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Rainer Becker
Chief Operating Officer, Urban Active
General Motors Company

Rainer Becker joins Maven and GM’s Urban Active division after years of building car-sharing operations in Europe and China. In his current role as Chief Operating Officer he is charged with managing the operational Maven business which includes fleet handling, member services, and local field operations.

Unlike traditional automotive manufacturer procedures, Rainer stresses the importance of implementing new offerings quickly, gathering customer feedback, tweaking based on feedback and then redeploying. He is currently focused on creating the most efficient and value-adding version of Maven possible.

Rainer is working toward a day when urban mobility converges with autonomous vehicles to create a convenient and safe driverless future. He sees Maven as a crucial piece of this puzzle. In joining General Motors in 2017, Rainer felt that GM was uniquely prepared for the upcoming disruptive changes in automotive, technology and culture.

Prior to joining General Motors, he was part of the team that invented the world’s first free-floating car sharing product in 2008. In that role, he oversaw design, sales and implementation of the product and managed operations. He studied Aeronautics at the Technical University of Aachen in Germany.

When living in Europe and China, Rainer chose not to own a vehicle. He got around using a mix of public transportation, car-sharing and bike-sharing. He speaks German, English, French and Japanese, and enjoys traveling, getting outdoors, music and reading.

Sean Behr
Co-Founder & CEO
STRATIM

Sean is Co-Founder and CEO of STRATIM (previously Zirx), the intelligent logistics platform for mobility companies. Sean previously served in leadership roles at Adap.tv (acquired by AOL) and most recently, as SVP of Global Operations. Before Adap.tv, Sean held various management roles at Shopping.com (acquired by Ebay) including roles in HR, sales, product management and strategy development.

Dave Brook
Senior Carsharing Consultant
Team Red International

Dave Brook has been involved with carsharing in the United States from the beginning - 1998, when he started the first commercial carshare in Portland, Oregon. The following year he was one of the co-founders of Flexcar, at one time the largest carshare in North America, now part of Zipcar. Since 2005 he's consulted with startups and corporations around the world, including auto rental companies, car manufacturers and insurance companies, to help them understand the opportunities and challenges of on-demand car rental.

Chris Brown
Executive Editor
Auto Rental News

Chris Brown is the executive editor of Auto Rental News and Business Fleet magazine for Bobit Business Media. Through these publications, online newsletters, trade events and associations, Chris covers all aspects of the fleet world, including fleet management, manufacturer fleet activities, the fleet leasing industry, vehicle remarketing, rental industry news, car rental taxation and legislation as well as automotive environmental initiatives and trends. Chris is actively involved in the National Vehicle Leasing Association and produces the International Car Rental Show and Auto Rental Summit. Chris is relied on as industry resource in matters relating to car rental by major media outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times and National Public Radio.

Michael Cottle
Vice President of Sales and Business Development
RideCell

Mike is responsible for all aspects of sales operations and management for RideCell worldwide. With more than 25 years of software and SAAS sales and marketing experience, Mike has a proven history of building highly successful sales teams and delivering results for early to mid-stage companies. Most recently, he served as Vice President Business Development at Verve Mobile, where he was responsible for building out Verve's content and technology partnerships worldwide. Prior to joining Verve Mobile, Mike was Vice President of Worldwide Sales at deCarta Inc. where he managed a worldwide sales team and effectively expanded their geospatial/mapping/routing platform and navigation toolkit.

Michele Cunningham
Senior Vice President, Products and Services
Element Fleet Management

Michele leads the Products and Services team for fleet management, driving the growth and development of innovative solutions for customers. In addition, she is highly involved in expanding Element global value proposition, building on the Element-Arval alliance. Michele has over 20 years of business-to-business marketing and strategic planning experience with such companies as Random House, AT&T Capital Corp., and Williams Scotsman. She also gained expertise in technology-based analytics and software during her years with Neuristics, a data mining and analytics company, and THINQ, an enterprise software company.

Gil Cygler
President and CEO/ Founder
Fleet Coverage Consultants/AllCar Rent A Car and Carpingo

Gil joined his family run car rental business, AllCar Rent A Car, in 1979 and with his father’s guidance, expanded from one location into 14 in just over 10 years. With 2000 cars and a staff of 110 it would be become the largest independent rental car industry in New York. By 2013 he also founded Carpingo, a carshare company and in 2015 both AllCar and Carpingo were acquired by Enterprise Rent A Car. Gil was a board member of the American Car Rental Association and the recipient of their 2012 Bruno Russell Award for Car Rental Executive of the Year.

