotiations, executing restructuring activities and directing the company’s information technology function.
Prior to joining AAM, Simonte served as Senior Manager in the Detroit office of Ernst & Young LLP. During his 13 years of progressively more responsible work assignments with Ernst & Young LLP, Simonte specialized in providing auditing and accounting services for automotive clients and other publicly held companies.
Simonte holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Thomas J. Manganello, Secretary
Partner, Co-Leader Automotive Industry Group, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Tom Manganello represents clients in automotive supply chain contracting and the handling of legal matters between suppliers and automotive companies. Tom coleads Warner Norcross & Judd’s Auto Industry Group and as well as leading Warner’s Automated/Autonomous Vehicle Subcommittee. Tom’s vast experience also includes automotive product liability and negligence trials as well as compliance with NTHSA regulations.
In addition to handling numerous products cases, Tom focuses on commercial litigation in warranty, recall and contract disputes. Although Tom’s practice is heavily concentrated in the automotive industry, he also counsels manufacturing, industrial and pharmaceutical organizations in supply chain and commission sales disputes. He is also the founder and chairman of MICHauto, Michigan’s automotive industry cluster association.
- Past legal counsel to the Original Equipment Supplier Association, O.E. Sales and Marketing and C.E.O. Councils
- Lead counsel for Global Tiers 1, 2 & 3 supplier warranty/OEM supply chain and contracting disputes
- Leads WNJ’s auto industry subcommittee on automated and autonomous vehicle technology and regulation legislation
- Represents clients in USA, Germany and Hong Kong/China
- Cofounder and Chairman of MICHauto, Michigan’s only membershipbased automotive industry cluster association
- Legal advocacy and representation for auto manufacturers, trying over 30 cases to verdict in state, appellate and federal courts across the nation
- Co-coordinator of major automotive seat litigation project and as national counsel for automotive transmission-inadvertent vehicle movement cases and heavy truck cab design allegations
- Developed strategies for vigorous trial and case management for multistate litigation involving OEM product liability matters , including retaining and managing outside counsel, coordinating expert witnesses (medical and technical) and advising client executives on case selection and motion filings for favorable interpretation of the law
President, NAPA Auto Parts
Dan Askey has extensive experience in the Automotive Aftermarket industry, having spent his entire career at NAPA Auto Parts. From 1979-2019, Dan held key positions, General Manager of NAPA Albuquerque, General Manager of NAPA Portland, Mountain Division Vice President of the Automotive Parts Group, and Western Group Vice President and President of Balkamp. In 2007, Dan was promoted to Senior Vice President – Sales for the Automotive Parts Group and in 2010, he was promoted to the President of NAPA, where he serves as NAPA’s primary spokesperson.
Dan also maintains an active community involvement. He serves on the board of directors for national and local organizations, which include the Automotive Hall of Fame, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the Metro Atlanta American Red Cross, The Georgian Club and City of Refuge.
Dan and his wife, Leslie, live in Atlanta and are the parents of three children and six grandchildren.
Sandy K. Baruah
President & CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber
The Honorable Sandy K. Baruah is president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, one of the largest in the country. Under Baruah’s leadership, the Chamber’s signature initiatives include Forward Detroit, a comprehensive, forward looking regional development approach; MICHauto, a state-wide strategy to advance next generation automotive and mobility developments in Michigan, and the Mackinac Policy Conference, one of the nation’s largest and longest running public policy conference hosting national keynote speakers and the state’s top public and private leadership.
Baruah joined the Chamber in 2010 after a distinguished career in Washington, D.C. He served as President George W. Bush’s last Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this role, he was the chief executive responsible for the SBA’s 4,000 national employees and $18 billion small business loan portfolio. Baruah was one of the senior officials shaping the federal government’s response to the 2008 credit crisis and assistance to the U.S. automotive industry.
Prior to leading the SBA, Baruah served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce. In this role he had responsibility for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), served as the Senior Advisor to the Commerce Secretary for the 2010 Census and represented the U.S. government before the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France.
Before serving in the George W. Bush Administration, Baruah was a corporate mergers and acquisitions consultant for the Performance Consulting Group. He also served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush (1989–1993) and was on the staff of U.S. Senator Bob Packwood.
After leaving government service in early 2009, he was a Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank comprised of corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders focused on American economic competitiveness.
Baruah holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University. Baruah serves on the boards of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, Automotive Hall of Fame, Detroit Economic Club and Riverfront Conservancy. He is a former Advisory Board Member of Wavepoint Ventures and Spain’s Orkestra – Institute of Competitiveness.
In 2016, Baruah was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as Chairman of the 21st Century Economy Commission. He is a frequent commentator on local and national media regarding national political developments, automotive industry matters and Detroit and Michigan issues.
Chairman, JM Family Enterprises Inc.
Colin Brown is president and chief executive officer of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a diversified automotive corporation ranked No. 21 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies.” As president and CEO, Brown leads the entire organization, including JM Family’s Executive Management Team, which oversees the development and implementation of the company’s objectives and strategies for future growth.
Brown directs all of JM Family’s businesses, Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles; JM&A Group, one of the leading independent providers of finance and insurance products in the automotive industry; World Omni Financial Corp., a diversified financial services company; and JM Lexus, the largest volume Lexus dealership in the world.
Brown joined the family-owned business in 1992 as vice president and general counsel. He was appointed chief operating officer in 1997 and president in 2000. Brown was named CEO in January 2003, becoming the first non-family member to hold the titles of first president and then CEO.
Before JM Family, Brown served as general counsel and a member of the senior management team for two FORTUNE 500 companies. He was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Fuqua Industries, Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. and, prior to that, served as senior vice president and general counsel for Cannon Mills Company in North Carolina. He received his initial training as an associate of the Wall Street law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City.
In April 2005, Brown was nominated by Governor Jeb Bush to serve as a member of The Florida Council of 100, which is comprised of the state’s key business leaders and serves to promote the economic growth of Florida and improve the economic well-being and quality of life of its citizenry. In 2008, he became a member of the Board of Directors for the Automotive Hall of Fame, an organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievement in the automotive and related industries. He has also been a member of the Broward Workshop since 2003, a forum of top business leaders that addresses critical issues facing Broward County.
