Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Nick was raised in Stuttgart, Germany and holds a degree in International Economics from Aalen University and an MBA from Steinbeis University Berlin. He started working for Mercedes-Benz in 2007 in various product management and strategy roles, where he was part of the team to start the MB Vans Future Transportation initiative. In March 2016, he relocated to California to start the Future Transportation group in Menlo Park. Currently, he is the Director of this newly-established division building innovative solutions for last-mile logistics. His team in the Silicon Valley utilizes cutting-edge research methods and the latest advancements in technology to transform the van into a modern logistics platform. When not at the garage, Nick has 3 little daughters that keep him very busy and when time permits, he enjoys playing guitar. Tempelhoff will present his team’s latest product, an intelligent cargo space that leverages artificial intelligence to (1) automate the last mile, (2) bring greater transparency to fleets, and (3) improve overall efficiency.
Currently Sr. Vice President of Technology and Operations at Holman Strategic Ventures, Tony has been with Holman Enterprises for twenty-seven years, with twenty-six of those years at ARI, Holman’s fleet management company. He has spent his entire career in information technology positions, mostly within application development. In his early career, Tony was a developer, eventually advancing to Director, Application Development. For the past 15 years, he has served as Vice President, Customer Information Systems and led ARI’s customer-facing technology team responsible for ARIinsights, ARI’s award-winning fleet management portal, as well as the ARI driver portal, mobile applications, telematics, data integration, data analytics, and the Innovation Technology Lab. In his current role, Tony is responsible for the development of new products and services around disruptive technologies in the automotive industry as well as looking at investment opportunities in start-up companies.
David Liniado is vice president, New Growth and Development at Cox Automotive, where he leads corporate development and innovation efforts, focusing on investments, emerging mobility services, new media and connected retail. David leads efforts around new strategic partnerships and led the development of a shared consumer fleet service, Flexdrive, now serving as a board member. David previously spent 20 years as a serial entrepreneur, advises startups and is a mentor with Techstars Atlanta, an accelerator program for technology startups. David holds an MBA from Babson College and a bachelor degree from Emory University.
Jean A. Paul (JP) is a Director of Fleet Operations at Aramark, a global provider of food service, facilities management and uniform services. JP is a fleet leader for the Refreshment business line with responsibilities for both US and Canada. JP has direct oversight for asset management, capital investments, vendor performance management, continuous improvement and regulatory compliance. Previously, JP worked as a Fleet Manager and Engineer for a Utility company in Philadelphia. JP’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University. He’s a certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) and Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Since 1982 Bill has held various fleet management positions all over the world serving as a member of the United States Air Force. Starting his career as a Vehicle Operator/Dispatcher, it culminated with his role as the Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Command Fleet Manager responsible for over 13,000 assets spread across the Pacific theater. Soon after retiring, Bill headed to Georgia where he currently works as the Fleet Manager of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC). As the FLETC Fleet Manager, he’s responsible for the effective management of more than 1,100 mobile assets across the entire enterprise. Within this scope of operations, he’s initiated numerous fleet sustainability projects targeting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, increased use of alternative fuels, and development of formal guidance defining fleet right sizing processes. Continuously presented as the fleet sustainability standard bearer for the Department of Homeland Security, FLETC’s fleet program was recognized by the department with their 2017 DHS Sustainable Practices Award under the “Greening the Fleet” category. FLETC was also recognized by 100 Best Fleets as a winner of their 2017 “Green Fleet Award” with a ranking of #26 out of the 50 best government green fleets in the country. Bill is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University in Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Education/Transportation Management and is a NPMA Certified Federal Fleet Administrator.
