2018 Presenters

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Jim Amsler, Binder Dijker Otte (BDO) autoconnect headshot  Jim Amsler, BDO USA, LLP

Jim Amsler manages key strategic alliances on behalf of BDO's thriving Data & Information Governance practice. Well versed in litigation readiness, data privacy, and information life-cycle management, he ensures that clients maximize the value of their engagements by implementing best-of-breed technology platforms appropriate to the scope of the project. Jim manages a broad portfolio of partner technologies, including information governance, e-discovery, cyber security, and privacy, and he also acts as a liaison for key technology partners, helping them secure the advisory and consulting services they need to make their clients successful.

Chris Ballinger MOBI headshot  Chris Ballinger, Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)

Chris is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), a consortium of companies, academic institutions, government agencies and public organizations exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technologies with the power to improve mobility, transit, and logistics. Prior to MOBI, Chris served various global leadership roles with Toyota Financial Services, including SVP, CFO, and Chief Officer of Strategic Innovation, before becoming CFO and Director of Mobility and Blockchain Services for the Toyota Research Institute in April 2017. Chris holds a graduate degree in economics from UC Berkeley and previously worked at Bank of America as Senior Vice President of Treasury and Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors under President Reagan. 

Tom Bamonte headshot, North Central Texas Council of Governments  Tom Bamonte, North Central Texas Council of Governments

Tom Bamonte is Senior Program Manager for Automated Vehicles at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). At the NCTCOG, he works on automated vehicle pilot programs, the regional data infrastructure for automated vehicles, as well as related transportation technology and planning issues.  Before joining NCTCOG, he served in senior legal positions at the Chicago Transit Authority, the Illinois Tollway and the North Texas Tollway Authority. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University School of Law.

David Carlson Marsh headshot  David T. Carlson, Marsh

David leads the US Manufacturing and Automotive Industry Practice for Marsh, where he focuses on building the practice and ensuring consistent delivery of industry-leading products and solutions to Marsh’s automotive and manufacturing clients. David joined Marsh in 2003 as a risk consultant after working for an international manufacturer of specialty fasteners. At his previous employer, David oversaw the development of environmental, health, safety and risk management programs that reduced the “total cost of risk” for various domestic and international manufacturing operations. This included coordinating regulatory compliance activities for ten manufacturing facilities across the globe with regard to the OSHA, EPA, ISO, and other governing agencies.

Brian Daugherty headshot  Brian Daugherty, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA)
Jan De Beer headshot  Jan DeBeer, Frost Brown Todd

Jan concentrates his practice in the area of international regulation and trade with a particular focus on import and export matters, customs regulations, labeling requirements, and transaction licensing. Jan has significant experience in counseling clients as to their export licensing obligations under the Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations and the Department of State’s International Traffic In Arms Regulations. In addition, he advises companies and individuals in matters relating to U.S. embargoes and sanctions, with experience in both the voluntary disclosure of violations and obtaining appropriate licenses for international transactions. He also assists companies importing goods into the United States with customs law issues, including classification and valuation of products; Customs duty protests; and country of origin and other labeling requirements.

Jane Hils Shea headshot  Jane Hils Shea, Frost Brown Todd

Jane has been practicing data privacy law for close to 20 years and leads FBT’s Data Privacy & Information Security Group. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US), Jane advises businesses in every major industry on evaluating privacy risks, implementing data governance programs, and moving from mere compliance to the creation of a strategic privacy and information security program. Jane’s expertise encompasses all aspects of U.S. privacy laws, and over the past year, she has worked with a growing number of U.S. companies to develop compliance programs that accord with their EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy Directive requirements.

Jim Holloway Toyota headshot  Jim Holloway, Toyota Motor North America – Research & Development

Jim Holloway is the general manager of Electronics, Electrical and Powertrain Purchasing at Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) located in Saline, Michigan. In this position, he oversees the procurement of all electronic, electrical and powertrain components for Toyota’s North American production. Prior to his current assignment, Jim was the general manager of Supplier Relations, overseeing Supplier Diversity, Risk Management, Systems and Supplier Relations, and also managed the Corporate Strategy Division, where he focused on business planning and new plant start-up activity in North America.

Yvette Hunsicker headshot, Honda  Yvette Hunsicker, Honda of America Mfg, Inc.