Since 2005, Brown has served on United Way of Broward County’s Board of Directors. Among his contributions is having helped the organization develop its Community Impact Model, designed to enhance donor interest, increase funding for pressing issues facing Broward County and improve outcomes for people in need. He is also a member of the organization’s Tocqueville Society, founded by United Way of America to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding voluntary service in their communities. As president and CEO of JM Family, Brown leads the company’s annual United Way giving campaign.
Additionally, since naming Habitat for Humanity of Broward as one of JM Family’s signature volunteer program partners in 2004, Brown has led the company’s support of the organization through both corporate contributions and volunteerism.
Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Youth Automotive Training Center, a tuition-free, nine-month training program that educates disadvantaged youth in basic automotive repair, academic remediation, job readiness and life-management skills. Brown is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Florida TaxWatch, a private, non-profit research foundation dedicated to ensuring the tax dollars of Florida’s citizens and businesses are being spent fairly and productively. He is a former board member of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and served as chair of the 2004 Urban League of Broward Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner.
Brown is often recognized for his corporate and community leadership. Florida Trend magazine recognized him as the 2015 Floridian of the Year for raising JM Family’s minimum wage to $16. Brown was also named the Broward County Business Leader of the Year by the Sun Sentinel, one of its four Excalibur Awards for 2011. The annual award honors individuals who distinguish themselves and contribute to the improvement of communities in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Additionally, Northwood University recognized Brown as part of its 2011 class of Outstanding Business Leaders for his professional and civic accomplishments.
Brown graduated from Duke University School of Law with a juris doctorate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He is on the Board of Advisors for Duke University School of Law and is a board member of the Williams College Alumni Fund. Raised overseas in a Foreign Service family, Brown resides in Lighthouse Point, Fla. and he has three children.
President & CEO, Lucerne International
Mary Buchzeiger is the president and CEO of Lucerne International, a leading global automotive supplier headquartered in Auburn Hills, MI. Lucerne produces innovative cast, stamped andforged assemblies. Mary has grown the business exponentially by expanding into threecontinents and five countries since she took the helm in 2008.
Mary is committed to playing a key role in the continued growth of Michigan’s automotive industry. She believes that by creating and maintaining international relationships and emphasizing the significance of diversity in the workplace, one can inspire innovation leading to advancement. Mary deems the art of negotiation as the single most important skill necessary to succeed in business, and believes in the significance of understanding cultural differences to grow relationships abroad.
Dedicated to philanthropy, Mary feels strongly that giving back to the community is one of the most imperative and rewarding aspects of being a business owner. Mary is an advocate for women empowerment and believes that the automotive industry can benefit from a more diverse talent base. As a WBE certified business owner, Mary is heavily involved in women–focused initiatives such as the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council and Inforum. She also supports non–profit organizations, Winning Futures and The Children’s Center in Detroit, both of which support children’s education with the objective to teach youth practical skills to help them transition into the workforce.
Mary sits on several boards including the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, MICHAuto Steering Committee Board Member with the Detroit Regional Chamber, and Board Advisor of the Detroit Chinese Business Association. In addition, she’s been honored with numerous awards for her work in the automotive industry including Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Manufacturing, National Association of Women Business Owners Top Ten Women in Global Business, and the Business Success Story Award from the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce.
CMO & EVP, Communications, Digital & Public Policy, AutoNation
Marc Cannon is a member of AutoNation’s Executive Management Team; he is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing, advertising communications, community affairs, and public policy departments. Marc has more than 30 years of executive-level experience as an automotive industry communications, branding, advertising and public policy professional.
During his tenure with AutoNation, Mr. Cannon has been instrumental in the growth of the company into the country’s largest and most successful automotive retailer with nearly 300 locations. In particular, he supervised AutoNation’s brand launch from coast-to-coast. Marc was an integral part of the executive team that launched AutoNation Express, the company’s industry leading transactional digital platform, which seamlessly integrates the customer’s in store and online experience. Mr. Cannon also spearheads the company’s multi-year mission to raise funds to fight cancer, through the DRV PNK campaign. Marc has successfully positioned the company as the leading voice in automotive retail. Mr. Cannon was instrumental in introducing the Road Runner into AutoNation’s advertising campaign.
Prior to joining AutoNation, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Blue Dot Services, a national network of home repair and services contractors. He had previously served as Vice President of Internal Communications for Republic Industries, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and Communications for AutoNation USA, and Vice President of Advertising for Alamo Rent A Car. In his time with Alamo, Marc was part of the team that grew the company from 15 locations to more than 100 locations nationwide, and expanded the company to Europe. He also helped develop the “Where all the miles are free” campaign, a pioneering advertising and operational effort that changed the way vehicles are rented in the United States.
Mr. Cannon has a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the University of Miami. He is a member of the Arthur Page Society, the most distinguished honor society in the communications industry, and he has served on the University of Florida Public Relations Advisory Council. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Automotive Hall of Fame and was honored by Automotive News with the All Stars Award for Public Relations/ Communications, the only recipient from an automotive retailer to be granted this honor.
President, Chapin & Co.
Bill Chapin has been involved in the automotive industry his entire life. He is the grandson of Roy D. Chapin, founder of the Hudson Motor Car Company, and the son of Roy D. Chapin, Jr. former Chairman and CEO of American Motors Corporation.
In his own right, Bill Chapin has had a long and productive career in the automotive industry. He spent 14 years with American Motors on assignments both in the United States and in Europe. He then founded Chapin & Co., an automotive marketing services company.
Since 1999, Bill has devoted his career to preserving and promoting the automotive heritage of Detroit and southeast Michgian. Bill joined the Automotive Hall of Fame Board of Directors in 2005, and in 2010, he was appointed its president.
Managing Director and Head of Midwest Middle Market Region for Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Rita Cook is a Managing Director and head of the Midwest Middle Market Region for Global Commercial Banking (GCB) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Based in Chicago, she leads a team of banking professionals in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin who work to deliver financial solutions to Midwest-based companies with revenues of $50 million to $2 billion. Rita was recently named as a “Notable Woman in Finance in Michigan”, an honoree for the Daily Herald Business Ledger “2017 Most Influential Business Women in Chicagoland” and named to the 2017 inaugural list of Crain’s Chicago Business “Most Influential Women in Commercial Banking”.