Mark Thomas is the VP of Marketing at RideCell and is responsible for marketing RideCell, the world’s leading platform to launch, operate and scale new car and ride sharing mobility services. Prior to joining RideCell, Thomas headed the connected car marketing team at Cisco Jasper, where he developed the product and go-to-market strategies for automotive OEMs. Prior to Cisco, Mark led product marketing at HERE, a leading automotive maps company. In addition, Mark served in marketing, strategy, and business development roles at Apple and Nokia. Mark holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
As Vice President of Fleet Ventures for Avis Budget Group, Zeira leads the creation and development of new businesses that deploy and support the shared, electric and autonomous fleets of tomorrow. Prior to joining Avis Budget Group, he was Director of Consumer IoT at Verizon, where he owned the consumer IoT portfolio and led key projects in natural and contextual user interfaces. Previously, he was the co-founder and product lead for the Wemo brand, a pioneering connected smart home/connected consumer platform, which was launched out of a corporate new venture group that he led for Belkin. He is a proven entrepreneur, having overseen the launch of innovative new technology-driven consumer products from early concept through the execution phases of new operating businesses. He also brings proven success in driving entrepreneurial new initiatives within larger corporations. Ohad is an active board advisor for companies such as ClipCall and MyPlanet and on the board of advisors for the Internet of Things Consortium. Ohad holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Master of Science in Operations Research from Cornell University.
As SVP of the Fleet and Insurance Business, Sanket Akerkar leads Nauto’s global business and expansion across North America, Europe and Japan. Prior to Nauto, Sanket held various senior leadership positions at Microsoft including VP Global Enterprise, Chief Evangelist (U.S.) and Managing Director of Microsoft India. Prior to Microsoft, Sanket served as a distinguished consultant at McKinsey.
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.
As Director of Product Management, Dan leads the product strategy, roadmaps and feature definitions for Wheels. Leveraging his 10+ years of experience in fleet and product management, Dan has collaborated with IT, operations, sales, account management and marketing to define and deliver solutions. As a thought leader in risk management / safety, technology and mobility, Dan has led the development of solutions that have differentiated us in the marketplace and delivered unique value to the Wheels’ customer base.
Mike is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Geotab and leads the charge for developing solutions that enable insight from the over 2 billion telematics records that Geotab processes on a daily basis. Mike joined the Geotab team in 2016, and prior to that was the CEO of Inovex Inc. -- a software development company he founded in 2003 with expertise in the healthcare and energy sectors. In 2013, Inovex spun off a brand new entity and its first SaaS product (Maps BI) -- a platform for stunning dashboards and data visualization with a focus on geo-spatial data. Maps BI was integrated within Geotab's telematics platform as a key Marketplace partner and was later acquired by Geotab in 2016. Mike continues to be actively engaged in the community, as past president of the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association, serving on the board of Hillfield Strathallan College, and past chair of the board for Streetwise Actors theatre program for students. He has received numerous honors including the University of Toronto Arbor Award and Early Career Award, Engineers Canada Young Engineer Award, Professional Engineers of Ontario Engineering Medal, and winning the Oakville Innovation Award and Cloud Innovation World Cup for Maps BI.
Trak Global Group, one of the world’s largest telematics service providers, with clients including automotive OEMS, global insurers and large fleet operators. With the business since 2010, Andrew helped found its Usage-Based Insurance brand, Carrot, and more recently established Trak Labs, the Group’s innovation hub, with the remit to generate customer insights, explore adjacent market opportunities, and incubate new products & propositions - such as Appy Fleet, a revolutionary app-based tool for workplace driver behaviour monitoring. Andrew is also working closely with a number of start-ups and market incumbents within the Mobility as a Service arena - from car clubs, to independent drivers in the gig economy, to p2p car sharing platforms – to understand how their business models can be positively influenced through access to connected car data.
Ashley spent 9 years at CNN International working from CNN's London, Abu Dhabi and New York offices. She managed the Middle East advertising business from Abu Dhabi, then returned to London to cover Africa. She worked with some of the most prestigious and forward-thinking businesses and governments across the Middle East and Africa during her time at CNN. At what3words Ashley is focused on building out global mobility partnerships across automotive, shared mobility, autonomous vehicles, insurance, travel and tourism. Ashley is based in London at the what3words HQ but can usually be found on a plane or at a mobility event anywhere from Silicon Valley to China.
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.
