Schedule

2018 AutoConnect Registration

2014 Companies represented:

Akebono Brake Corporation

Alderney Advisors LLC

Belmont University

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC

Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC

Chrysler Group LLC

Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville

CU-ICAR (Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research)

Cummins, Inc.

Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC

FORCAM

Grede Holdings ,LLC

Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.

Honda North America, Inc.

IRN, Inc.

Johnson Controls Inc.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Jun He Law Offices

KPMG LLP

Magneti Marelli Holding U.S.A., Inc.

Marsh

Miller Thomson LLP

Nissan North America, Inc.

PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

Reuters

Schafer & Weiner, PLLC

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

2014 Schedule

Get a glimpse of the AutoConnect experience by viewing our previous years' recaps in the About section!

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.           Registration
8:00 - 8:15 a.m.           Welcoming Remarks

Robert V. Sartin, FBTAuto
Motohiko Kato, Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville
Emily K. Lauder, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, Inc. and Southern Automotive Women's Forum

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.           Are We Maintaining the Recovery?

Kim Korth, IRN, Inc.

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.           Financial Services Landscape

Michael P. Lyons, PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.         Suppliers – Adapting to a New Normal

Daniel Davidson, Calsonic Kansei N.A.
Kim Ketchum, Magneti Marelli Holding U.S.A., Inc.
Mike Land, Johnson Controls Inc.
Alicia B. Masse, Alderney Advisors LLC
Chris Risdon, Grede Holdings, LLC

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.   Break

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.       Morning Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: Financial Trends in the Industry from the Lens of Legal, Lender and Private Equity
Thomas A. Lakocy, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
John Sawyer, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC
Kelly Schulz, FBTAuto, former Senior Counsel for Toyota
Daniel J. Weiner, Schafer & Weiner, PLLC

Breakout 2: Improving Efficiency: Striking a Balance Between Opposing Forces
Dr. Mohamed Abuali, FORCAM
Robert L. Hust, FBTAuto, former General Counsel for Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
Keith Updike, KPMG LLP
Alan Yarcusko, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC

Breakout 3: The Global Supply Chain: Problems and Solutions
Veronica Choy, Miller Thomson LLP
Joe Dehner, FBTAuto
J. Tyler Rollins, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. 
Miguel Valle, Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.

Breakout 4: Public-Private Partnerships for Industry Stimulus and Innovation
Suzanne Dickerson, CU-ICAR (Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research)
Wade A. Hinton, City of Chattanooga, TN
Victoria Hirschberg, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Dr. J. Patrick Raines, The Jack C. Massey College of Business, Belmont University

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.   Lunch

11:45 - 12:30 p.m.       Welcome to the Automotive Revolution (Um, Make that Revolutions...) 

Paul J. Ingrassia, Managing Editor of Reuters & Automotive Industry Journalist/Author

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.        Keynote Address

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.          Automotive Industry M&A and Capital Markets Update, Automotive Supplier Benchmarking Summary

Jim Carter, Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.          Shifting Tactics in Supplier Risk Management

Benjamin R. Green, Nissan North America, Inc.


2:15 - 2:45 p.m.          Shaping the Future in D.C.

Frank W. Ervin III, Magna International Inc.
Mark Johnson, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

2:45 - 2:55 p.m.       Break

2:55 - 3:40 p.m.           Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: Lobbying for Success
Frank W. Ervin III, Magna International Inc.
Mark Johnson, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Tom Lee, CivicPoint LLC
Sen. Mark S. Norris, Sr., Majority Leader of the Tennessee Senate
Misti M. Rice, Chrysler Group LLC

Breakout 2: Financial Benchmarking: How Do You Compare to 100 Public Automotive Suppliers?
Jim Carter, Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC
Andy Zimberg, Nissan North America, Inc.

Breakout 3: Achieving the Global Enterprise
Dr. Mohamed Abuali, FORCAM
Gerald Courage, Miller Thomson LLP
Joe Dehner, FBTAuto 
Michael Monday, Magneti Marelli Holding U.S.A., Inc.
Xiaolin Zhou, Jun He Law Offices

Breakout 4: Top Industry Challenges
Philip M. Goy, KPMG LLP
Sharon D. Hatchett, The Hatchett Group LLC
Brandon Kessinger, Akebono Brake Corporation
Melanie D. Margolin, Cummins, Inc. 
Kevin Velan, Marsh

3:40 - 3:50 p.m.      Break

3:50 - 4:20 p.m.          Auto Industry Trends Through 2020

Ryan Brinkman, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

4:20 - 5:05 p.m.          OEM Panel: Supply Chain Dynamics in Today's Competitive Climate

John Sawyer, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC
Rick Schostek, Honda North America, Inc.
Rebecca Barker Vest, Nissan North America, Inc.
Robert Young, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

5:05 - 5:15 p.m.          Closing Remarks

Commissioner Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.      After Party at Johnny Cash Museum

*Please note that as our event continues to evolve our schedule may change.