Yvette Hunsicker serves as the Assistant Vice President of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) at Honda North America, Inc, where she works with the OID team on implementing inclusion-and-diversity best practices that position Honda for success. She has held numerous positions at Honda, starting as a production associate in the welding division at the Marysville, Anna Engine, and East Liberty Auto Plants, before joining Honda’s Human Resources Department. In 1999, Yvette took a position with Honda’s New Model Center in Utsunomiya, Japan, where she founded The Buckeye Tutorial to support the educational needs of the company’s expatriate children. Before becoming Vice President of OID, she earned the designations of Senior HR Professional and Certified Diversity Professional. She is also a member of the National Diversity Council Board and the Global Diversity & Inclusion Executives Council.

Bob Hust black and white headshot  Bob Hust, Frost Brown Todd

As former General Counsel for Honda of America Mfg., Inc., Bob Hust served not only as chief legal officer for Honda’s North American manufacturing operations but also as compliance officer and risk-management leader. Hust also helped found and lead, for three years, the Midwest office of Honda’s intellectual property legal group. In more than 21 years as an industry insider, Hust developed a deep understanding of the myriad issues confronting automotive manufacturing, including labor and employment, risk management, corporate compliance, facility/site selection, records retention, electronic discovery and IP planning and protection. He has partnered with executive management for OEMs and suppliers to provide strategic, yet practical, legal and business advice on all aspects of the business. Hust continues his strong working relationships with executives, managers and lawyers for OEMs and suppliers throughout the industry in his role as a co-chair of the firm’s Automotive Industry Team.

Mark Johnson headshot, Toyota  Mark Johnson, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Mark Johnson currently serves as the Director of Federal Government Relations at Toyota’s Washington, D.C. office, where he handles legislative issues related to financial services, vehicle safety and intellectual property. Mark also oversees the Toyota Lexus PAC and the Toyota grassroots program. Prior to joining Toyota, Mark served as Chief of Staff for Representative Shelley Moore Capito, Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative Ed Bryant, and Legislative Assistant for Representative Don Sundquistm. Mark also worked as Director of Government Affairs for Fluor Corporation, a major construction and engineering company headquartered in Texas.

Nicole Koesling headshot, Volkswagen  Nicole Koesling, Volkswagen Group of America

Nicole Koesling is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC. Koesling has 26 years’ experience in the manufacturing industry, with 20 years in human resources and nearly 15 working for Volkswagen. Prior to her assignment at Volkswagen Chattanooga in March 2017, she led the Human Resources team at Sitech, a major supplier of car seats for Volkswagen, with more than 4,000 employees. Nicole holds a German diploma in economics (with a concentration in human resources, organization, and law) from AKAD Pinneberg/Hamburg and a master’s degree in international business and human resources from Euro FH in Hamburg.

Kim Korth black and white headshot  Kim Korth, 6th Avenue Group
Alicia Masse AutoConnect headshot  Alicia B. Masse, Alderney Advisors

Alicia is a senior financial executive and the founder of Alderney Advisors, a business advisory firm providing sound financial and strategic solutions for stakeholders in high-risk, high-stakes situations. She has led over 100 distressed engagements, including the support of an OEM client during one of the largest global recalls in history. Prior to founding Alderney, Alicia served as the Midwest restructuring leader and global automotive supplier risk network leader for Ernst & Young. She also spent her early career working in audit at Arthur Anderson, with significant experience in Ford Motor Company Finance and BBK, a boutique firm serving the automotive industry. 

Greg Mitchell AutoConnect headshot  Greg Mitchell, Frost Brown Todd

Greg is the chair of Frost Brown Todd’s Insurance Industry Group. He has over 25 years of in-depth experience spanning all segments of the insurance, financial services, and risk management industry. This includes advising on insurance regulatory and licensing matters, international regulation and trade, as well as the design and development of cutting-edge products, distribution and compliance systems. Greg is also the Midwest Chapter President of Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals and chair of the Insurance Regulatory practice group of Multilaw, an international association of law firms located in 150 commercial centers throughout the world.

John Parker black and white headshot  Jon Parker, Gowling WLG

Jon is a UK-registered trademark and design attorney in Gowling WLG's Dubai office. He has over 25 years of experience in advising on intellectual property matters, including brand creation, filing and protection strategies; trademark clearance, opposition enforcement and litigation; as well as regional and global IP portfolio management. He represents clients in all industry segments, with a particular emphasis on FMCG, F&B services, consumer products, retail and leisure, hospitality, pharmaceuticals and luxury goods. He is a member of the UK's Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) and the International Trademark Association (INTA) and a frequent speaker and consultant on intellectual property rights.