Marco Della Torre is CTO of Derive Systems. Marco is responsible for leading the roadmap and execution of Derive’s engineering and product development teams. Marco’s multi-disciplinary team designs and develops Derive’s current and future products from board to cloud, through UI/UX design, hardware, firmware, software, mobile and web platform engineering. Marco has over 15 years of experience managing product portfolios and leading elite engineering teams. His passion, insights and enthusiastic leadership bring inventive technologies and solutions to life. Prior to Derive, Marco was the co-founder and VP of Product Science and Business Development at the wearable technology company Basis Science, later acquired by Intel, and one of the first team members of the biotech startup BAM Labs, acquired by SelectComfort. Marco’s focus on high-growth, industry-defining companies has given him the opportunity to create, build and lead product-driven partnerships with Red Bull, New Balance, the ESPN X Games, the NBA and beyond.
Tarek is one of the industry pioneers of Vision Analytics using deep learning. He has been instrumental in the deployment of GPU-accelerated computing in Vision and AI dating back to 2007. He is also one of the original gesture recognition architects from the early 2000s. Recently, El Dokor was the architect of the Ambient Sensing Node for detecting children left behind in hot cars, which received the CES 2018 Innovation Award. Prior to EDGE3, El Dokor was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Embry-Riddle Machine Vision Lab, having won numerous awards, including the 2007/2008 Honda Research Institute’s Researcher of the Year. El Dokor was also an NVIDIA Fellow and Micron Fellow, and has over 150 U.S. and international patents and patent applications. He founded his first company at 19 years of age and exited two years later.
Mr. Furnari was running a small fleet of vehicles via the Hyrecar platform before becoming the CEO. At that time he was also a Portfolio Manager for the Palisades Group, managing a $5.3B mortgage loan portfolio in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to California he worked for Morgan Stanley’s Sales and Trading desk in New York. Mr. Furnari started his career in JPMorgan’s credit training program modeling fixed income mortgage and asset backed securities.
Paul brings deep mobility services and automotive market expertise to his role as CEO of Launch Mobility, an end-to-end technology platform built to power a range of mobility services operations. With the Launch Mobility platform, clients can quickly experiment, iterate, and scale a new mobility business. Prior to Launch Mobility, Paul developed and grew Evercar, an electric vehicle car share that served the on-demand market for rideshare and delivery drivers. Prior to that, Paul led product planning for alternative powertrain vehicles at Toyota.
A 27-year fleet professional, Bernie Kavanagh currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Large Fleet at WEX Inc. He joined the company in 1996 and his career has been a steady progression of increased sales and marketing responsibility. Kavanagh serves on industry related boards and is a frequent speaker at payment industry conferences focusing on fuel trends and technology in the payment space. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey and is an active member of NAFA, AFLA, NCSFA and AALA. Prior to joining WEX, Kavanagh held a number of roles with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Enterprise Fleet Management.
Kevin has over has over 39 years in the automotive industry, with 26 years in government fleet, and holds a MBA and BBA from National University. Kevin has successfully integrated several technologies into the fleet including INVERS car sharing, Geotab GPS tracking, plug-in EVs, and renewable diesel fuel. These efforts have produced measurable results that have had a direct effect upon air quality, work environment, and cost control. Eighty-one percent of standard passenger cars are hybrid or plug-in technology, unleaded fuel consumption is down by 23%, 17% of the light equipment fleet is pooled, and over $1.7M in vehicle replacements have been avoided. Currently, solar technology for EV charging and creating a fleet group with all of the cities within the County is under development. The fleet has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Government Fleets in the Americas.
Aric drives strategy for product and technology at Envoy, ensuring that the company continues to scale and innovate its mobility-driven services around the world. As both a motor enthusiast and real estate investment expert, Aric has a unique understanding of how mobility as a service can be effectively implemented as an amenity. Aric began his career in institutional investments, overseeing the acquisition, operations and disposition of over $250 million in commercial real estate transactions. He later founded Osher Real Estate, where he spearheaded the acquisition and aggregation of several acres located on and around campus, leading to the development of a $50 million student housing opportunity.