Throughout her 20 years with Bank of America and its predecessors, she has held various management positions in finance, product management and sales. Prior to assuming her current role in 2016, Rita was the Chief Operating Officer for GCB with responsibility for managing strategic initiative implementation, identifying and monitoring key business risks, regulatory compliance and sales enablement.
Rita has also served as head of International Treasury Sales for GCB where she managed a team of global treasury experts who structured multi-regional treasury deals to meet clients’ global cash management needs while enhancing visibility and access to cash.
President & CEO, Original Equipment Suppliers Association
Julie Fream is the President and CEO of Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). She launched and executed a plan to prepare OESA for the next 15 years, including updated communications and business frameworks. She promoted and improved key relationships with automakers, revamped the organizational staffing and culture to an inclusive, team-driven environment and grew membership over 12 percent.
Prior to joining OESA, Julie was Vice President, North American Customer Group for Visteon Corporation and held various other executive roles within Visteon. She played a critical role in Visteon’s bankruptcy and emergence including planning and implementing all aspects of global communication. Prior to that, she also held management roles at TRW, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation.
Julie is the Vice Chair Beaumont Health’s Board of Directors. She is also the Audit and Compliance Committee Chair and on the Governance Committee. She joined the Beaumont Health Board of Directors following the merger of Beaumont Health System, Oakwood Healthcare and Botsford Hospital into a $4 billion non-profit healthcare system in 2014.
Vice President of Retail Network Solutions Sales, MSX International
David Graff was named the vice president of sales, Retail Network Solutions (RNS) at MSXI in October 2013 and is responsible for the company’s sales strategy and execution for global automotive accounts.
With more than 20 years developing and executing sales strategies, Graff has a strong background in business development, account management and re-engineering efforts in the automotive industry. He has extensive experience throughout the manufacturing field including automotive, industrial equipment, aerospace and technology.
Before joining MSXI, Graff served as the automotive managing director at Microsoft Corp., where he was responsible for developing and executing the company’s sales strategy, solutions portfolio and partner integration, as well as marketing and communications for the discrete manufacturing industry. At Microsoft, he also served as the global account manager for Ford Motor Company, with responsibilities which included sales, partner integration and customer satisfaction. Prior to this, Graff honed his skills at Air Guide Manufacturing, Goodman Manufacturing, Integrated Information Systems and Pensare Incorporated. From 1989 to 2000, he rose to the rank of senior manager at Ernst and Young LLP, where he managed the selling and delivery efforts of consulting engagements to global Fortune 500 companies.
Graff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
President & CEO, J.D. Power
In March 2018, Dave Habiger was named the new President and CEO of J.D. Power, the global leader in consumer experience.
Habiger oversees the global strategic direction and business strategy of J.D Power, including the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. He also leads the development of the company’s short-and long-term business strategy and execution, advancing the digitization of the business and
furthering the company’s social and corporate mission.
Habiger, 49, is a seasoned technology sector visionary who has led several initial public offerings and served as CEO of multiple public companies listed on both the NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Previously, Habiger served as a Director and CEO of Textura (NYSE: TXTR), a global construction management software and payments company; CEO of NDS Group, a television software and security company; and President and CEO of Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), a consumer software firm. Habiger serves on several corporate boards, including GrubHub and Echo Global Logistics.
“Dave Habiger is a world recognized leader with an extremely impressive track record and a deep understanding of technology and consumer analytics,” said Joseph Pacini, a J.D. Power Board Member and CEO of XIO Group. “Dave has the right vision and operational experience to lead J.D. Power to its next level of success during this period of disruptive innovation across all industries.”
Habiger served as Chairman of a governmental Electric Vehicle Commission to design infrastructure for charging stations and he is a long-standing member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and was named as an Entrepreneur of the Year award winner by EY (formerly Ernst & Young).
He received an MBA from The University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Norbert College.
President & Partner, Holden Richardson LLC
Brad Holden is a Founder of Holden Richardson — a boutique executive search firm founded in 2016. He has over 25 years of recruiting experience. Prior to Holden Richardson, Brad founded North Line Partners, a boutique firm in 2010. Prior to North Line, Brad was with Heidrick & Struggles, where he served as Practice Leader, Global Automotive and as a Partner in the Global Industrial Practice from 2004 to 2010. For two years, he also served as the Managing Partner of the firm’s five Midwest offices. Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Brad was the Office Managing Partner of TMP Worldwide, while also serving as Co-Leader of the Global Industrial Practice. Prior to TMP, Brad’s search experience included nearly 10 years with Korn/Ferry International, where he served as President of the Global Industrial and Energy Practices his last few years with the firm.
Prior to entering executive search in 1992, Brad served in both Illinois government and industry. He began his career in government. After serving as an Illinois Staff Assistant to U.S. Senator Charles H. Percy [R-IL], he first served the Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and later the Illinois Attorney General, as Chief of Staff. He later joined Container Corporation of America [CCA] as a Senior State Issues Manager, and FMC Corporation as a public affairs advisor to FMC’s Chairman and CEO.
CEO, Real Times Media
Hiram Eric Jackson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist with a 30-year track record of success in business and community activism.
Hiram currently serves as the chief executive officer of Real Times Media (RTM), a multimedia company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. Through his vision and leadership, RTM has evolved from a traditional newspaper publisher into one of the country’s leading creators of African American content across multiple platforms. Still the largest owner of African American newspapers in the country, RTM is a dynamic media company with three offices and programs in over 15 U.S. cities. In addition to its robust digital platform comprised of eight websites geared towards African American interests, RTM annually executes over 50 events across the nation.
Concurrent to his role as CEO of Real Times Media, Hiram is managing partner of the real estate development firm, Paradise Valley Real Estate Holdings, LLC and The Ambient Group, a firm focused in the areas of strategy and investment. Prior to these ventures, he led GlobalView Technologies, an international technology services firm with revenues of more than $80 million.