Jay Patel black and white headshot  Jay Patel, Honda of America

Jay is a division manager and associate chief advisor at Honda of America, where he has held numerous positions over the last three decades. His responsibilities have included managing quality, delivery, and packaging groups and market teams for new model and mass-production parts; implementing best practices to optimize efficiency and SQCDM for Honda’s family companies; and executing parts manufacturing allocation in accordance with Honda’s R&D consensus. Jay is currently responsible for all four plant’s Support Division, which includes information systems (IS), accounting & finance, facilities, planning, and the new model center.

Andreas Reger AutoConnect headshot  Andreas Reger, Alderney Advisors

Dr. Andreas Reger is a Managing Director at Alderney Advisors. Dr. Reger has spent the past 20 years in leadership positions in the automotive supplier industry. From 2001 to 2008 he was establishing and leading the electro-mechanical business segment for Siemens VDO (now Continental AG). In 2008 he became the President of Pollmann North America, a global market leader in the insert-molding technology, where he spent five years growing and diversifying the company. In 2013 Dr. Reger joined Dürr AG as the President & CEO of the North American Ecoclean division, where he developed and implemented a strategic realignment to better prepare the company for the electrification of powertrains. Dr. Reger joined Alderney Advisors as Managing Director in September of this year.

Brad Rhorer black and white headshot  Brad Rhorer, Subaru of Indiana
John Shin black and white headshot  John Shin, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

John joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a senior G10 FX strategist based in New York, where he responsible for the flagship monthly publication, World at a Glance. Previously, John was both a G10 FX strategist and a U.S. economist at Lehman Brothers. He also worked in the Macroeconomic and Quantitative Studies section of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. John holds a doctorate in economics from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.

Greg Stanely AutoConnect headshot  Greg Stanley, NXP Semiconductors

Greg is automotive field applications engineer at NXP Semiconductors, a leading supplier of semiconductor products to the global automotive industry. At NXP, Greg is involved in automated vehicle development efforts to support the application of NXP sensing and processing technologies for a wide variety of automated vehicle customers in Silicon Valley. His role also includes understanding the requirements for future vehicle architectures, especially automated vehicle-sensing and decision-making systems.  Prior to joining NXP, Greg worked in electronic product development roles at Tier 1 automotive suppliers, developing sensor systems for both safety and emissions- related automotive applications.

Dr. Andreas Woelfle headshot Gowling WLG  Dr. Andreas Wöelfle, Gowling WLG

Dr. Andreas Wöelfle is a partner at Gowling WLG where he focuses on corporate work, with an emphasis on cross-border M&A transactions and compliance investigations in the automotive space as well as other manufacturing and regulated industries. For more than 20 years, Wöelfle has represented leading multinationals, public authorities, and private equity firms during the negotiation of complex cross-border projects. His experience includes advising U.S. Tier 1s on expanding and operating in Germany and advising German OEMs and Tier 1s on operating in other critical markets, including the U.S., India, Mexico and Brazil. Wöelfle is also a lecturer of law at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim. Prior to joining Gowling, he served as a partner and corporate attorney with the German law firm Menold Bezler.

Stuart Young headshot, Gowling WLG  Stuart Young, Gowling WLG

Stuart Young is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Corporate Group and head of the firm’s Automotive Group. He specializes in advising entrepreneurs and large corporate clients on their acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, equity financings and other key strategic transactions. He has more than 25 years of experience in the transactional world and routinely advises foreign-owned, particularly North American, manufacturing clients on their European transactions. Representative clients include the Dover Corporation, Ford Motor Company, A O Smith, Magna, AFCO, Masco, Graham Partners, SanMar Corporation, GKN, Prodrive, TRW, Triumph, JLR and Williams F1. Additionally, Young is the author of several “White Papers" on the cyber-security, privacy and ethical issues related to AVs. He plays lead role in UK Autodrive, a Government-funded consortium testing driverless vehicles on public roads.

Paul-Matthew Zamsky headshot, WayCare  Paul-Matthew Zamsky, WayCare

Paul-Matthew Zamsky is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at WayCare Technologies, a cloud-based smart-mobility platform that enables cities to harness in-vehicle information and municipal traffic data for predictive insights and proactive traffic management optimization. Zamsky’s primary responsibility at WayCare is cultivating and maintaining partnerships with cities, states and other data partners. This includes advising various stakeholders on how best to leverage the WayCare platform – as well as the data harvested from connected and autonomous vehicles – to improve traffic safety and proactively manage city roads. Prior to Waycare, Zamsky confounded Treble FM, a collaboration platform for musicians, and was the Director of Customer Success at Powerlinx, which connects companies to new markets, growth opportunities and strategic partnerships.