2018 AutoConnect Registration

2015 Schedule

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

8:15 - 9:00 a.m.           Market on Auto-Pilot – How Long Will it Last? 

Bill Rinna, LMC Automotive

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.           Innovation: How OEMs and Suppliers Together Invest for Growth

Douglas J. Grimm, Grede Holdings LLC
Jim Holloway, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
Sigmund E. Huber, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
Matthew J. Simoncini, Lear Corporation
Moderator: Alicia B. Masse, Alderney Advisors LLC

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.    Break

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

Breakout 1: Financial - Capital Markets Update and Private Equity's View of the Automotive Investment
Steve Li, Enoch Capital 
John Sawyer, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC
John Stewart, Monomoy Capital Partners
Moderator: James Carter, Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC

Breakout 2: Operational - Top Industry Challenges
Gabriele Di Furia, Eisenmann Corporation
Benjamin R. Green, Nissan North America, Inc.
Kim Williams, Calsonic Kansei
Moderator: Philip M. Goy, KPMG LLP

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.   Lunch

11:45 - 12:15 p.m.       Keynote Address: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Micheline Maynard, Author, Journalist, Educator

12:15 - 12:45 p.m.       The Automotive Industry in Canada: Ready to Compete Today and 

Réal "Ray" Tanguay, Auto Advisor for the Governments of Ontario and Canada

12:45 - 1:15 p.m.         A Do-Nothing Congress

Mark Johnson, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.       Break

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.           Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: Financial - Capitalizing The Supply Base so It Can Both Innovate and Sustain Growth
John Stewart, Monomoy Capital Partners
Thomas Lakocy, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Andrew Zimberg, Nissan North America, Inc.
Moderator: Timothy A. Turek, Conway MacKenzie

Breakout 2: International - NAFTA
Jennifer Babe, Miller Thomson LLP
Miguel Valle, Gonzalez Calvillo, S.C.
Bob Henry, M-Tek, Inc.
Moderator: Kai Bitter, FBTAuto

Breakout 3: OEM and Tier Developments in Europe and Asia
Dr. Andreas Wölfle, Menold Bezler
Steve Li, Enoch Capital 
Moderator: John Wagster, FBTAuto  

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.       Break

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.           Keynote Address: Turbo Charging Margins Through Manufacturing 

John McElroy, Journalist, Author, TV and Radio Host

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.           U.S. Economy Is Hitting Its Stride, with Contributions from Consumers                                             and Housing

Augustine Faucher, The PNC Financial Services Group (PNC)

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.           Products and Production: The Future is Here

Tom Drye, Techmer ES
Larry Geise, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Karen Taylor, General Motors
Jon Wood, Bridgestone Americas
Moderator: Dr. Mohamed Abuali, FORCAM

5:00 - 5:15 p.m.           Closing Remarks

Robert V. Sartin, FBTAuto

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.       After Party at Acme Feed & Seed

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