David leads ChargePoint’s Fleet Solutions team focused on developing market-leading products and services for light, medium and heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets. David joined ChargePoint from Nissan where he led electric vehicle market development and charging infrastructure strategy. Prior to Nissan, David was an investment analyst at ING Bank in Shanghai focused on M&A advisory, and a project finance consultant to governments and private clients across Asia and the Middle East with AECOM Economics. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs where he focused on new value creation at the intersection of mobility and energy.
A retail car industry veteran and attorney, John Possumato is in the forefront of automotive technology and “Mobility as a Service” (Car Sharing, Ride Sharing/Ride Hailing) business models for car dealers and car rental companies. He is the Founder & CEO of DriveItAway Inc., the first company focused on providing a turn-key Car Sharing platform to car dealers and car rental operators as a means by which traditional industry sectors can adapt and profit from these new and rapidly growing services today, while preparing for the future. Possumato is a noted trade publication author and speaker on Mobility as a Service business models. He holds a J.D. from the Law School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. from the Wharton School.
Joe Poznick is responsible for establishing and growing PoolCar in North America. He works with customers and partners creating integrated technology solutions that enable them to transform their Fleet operations through Car Sharing and Mobility. Joe has over 25 years of experience in the Fleet Management industry, having run a multi-national fleet of more than 14,000 assets. He was most recently Senior Vice President focused on the execution and delivery of integrated Fleet Management solutions across North America. His extensive experience includes leading the design, implementation, and delivery of integrated data-driven process optimization enabling customers to streamline operations using innovative technology solutions in all aspects of Fleet Operations. He has worked with a broad range of diverse customers across the Federal, State, Corporate, and Utility on projects of global and national scale. He has focused on promoting integrated technology solutions that drive efficiency, streamline the process, improve quality and reduce total operating cost.
President & CEO of Fast Track Mobility, LLC, a TNC fleet management company. Eric serves on ACRA’s Board, its Mobility Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles and its Legal & Legislative Committee. Eric started as a Corporate Finance Attorney at Kaye Scholar. He was SVP, Global Head of Structured Products for Assured Guaranty, and launched their Office in London. He was then Managing Director at UBS, Head of Synthetic Strategies. Next, he became President & CIO of The Zeus Organization. Eric received a BA in Economics, University of Michigan and a JD, with Honors, The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Ori is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in developing high growth businesses. He is responsible for leading the vision, strategy, and growth for Envoy, as the company continues to build out a robust global infrastructure. With nearly 2 decades of experience driving successful entrepreneurial ventures, including Smart IL and Lenn Ventures, Ori has a vast knowledge of various facets of business including new business incubation, venture investing activities, project management and business development. Over the past 10 years, Ori shifted his focus towards real estate related investments, including acquisition and operations, as well as actively initiating technology related ventures in the US market.
Aaron leads the Mobility Solutions team at Element Fleet Management focused on developing and fulfilling capital and fleet service solutions for last mile delivery, car share, ride hail and other mobility providers. He most recently led venture investing and M&A development activities after roles of increasing responsibility in finance, treasury, and operations throughout his 12 years in fleet at GE Capital Fleet Services and Element. Aaron holds a BA in Management Information Systems from Luther College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
As executive vice president of transformation at LeasePlan USA, Smolka is leading the strategy to drive modernization and innovation across the U.S. subsidiary and launch the company further into its journey to deliver what’s next for fleet, mobility and connected vehicles. Smolka’s career has consistently revolved around digital transformation, developing cutting-edge technologies and leveraging the power of big data to create and deliver value. With a strong history of successes, Smolka is a proven leader poised to transform the fleet industry. Smolka has an MBA from Emory Goizueta Business School.
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.
Andro grew up in a big family where sharing was the only “ownership model”. He is an environmentalist and tireless traveler. After learning about international equity markets at Goldman Sachs, supporting refugee asylum processes at UNHCR and various leadership roles at Egon Zehnder, Andro joined Turo to drive strategic partnerships and business development.
Alan Woodland leads the Business Development team at INVERS Mobility Solutions. With years of experience contributing to financing, design and technology aspects of emerging shared mobility operation, Alan is well suited to assist clients with strategic analysis and decision support.