The consummate entrepreneur, being both imaginative and intuitive, Hiram has gained numerous acknowledgements and accolades. He has been profiled in several publications including Savoy Magazine, Diversity MBA Magazine, and Black Enterprise. Early career accolades include recognition as a top 40 under 40 by Crain’s Detroit Business and inclusion as one of Michigan’s most powerful African
American leaders by Corp! Magazine.
Hiram is also a demonstrated leader on the civic front. He is the current chairman of the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, serves on several other Detroit area boards including The Detroit Zoological Society, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Detroit branch of NAACP, and was recently re-elected to the board of directors for the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)
Hiram earned a Bachelor of Science from The New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and is 32-year member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He currently resides in Detroit with his wife, Kimberly Blue-Jackson, and is the proud father of Hiram Eric Jackson III and Grace Jackson.
President, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
Chris Kersting has been president and CEO of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) since July 2002. He is the fifth staff executive to lead the trade group since its founding in 1963.
As president and CEO, Kersting has led SEMA’s growing influence in the automotive industry through a series of innovative programs and services that help the association’s more than 6,000 member companies capture new business opportunities. With a focus on programs targeted to small businesses, he has championed initiatives that include industry collaboration on vehicle technology, industry data standardization, and strong legislative and regulatory advocacy.
Kersting became a SEMA staff member in 1996 when he joined the Washington, D.C., office as vice president of legislative and technical affairs. As the association’s lead representative in the nation’s capital, he successfully urged lawmakers to pass bills that protected the interests of SEMA member companies and challenged government regulation in order to maintain innovation and growth in the aftermarket industry.
Early in his career, Kersting worked for SEMA as outside counsel and government affairs representative. He also handled legal matters for SEMA member companies, as well as industry institutions such as the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) and Auto International Association (AIA).
A Certified Association Executive (CAE), Kersting received his law degree from Washington College of Law, American University in 1989 and graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1985.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kersting currently resides in Pasadena, California, with his wife and family. In his spare time, he enjoys getting outdoors to mountain bike, backpack and ski, that is, when he isn’t home-brewing a tasty pale ale.
Chairman & CEO, TI Automotive Ltd.
Mr. Kozyra is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of TI Automotive Ltd., a global supplier of automotive fluid storage, carrying and delivery technology. He has served as TI Automotive’s CEO since June 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Kozyra was President and CEO of Continental AG North America for 10 years. He was also a member of the Executive Board, Continental AG (DAX), Hanover, Germany, with responsibility for Continental AG’s NAFTA businesses. Previously, at ITT Automotive, he served as Vice President and General Manager, Brake and Chassis Systems North America. Prior to joining ITT Automotive, he was Vice President and General Manager of Bosch Braking Systems’ Brake Products Division. Mr. Kozyra is a member of the Board of Directors of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), the Ford Motor Company Top 100 Supplier Forum, the Board of Trustees of the Notre Dame Preparatory School, the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board in Detroit, Michigan, the Board of Advisors of the University of Detroit and the University of Detroit Alumni Council and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Margery Krevsky Dosey
President, Productions Plus-The Talent Shop
Margery Krevsky (Dosey) is the founder and CEO of Detroit-based Productions Plus – The Talent Shop (PPTTS) – the leading supplier of auto show product specialists in the country. The company provides some of the world’s best-known brands with full-service talent management and event staffing in automotive, brand representation, product demonstration and film/TV/voice-over.
PPTTS clientele includes: automotive manufacturers, (including the top three global OEMs), marketing and advertising firms, movie and casting companies and Fortune 100 companies. They are the largest, premier full-service talent management agency in the Mid-West.
Ms. Krevsky is widely known for changing the view and role of women at auto shows by transforming how the auto industry employed models. Her assertion that beauty and brains were not mutually exclusive was the basis of what is now a $62M company.
Through her efforts to emphasize technical training and communication skills along with physical appearance, a new industry standard emerged: auto show models of the past are now product specialists – highly-trained experts for the vehicles they represent.
This philosophy has led to a steady financial and professional growth for the company. Each year PPTTS adds another group of clients using their “one on one” approach. In 2009 Production Plus acquired Michigan-based The Talent Shop. Today, PPTTS is the largest SAG/AFTRA-franchised talent management agency in Michigan and continues to grow its automotive business.
PPTTS has expanded from being the #1 supplier of product specialists in the national auto shows to global events and marketing venues. Supporting these global and national markers are four offices: Detroit Metro Area, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York City. Their new office in Dallas will open this spring.
At home, Ms. Krevsky enjoys art and gourmet cooking. She is the author of Sirens of Chrome: The Enduring Allure of Auto Show Models.
Robert H. Kurnick, Jr.
Vice Chairman, Penske Corp. & President, Penske Automotive Group
Robert (Rob) H. Kurnick, Jr. is the Vice Chairman of Penske Corporation and President of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. In addition to his appointment as Vice Chairman of Penske Corporation in 2017, Rob served as the President of Penske Corporation since 2003 and President for Penske Automotive Group since April 2008.
Rob has held various positions within the Penske organization since he joined the Company in 1995. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Rob serves on the Board of Directors for Penske Corporation and Penske Automotive Group. Rob also serves on the Executive Committee of each of these Boards.
In addition, Rob serves on the Board of Trustees for Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Penske Corporation is a closely-held, diversified, on-highway, transportation services company whose subsidiaries operate in a variety of industry segments, including retail automotive, truck leasing, transportation logistics and professional motorsports. Penske Corporation manages businesses with consolidated revenues in excess of $26 billion, operating in more than 3,300 locations and employing over 53,000 people worldwide.
Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE:PAG) headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is an international transportation services company that operates automotive and commercial truck dealerships principally in the United States, Canada and Western Europe, and distributes commercial vehicles, diesel engines, gas engines, power systems and related parts and services principally in Australia and New Zealand. PAG employs more than 25,000 people worldwide and is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000. For additional information visit the company’s website at www.penskeautomotive.com.
Vice President, Rush Group Companies
Lori Rush Lancaster serves under Andra Rush as vice president of the Rush Group of Companies, which owns and operates Rush Trucking Corporation, Dakkota Integrated Systems and Rush Supply Chain Management. Rush Group is one of the largest woman-owned businesses in Michigan, and among the largest Native-owned enterprises in the United States.