Chris Donus
President & CFO
Silvercar

Chris is directly responsible for Silvercar’s (the next-generation mobility company) car rental business, as well all aspects of Finance. He is a member of the founding executive team that completed research on the Silvercar concept and secured the initial Series A funding to launch the company. Prior to Silvercar, Chris was a Finance Executive at Freescale Semiconductor where he was intimately involved in helping the company emerge from their private LBO status to a public company through an IPO in 2011. In his time before Freescale, Chris was the Assistant Treasurer at Hertz Global Holdings and was responsible for negotiation, structuring, and ongoing management of the entire capital structure.

Guy Fraker
Chief Innovation Officer
Insurance Thought Leadership

For many incumbent organizations the world has become a chaotic storm of disruption. As the CIO for ITL, Guy’s work is with organizations that choose to innovate for growth, in connection to ITL’s platform, Innovator's Edge. Guy coaches client companies so they systematically seize the opportunities brought by exponential technologies. As an entrepreneur, he remains dedicated to technological applications that save lives, mitigate and/or manage risks, and enable sustainability. As an innovation architect, clients have generated significant capital growth, created new markets, and enabled new sectors.

Dr. Stefan Heck
CEO & Co-Founder
Nauto

Nauto is the auto technology company whose AI-powered connected camera network is making drivers safer and smarter today and informing autonomous vehicle development in the future. Dr. Heck was Consulting Professor at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, directed the Energy Transformation Collaborative and was a research fellow at the Steyer Taylor Center at the Stanford business and law school. Previously he was a Director (senior partner) at McKinsey and co-founded and led the Cleantech and Sustainability practice there. He is on the Board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and part of their Leadership Group and authored a critically-acclaimed book, Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century.

John Korte
Vice President, Mobility Business Development
Donlen

With over 15 years of fleet management experience, John is currently responsible for leading Donlen’s ‘mobility as a service’ offering. He leads the generation of innovative fleet management solutions for the ‘mobility as a service’ space, which includes carshare/rideshare and last-mile delivery fleets, and ensures that mobility solutions can be implemented across all Donlen clients. Prior to Donlen, John held positions at US Bank, TCF and GE Capital over a 20-year period.

David Liniado
Vice President, Consumer Mobility
Cox Automotive

David has more than 20 years as a serial entrepreneur and leads innovation efforts at Cox Automotive, currently focusing on emerging mobility services, connected car and transformative retail. He also served as vice president, Global New Ventures at Cox Automotive, founded iZigg and HookUP Feed/Mobile Campus and co-developed Everon Technology Services. David led investments and served on the board of Getaround, a leading San Francisco-based car-sharing platform, and Vinli, a cloud-based connected car platform. David launched his first business, Student Advantage, in 1991 from his dorm room at Emory University. He helped grow the company from six people generating $400,000 in annual revenue to nearly 500 people generating more than $85 million.

Rick Longobart
Principal/Regional Sales Manager
Longobart-Ross/EJ Ward

Rick is a highly accomplished management professional with proven leadership skills and a track record of award winning performance and was a fleet manager for 32-years managing fleet, facility and street maintenance. He possesses an extensive background in budgeting, equipment replacement, real-time operating charges and cooperative agreements for purchase of products and services. Rick excels at the development and implementation of cost containment strategies and improving operations. He demonstrates ability in successful representation of division to governing bodies. Rick is one of the Principals of Longobart-Ross Consulting and is the Regional Sales Manager for EJ Ward.

Steven Messino
CEO & Founder
MuvMe, Inc.

Steven is the founder of MuvMe an innovative company providing a complete business solution of knowledge, infrastructure and technology, so New Mobility Entrepreneurs can leverage the new economy of Mobility as a Service and adopt the lucrative car sharing model and introduce it into their community. Steven brings an expertise of 30 years in the Software Industry and 8 years of Telematics and Car Sharing market development.

Jack Roberts
Senior Editor
Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine

As a licensed commercial driver, Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) senior editor Jack Roberts often reports on ground-breaking technical developments and trends in an industry being transformed by technology. With more than two decades covering trucking, Roberts offers the trucking community his insights on everything from the latest equipment, systems and components, to telematics and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Alex Thibault
General Manager - North America
Vulog

Alex Thibault is the VP Business Development - North America for Vulog, where he is responsible for the company’s growth in North America. As such, he works with partners to create new mobility services by combining top of the line technology to fleets around the continent. He joined Vulog in 2016 after spending 10 years as a corporate lawyer and tech entrepreneur, most recently as a partner at a fast growing tech-oriented law firm where he worked with clients in the mobility industry, among others.

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