In December 2013, Ms. Rush Lancaster moved with her family to Michigan from Massachusetts, where she previously served as a critical care nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In January 2014, she joined Detroit Manufacturing Systems, a tier-one automotive supplier formerly owned by Rush Group, in service to the president and CEO, dedicated to operational launches and corporate negotiations. Since February 2015, she has functioned as corporate executive for business development, collaborating with the COO of Dakkota Integrated Systems on launches, special projects and business proposals. She also reports directly to Ms. Rush on matters related to quality and customer satisfaction for each business and participates in customer marketing and diversity leadership events and initiatives.
President & CEO / Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)
Bill Long is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of MEMA, which exclusively serves and represents North American aftermarket product manufacturers. He also serves as Executive Vice President Government Affairs for MEMA, representing the business interests of all four MEMA divisions (AASA, HDMA, MERA, and OESA).
Mr. Long is a respected and highly recognized industry leader with more than 30 years of automotive experience in all sectors of the automotive industry.
Prior to joining AASA in 2012, Long served as president of Long Strategies LLC and as managing partner of BC Partners LLC, providing strategic planning, brand relevance, and leadership services to the automotive industry.
Bill is most recognized for his 25 years at Echlin/DANA, where he lead the company’s Engine Management Division and as Executive Vice President, North American Operations for Proliance International, a leading manufacturer of temp control and heat exchange products.
Long is also well-known in motorsports circles, where he served as a corporate officer for NASCAR in Daytona Beach and as a top executive for the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Long serves on the board of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) and as member of the Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Advisory Board and the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation Board. Long is also a past chairman of the National Car Care Council.
Mr. Long was awarded the prestigious MEMA Triangle Award and Northwood University’s Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award, both recognizing his work in educating federal lawmakers and serving as a technical expert on issues concerning the industry’s access to vehicle on-board diagnostics and repair information. Long was honored with the Jack Arute Sr. Excellence in Motorsports Award for his contribution and dedication to the motorsports industry.
CEO, Roush Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. Lyall began his career with Roush as a summer intern for Jack Roush Performance Engineering (JRPE). During his 34 year tenure with Roush, he has led the company’s growth from 23 employees to over 4,000, with a global footprint and revenues approaching $500 million.
Mr. Lyall has held various positions in Roush’s accounting, finance, operations, and motorsports activities, and was appointed CEO in 2001. He has been an integral part of the leadership team that has transformed JRPE into Roush Enterprises. The Roush Enterprises companies include Roush Industries, a multinational firm engaged in engineering, product development, manufacturing; Roush Performance, developer and manufacturer of performance vehicles and products for the automotive aftermarket; and Roush CleanTech, developer and manufacturer of propane fuel systems for truck platforms serving the fleet vehicle market.
Mr. Lyall also serves on the Board of Directors of Roush Fenway Racing (RFR), one of the world’s largest motorsports management organizations. As Managing Director, Mr. Lyall oversees the RFR’s business operations. Most recently, Mr. Lyall has overseen the implementation of Roush’s very successful diversifications strategy, expanding the company’s customer base into the theme park, defense, aerospace, and oil and gas industries. Today, Roush’s customers include Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Disney, Google, Navistar, Bell Helicopter, and Aramco.
A member of the Board of Directors of the Business Leaders of Michigan, a non-profit, executive organization focused on making Michigan a top ten state for jobs and economic growth, Mr. Lyall is engaged in a number of civic organizations. Mr. Lyall and his wife, are active supporters of the Cornerstone Schools and a number of other local charities.
President & CEO, Northwood University
Dr. Kent MacDonald is a highly regarded leader in the higher education sector. He comes to Northwood University from St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), one of Canada’s oldest and most respected universities, where he has served as president and vice chancellor since 2014. Prior to his term at StFX, Dr. MacDonald also served as president of Algonquin College, one of Canada’s largest and most innovative colleges and one of the country’s leading online education providers.
Kent brings more than two decades of higher education leadership experience to Northwood. In addition to his two presidential appointments, Dr. MacDonald has also served as academic vice president, vice president student services, dean, school of business and full professor. With this range of expertise, Kent is well prepared to support the Northwood staff in a variety of operational areas, including strategic enrollment management, finance, information communication technologies, student athletics, residence operations and areas related to student services.
Dr. MacDonald has many years’ experience in private fundraising and philanthropic outreach. While at StFX he launched a $50 million endowment to enhance access and affordability for students; as well as oversaw the completion of a $100 million campaign to create an academic research center.
Dr. MacDonald earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario) and his Master of Education (MEd) degree from StFX University (Antigonish, Nova Scotia). He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) where his doctoral research focused on high-performing colleges and presidential leadership. Dr. MacDonald’s research interest is related to the higher education sector and effective leadership. In this regard, he has addressed audiences around the world including Europe, Southeast and Central Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Dr. MacDonald is married to Mary-Ellen MacPhee, who is also a lifelong educator. She is an experienced school principal who is currently completing her PhD, with a focus on student success and inclusion. They met over thirty years ago when they were undergraduate students in Nova Scotia and have since lived in New Zealand and in Ontario. They have four children (Adam, Matthew, Meagan and Patrick) who reside in various parts of Canada.
VP & General Manager Original Equipment NA Consumer Tires, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Vice President, Original Equipment, North America Consumer
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Christopher Magana is Vice President, Original Equipment, North America Consumer for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. As a key leader in the execution of sales growth and a proven record in product innovation, Magana is responsible for developing and executing OE strategy, developing strategic business partnerships with customers and expanding relationships with global automotive manufactures.
Magana joined Goodyear in 1994 and has held positions that include Director Customer Marketing & Category Management, General Manager Tire Category Teams and General Manager, National Tire Retailers.
Magana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Illinois State University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Leader Development Program and Great Leader Academy, Harvard Business School.
Michael E. Martini
Principal, MEM Enterprises
Michael E. Martini is the former president of the Consumer Original Equipment division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and was a corporate officer. He recently retired and is now principal of MEM Enterprises. Prior to MEM, he spent 40 years at Bridgestone and led the OE sales, engineering and marketing activity for Consumer OE tires in the Americas.
Mr. Martini joined The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in 1977 in the materials development area. He spent 5 years developing innovative tire compounds to meet the emerging fuel economy needs of the auto industry and is a patent holder. His career led to various roles in tire engineering and development of business relationships with Asian automotive OEM manufacturers. In 1987 he relocated to the Detroit OE Sales Office and was responsible for both commercial and engineering activities for a number of OEM’s.
In 1988 Bridgestone purchased The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company at which time Mr. Martini was named Account Executive for General Motors. He was promoted to Global Team Leader for GM in 1994 for OE Sales and Engineering. In 1999 he was promoted to a key executive level and on December 1, 2001 to Vice President of OE Sales and Engineering. In 2003 he was named President (Business owner) of the Consumer OE segment of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire. LLC and in 2004 was named to BFNT’s Board of Directors.
Martini was born in Rochester, New York. He holds a Chemistry degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Kent State University. In addition to being a board member of the Automotive Hall of Fame, Mr. Martini is also Vice Chairman of OESA, a member of the steering committee of MichAuto, a board member of the NADA Foundation, and a board member of Delta Wing Technologies and Forgotten Harvest. He has active involvement with SAE, Knights of Columbus, Habitat for Humanity, and the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.
Managing Director, KPMG LLP
Betsy Meter is the Managing Partner for KPMG in Michigan where she’s responsible for the strategic direction and growth of KPMG’s Detroit and Grand Rapids offices and in making KPMG a great place to build a career. Betsy has 35 years’ of audit experience serving clients in the automotive, chemicals and diversified industrial industries. She also serves as KPMG’s U.S. Accounting Change Leader.
Betsy has significant experience providing financial statement audit, due diligence and IPO services to a variety of clients primarily in Industrial and Chemicals Industries. She has provided professional services to many large multinational companies in accordance with PCAOB requirements, U.S. GAAP and IFRS. Her audit experience with multi-billion dollar companies ranges from SEC filings and successful coordination of large global audits.
As the US Accounting Change Leader, Betsy provides support to the audit practice on addressing implementation of new accounting standards and shares thought leadership on accounting changes through periodic webinars, media releases and thought leadership pieces. In addition to her client services responsibilities, Betsy is the Managing Partner of the Michigan practice of KPMG.
Randall J. Miller
Global Automotive & Transportation Sector Leader, EY
Randy Miller is EY’s Global Automotive and Transportation Sector Leader. Based in Detroit, Randy is responsible for leading the sector and developing the sector strategy and initiatives, globally.
EY’s Automotive and Transportation sector delivers purpose-led, transformative solutions to clients to improve the movement of people and goods around the world. The globally expansive network, of more than 13,000 professionals, is focused on building a better working world by teaming with public and private companies to address the business issues of today and tomorrow, including: The Future of mobility; Customer innovation and building the future of automotive retail; Planning for uncertainty; Reinventing the supply chain and; Securing strategic resources.
Randy has over 25 years of consulting and client service experience. In addition to his Global Automotive and Transportation Leader role, Randy is also a lead Global Client Service Partner and Champion for Diversity and Inclusiveness. As a Global Client Service Partner, Randy has worldwide accountability for planning and executing our client service strategy and the overall quality of our services to one of EY’s global priority automotive accounts – General Motors. As a Champion for Diversity and Inclusiveness Randy works to promote a diverse and inclusive work culture. Randy previously served as the Global Automotive Advisory Leader where he was responsible for developing the Center’s automotive advisory strategy and go-to market plans, establishing automotive communities around the world and sponsoring the Center’s automotive solution innovation and development.
Randy has sponsored, authored and spoken on numerous thought leadership pieces on gender parity, the future of mobility, global risk, and other automotive topics. Prior to joining EY in 2002, Randy was the Detroit Office Managing partner for Andersen Business Consulting and its global automotive sector leader. Randy is married and has three daughters.
President & CEO, OneMagnify
Mark Petroff is driving Marketing Associates’ development as a technology enabled provider of marketing and analytics services.
“Investments in interactive technologies, creative services and database analytics have positioned Marketing Associates as a leader in providing integrated marketing solutions,” he says. “Our plans are to leverage these capabilities, while strategically pursuing organic growth and diversification through acquisition.”
Before joining Marketing Associates, Mark was a Partner in the Financial Advisory Services practice of Deloitte. He served as the global leader for the practice’s Automotive industry segment as well as a General Securities Principal in Deloitte’s investment banking group, Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance LLC.
In addition to Marketing Associates and Deloitte, Mark served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy’s Submarine Force. His experience included training assignments in the Nuclear Propulsion Program, engineering assignments at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and operational duty aboard a nuclear powered submarine. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS in Aerospace Engineering with Merit from the United States Naval Academy.
Mark is also active in many charitable and professional organizations including serving on the Board of Directors of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Commissioning Committee for the USS Detroit (LCS-7), Automotive Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan Greater Detroit Campaign Leadership Council.
Stephen R. Polk
President & CEO, Highgate LLC
Stephen Polk is President / CEO of Highgate, LLC. a private investment company in Birmingham, Michigan.
Throughout his career, Stephen has been highly successful in helping businesses achieve maximum results. After graduating from Denison University in 1978 with a BS Biology degree, Stephen worked as a research and teaching assistant at Northern Michigan University before taking a job with R. L. Polk & Co. in 1981.
Stephen held various positions throughout the Polk organization until he was elected president in 1990. He added the title of Chief Operating Officer two years later, and, in 1994, was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of R. L. Polk & Co., when the business was sold to IHS in July 2013.
Keeping active in local business and civic concerns, Stephen serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cranbrook Educational Community, Vice President / Director for the Detroit Zoological Society, Vice-Chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber, 2017 Chair of the Mackinac Policy Conference and is on the boards of the Automotive Hall of Fame, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The Nature Conservancy (Michigan). He also serves on the board of directors of Fifth Third Bank of Southeast Michigan and Wiland Inc. headquartered in Longmont, CO.
President Original Equipment Tire Sales, Bridgestone Americas Tire Sales
Shannon Quinn has joined the company as president, original equipment (OE) tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). Quinn succeeds Mike Martini, who recently retired after a 40-year career with Bridgestone Americas.
“Shannon is a proven leader with a strong track record of building relationships and developing innovative, customer-centric programs that drive growth,” said TJ Higgins, president, integrated consumer tire group, BATO. “We are excited she has chosen to bring her strategic expertise and experience to Bridgestone. She will play an instrumental role in ensuring we collaborate with OE customers to provide industry-leading mobility solutions that anticipate and meet the needs of drivers.”
As president, Quinn will provide strategic oversight and direction for all OE activities in North America including long-range planning, new business development, sales and operational initiatives, as well as marketing and program management. She will play an instrumental role in maintaining strong working relationships with automotive manufacturers based in the U.S., while also supporting global OE initiatives in partnership with Bridgestone OE teams based in Europe and Japan.
Quinn joins Bridgestone from Adient, where she served as vice president, Ford Business Unit, overseeing business development, commercial negotiations and overall strategy for the global Ford account. She also was responsible for new business development and the generation of revenue plans supporting overall business projections. Previously, Quinn was vice president and general manager, FCA Customer Group, Seating, for Adient, where she improved key customer scorecard metrics including cost, quality, delivery and engineering.
Prior to joining Adient, Quinn spent 11 years at Visteon Corporation in roles of increasing responsibility. She led the company’s Ford and Chrysler accounts, before ultimately assuming the position of director of business development and strategic planning. Early in her career, Quinn spent nine years working for the Ford Motor Company as a product design engineer.
Quinn has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and earned an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.
Executive Director, Communications Operations, General Motors
Terry Rhadigan is responsible for the next phase of the transformation of GM Communications, managing the centralized functions, including program operations and fleet management, the IT tools for both internal and external communications, risk management and budget as well as lead the Operational Excellence initiative.
Previously, he led product and technology communications for General Motors from March 2012 through September 2015, overseeing product launches and auto shows, media relations, marketing communications, crisis communications and executive support. During this time, he led the team through an unprecedented product renaissance, launching award-winning vehicles such as the Cadillac CTS and ATS; Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro, Volt and Impala; Buick LaCrosse and Encore; GMC Sierra and Canyon; and Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado.
He also led technology communications, including innovations such as 4G LTE, autonomous, electrification, OnStar and R & D, serving as communications strategist to the President of North America and Executive Vice President of Global Product Development.
Prior to 2012, he was Director of Communications for GM Global Product Development, covering global design, engineering, program management and quality, supporting then-Senior Vice President, Mary Barra.
Rhadigan joined GM Communications in 1997, where he’s held a variety of positions, including managing safety, legal and internal communications. He has led global auto show and program operations; Chevrolet communications; and North America regional and grassroots activities.
Before moving to communications, Rhadigan worked at the GM Foundation, managing GM’s employee volunteer and disaster relief programs and other community and charitable initiatives.
Rhadigan started his General Motors career in 1988, serving in a front-line position at the Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center. A year later, he transferred to St. Louis, Missouri, holding various field positions in customer and dealer support. In 1991, he returned to Michigan and joined the Chevrolet Marketing Center.
Rhadigan was born and raised in the Detroit area and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University in 1987. He’s a member of Leadership Detroit and serves on the Board of Directors of Loyola High School in Detroit, Michigan. He and his wife Andrea are the parents of two teenage boys.
Automotive Business Development Director, PwC
Kristin Ritter leads PwC’s automotive business development. For more than 25 years, Kristin has been a strategic marketing and sales executive developing unique programming initiatives for the automotive industry. Prior to her position in business development, she was PwC’s global automotive marketing and media relations leader. She brings her innovative thinking and passion for the automotive industry to her clients. She understands industry challenges and finds solutions.
Prior to joining PwC, Kristin was founder and president of Black Otter Marketing serving business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies. She has worked with a number of leading Fortune 500 brands providing overall marketing strategy and brand management to build businesses, improve customer loyalty and increase sales for automotive, professional service firms, retail, sports/entertainment and other industries.
Kristin is a Northwood University graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing/Management and an Associate’s degree in Advertising. She is a Leadership Detroit XXXIV graduate and member of the Automotive Press Association.
Kristin’s community and volunteer involvement includes; Detroit Athletic Club Board of Directors (2015-present), MICHauto Steering and Advisory Committees (2011-present), AutomotiveNEXT Executive Committee (2017), Belle Isle Conservancy—Marketing Committee (2014-present), American Cancer Society of Southeast Michigan Cattle Baron’s Ball Executive Committee (2013-2017) and former Children’s Home of Detroit Board of Trustee (1997-2007).
Executive Director - IHS Markit Automotive Advisory
Mr. Michael Robinet serves as managing director of the Automotive Global Advisory practice at IHS Markit. His responsibilities include production forecasting, tracking future product programs (FPPs), analyzing sourcing and production strategies to serve OEM/component manufacturer, supplier and government entities throughout the industry. He has been widely quoted on global automotive industry trends and topics in leading print, radio and TV, and he frequently presents at global OEM and supplier conferences and symposiums. Mr. Robinet helped design the world’s first contiguous database developed to forecast sales, production and sourcing linkages for the global automotive industry. He has over two decades of experience in automotive forecasting, strategic analysis and manufacturing finance.
He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Detroit Economic Club (DEC). He is also active on several boards. Currently, he is active with the Original Equipment Supplier Association (OESA), a past board member of the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) and is a founding director of the Canada-US Business Association (CUSBA). Mr. Robinet’s university degrees from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, include a Bachelor of Social Science in Developmental and Macro Economics and an MBA with an emphasis on Finance.
Strategic Relations, Gardner Business Media, Inc
Marianne Schrode has been a part of Dassault Systèmes since 1994, first as a strategic partner and then, from 2004 to 2019 she was employed full-time by DS, eventually rising to the title of VP of Industrial Global Affairs.
She began her career as an Educator but transitioned to the computer and transformation industry in 1983 enjoying work at Wang Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, EDS and IBM.
Marianne is Vice President Industry Global Affairs. She is responsible for developing channels of industry companies, opinion leaders, and C-level executives that lead to business networks, and reveals the value of Dassault Systèmes as the 3DExperience Company to improving business processes and inventing a sustainable future.
Marianne has been in the Automotive Industry for most of her career with responsibility for Automotive Tier 1 Suppliers and Global OEM’s enjoying positions in Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Organizational Leadership and Industry Global Affairs.
Marianne received both her Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Administrative & Organizational Studies from Wayne State University, but she is quick to point out that she has learned much from the people she has met in her work and personal life.
She is on the Board of the Automotive Hall of Fame, an active partner with the Michigan Science Center, a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers Detroit Section Global Leadership Conference Committee, and involved with Henry Ford Health System’s Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, “EyesOn Design”.
CEO, Cox Automotive
Sandy Schwartz is president of Cox Automotive, a global automotive services and software company whose vision is to transform the way the world buys, sells and owns cars. Under his leadership, Cox Automotive has assembled and integrated a family of brands that together make car dealers more successful and car buyers more satisfied, including auto industry leaders such as Autotrader, Dealer.com, Dealertrack, incadea, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, NextGear Capital, vAuto and Xtime.
His career at Cox spans three decades, seventeen jobs and countless frequent flier miles, but has been focused on two things he loves: newspapers and cars. He has helmed both Cox Media Group and Cox Automotive, subsidiaries of family-owned Cox Enterprises, and been a key member of the leadership team that has grown the private company to $20 billion revenue and 60,000 employees.
After early days as an ink-stained sports reporter, he found his name on the top of the masthead of the Austin American-Statesman and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as atop Cox’s newspaper and publishing groups. And as a self-described “car guy” whose garage houses an EV and an American muscle classic, he’s right at home with the breadth of Cox Automotive’s reach in the auto industry – from in-lane auctions to online vehicle listings to open platform dealership software.
He has helped to build this unrivaled portfolio by nurturing organic growth at Autotrader and Manheim, seamlessly integrating software start-ups such as vAuto and Xtime, as well as orchestrating the blockbuster acquisition of Dealertrack and Dealer.com in a $4 billion, all-cash deal that was the largest in Cox Enterprises’ 100+ year history. Along the way, he has fostered a family-first ethic and an Open, Honest & Direct culture that routinely ranks Cox Automotive among the best places to work.
Sandy grew up in Ohio helping out with his father’s window installation business and manning second base for various school baseball teams, applying those lessons and his journalism studies at The Ohio State University to his successful business career and extensive community service, including leadership of the A.C. Green Youth Foundation and the American Red Cross of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Publisher, Automotive News
Jason Stein directs the editorial and commercial operations for one of the world’s largest automotive business-to-business media organizations.
Mr. Stein joined Automotive News as a Detroit-based reporter in October 2003 before transferring to Automotive News Europe’s Munich, Germany headquarters in 2005. Two years later, he was named publisher of Automotive News Europe, a responsibility that included the management of the news and commercial operations, covering 32 European countries as well as marketing, digital, audience and event activities. In 2009, Mr. Stein moved back to Detroit to oversee the editorial operations of Automotive News. In 2012 he added the responsibility of associate publisher, then publisher in 2013.
In 2016, he oversaw the launch of two new media products: Automotive News Canada, a digital media outlet and a monthly print magazine; and Fixed Ops Journal, a semi-monthly print magazine focused on auto retail operations.
In late 2015, Automotive News helped form the first annual Crain Communications/Michigan State University Detroit Journalism Program for aspiring journalists within the City of Detroit.
He holds a position as a juror for the World Car of the Year Award and Ford’s annual Salute to Dealers recognition program at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention and has served as a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan and United Way.
President & CEO of Aisin World Corp. of America
President and CEO, Aisin World Corp. of America
Scott Turpin is president and CEO of Aisin World Corp. of America (AWA), the sixth largest Tier One supplier of automotive components in the world. Turpin oversees Aisin’s North American OE Sales and Sales Planning Division in Northville, Mich., and operations in Seymour, Ind., in addition to the company’s Aftermarket business in Torrance, Calif. He also led the strategic planning and opening of new Aisin Aftermarket facilities in Dallas, Nashville and Panama. Turpin is also responsible for logistics operations in Detroit, Laredo, Texas, and Los Angeles. A managing officer of parent company Aisin Seiki, Kariya City, Japan, Turpin has been with Aisin Group for 22 years.
Previously, Turpin was president of Aisin Drivetrain, Inc., Crothersville, Ind., a global supplier of trans-missions for the automotive and forklift industries, and steering columns for passenger cars and trucks.
Before joining Aisin, Turpin was general plant manager at the Borg Warner powder metal facility in Livonia, Mich. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University, and attended the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He and his wife, Beth, are the parents of two adult sons.
Group Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Toyota Motor North America
Scott Vazin is group vice president, chief communications officer for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). Vazin is responsible for the company’s external and internal communications and public relations activities. His role includes product and brand communications for the Toyota and Lexus brands; corporate reputation; social media and stakeholder engagement; investor relations; sales, motorsports, and manufacturing communications.
Previously, Vazin was vice president of corporate and regional communications for Toyota Motor North America where he oversaw regional and technology communications, corporate reputation management, corporate and financial media relations and agency management and analytics.
Prior to joining Toyota in 2014, Vazin was executive vice president of group communications for Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. In this role, Vazin was responsible for all aspects of corporate communications for the Volkswagen Group and Volkswagen Brand, including corporate media relations, product communications, public relations campaigns, internal communications, community partnerships, philanthropy and investor relations.
Formerly, Vazin was director of product and consumer communications for Nissan and Infiniti. He also held a variety of other key communications positions, including serving as general manager, corporate and product communications for Nissan Europe.
He started his automotive career at Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America in 1990.
Vazin received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University at Long Beach.
Principal-Regional Automotive Industry Leader, Deloitte
In addition to his US and Global Automotive Sector Leader role, Joe serves as the global lead client service partner (LCSP) for one of the largest automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). He is responsible for delivering Deloitte’s multidisciplinary solutions, including consulting, enterprise risk management, tax, and financial advisory services to automotive companies worldwide.